Category Archives: Social commentary

Please Look After Mom

Please Look After Mom by Kyung-Sook Shin. Random House Canada 2011. Translated from the Korean by Chi-Young Kim. Good old mom. No one really gives her life too much thought. Not her husband, not her two sons or two daughters. … Continue reading

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Summertime and the Reading is Easy

Volkswagen Blues by Jacques Poulin. McClelland and Stewart, 1988. The Gallows Bird by Camila Lackberg. HarperCollins, 2011. The Day the Falls Stood Still by Cathy Marie Buchanan. HarperCollins, 2009. Faithful Place by Tana French. Thorndike Press, 2010. Bruno, Chief of … Continue reading

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The High Road

The High Road by Terry Fallis. McClelland & Stewart 2010. The High Road is the sequel to Canada Reads winner Best Laid Plans. If you enjoyed Best Laid Plans, you will want to read The High Road. If Best Laid … 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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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 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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