Monthly Archives: January 2011

Collected Essex County

Collected Essex County by Jeff Lemire. Top Shelf Productions 2009. Collected Essex County is the first graphic novel I have read. I picked it up because it is on the Canada Reads 2011 list. Essex County will be defended by … Continue reading

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Room by Emma Donoghue. HarperCollins 2010. Room, by Irish-Canadian Emma Donoghue, was longlisted for the 2010 Man Booker Prize and shortlisted for the 2010 Governor General Literary Awards. I felt some trepidation about reading this novel as the story revolves … Continue reading


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The Best Laid Plans

The Best Laid Plans by Terry Fallis. McClelland & Stewart Ltd. 2007. The Best Laid Plans, a political satire by Terry Fallis, won the 2008 Stephen Leacock Award for Humour. I picked it up because it is one of five … Continue reading

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The Trouble with Billionaires

The Trouble with Billionaires by Linda McQuaig & Neil Brooks. Viking Canada 2010. “An imbalance between rich and poor is the oldest and most fatal ailment of all republics.” — Plutarch The Trouble with Billionaires focuses on the way in … Continue reading

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The Vinyl Cafe Notebooks

The Vinyl Cafe Notebooks by Stuart McLean. Penguin Canada 2010. When our family got together on Christmas Eve, while we were recovering from a bountiful dinner, I got out Stuart McLean’s Home from the Vinyl Cafe: A Year of Stories, … Continue reading

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Cool Water

Cool Water by Dianne Warren. HarperCollins 2010. The Governor General’s Literary Awards are awarded annually to the best English-language and French-language books in each of seven literary categories. The winner of each category receives $25,000 and publishers of winning titles … Continue reading

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The Help

The Help: a novel by Kathryn Stockett. G.P.Putnam’s Sons 2009. I read The Help for the most frivolous of reasons. I noticed it advertised on the Amazon website and the cover art caught my eye, three birds perched against a … Continue reading

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The Matter with Morris

The Matter with Morris by David Bergen. HarperCollins 2010. Hello! Welcome to Willow Books. I decided that in 2011, I would keep a separate journal of the books that I read. I finished out 2010 with a year-end reading roundup … Continue reading

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