Book Review: How We Disappeared by Jing-Jing Lee

How We Disappeared - Jing-Jing Lee (Hanover Square Press, 2019) This is a story that takes place in three parts. In one part (what I would argue is the heart of the novel) We follow Wang Di through the years of World War Two, a young woman living in Singapore with her family. Her family… Continue reading Book Review: How We Disappeared by Jing-Jing Lee

Book Review: Hold on To Your Kids by Gordon Neufeld & Gabor Mate

Hold on to Your Kids - Gordon Neufeld and Gabor Mate (Vintage Canada, 2005) Attachment theory is at the heart of this book. Children need a safe, secure, and nurturing attachment with a loving adult in order to mature and develop in a healthy emotional manner. As our society becomes increasingly peer-oriented, parents unconsciously encourage… Continue reading Book Review: Hold on To Your Kids by Gordon Neufeld & Gabor Mate

Book Review: Still by Emma Hansen

Emma Hansen is 39 weeks and 6 days pregnant with her first child when she wakes in the morning and feels something is wrong. An ultrasound reveals that the baby has died in the womb and the next day, on her due date, she delivers her stillborn son. While all of my book reviews are… Continue reading Book Review: Still by Emma Hansen

Book Review: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Homegoing - Yaa Gyasi (Anchor Canada, 2017) The scope of what Yaa Gyasi achieves in Homegoing is truly impressive. In just over 300 pages, she lays out eight generations, two branches splitting out from one woman. The story begins with two young women, Effia and Esi. Daughters of the same woman, they grow up in… Continue reading Book Review: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Book Review: The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

The Mercies - Kiran Millwood Hargrave (Little, Brown and Company, 2019) In Finnmark, Norway in 1617, a sudden storm strikes out of nowhere one day, killing forty men in the small fishing village of Vardo. This represents almost all the men of Vardo and in the months following the women left behind must figure out… Continue reading Book Review: The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

Book Review: Ducks, Newburyport by Lucy Ellmann

When I first saw Ducks, Newburyport on the shelf at the bookstore and when I first read about it, I thought, "Well, there's a book I'll never read." The story clocks in at 988 pages. It's a stream-of-consciousness novel, told mostly in one rambling sentence. The parts that aren't this stream-of-conscious are told from the… Continue reading Book Review: Ducks, Newburyport by Lucy Ellmann

Book Review: No More Nice Girls by Lauren McKeon

No More Nice Girls - Lauren McKeon (Anansi, 2020) I received an Uncorrected Proof of this book. All opinions are my own. We tell girls that they can be anything they want to be. But is this really true? Are they truly going through life with the same opportunities as their male peers or is… Continue reading Book Review: No More Nice Girls by Lauren McKeon