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The Hangman (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache Novella)
This is a short (87 pages) novella written for a special series of books sponsored by a Canadian literacy organisation. They're all by Canadian author...more
Jan 30, 2012
Feb 01, 2012
Bury Your Dead
This is the sixth and best volume of the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series. It is important to read The Brutal Telling (also an excellent read) fi...more
Jul 07, 2011
Jul 07, 2011
Wild Geese (New Canadian Library)
**spoiler alert** This was an unexpectedly compelling and very satisfying novel. I hadn’t heard of it or the author when I purchased it from the libra...more
Jun 2009
Nov 18, 2010
The Gargoyle
I’ve been mulling over what I’d like to say about this book for several days. Had I just picked this up in a bookstore to peruse, I would probably hav...more
Apr 2009
Dec 12, 2010
Tangles : a story about Alzheimer's, my mother, and me
A friend recommended this non-fiction graphic "novel" to me last week. I picked it up at the library today, and although I had another book on the go,...more
Nov 21, 2011
Nov 21, 2011
No Great Mischief
This poignant novel beautifully depicts the history of a clan from the Scottish Highlands who settled on Cape Breton Island in 1779. Family stories an...more
Nov 2008
Dec 15, 2010
The Lost Garden
This is a beautiful, poetically written novella. It’s the second book I’ve read by the author and I will actively seek out more. As in Coventry, I fou...more
May 2010
Aug 02, 2010
Prospero's Daughter
This was an enjoyable read but perhaps not quite as good as the other titles I’ve read by this author. After a serious accident, Polly Weston ends her...more
Aug 2008
Jun 18, 2011
The Flying Troutmans
Hattie Troutman is 28, living in Paris, and has just been dumped by her boyfriend when she receives a call for help from her 11-year-old niece, Thebes...more
Feb 2009
Dec 12, 2010
Such Is My Beloved (New Canadian Library)
**spoiler alert** This is the second novel I’ve read by Morley Callaghan and I enjoyed it much more than A Passion in Rome. Father Stephen Dowling is...more
Jun 2009
Nov 18, 2010
Incontinent on the Continent: My Mother, Her Walker, and Our Grand Tour of Italy
This was a quick and entertaining read. The 50-something year-old author took a six-week tour of Italy with her elderly and disabled mother. I enjoyed...more
Jul 2010
Aug 01, 2010
As for Me and My House
This novel takes the form of a diary by the unnamed wife of Philip Bentley, a frustrated painter who has been a small town church minister for a numbe...more
Nov 2008
Dec 15, 2010
Reading by Lightning
**spoiler alert** This novel is going to be Winnipeg’s selection for the 2009 On the Same Page read – a very good choice in my opinion. I really enjoy...more
Aug 2009
Nov 18, 2010
The Diviners
“The Diviners has been acclaimed by many critics as the outstanding achievement of Margaret Laurence’s writing career. In Morag Gunn, Laurence has cre...more
Nov 2008
Dec 15, 2010
I Am Hutterite: The Fascinating True Story of a Young Woman's Journey to Reclaim Her Heritage
I’m not about to rush off and join one but I was fascinated to learn more about the communal life of a Hutterite colony. The author spent the first 10...more
Apr 2009
Dec 12, 2010
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (Flavia de Luce, #1)
I loved this mystery set in 1950 England which introduces the charming and irrepressible 11-year-old Flavia De Luce and her eccentric family. An amate...more
Aug 2009
Nov 18, 2010
La grosse femme d'à côté est enceinte (Chroniques du Plateau Mont-Royal, #1)
The Fat Woman Next Door is Pregnant was one of the contenders for Canada Reads 2009. I decided to read it in the original French and am pleased I made...more
Mar 2009
Dec 12, 2010
Still Life (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache #1)
This is the first book in the series of mysteries featuring Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sȗreté de Quebec and the village of Three Pines. I'd...more
Sep 04, 2010
Sep 01, 2010
A Bird in the House
This is one of the books in Margaret Laurence’s Manawaka series. It’s a series of short stories, but since the main character remains the same, it is...more
Jul 2008
Jun 18, 2011
Far to Go
Alison Pick is a new-to-me Canadian author and I'm pleased to have discovered her. Far to Go is a moving and beautifully written story. I'm not surpri...more
Jun 09, 2011
Jun 08, 2011
Settlers of the Marsh
**spoiler alert** First published in 1925 this selection from the New Canadian Library was condemned by critics and churches. It’s a realistic and gri...more
Aug 2009
Nov 18, 2010
Rumour of God: Rekindling Belief in an Age of Disenchantment
In our busy, secular world, constantly entertained and distracted, we have become disenchanted and dissatisfied. We seek "divertissement" to avoid fac...more
Mar 27, 2011
Mar 20, 2011
Mistress Of Nothing
I enjoyed this month's book club selection, a good read, although I'm somewhat surprised that it won the Governor General's Award. I hadn't hear of th...more
Oct 17, 2011
Oct 09, 2011
Secret Daughter
This book club selection was easy to read and engrossing. In 1984, in a remote Indian village Kavita gives birth to her second daughter. Her husband t...more
Dec 16, 2010
Dec 13, 2010
The Murder Stone
Note: This has also been published under the title A Rule Against Murder

This is the fourth in Penny's series of mysteries featuring Chief Inspector Ar...more
Nov 04, 2010
Oct 26, 2010
Come, Thou Tortoise
This is a quirky and offbeat novel about Audrey (Oddly) Flowers, a young woman in her early twenties (although only five or so counting by her leap da...more
Jul 2010
Aug 01, 2010
The Prairie Bridesmaid
I read this book while in transit from Winnipeg to Boston. I really liked it! It made me laugh out loud more than once, on the plane and in the airpor...more
Sep 14, 2010
Sep 13, 2010
Leaning, Leaning Over Water (A Novel In Ten Stories)
I loved both Deafening and Remembering the Bones. This is an earlier work by Itani and I thought it was a collection of short stories but was pleased...more
Oct 28, 2010
Oct 30, 2010
The Outlander
This book was captivating from the first sentence. Mary Boulton is a nineteen year old widow who shot her husband with his own gun. As the story opens...more
Oct 2009
Nov 13, 2010
Late Nights on Air
I found almost the first 200 pages or so of this book rather slow going but the Yellowknife setting kept me reading and ultimately my perseverance was...more
Jul 2008
Jun 18, 2011
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