Winter 2020: In My Reading Log (Part Two)


While I put the finishing touches on the pie-charts and calculations from 2020’s reading log, there are just a couple other books to talk about that I read (mostly) over the holiday break. Ruth Gilligan’s The Butchers’ Blessing (2020) is praised by two writers who snag my attention: Colum

Winter 2020: In My Reading Log (Part Two)2021-01-06T15:14:40-05:00

Winter 2020: In My Reading Log (Part One)


Before I post about the new reading year, there are a few memorable reads from my 2020 log that I haven’t mentioned yet. Like Pourin’ Down Rain, Cheryl Foggo's memoir about growing up in 1960s Calgary, in a small and tight-knit Black community. When she was young, she heard

Winter 2020: In My Reading Log (Part One)2021-01-06T14:29:55-05:00

The Skinny on Some Skinnies: September 2017, In My Bookbag


In which I discuss the skinny volumes which accompany me on my travels, while the heavier volumes (like Stephen King's It and an omnibus of Shirley Jackson's short works) remain at home. On a late August afternoon, I'm taking the Queen Street streetcar, in the stretch between Beach and Parliament,

The Skinny on Some Skinnies: September 2017, In My Bookbag2017-10-03T12:59:10-05:00

Margaret Atwood’s Hag-Seed (2016)


If you're a fan of Margaret Atwood's retelling,of The Odyssey, The Penelopiad, you've probably already got a copy of Hag-Seed on your stack. Knopf - PRH, 2016 Ditto if you're following the Hogarth Shakespeare retellings. Already published this year are Jeanette Winterson's The Gap of Time (The Winter's Tale), Howard

Margaret Atwood’s Hag-Seed (2016)2016-11-07T11:50:17-05:00

Curtis Sittenfeld’s Eligible (2016)


Read it? I hadn't even heard of it. Despite having read all of Curtis Sittenfeld's other books. Ah, well, it all made sense when I recognized that it was a retelling of Pride and Prejudice. See, not REALLY a Curtis Sittenfeld novel. Merely Curtis Sittenfeld in Jane Austen's clothing. But, then, this

Curtis Sittenfeld’s Eligible (2016)2016-06-07T18:16:09-05:00
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