This One Summer: A True Favourite


These sentences are dappled across a two-page spread of Mariko and Jillian Tamaki’s This One Summer (2014), as though they are wafts of milkweed ink: House of Anansi, 2014 “The first time I ever saw a milkweed was on the beach at Awago. I thought they were magic

This One Summer: A True Favourite2014-07-31T12:57:31-05:00

Alice Hoffman’s The Museum of Extraordinary Things (2014)


Like Katherine Dunn's Geek Love, Alice Hoffman's novel begins from a place of belonging. Scribner - Simon & Schuster, 2014 Coralie is a professional mermaid in early twentieth-century Coney Island, who grows up with the Wolfman and various other characters who seem to step from the pages of

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Roma Tearne’s The Swimmer (2010)


Roma Tearne’s The Swimmer HarperPress-HarperCollins, 2010 (Looking for a swallow rather than a full glass? ORANGE Squirt below.) Sometimes the placement of a book in your reading schedule can impact that book negatively; it might unfairly cast a light on shortcomings, either the reader’s or the storyteller’s. (I should have

Roma Tearne’s The Swimmer (2010)2014-03-13T20:04:56-05:00

Canada Reads: Angie Abdou


Angie Abdou’s The Bone Cage NeWest Press, 2007 Chlorine and sweat: Angie Abdou’s debut novel is soaked. And if you can’t abide the smell of either, you might not want to cozy up to the tale of Sadie and Digger. These two are splashing their way to the top, elite

Canada Reads: Angie Abdou2014-03-10T20:43:15-05:00
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