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Girls on the Edge: The Four Factors Driving the New Crisis for Girls—Sexual Identity, the Cyberbubble, Obsessions, Environmental Toxins
4.04
Girls today have far greater opportunities than their grandmothers had and therefore they have every chance for a very fulfilling life, one in which t ...more
Apr 11, 2011
Apr 11, 2011
 
Gandhi and Churchill: The Epic Rivalry that Destroyed an Empire and Forged Our Age
4.02
Gandhi and Churchill were among the most influential men of the 20th century, born within five years of each other 4000 miles apart. Though they met o ...more
May 24, 2010
May 24, 2010
 
The Midwife of Venice
3.56
“The Midwife of Venice” by Roberta Rich is the story of Hannah and Isaac Levi, a Jewish couple living in Venice. Hannah is a midwife and Isaac a trade ...more
Jan 27, 2013
Jan 28, 2013
 
The Other Side of the Bridge
3.99
Mary Lawson is a remarkable story teller. “The Other Side of the Bridge” is set in a small town in Northern Canada. The story evolves around two broth ...more
Dec 11, 2008
Dec 11, 2008
 
The Day the Falls Stood Still
3.66
At first glance “The Day the Falls Stood Still”, seems like a beautiful love story, which it is, but it is much more than that. The story incorporates ...more
Feb 03, 2012
Feb 05, 2012
 
Love in the Time of Cholera
3.87
I found the book difficult to read, the pace is very slow, very little actually happens in the book. The book is about Florentino Ariza's love for Fer ...more
Mar 10, 2009
Mar 16, 2009
 
The Orenda
4.25
The Orenda is a sweeping epic novel based on Canada’s early history. The history is complicated but Joseph Boyden handles it deftly. The story is base ...more
Sep 15, 2014
Oct 22, 2014
 
Cutting for Stone
4.27
Cutting for Stone is a touching story that follows the lives of Marion and Shiva, twins raised in Ethiopia. Marion and Shiva are born to an Indian nun ...more
Sep 13, 2011
Sep 13, 2011
 
Sea of Poppies (Ibis Trilogy, #1)
3.90
“Sea of Poppies”, the first of the Ibis Trilogy is a colossal tale of epic proportions set in the 1830’s in British India. The novel covers several th ...more
Mar 03, 2013
Mar 03, 2013
 
Life of Pi
3.87
This is a book that sat on my shelf for more than a year. Friends said it was “difficult to read”, “slow”, “I didn’t quite get it”. Now that I was abo ...more
Jul 26, 2013
Jul 26, 2013
 
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
4.03
Set in Hunan Province in China in the 1800’s “Snow Flower and the Secret Fan” is a touching story of friendship between two women beginning in childho ...more
Jun 18, 2012
Jun 18, 2012
 
The Gravedigger's Daughter
3.49
Joyce Carol Oates’s “The GraveDigger’s Daughter” is a powerful story. It is not a pleasant book to read given that the main theme of the book is male ...more
Mar 27, 2011
Mar 27, 2011
 
The White Tiger
3.69
“Please understand, Your Excellency, that India is two countries in one: an India of Light, and an India of Darkness.”......this book is about the dar ...more
Nov 18, 2009
Nov 18, 2009
 
A Blade of Grass
3.65
This is the first book set in South Africa that I have read after "Cry the Beloved Country" which I read several years ago. The story set in apartheid ...more
Apr 29, 2009
Apr 30, 2009
 
A Spot of Bother
3.45
“A Spot of Bother” was quite a different book from Mark Haddon’s “Curious Incident”. If the reader was expecting it to be like Mark Haddon’s award win ...more
Apr 15, 2010
Apr 15, 2010
 
The Last Runaway
3.76
I enjoyed Tracy Chevalier’s “The Last Runaway” for so many reasons. Historical fiction has got to be my favourite genre. The novel has several themes, ...more
Jan 13, 2014
Jan 14, 2014
 
The Imposter Bride
3.34
The “Imposter Bride” by Nancy Richler is the story of a young Jewish woman who comes to Canada having narrowly escaped the atrocities of the war in Eu ...more
Dec 30, 2013
Jan 14, 2014
 
The Painted Girls
3.61
I was lucky to get an advance copy of “The Painted Girls” by Cathy Marie Buchanan. It is the touching story of Marie Van Goethem, the fourteen year ol ...more
Dec 10, 2012
Dec 15, 2012
 
March
3.71
For those of us who read and enjoyed as teenagers, Louisa May Alcott’s beloved classic “Little Women”, Geraldine Brooks’ “March” will be a nostalgic j ...more
Oct 31, 2013
Nov 03, 2013
 
Irma Voth
3.40
Irma Voth by Miriam Toews is set in a Mennonite Community in Mexico. The story centers around Irma, a Mennonite teenager and her family who have moved ...more
Sep 28, 2011
Sep 28, 2011
 
The Paris Wife
3.76
The fictionalized story of Ernest Hemingway and his first wife Hadley Richardson and their five years in Paris, Paula McLain’s “The Paris Wife” is an ...more
May 12, 2012
May 14, 2012
 
Far to Go
3.77
While all the cruelty and atrocities were being perpetrated by the Nazis in the late 1930s, there were a few brave individuals who took it upon themse ...more
Dec 15, 2012
Dec 15, 2012
 
Rabbit Redux (Rabbit Angstrom, #2)
3.79
This is the second in the series of Rabbit books by John Updike. At the start of the book, Rabbit seems to have settled down to a more conventional li ...more
Apr 14, 2009
Apr 14, 2009
 
Loving Frank
3.70
As Frank Lloyd Wright’s star was rising on the architectural horizon in the Chicago suburb of Oak Park, he fell in love with the wife of one of his cl ...more
Apr 08, 2013
Apr 08, 2013
 
Eat, Pray, Love
3.45
A memoir of a heart broken 36 year old divorcee and an account of her journey from heartbreak to peace and balance achieved through a year of travel e ...more
Jul 09, 2010
Jul 09, 2010
 
Rabbit, Run (Rabbit Angstrom, #1)
3.56
Updike’s “Rabbit Run” is not a pleasant read; it can be depressing, there is no character that the reader will like, there is no satisfactory ending – ...more
Apr 06, 2009
Apr 06, 2009
 
Water for Elephants
4.05
Water for Elephants is an excellent read. I have never before read a book where a travelling Circus was the setting so this was in itself new. Sara Gr ...more
Nov 12, 2009
Nov 12, 2009
 
Through Black Spruce
4.09
Through Black Spruce is a follow up to Joseph Boyden’s earlier book “The Three Day Road”. It won the Giller Prize in Canada. The characters in this bo ...more
Aug 31, 2009
Sep 13, 2009
 
Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World
4.05
An excellent book about the Peace Conference at the end of the First World War and the Treaty of Versailles. The Allies had a Herculean job. With the ...more
Dec 09, 2009
Dec 09, 2009
 
Little Bee
3.67
“Little Bee” is a well crafted novel by British author Chris Cleave. The plot keeps the reader constantly engaged as the author unfolds the story gent ...more
Mar 12, 2012
Mar 12, 2012
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