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Mary Soderstrom is a Montreal-based writer of fiction and non-fiction with 17 published books to her credit: the most recent is Concrete: From Ancient Origins to a Problematic Future which was published in October 2020 by the University of Regina Press. The book brings to life the story of concrete's glorious past, extravagant present and problematic future with careful research, lively anecdote, and thoughtful reflection.

In 2019 the Press published her Frenemy Nations: Love and Hate between Neighbo(u)ring States which is an examination of why ten pairs of political entities--ranging from the formerly two Vietnams, through Haiti and the Dominican Republic and Vermont and New Hampshire to the US and Canada--are so similar in some respects,
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Mary Soderstrom Whenever a young person asks me for advice, I saw "hook up with a partner with a good day job." Writers who can live from their writing are few and fa…moreWhenever a young person asks me for advice, I saw "hook up with a partner with a good day job." Writers who can live from their writing are few and far between. A partner who believes in you is a wonderful thing--and it helps when it's time to put food on the table or a roof over your head.(less)
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Road Through Time: The Stor...

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Saturday Photo: Let's Do Lunch at the Atwater Library

Construction goes on despite Covid-19, concrete and cement continue to be made--with all that implies for global warming and quality of life.

I'll be talking about that and about my new book Concrete: From Ancient Origins to a Problematic Future at 12:30 p.m. EST Thursday, January 28, 2021.  It'll be one of the Atwater Library and Computer Centre's lunchtime series--by Zoom, of course.

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During the end of the Eocene and the beginning of the Oligocene (34–23 million years ago), the first evidence of anthropoids (a suborder of primates that include monkeys, apes and humans) begins to appear in the fossil record.
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Majenta Hello, Mary! Thank you for contacting me! Congratulations on your books! Happy reading, writing, and everything else. Have a wonderful weekend. Blessings!

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Jan Rice Thanks for your friend request. I'm happy to accept. Your review of Farewell, Babylon: Coming of Age in Jewish Baghdad was very informative. I recently read a long review of several such books and also ordered Baghdad, Yesterday: The Making of an Arab Jew and Life After Baghdad: Memoirs of an Arab-Jew in Israel, 1950�2000. At first I was going to stop there until I saw your review (and since Amazon Marketplace had them used!).


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