Monthly Archives: September 2011

The Most Beautiful Book in the World

The Most Beautiful Book in the World:  Eight Novellas by Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt, translated by Alison Anderson Published:  2009 by Europa Editions Source:  Purchased   I am by no means an expert about books, especially about books in translation; but since … Continue reading

Posted in Europa Challenge, European literature, literature in translation, Reading Challenges, reviews

The Submission by Amy Waldman

The Submission by Amy Waldman Published:  2011 by Farrar, Strauss and Giroux Source:  Purchased (e-book)   Few historical events have had the widespread impact of the attacks on September 11, 2001.  It seems everyone’s life changed to some extent – … Continue reading

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The Submission by Amy Waldman

The Submission by Amy Waldman Published:  2011 by Farrar, Strauss and Giroux Source:  Purchased (e-book)   Few historical events have had the widespread impact of the attacks on September 11, 2001.  It seems everyone’s life changed to some extent – … Continue reading

Posted in fiction, reviews

Help! What Should I Read Next?

  I have a few books on my to-read shelves.  Well, a more than a few.  A lot.  And it has caused me to be paralyzed with the overabundance of choice — how to choose what to read next?  In … Continue reading

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What’s in a Name Challenge – Quickie Reviews

I’ve been a bit lazy (ok a lot lazy) and have a stack of books sitting next to my computer patiently waiting for me to compose review posts.  Several of them are for reading challenges so to kill two birds … Continue reading

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Far to Go by Alison Pick

Far to Go by Alison Pick Published:  2010 by House of Anansi Press/Harper Collins Canada Source:  Purchased   This novel begins with a prophetic sentence:  “I wish this were a happy story.”  Given that much of the narrative is set in … Continue reading

Posted in Canadian Book Challenge, Canadian lit., holocaust, reviews

Book Blogger Appreciation Week — Reading and Blogging

  So it’s Book Blogger Appreciation Week!  For some strange reason there isn’t a Hallmark card for this occasion, but greetings to one and all nonetheless.   I’ve missed much of the activities earlier in the week because I had … Continue reading

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5 Best Books: (Recovering from) Tragedy

The 5 Best Books is a meme hosted by Cassandra at Indie Reader Houston.´╗┐   To coincide with the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, this week’s topic is the 5 Best Books on Recovering from Tragedy.  The Submission by … Continue reading

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An Accident in August by Laurence Cosse – Review and Giveaway!

An Accident in August by Laurence Cosse (translated by Alison Anderson) Published:  2011 by Europa Editions´╗┐ Source:  Received from publisher for review   In probably the most well-known traffic accident of history, Princess Diana, her boyfriend, Dodi al Fayed, and … Continue reading

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Practical Jean by Trevor Cole

Practical Jean by Trevor Cole Published:  2010 by McClelland & Stewart Source:  Purchased   Jean Horemarsh is the kind of woman you wouldn’t normally notice.  She lives a quiet life in Kotemee, the town in which she was born and … Continue reading

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