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Not Wanted on the Voyage
3.99
it was amazing
Having read (and disliked) The Telling of Lies , oh, I don't know, in that year known as Y2K that seems so long ago, I anticipated a rough relationsh ...more
Jan 2008
Jan 04, 2008
 
I Praise My Destroyer: Poems
3.95
really liked it
From "Cantos Vaqueros":

One morning as I closed the cyclone-fence gate / to begin a slow drift / down to the cookhouse on foot / (because my truck whee
...more
Feb 2008
Feb 12, 2008
 
Mudbound
4.00
liked it
This book really didn't grab me until near the end. It's a believable enough story, tragic, and gives insight into the racist, segregationist legacy M ...more
May 2008
Mar 14, 2008
 
The Whale Warriors: The Battle at the Bottom of the World to Save the Planet's Largest Mammals
3.96
really liked it
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society seem to be doing what few others are: intervening on behalf of the living creatures of the ocean. I first encountere ...more
Apr 2008
Apr 06, 2008
 
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
3.81
it was ok
I know, two stars for Huck Finn, a classic of American literature...but the ending! The unforgivable ending! When Tom Sawyer shows up at Aunt Sally an ...more
Jul 2008
May 11, 2008
 
Wanderlust: A History of Walking
3.91
liked it
In Wanderlust: A History of Walking Rebecca Solnit weaves together investigations of walks and the practice of walking. She notes, "Perhaps walking is ...more
Mar 2008
Feb 11, 2008
 
In Persuasion Nation
4.10
really liked it
There are so many great things about this book, but one of the best is that I've read nothing like it before. Take, for example, the following gem of ...more
Jan 2008
Dec 26, 2007
 
No One Belongs Here More Than You
3.81
it was ok
My experience of these stories was certainly tainted by reviews I have previously read. Having heard that July strangely switches tenses mid-story I w ...more
Dec 2007
Dec 22, 2007
 
Bowl of Cherries
3.27
really liked it
Millard Kaufman is smart. Really, really clever. A description of the narrative of this book would not have enticed me to read it, but a random sampli ...more
Mar 2008
Mar 04, 2008
 
Necessary Secrets: The Journals of Elizabeth Smart
3.74
liked it
It's hard to really rate or review a book of journals. I enjoyed learning more about Smart, her upbringing, the fact that she knew F.H. Varley, among ...more
Jan 2008
Jan 13, 2008
 
The World Without Us
3.79
liked it
Things I learned more about included, but were not limited to: The International Wildlife Museum in Tuscon, Arizona, The Zone of Alienation, a book ca ...more
Jan 2008
Jan 25, 2008
 
The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World
4.05
liked it
Michael Pollan is a little long-winded for my liking. As in, he chooses a pretty narrow subject and then writes EVERYTHING he knows/learns about it. I ...more
Jan 2009
Dec 28, 2008
 
The Moon by Whale Light and Other Adventures Among Bats, Penguins, Crocodilians and Whales
4.16
liked it
What I liked about this book were the first two chapters. Bats and crocodilians. It was like the BBC Planet Earth series in book form. The essay about ...more
Feb 2008
Feb 23, 2008
 
The Zookeeper's Wife
3.44
it was amazing
A biography of Antonina Zabinski, this beautifully written story demonstrates over and over again the perseverance and resourcefulness of nature, huma ...more
Feb 2008
Dec 23, 2007
 
Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic
4.11
really liked it
I bought this book at the Vancouver Art Gallery because I'd read an excerpt and loved the drawings. I still love the drawings and think this is a fabu ...more
Dec 2008
Dec 15, 2008
 
When You Are Engulfed in Flames
4.05
liked it
I devoured this book, maybe because it was so great at getting my mind off of school-related things. Regardless of any ulterior motive that may have d ...more
Dec 12, 2008
Nov 30, 2008
 
Montreal Stories
3.77
it was amazing
From Between Zero and One:

...I remember a day of dark spring snowstorms, ourselves reflected on the black windows, the pools of warm light here and
...more
Jan 2008
Dec 23, 2007
 
The Fruit Hunters: A Story of Nature, Obsession, Commerce, and Adventure
3.77
really liked it
I really enjoyed this book, but it left me lost in a fruit-loving dilemma. I live in Canada, so do I gorge on local, seasonal fruit, or do I adventure ...more
Jun 2008
Apr 19, 2008
 
Icefields
3.62
it was ok
Icefields was chosen for Canada Reads 2008 on CBC by the Canadian astronaut Steve MacLean. I picture glaciers of 100 years ago as these thick, impenet ...more
Jan 2008
Dec 22, 2007
 
Reasons to Live
4.16
liked it
I am so happy to have discovered this wonderful short story writer. Stand out stories include the apparently much anthologized "In the Cemetery Where ...more
Mar 2008
Apr 13, 2008
 
King Leary
3.50
liked it
Okay, the final book I read for Canada Reads 2008. Here's the deal: I don't really enjoy books about old people. Yikes. Tough to admit, but true. The ...more
Feb 2008
Dec 22, 2007
 
The Haunting
3.89
liked it
Spooky, entertaining and very well written, I totally enjoyed The Haunting (of Hill House). However, after reading that Owen Wilson plays one of the c ...more
Mar 2008
Feb 28, 2008
 
The Third Policeman
4.02
it was ok
I was completely overwhelmed by school when I read this, and therefore I think I found this book more overwhelming than it really is. Nice opening sen ...more
Nov 30, 2008
Nov 07, 2008
 
Water for Elephants
4.07
liked it
Book club book #3, chosen by Amanda Card. This book worked for me. I enjoyed the look at a former circus vet at 90 or 93 and the description of the ac ...more
Jun 2008
Apr 27, 2008
 
Of Walking in Ice
3.89
liked it
A diary of Herzog's walk from Munich to Paris in the fall of 1974, Of Walking in Ice is a lovely collection of observations of the German and French c ...more
Feb 18, 2008
Jan 27, 2008
 
In Patagonia
3.75
it was amazing
Subjects covered:

Butch Cassidy and other American outlaws
Dinosaur hunting
Megafauna (my new favourite subject)
Adventures at sea without satellite navi
...more
Apr 2008
Apr 19, 2008
 
Brown Girl in the Ring
3.84
did not like it
I'm so glad that I got this one from the library. Bad bad bad. I finished it because I'm part of a Canada Reads pact, but it wasn't easy. Terribly sim ...more
Jan 2008
Dec 22, 2007
 
The Red Pony
3.43
really liked it
Four short stories, most of which mention Doubletree Mutt, possibly the best dog name ever. This book captures California so well that a) I want to li ...more
Feb 2008
Feb 24, 2008
 
Never Let Me Go
3.81
really liked it
To borrow from a review, of sorts, for the Francis Ford Coppola movie The Conversation (which, incidentally, is awesome), the less you know about this ...more
Jul 2008
Jun 18, 2008
 
More Home Cooking: A Writer Returns to the Kitchen
4.39
it was amazing
Recipes, cookbook recommendations, and food writing that makes you feel like you've welcomed into a cozy kitchen. Excellent ideas and a nice book to r ...more
Aug 2008
Jul 23, 2008
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