Monthly Archives: February 2011


Annabel by Kathleen Winter. House of Anansi Press 2010. Annabel is a gentle novel that moves along like a quiet stream, only occasionally disturbed by rocks or riffles. I was a bit surprised by this, as Annabel is the story … Continue reading

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Started Early, Took My Dog

Started Early, Took My Dog by Kate Atkinson. Doubleday Canada 2010. I took a break from my regularly scheduled reading list, the Giller and Governor General Award 2010 shortlists, to catch up on Kate Atkinson’s latest Jackson Brody novel. What … Continue reading


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The Birth House

The Birth House by Ami McKay. Alfred A. Knopf Canada, 2006. Ami McKay is a born storyteller. The Birth House, her first novel, is a swiftly moving yarn. Plenty happens in this action-packed story. Babies are born, men drown, women … Continue reading

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Unless by Carol Shields. Random House 2002. Nancy Pearl is reputed to be the only librarian who has her own action figure. She has written books about what to read: Book Lust and its sequel. She also does author interviews, … Continue reading

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The Bone Cage

The Bone Cage by Angie Abdou. NeWest Press 2007. The title of this 2011 Canada Reads entry brought to my mind a vague image of penned, abused animals. In fact, the book has nothing whatsoever to do with animals. It … Continue reading

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