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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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Book Review: Patrick Gale’s Notes from an Exhibition

Notes from an Exhibition by Patrick Gale My rating: 5 of 5 stars This is a novel about the death of an artist that allows an exploration of her family, with key themes of manic depression, the Quaker religion, artistic … Continue reading

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Book Review: Gary Shteyngart’s Super Sad True Love Story

Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart My rating: 2 of 5 stars My real rating for this book would be one star, but I think that’s unfair of me because I didn’t finish it. I used to always … Continue reading

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Book Review: Andrew O’Hagan’s ‘Be Near Me’

Be Near Me by Andrew O’Hagan My rating: 3 of 5 stars Because I’d raved about O’Hagan’s Marilyn Monroe book (as narrated by her dog, Maf), a new literary friend loaned me one of his favourite books, ‘Be Near Me’. … Continue reading

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Book Review (of sorts): Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel My rating: 4 of 5 stars I understand the fuss, and also the frustration. The writing in this book is simply beautiful, and the portrait of Cromwell, and his negotiations, machinations and dealings, is complex … Continue reading

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