book review

Chasing Clayoquot: A Wilderness Almanac By David Pitt-Brooke Foreword by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Greystone Books 287 Pages, $14 Reviewed by Quinn MacDonald When David Pitt-Brooke published Chasing Clayoquot: A Wilderness Almanac, he hoped it would be part of a larger effort that would secure the Clayoquot Sound as a widely treasured and protected place, […]

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The Dove in Bathurst Station By Patricia Westerhof Brindle and Glass 229 pages, $19.95 Reviewed by Katrin Horowitz According to one character in The Dove in Bathurst Station, moral distress is “when you know what you should do but you don’t do it because it seems impossible.”  And how, Patricia Westerhof asks, do you extricate yourself […]

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The Truth About Luck By Iain Reid Published by Anansi 254 pages, $18.95 By Richel Donaldson The Truth About Luck is Ontario author Iain Reid’s second memoir. Reid, whose first book was about moving back home after university, was recently named as one of five up-and-coming Canadian authors by the Globe and Mail. In The […]

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Confessions of a Fairy’s Daughter; Growing up with a gay dad By Alison Wearing 292 pages; $24.00 Reviewed by Cecania Alexander When I pick up a book, my dearest hopes are, admittedly, a bit unfair. Confessions of a Fairy’s Daughter – a nonfiction family memoir about Wearing’s growing up as her father discovers his gay […]

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The Virtual Self: How Our Digital Lives Are Altering The World Around Us McClelland and Stewart $19.95, 229 pages Reviewed by Jenny Aitken Nora Young is a well-known Canadian broadcaster and writer who lives in Toronto and hosts CBC Radio One’s Spark, a program that focuses on how technology affects the world around us. In […]

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Dance, Gladys, Dance By Cassie Stocks NeWest Press 300 pages; $19.95 By Joy Fisher When 27-year-old Frieda Zweig answers an ad about a beautiful old phonograph for sale, she’s hoping to meet Gladys, who’s selling the phonograph because she’s giving up dancing and needs the room for baking. Frieda, in retreat from a broken romance […]

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A Tale for the Time Being By Ruth Ozeki Viking Penguin 422 pages, $30 Reviewed by Vivian Moreau For those of you who walk West Coast beaches with eyes trawling for washed-up treasure, the Man Booker Prize-nominated A Tale for the Time Being may be a vicarious pleasure. But if you’re hoping for a narrative […]

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The Land of Heart’s Delight: Early Maps and Charts of Vancouver Island By Michael Layland Touchwood Editions 232 pages,  $39.95 Reviewed by Margaret Thompson             In this meticulously researched and lavishly illustrated book, Michael Layland traces the development of the accurate, detailed maps of Vancouver Island we take for granted today. His own qualifications as […]

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Lucky: A novel By Kathryn Para Published by Mother Tongue Publishing 213 pages, $21.95 Reviewed by Jenny Boychuk Kathryn Para’s debut novel and winner of The Great BC Novel Contest, Lucky: a novel, explores how we distance ourselves physically and mentally as a way to try to adapt to unthinkable tragedy and suffering. Anika Lund […]

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Three Little Words By Sarah N. Harvey Orca Book Publishers 218 pages, $12.95 Reviewed by Marcie Gray Sarah N. Harvey tries to say a lot in Three little words. Her novel for young adults ranges over the various facets of family life as she tells the story of 16-year-old Sid. He was a toddler when […]

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