Book Review: A Mind Spread Out on the Ground by Alicia Elliott

A Mind Spread Out on the Ground - Alicia Elliott (Doubleday Canada, 2019) I'm hesitant to write a review of A Mind Spread out on the Ground. Not because I didn't enjoy it - I really did, sneaking sessions of reading throughout my day and after my kids were in bed. Elliott's writing is concise… Continue reading Book Review: A Mind Spread Out on the Ground by Alicia Elliott

Book Review: Dear Current Occupant by Chelene Knight

Dear Current Occupant - Chelene Knight (Book*hug, 2019) I read this short book in one afternoon after returning home from the library. It brought back a deep and strange nostalgia. The houses I grew up in, the neighbourhoods, the streets. Chelene Knight and I grew up in the 1990s, in east Vancouver, sometimes blocks away… Continue reading Book Review: Dear Current Occupant by Chelene Knight

Book Review: Chop Suey Nation by Ann Hui

Chop Suey Nation - Ann Hui (Douglas & McIntyre, 2019) I will freely confess that I am a Chinese food snob. I'm obviously not Chinese but I was born in Hong Kong and I grew up in Vancouver, a city filled with Chinese people and amazing Chinese restaurants. My family ate Chinese food quite frequently… Continue reading Book Review: Chop Suey Nation by Ann Hui

Book Review: Boys by Rachel Giese

Boys: What It Means to Become a Man - Rachel Giese (Patrick Crean Editions, 2018) At first glance, this might seem like a strange book for me to read. As a mom to two girls, I have no need to know how to raise a boy. There are enough things to worry about and figure… Continue reading Book Review: Boys by Rachel Giese

Book Review: The Woo Woo by Lindsay Wong

The Woo Woo - Lindsay Wong (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2018) I really wanted to like this book. It sounded like the kind of quirky memoir I would enjoy. I was curious to read Wong's portrayal of Vancouver and her story of her crazy Chinese family. I thought I'd find more here that was familiar, even… Continue reading Book Review: The Woo Woo by Lindsay Wong

Book Review: Leaving the Witness by Amber Scorah

Leaving the Witness - Amber Scorah (Viking, 2019) I received an Advance Readers Copy of this book. It will be on sale June 4, 2019. Leaving the Witness is a very personal and honest memoir of Amber Scorah's experience as a Jehovah's Witness missionary in Shanghai. Growing up in the restrictive boundaries of the Witnesses,… Continue reading Book Review: Leaving the Witness by Amber Scorah

Book Review: How to Give up Plastic by Will McCallum

How to Give up Plastic - Will McCallum (Penguin Books, 2019) (and a few of the items we use in our home to replace plastic) I received an Advance Uncorrected Proof of this book. It is set for publication June 4, 2019. All opinions are my own. I read this short non-fiction book very shortly… Continue reading Book Review: How to Give up Plastic by Will McCallum

Book Review: Cat & Nat’s Mom Truths by Catherine Belknap and Natalie Telfer

Cat + Nat's Mom Truths - Catherine Belknap & Natalie Telfer (Harmony Books, 2019) I received an Advance Readers' Copy of this book. It is set for release April 2019. Cat and Nat (famous on the internet) are tell-it-like-it-is moms who don't shy away from stories about poop, yelling at your kids, and all the nitty-gritty of birthing (and everything that comes afterward) I fall quite firmly in their target… Continue reading Book Review: Cat & Nat’s Mom Truths by Catherine Belknap and Natalie Telfer

Book Review: The Education of Augie Merasty by Joseph Auguste Merasty with David Carpenter

The Education of Augie Merasty: A Residential School Memoir - Joseph Auguste Merasty with David Carpenter (University of Regina Press, 2015) With the advent of the Truth and Reconciliation Project in Canada, there has been an increase in stories being told about residential schools. Some of these are oral, some have been written down. There… Continue reading Book Review: The Education of Augie Merasty by Joseph Auguste Merasty with David Carpenter

Book Review: Quiet by Susan Cain

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking - Susan Cain (Crown Publishers, 2012) I'm a definite introvert and I'm willing to bet that if you're the sort of person who spends a lot of time not only reading books but following blogs on the internet that talk about reading books,… Continue reading Book Review: Quiet by Susan Cain