All That Is Solid Melts into Air by Darragh McKeon

all-that-is-solidAs a child of the 1980s, one of the major world events that continues to resonate with me is the nuclear accident at Chernobyl. For that reason alone I was keen to pick up All That Is Solid Melts Into Air by Darragh McKeon. But this novel does not stop there, it also provides a scathing look at the last days of Soviet Communism before its ultimate demise. Continue reading

The Other Side of Paradise by Julia Cooke

other-side-of-paradiseCanadians love Cuba. For many, it is the sun filled destination of choice. We like it for many reasons: the people, the beautiful beaches, great music and of course the absence of Americans (sorry American friends). We feel like it is our playground. But few Canadians make it past the resort gates. The Cuba we know and love has absolutely no relation to the Cuba that exists for its inhabitants. And that is why The Other Side of Paradise by Julia Cooke is such a wonderful and engrossing book. Continue reading