Choosing a stack based on whimsy rather than duty urged me to binge on these books with enthusiasm. The afternoon heat was held at bay by good stories and an assortment of drinks (often rum with some sort of fruit juice, from tangerine to strawberry, lemon to cherry). And without any pressing engagements, it was [...]
“The ‘geography’ in question is the Cypress Hills, a broken rise of land that straddles the Alberta/Saskatchewan border, just north of Havre, Montana,” the author explains.*
“The country is a complete knockout for anyone who enjoys the romance of the Earth’s history or who is susceptible to the wild, windblown beauty of natural prairie. I was [...]
Are you still there? If so, many thanks.
It’s been quiet around here; I realized that my database had tripled its allotted storage and was refusing to hold even one more byte sometime in March, and the oh-so-smart-coder-types have only recently gotten things back in working order. Many thanks to these tech-minded folks. The up-side [...]
Which aunt of yours would inspire you to write a biography? After writing about Hugh MacLennan, Irving Layton, Earle Birney and The Girls, Elspeth Cameron turned to her Aunt Winnie.
Cormorant Books, 2013
“Aunt Winnie was born twelve days after the death of Queen Victoria, on 2 February 1901. Mother used to say that [...]
Within pages, the bookish will find a niche to inhabit in Rebecca Mead’s book, in much the same way that the author has inhabited the pages of Middlemarch.
Bond Street Books – Doubleday, 2014
Perhaps not in exactly the same way, for as the author posits, that particularly profound experience might be rooted for [...]
At twenty-eight years old, Priscila Uppal meets her mother in Brazil, twenty years after her mother has abandoned daughter-son-husband.
Two decades later, their relationship is a complicated one between near-strangers.
They spend twelve days together and the experience is shared in Projection within a framework of movie titles.
This organizing principle reveals the tangible and [...]
This year’s Massey Lecture text begins with passion and grandiose declarations.
“I have had a lifelong obsession with blood, and I’m not the only one. As both substance and symbol, blood reveals us, divides us, and unites us. We care about blood, because it spills literally and figuratively into every significant corner of [...]
While Love and Forgetting was in my stack of current reads, I listened to the World Book Club’s podcast edition of a discussion of Albert Camus’ The Outsider.
Camus is someone whose work I associate with formal study, not pleasure, but Harriet Gilbert’s interviews draw me into subjects I don’t seek out independently, and in [...]
Listening to an interview with Amy Tan, for the Guardian book club, I was struck by the fact that she lifted many of the stories from her mother’s life for the pages of her work.
Yet, while reading Lives of the Family, it is easy to imagine so many of these stories slipping into the [...]
I’d been meaning to try it. E-reading. In theory, I knew it could be sensational.
In the ’90s audiobooks were often of poor production quality, and those I listened to were most useful as sleeping aids; audiobooks now are consistently quality productions and can be truly outstanding.
Things change, right?
So I never dismissed the [...]