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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