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Antarctic expedition is suspenseful, educational, and fascinating

Are you in the mood for an adventure? How about joining an expedition in search of the south pole in Antarctica? Make it even more intriguing by attempting the trip in the year 1897. That’s the beauty of books. Thanks to author Julian Sancton’s Madhouse at the End of the Earth , we can join the crew of Norwegian, Belgian, Danish, French and other nationalities on…

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4 books of light summer reading guaranteed to lift your spirits

When I finished reading Five Little Indians by Michelle Good (which was excellent, by the way), I was in the mood for something completely different—light, undemanding and escapist. So, I read three books that demanded no heavy thinking and presented me with no moral or social dilemmas to contemplate. Three of these books are sort of ‘romance-y’ which is most certainly not my normal choice of…

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Canadian author delivers beautiful writing and gripping suspense in The Speed of Mercy

It’s appropriate that on Canada Day, July 1st, I should review a book by an excellent Canadian author. After reading and loving The Speed of Mercy by Christy Ann Conlin, I found it hard to categorize the book. Was it a mystery? Was it a thriller? Was it a murder story? Perhaps it was a combination of all three categories. However you want to interpret…

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Our hearts bleed for Indigenous communities. How much longer will they have to suffer?

Is it a coincidence that I started reading Five Little Indians by Michelle Good the same week we read in the newspapers about the discovery of a mass grave containing 215 bodies of Indigenous children in Kamloops, B.C.? Governments at all levels as well as the Catholic church (although it wasn’t only Catholic churches that ran residential schools) have a lot to answer for. It’s hard…

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Monty Python’s John Cleese shows us an easier way to unleash our creativity

A few years ago I read The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron, which was considered the benchmark for understanding and releasing your creativity. It’s a brilliant book with an abundance of suggestions and inspiration for uncovering and channelling your creative energy. Cameron encourages us to spend a few minutes each day hand-writing in a notebook our “Morning Pages”—daily thoughts and random mental meanderings designed to help…

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