Category Archives: Book

Book review: Paul Kalanithi’s When Breath Becomes Air

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi My rating: 4 of 5 stars The experience of reading ‘When Breath Becomes Air’ is a strange one. You start with the end, and know that an articulate, passionate and caring man has … Continue reading

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Book review: Sharon Olds’s Odes

Odes by Sharon Olds My rating: 5 of 5 stars I feel some surprise to think how long I’ve been reading the poetry of Sharon Olds, perhaps to find myself so old! From her first books I read, I was … Continue reading

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2017 in lists (Concerts & shows, theatre, books, movies, TV)

(Obviously, a work in progress…) Concerts, Shows, Theatre & Words Ladies in Black, Lyric Theatre, January: An Australian homegrown musical with music by Tim Finn of Crowded House, this show got great reviews when it was being developed a year … Continue reading

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Book Review: Hanya Yanagihara’s A Little Life

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara My rating: 5 of 5 stars *Non-spoiler review* A deeply emotional, beautifully written novel: full, complex and harrowing. It speaks with depth about our relationships of friendship and love, and also our relationship with … Continue reading

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2015 in lists (art, books, entertainment, shows)

Concerts & Shows West Side Story, live symphony playing to the movie, at the Grand Rex, Paris. Pretty fun. Blood Brothers, Hayes Theatre, Sydney: A great cast, acting and singing for their lives, but gosh, I didn’t love this show, … Continue reading

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Book Review: Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers

Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell My rating: 3 of 5 stars I’m feeling really ambiguous about Malcolm Gladwell lately. In some ways, it’s related to how GOOD his writing is. He spins a great story. They’re the … Continue reading

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Book Review: Patrick Gale’s A Place Called Winter

A Place Called Winter by Patrick Gale My rating: 4 of 5 stars As I’ve written before in book reviews, I often look to books in slightly opposing ways: both to find myself, and to be introduced to a completely … Continue reading

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Book Review: Joan London’s The Golden Age

The Golden Age by Joan London My rating: 2 of 5 stars I did find the setting and time intriguing, and the idea of a care home for kids with polio and a European immigrant couple adjusting to the New … Continue reading

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Book Review: Michael Cunningham’s The Snow Queen

The Snow Queen by Michael Cunningham My rating: 5 of 5 stars Michael Cunningham has always been one of my favourite authors and his latest book, The Snow Queen, reminded me why: I think it will be one of my … Continue reading

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Book Review: Carmen Aguirre’s Something Fierce

Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter by Carmen Aguirre My rating: 4 of 5 stars On my last visit home to Vancouver, a friend gave me this book; I think he knows the author. When I first became friends … Continue reading

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