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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 must
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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 Flowers That Don't Bloom in May, Trala!

Work on replacing lead water pipes leading into our 116 year old house continues.  Ten days ago the city replaced the ones on its side of the property line because a leak had developed.  This week we completed the work by replacing those going into the house.

All seems well--except that during the  time that a hole was open in the foundation to allow the water pipe to be changed, a pesky critte... Read more of this blog post »
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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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