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Mary Soderstrom is a Montreal-based writer of fiction and non-fiction with 15 published books to her credit. Her next book is scheduled for publication in October 2019 by the University of Regina Press. Frenemy Nations: Love and Hate between Neighbo(u)ring States 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, yet so different.

Her last book Road through Time: The Story of Humanity on the Move.(University of Regina Press) was officially published in mid-April to laudatory reviews in Quill & Quire, Publishers' Weekly and The Library Journal which called it "a
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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…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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Saturday Photo: The Morning Rush Hour in Outremont, Version One

The photo was taken about 8 a.m. last Thursday, when folks were cutting through Parc St-Viateur near our house on their way to where ever. No crowds, but they were hurrying through the snow-bedecked park anyway.

When we went looking for a house, decades ago, I decided that we shouldn't buy anything that would require a commute for my old man by any other means than foot. Too stressful, not goo... Read more of this blog post »
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André Alexis' wonderful Fifteen Dogs was a tour de force: original, thought-provoking, and clearly a magical fiction from the beginning. This new novel, the fifth of his five related novels, not nearly as successful.

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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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