Category Archives: Canadian Book Challenge

Madame Proust and the Kosher Kitchen — review and giveaway

Madame Proust and the Kosher Kitchen by Kate Taylor Published:  2003 by Anchor Canada Source:  Purchased     My favorite book of 2012.  Yes, it’s early to make that call, but I just loved loved loved this book.     Madame Proust and … Continue reading

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Half Blood Blues

Half Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan Published:  2011 by Serpent’s Tail Source:  Purchased at an independent bookstore  Paris, 1940.  Paris has fallen to the Nazis.  Anyone who can leave the city does.  A group of jazz musicians flee back to … 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

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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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Canadian Book Challenge 5 — I’m In!

    Ok, folks, I’m doing my patriotic duty and signing up for The Canadian Book Challenge 5, hosted at The Book Mine Set.  Don’t you love this awesome logo?   So I fell down on the job and did … Continue reading

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Of Hockey and Hijab

Of Hockey and Hijab:  Reflections of a Canadian Muslim Woman by Sheema Khan Published:  2009 by Coach House Printing Source:  Purchased   This book is a collection of essays that initially appeared in The Globe and Mail as a series … Continue reading

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The Best Laid Plans by Terry Fallis

The Best Laid Plans by Terry Fallis´╗┐ Published:  2007 by McLelland & Stewart Source:  Purchased (the Canadian edition, eh?)   I’m a Canadian girl, and my one complaint about Canadian literature is that most of it is frankly quite depressing … Continue reading

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The Best Laid Plans by Terry Fallis

The Best Laid Plans by Terry Fallis´╗┐ Published:  2007 by McLelland & Stewart Source:  Purchased (the Canadian edition, eh?)   I’m a Canadian girl, and my one complaint about Canadian literature is that most of it is frankly quite depressing … Continue reading

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Good to a Fault by Marina Endicott

  Clara Purdy’s life was changed by a car accident.  She wasn’t seriously injured, but she took on the responsibility of taking care of the family whose car she hit while making a left turn.  The Gage family — on … Continue reading

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The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill

I don’t know how any of us in the twenty-first century can begin to comprehend what it was like to have been forced into slavery.  Sure, we complain about being overworked and underpaid, but for the most part we are … Continue reading

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