Mazo de la Roche’s Jalna (1927)

2018-07-10T18:20:06-05:00

This post is published to coincide with the anniversary of the author’s death. She died in her home in Toronto on July 12, 1961, where she had written the final Jalna book, Centenary at Jalna. Even though I deliberately chose a story-order reading, over a publication-order

Mazo de la Roche’s Jalna (1927)2018-07-10T18:20:06-05:00

Louise Erdrich’s The Round House (2012)

2018-06-20T17:21:57-05:00

“Those assholes again? Nah, he said. So I knew his aunt or Elwin had done it.” Violence permeates Joe’s life. It simmers beneath the surface of every single day. But in The Round House it erupts, nearly eclipses every other aspect of life for awhile. Something happens to his

Louise Erdrich’s The Round House (2012)2018-06-20T17:21:57-05:00

Mazo de la Roche’s Whiteoak Brothers (1954)

2017-10-27T09:48:07-05:00

It's no secret that Mazo de la Roche loved to read. So, we have sassy young Adeline pulling out a book on the ship which takes her from Ireland to the wilds of what-would-soon-be-Canada. There's at least one literary reference in each of the volumes, and sometimes these are endowed with

Mazo de la Roche’s Whiteoak Brothers (1954)2017-10-27T09:48:07-05:00

Mazo de la Roche’s Whiteoak Heritage (1940)

2017-10-19T14:56:41-05:00

How comforting it must have been, with WWII well underway, for Mazo de la Roche to bring home her characters safely, from the front of WWI. The Whiteoak men return and bring with them a fellow serviceman, who takes a position in their household and, just like that, wartime is

Mazo de la Roche’s Whiteoak Heritage (1940)2017-10-19T14:56:41-05:00

Looking for Light: Humour in the Stacks (6 Reads)

2017-10-06T17:25:32-05:00

Do you ever feel the weight of your stack? Many of the books I've been reading have been rigorous and demanding. Commodore Ajith Boyagoda's story of imprisonment in Sri Lanka, Marcelino Truong's memories of coming-of-age in Vietnam between 1961 and 1963, Shirin Ebadi's work for human rights in Iran, Solmaz

Looking for Light: Humour in the Stacks (6 Reads)2017-10-06T17:25:32-05:00