Methane, cow toots and industrial agriculture–your input?

Many are saying that if we stop eating meat, we can do our part for climate change.  That is a great idea except that it doesn't quite get to the relevant information about methane output.  While methane does come from cattle, what we need to understand is that it comes from industrially raised cattle on … Continue reading Methane, cow toots and industrial agriculture–your input?

Canada Review by Melodie Rae Storey

Canada is not your usual crime novel. How many crime novels have you read where the focus is less on the crime, and more on how the crime affects the children left behind? It is an unusual premise, but it works. Author Richard Ford masterfully turns the genre on its head with Canada, the story … Continue reading Canada Review by Melodie Rae Storey

a short review of Jon Kabat-Zinn’s ‘Mindfulness for beginners : reclaiming the present moment–and your life’

As the title suggests, Jon Kabat-Zinn's Mindfulness for beginners is a great introduction to the subject and practice of mindfulness. The book comes with an audio CD that includes short meditations that are wonderful for reducing general stress and are a great start to the very intricate study of meditation. Kabat-Zinn has a light tone, … Continue reading a short review of Jon Kabat-Zinn’s ‘Mindfulness for beginners : reclaiming the present moment–and your life’

Consider the Lobster, a summer reading recommendation

A new collection of essays from the infamous David Foster Wallace, author of 'Infinite Jest', 'Pale King', 'Girl with Curious Hair', 'Interviews with Hideous Men'; and whose undergraduate thesis deals with fatalism and the semantics of physical modality.  Hardly an intellectual lightweight, Wallace can also be  hilariously funny.  You might need to keep the Oxford … Continue reading Consider the Lobster, a summer reading recommendation

Summer Reading: a new book review by Melodie

The Luminaries is one choice for your summer reading.   Here is Melodie's review: I am a sucker for gold rush stories. Always have been, always will be. Eleanor Catton's novel, The Luminaries, is set in the lesser known New Zealand goldfields, yet contains all the usual, tasty ingredients of the genre: extravagant hopefulness, dramatic … Continue reading Summer Reading: a new book review by Melodie

Still Alice – review by Melodie Storey

Still Alice is not a particularly well-written novel, yet somehow it has captured a wide audience. Indeed, it has been adapted by many theater companies across the country and is now being made into a major Hollywood movie. Why is this? Because Lisa Genova's story is an important one. Written from the perspective of Alice, … Continue reading Still Alice – review by Melodie Storey

Melodie reviews ‘The Interestings’ by Meg Wolitzer

            The Interestings is a coming of age story that just keeps going for several more decades. It starts with a group of teenagers at a summer Arts camp in the seventies - they decide that summer to commit to one another, and name their group (somewhat ironically) The Interestings. Each member of the group … Continue reading Melodie reviews ‘The Interestings’ by Meg Wolitzer

Danielle Reviews Margaret Atwood’s Year of the Flood

I admit that I don't love everything that Margaret Atwood writes, but I really enjoyed Year of the Flood. This book is science fiction - Atwood doesn't like to be piegon-holed into a certain genre - but science fiction is what this book is. Like many dystopic, science fiction books, this one is very bleak. … Continue reading Danielle Reviews Margaret Atwood’s Year of the Flood

Reviews of Canada Reads’ Half Blood Blues

Checking out various reviews of Half Blood Blues, I decided that I can't write one half as well as those in the Quill and Quire  or the Globe and Mail.  Instead I have included links to a few professional reviews.  My favourite is by Donna Bailey Nurse, author of What's a Black Critic To Do?, in … Continue reading Reviews of Canada Reads’ Half Blood Blues

Staff Review of The Orenda by Boyden

The Orenda    by   Joseph Boyden Not having read Boyden’s first two novels, Three Day Road and Through Black Spruce, I can’t discuss how this novel fits in to the overall arc of the narrative.  What I can say is that it is a marvelous exposition of the collision of value systems in the first days … Continue reading Staff Review of The Orenda by Boyden