Other Friday Fugues here have focussed on Bookish Books and Epistolary Works, this year’s Friday Fugue is A Fainter Footprint. As in, leaving a fainter footprint behind, ecologically speaking.
To date, there has been much talk of recent cookbooks, those which are light on resources but heavy on flavour and table-appeal.
Clotilde Dusoulier’s The French Market [...]
In my family, you didn’t have to buy diet books.
It wasn’t that we weren’t shopping at Stuckey’s and Coyle’s: we did so, in bulk.
But someone else in the family was guaranteed to have bought whatever new diet book was making waves, so you could borrow their dogeared paperback.
So, I’ve read a lot [...]
Less than a penny. That’s how much it costs to read a single letter of DNA. Between 2000 and 2003, the cost fell from $1.50 to less than a single cent. “Suddenly DNA was mass-market.”
Random House Canada, 2013
Carolyn Abraham hadn’t been saving her pennies for this purpose but, when her daughter was [...]
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The sound of high heels clicking. The spill of Miles Davis and Charlie Parker’s music. A paisley-draped foam couch. Smoking a Pall Mall. Drinking a gin and tonic. A handkerchief kitchen.
Counterpoint Press, 2012
Janice Van [...]
Is it still a radical idea? The notion that the world can no longer afford to oppress half its population. Apparently so.
Random House Canada, 2013
Sally Armstrong’s work considers the ways in which the world’s largest problems — poverty, conflict and violence — are being addressed via efforts to restore the historical imbalance between [...]
When I started reading The Truth about Luck, I was taking the bus to meet a friend to go book-buying.
House of Anansi, 2013
We had chosen the date and destination a month ago; the only thing left to decide the night before was the exact time that we would meet in the morning.
“It is through weakness and vulnerability that most of us… discover our soul.” (Desmond Tutu)
Doubleday Canada – Random House, 2013
If you take Desmond Tutu’s statement as truth, Jowita Bydlowska’s Drunk Mom is arguably the ultimate discovery.
Her to-the-bare-walls description of her alcoholism displays every weakness. It is a visceral story; the storyteller’s [...]
When Tamara Levine was diagnosed with breast cancer, she began sending e-mail letters to about fifty family members, friends and colleagues, to keep everybody in the loop.
Second Story Press, 2012
Almost immediately, these letters took on a great significance in her Healing Journey, offering a kind of ‘therapy’ (Greek for healing), “helping to [...]
It’s the summer of 1974, twenty-five kilometres north of Quebec City, and eighteen-year-old Gerry Fostaty is on a cadet training assignment.
Goose Lane Editions, 2011
A cadet training assignment on a Canadian Forces base?
I know nothing of this world, beyond what I’ve gleaned from “Private Benjamin”, “An Officer and a Gentleman” and a [...]
When I was twelve, I got a boxed kit which allowed me to draw my own astrology chart.
House of Anansi, 2011
More than ten years later, I finally wrapped my head around the mathematical charts in the back of the book.
In the meantime, I admired the colourful diagrams, the wet-erase maps of [...]