Book report #25 (2022)

The Growing Season, by Nelson Boschman. Pub 2022 I find myself in contemplative mood a lot these days, and in recent months feeling drawn to consider some spiritual additions to my daily life. Perhaps for the ritual, but more I think for answers to "why" and "what else" questions. Reading The Madness of Grief was perhaps a... Continue Reading →

Book report #24 (2022)

And a Dog Called Fig, by Helen Humpreys. Pub 2022 I have read (almost) everything fiction and non-fiction that Humphreys has written, and each book has been wonderful. Back in 2019, I read her Machine Without Horses, an interesting combination of novel and writer's memoir, and I enjoyed the memoir part and noted that it... Continue Reading →

Book report #23 (2022)

Rosary Made of Air, by Joseph Massey. Pub 2022. I was led to this book through the circuit of poets and artists and other writers that I follow on Twitter (remarkable that Twitter can be a coming together rather than a sundering). Brief snippets of poems and insightful comments intrigued me and felt like gifts... Continue Reading →

Book report #22 (2022)

Triumph and Disaster, and Genius and Discovery, by Stefan Zweig. Pub 1927-1940. Translation by Anthea Bell. These editions published 2016, from translations published in 2013. Reading these was inspired by two previous reads: Stefan Zweig last year, and Benjamin Labatut earlier this year. I really enjoyed Zweig last year, and so wanted to read more,... Continue Reading →

Book report #21 (2022)

A Thousand Ships, by Natalie Haynes. Pub 2021 Along the lines of Madeline Miller (author of past favourite Circe), Haynes speciality is historical fiction and Greek mythology fro'm the perspective of lesser-known characters, especially women (see last year's discussion of The Children of Jocasta). In A Thousand Ships, Haynes gives voice to the stories and... Continue Reading →

Book report #20 (2022)

We, Me, Them & It, by John Simmons. Pub 2022. Original version published 2001. I’m in the midst of developing materials for an upcoming course on leadership and communication (part of Research Management and Communication at Mohawk College), and a random suggestion for this book came up in my searching for sources. As it is... Continue Reading →

Book report #19 (2022)

What They Forgot to Teach You at School, by The School of Life. Pub 2021 One of the coffee shops I visit for my various one-on-one meetings has a little book nook featuring many of these The School of Life books (it's where I found On Confidence last year). This was an interesting one to read... Continue Reading →

Book report extra #5* (2022)

Framed in Fire, by Iona Whishaw. Pub 2022 Book 9, the most recent in the series, picks up almost where the previous one left off. It is spring 1948, and (once again) Lane meets a stranger, discovers a body, and gets embroiled in mysteries. SPOILER ALERT: if you haven't yet read this or previous books... Continue Reading →

Book report #18 (2022)

The Feather Thief, by Kirk Wallace Johnson. Pub 2018 I first heard about this story and book in an episode of the podcast This American Life. It is one of those stories of a seemingly oddball crime by an oddball character that takes the journalist and ultimately the reader to some fascinating places and times.... Continue Reading →

Book report extra #4* (2022)

A Lethal Lesson, by Iona Whishaw. Pub 2021 In Book 8 in the Lane Winslow series, the Darlings have returned from their honeymoon and are starting their lives together in King’s Cove when – of course – mysteries begin. As Christmas approaches, a local schoolteacher is found unconscious amidst the wreckage of her own house... Continue Reading →

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