Book Review: The Bishop’s Man by Linden MacIntyre

I really disliked this book. It surprised me how much I disliked this book. And then it surprised me to remember that this book is a Giller prize winner*, an award that is highly respected within Canada. I'm not surprised that a book I don't like won the Giller prize because literary enjoyment can be… Continue reading Book Review: The Bishop’s Man by Linden MacIntyre

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Book Review: The Navigator of New York by Wayne Johnston

Nothing so reminds you like the sea that the enemy of life is not death but loneliness. For some reason, the names of the men who vied to reach the South Pole are far better known than those who competed to reach the North. I know about Scott and Amundsen and, of course, Shackleton, but… Continue reading Book Review: The Navigator of New York by Wayne Johnston

What I Read – September 2015

Here's what I read this month. Reviews are up or coming. 1.┬áBeijing Confidential -┬áJan Wong (Doubleday Canada, 2007) My review is here. 2. The Curse of the Viking Grave - Farley Mowat (McClelland & Stewart, 1966) Read my review here. 3. What's So Amazing About Grace? - Philip Yancey (Zondervan Publishing House, 1997) 4. The… Continue reading What I Read – September 2015

What I Read – August 2015

August was a good reading month. Two things helped. 1) Having no internet for the first twenty days and 2) Long periods of wakefulness with a baby for the first half of the month. (The way I get through nighttime feedings is with a soft light and a good book.) Here's what I read: Half… Continue reading What I Read – August 2015

What I Read – July 2015

Ten Thousand Lovers - Edeet Ravel (Review Books, 2003) This was a well-written, interesting, and engaging read. The characters are believable and fascinating. It's easy to imagine that their lives began and continue before and after we meet them in the action of this novel. Set in Israel in the 1970s, Ten Thousand Lovers, tells… Continue reading What I Read – July 2015

What I Read – February and March 2015

Daddy Lenin and Other Stories - Guy Vanderhaeghe (McClelland & Stewart, 2015) I've read one book by Guy Vanderhaeghe (The Englishman's Boy) and, honestly, remember almost nothing about it. This short story collection focuses mostly on men, usually working class. They are well-crafted stories but I did find them repetitive. The Thing Around Your Neck… Continue reading What I Read – February and March 2015

What I Read – January 2015

Since weekly book reviews seem to be something I can't accomplish right now, I thought I'd post mini-reviews of everything I read this past month. January's been busy but I managed to squeeze in a fair amount of reading and finished 9 books. The Birth House - Ami McKay (Vintage Canada, 2006) I did write… Continue reading What I Read – January 2015