Book report #24 (2019)

Ex Libris, by Anne Fadiman. Pub 1998 I remember exactly how and where I came upon this now-treasured collection of essays (and its companion, At Large and At Small) – it was in 2008, on a vacation in Victoria, and a visit to that Mecca for booklovers, Munro’s Books. My favourite spot in the store... Continue Reading →

Book report #10 (2019)

Machine without Horses, by Helen Humphreys. Pub 2018 I bought this one last year on the strength of the author – Helen Humphreys is a long-time favourite – but ended up reading Wild Dogs instead. I came back to this one on vacation, on my e-reader after my pile of books held nothing more entrancing.... Continue Reading →

Book report #18 (2018)

The Wine Lover’s Daughter, by Anne Fadiman. Pub 2017 Anne Fadiman is one of my favourite writers; sadly for me, she has very few books, so I was delighted to find that she’d at last produced another one. This memoir about her father is a poignant journey to find and enshrine the meaning of his... Continue Reading →

Book report #13 (2018)

The Dip: A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit (and When to Stick), by Seth Godin. Pub 2007 I was led to this brief book via this article. I am dealing with some team issues at work (people leaving), and I was struggling to understand the choices that people were making. I wasn't... Continue Reading →

Book report # un-numberable (2018)

The Only Story, by Julian Barnes. Pub 2018 "Sometimes you see a couple, and they seem bored witless with one another, and you can't imagine them having anything in common, or why they're still living together. But it's not just habit or complacency or convention or anything like that. It's because once, they had their... Continue Reading →

Book report #1 (2018)

The Elements of Eloquence: Secrets of the Perfect Turn of Phrase, by Mark Forsyth. Pub 2013 I found this book after seeing a Facebook post about the section on hyperbaton (defying the logical/grammatical order of words in a sentence). Hyperbaton covers three areas: prepositions (Shut up!), vowel order (tic-tac-toe), and word order (esp. adjectives and adjective-noun).... Continue Reading →

Book report #16 (2017)

A Mixture of Frailties, by Robertson Davies. Pub 1958 This completes the Salterton Trilogy for me, and I was delighted with all three books. I don't know if other authors previously had worked in the trifecta format, but Davies does it masterfully, allowing the old and new characters in the newer books to blend pretty... Continue Reading →

Book report #10 (2017)

Tempest-Tost, by Robertson Davies. Pub 1951 I confess here – this is the book I was supposed to read in school, but didn’t. It was in Grade 11 (or possibly 12), and it was for Canadian literature with Mrs. Kruk. One of the required books that term was Leaven of Malice, part of the CanLit... Continue Reading →

Book report #1 (2017)

Sh@dy Charac+ers: The Secret Life of Punctuation, Symbols & Other Typographical Marks. By Ke!th H*uston. Pub. 2013. Fun and interesting read, but not for non-pedants, there is some very interesting history about lesser known marks (pilcrow, anyone?) and more common ones. The book is enlightening and fun, especially for fans of the written word. There... Continue Reading →

Reader discretion is advised

"They're all theatre. You don't understand them, you don't like them all - why should you? Theatre is for everybody - you included, but not exclusively - so don't approve or disapprove. It may not be your theatre, but it's theatre for somebody, somewhere..." Bill Sampson in All About Eve A trio of takes on trigger... Continue Reading →

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