50 Shades of Grey ~ Reviewed by Pearl Luke

Curious about all the hype surrounding 50 Shades of Grey, by E.L. James, I recently bought the book. How unfortunate that I did not ask for a  review copy instead. I could have bought lunch, or at least coffee and a bagel, with the 18 bucks I wasted. This is not a positive review, and [...]

A Crack in the Wall ~ Reviewed by Elizabeth Nolan

  A Crack in the Wall by Betty Jane Hegerat Oolichan Books, 2008 240 pages Reviewed by Elizabeth Nolan The attempt to understand the human condition is at the heart of all great art and literature. For Albertan writer Betty Jean Hegerat, this quest must have even more profound depths, coming as she does from [...]

Campie ~ Reviewed by Tim Christison

  Campie by Barbara Stewart Memoir; Published by Heritage House Issued also in electronic format ISBN 978-1-926613-92-5 Reviewed by Tim Christison Barbara Stewart, author of Campie, has been sober for 18 years when she finds herself lower than a snake’s belly in all aspects of her life. Stewart struggles every day and uses the wisdom of her [...]

Child Honouring ~ Reviewed by Tim Christison

  CHILD HONOURING: How to turn the world around Forward by Dalai Lama Raffi Cavoukian, Sharma Olfman, Editors ISBN 978-0-9866446-0-3 Homeland Press (2010) Reviewed by Tim Christison Child Honouring is a collection of scholarly readings and heartfelt essays that gives the reader an emotional workout while exploring the wisdom of 29 contributors. Stacked with statistics behind [...]

Distracting the Distractions ~ Reviewed by Annie Vigna

Distracting the Distractions: Raising a Child with ADD, A Parent’s Decision to Medicate by Joanne Sieppert Calgary: Jo-Anne Sieppert Publishing, 2010 73pp. $14.95 Reviewed by Annie Vigna Jo-Anne Sieppert is the author of a series of youth fiction, Nystars, and a self-published reference book titled Distracting the Distractions. Sieppert was 22 when she was diagnosed [...]

Falling Backwards ~ Reviewed by Brenda Brooks

Falling Backwards by Jann Arden Vintage Canada, 2011 269 pages Reviewed by Brenda Brooks In the introduction to her memoir, Falling Backwards, Jann Arden recalls re-visiting the scene of some raw, promiscuous, drunken years spent in Vancouver, years before success as a recording artist found her at age thirty. After a series of sold out shows, she [...]

Far to Go ~ Reviewed by Annie Vigna

  Far to Go By Alison Pick House of Anansi Press Inc., Toronto 2010 309pp, $29.95 ISBN 978-0-88784-238-2 Reviewed by Annie Vigna   Alison Pick’s unnamed narrator, in Far to Go, begins by wishing that her story were a happy one; indeed, it is not. Pick carefully structures this work of historical fiction from vignettes of [...]

Half-Blood Blues ~ Reviewed by Annie Vigna

Half-Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan Thomas Allen Publishers (2011) ISBN 9780887627415 $24.95 Reviewed by Annie Vigna Esi Edugyan’s Half-Blood Blues is arranged in six chapters, non-sequential, as follows: I Paris 1940; II Berlin 1992; III Berlin 1939; IV Berlin 1992; V Paris 1939; and VI Poland 1991. Beautifully written in the vernacular of Black jazz musicians, [...]

Home ~ Reviewed by Brenda Brooks

Home by Toni Morrison Knopf Canada, 2012 146 Pages Reviewed by Brenda Brooks In his elegant book, On Becoming a Novelist, writer John Gardiner considers, among other things, the essentials of a “really good novel.” The novelist must strive, says Gardiner, to create for the reader a dreamlike state from which they do not emerge until the [...]

Key in Lock ~ Reviewed by Annie Vigna

  Key in Lock by Rona Altrows Calgary, Recliner Books, 2010 239pp.  CAD $18.95 978-0-9813640-4-9 Reviewed by Annie Vigna The cover of Rona Altrows’ Key in Lock, a collection of 27 short stories, is adorned with Woman in Contemplation, a drawing created by Gabriel von Max.  “Woman in Contemplation” might have been a suitable title for this [...]

Back to Vietnam by Bruce Logan and Elaine Head



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