Is it your turn to become leader of the pack?

Kirstine Stewart wrote the book I wish I'd written. In fact, I could write a book about everything I loved about this book. At around two hundred pages Our Turn is a quick read that's jam-packed with valuable information and advice anyone would do well to heed. My copy is festooned with sticky page-markers as I was reluctant to deface my author-signed copy with copious highlighter streaks. I've had the book since last fall when I attended a book launch hosted by ELLE Canada magazine featuring Ms. Stewart as guest speaker. Throughout…

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Will Carol win an Oscar?

With Oscar season nearly upon us, I've been trying to catch as many movies as possible in the bonanza of offerings at this time of year. Last week I went with a couple of girlfriends (how ironic, but not that kind) to see Carol starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara. I must say, we were all totally underwhelmed. I don't know what I was expecting but with all the hype it certainly seemed to us to fall short of the mark. Based on a fifties novel entitled "The Price of…

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The Nightingale is a worthy read

If you enjoyed reading Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay, All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr or Suite Française by Irène Némirovsky then you'll love the New York Times bestseller The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. In fact, de Rosnay had a hand in fact-checking for this book. Historical fiction, set in France just prior to and during World War II, it's the story of estranged sisters Isabelle and Vianne whose lives are forever altered by their individual and different experiences during the war. When their father returns from…

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Why can’t we be happy the way we are?

Just when I was thinking about rejoining Weight Watchers for the umpteenth time, I read an essay in The New York Times by Jennifer Weiner (author of The Devil Wears Prada and other books) entitled One Day We Can Stop Trying, Right? Weiner condemns the pervasive commercial and media pressure on women to maintain a standard of beauty that is unrealistic and downright punitive. She particularly criticizes Oprah Winfrey for once again bending under the yoke of being less than perfect by literally buying into (ten percent of the company)…

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The Big Green Tent covers a lot of ground

Books about Russian history aren't everyone's cup of tea but after reading Tolstoy's Anna Karenina a few years ago, I've been fascinated with stories of everyday life in Russia at various times in history. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's Gulag Archipelago is still on my bookshelf and one of these days I'm going to get beyond the first few dozen pages. In the meantime, The Big Green Tent by Ludmila Ulitskaya has been on The New York Times' bestseller list for several weeks and covers the period in history from the death of…

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Revenant means never having to say you’re sorry

With eleven movies on my current "must see" list, you can expect to be reading quite a few movie reviews on BoomerBroadcast in the upcoming weeks. I've already seen Joy starring Jennifer Lawrence and now I can stroke The Revenant off my list. First of all, I had to look the word up in the dictionary. It wasn't in my little paperback Merriam-Webster version but here's what good old Google says: /ˈrɛvɪnənt/ noun 1. something, esp a ghost, that returns Word Origin C19: from French: ghost, from revenir to come…

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