The Narrow Road To The Deep North by Richard Flanagan

The Narrow Road to the Deep North (2014) **Winner of The Man Booker Prize 2014** “Daring … Captivating … Often unbearably powerful … The Narrow Road to the Deep North [will draw you] into dark contemplation the way only the most extraordinary books...I picked up The Narrow Road To The Deep North by Richard Flanagan largely because it won the 2014 Man Booker Prize and I wanted something meaty. I went in with the preconceived notion that it was a story about Australian POWs in Burma during WWII – and that is certainly one way of selling it. But I was truly surprised by the sensuality of the love story that surrounds the story of one of the POWs. There was a tenderness to the novel that I was not expecting (and which, quite frankly, isn’t really my cup of tea). So while I did not entirely enjoy The Narrow Road To The Deep North, I can see why Flanagan won such a prestigious award for it. Continue reading

The Path of Modern Yoga by Elliott Goldberg

My current obsession with yoga continues, so The Path of Modern Yoga by Elliott Goldberg seemed like a natural fit for my reading right now. I studied South Asian religion and philosophy in university, and I always knew that the ancient roots of yoga in India bore little resemblance to the LuluLemon yoga practice of today. In The Path of Modern Yoga, Elliott Goldberg shows how we got from there to where we are now by focusing on a few key yoga innovators.

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For the Love of Mary by Christopher Meades

For The Love of Mary by Christopher MeadesECW Press is a small, Canadian press that I have really come to trust for quality work. You can’t always say that about indies who publish works by unknown authors. Their latest offering is For The Love of Mary by Christopher Meades, a satire and coming of age novel that plays with small town religious rivalries. Continue reading

20 Books of Summer

20booksofsummerFollowing the lead of  746 Books and many others, I’ve devised my summer reading list – 20 Books of Summer. My list is largely informed by the Edinburgh International Book Festival, which runs August 13-29, and because I am me, I’ve got to prepare. So here goes: Continue reading

We’re All In This Together by Amy Jones

I do not know who Amy Jones is, but I can tell you that she just might be my new favorite Canadian novelist. We’re All In This Together is a brilliant, laugh out loud funny, getting the family back together adventure with heart. Yep, I’ve used every cliche in the book and they are all true. This is the #1 book you should read this summer. Continue reading

The Gilded Years by Karin Tanabe

The Gilded YearsThe premise of The Gilded Years by Karin Tanabe immediately grabbed my attention. Set at Vassar at the end of the 19th century, it tells the story of Anita Hemmings the first black women to graduate from the gilded institution. While at Vasser, she passed as white until … well, you know. It is wonderfully researched and I loved the afterword that tells you what parts are made up and what is true. Continue reading

Peace and Parsnips by Lee Watson

Whenever I see a new vegan cookbook, especially one with a gorgeous cover, I get a little excited. We eat vegan 95% of the time, and even though our diet and cooking repertoire is amazingly varied, sometimes you need something to kick start your creativity again. To get you out of your rut. All cooks need this. Continue reading