Monthly Archives: February 2011

Annabel

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

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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