Book Reviews

I typically post between two and three book reviews a week. Please refer to my review policy if you’d like to submit a book for consideration. I invite you to subscribe to my newsletter to get a summary of my reviews once  a month.

Touring the Grimm Brothers Museum in Kassel, Germany

On my European adventures I visited many car museums, mainly because that was what my husband wanted to do. However, we also visited some literary hotspots to appease my interests too, and one such destination was Grimm World in Kassel Germany. We walked to this...

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Book Review: The Wrong Cat by Lorna Crozier

I don't typically read poetry, but I always make an exception for the wonderful Canadian poet and icon Lorna Crozier. The Wrong Cat is her latest collection of poetry, and 'spellbinding' is one of the best words I can find to describe it. * Obviously I'm going to like...

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Book Review: The Mountain Can Wait by Sarah Leipciger

So I'm back in Germany (Berlin actually) and I've just finished Sarah Leipciger's The Mountain Can Wait. Before we dive in I should mention that this book came out in summer 2015, so many people have already read it, but if you haven't you'll probably want to pick it...

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Book Review: The Mystics of Mile End by Sigal Samuel

As I continue my journey through Europe, I continue my reading adventures as well. Next up is newcomer Sigal Samuel's The Mystics of Mile End; a book I started in Switzerland and finished in France (and a side note to the author and publisher: after finishing the book...

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Book Review: Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller

So I'm still in Europe, Switzerland actually, so reading a book that takes place in the German countryside had a particularly relevant angle for me, as I had just come from that wonderful country, and will return to it in a few short weeks. Our Endless Numbered Days...

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Book Review: Honeydew by Edith Pearlman

I started reading this book in Canada, and I finished reading it in Germany. This doesn't really  have anything to do with the way I enjoyed it, I just wanted to brag about the fact that I'm travelling to fun places right now. Instead of taking pictures of books with...

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The Literary Festival Season Has Begun!

So with the onslaught of Fall book awards come the annual procession of literary festivals. Canada is lucky enough to have quite a few of them, although there is always room for more! As you all know, I used to work for Wordfest, so this is a topic near and dear to my...

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Book Review: Close to Hugh by Marina Endicott

As the countdown to the Giller Prize ticks along, I'm reading and reviewing as many nominated books as I can. Next up on my list is Marina Endicott's Close to Hugh. I have a soft spot in my hardened little heart for Endicott. She splits her time between Toronto and...

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Book Review: Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum

Anna Benz, the protagonist of Hausfrau (meaning "housewife" in German), is living in Switzerland after moving there with her husband Bruno from the United States. They have three young children, live in a nice home in a respectable neighborhood, and appear to be 'the...

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Elizabeth Hay is coming to Wordfest and I Love Her

I recently finished reading Elizabeth Hay's new book His Whole Life. And I loved it. Obviously, because Elizabeth Hay is great. I've also been helping the wonderful Shelley Youngblut program the 20th anniversary of Wordfest this year. So...they filmed me (nervously)...

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