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A new novel by Miriam Toews is always a reason to celebrate

Canadian authors, particularly female authors, have a unique voice that is always such a pleasure to read, even when the subject matter is not exactly uplifting. Miriam Toews deserves to be heralded right up there with the Margaret Atwoods of our country because her work is guaranteed to touch the hearts and minds of Canadian women. It isn’t just the geographical references or the idiom…

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Gossip fiends will love The Palace Papers by Tina Brown

Author Tina Brown has exceptionally strong credentials so the information about the royal family contained in her new book The Palace Papers: Inside The House of Windsor, The Truth and The Turmoil must be true. Right? As a former magazine editor as well as a friend and confidante of dozens, even hundreds of famous people, Brown is well-qualified to dish the dirt on the Royal…

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Sylvia Beach was and remains the most famous bookseller in Paris

When my friend Margaret recommended The Paris Bookseller by Kerri Maher it went right to the top of my To Read list. Anything with Paris in the title usually gets my attention but this book, in particular, pulls together the threads of so many books of historical fiction I’ve read over the years. Maher’s story about real-life Paris bookstore owner Sylvia Beach is a pleasure to read…

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Elizabeth Strout’s new book Oh William! will have you contemplating the state of marriage . . . maybe even your own

Oh, William! is the fourth novel I’ve read now by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Elizabeth Strout and she does not disappoint. This book is slightly more complicated than the others in that it’s a psychological study of Lucy Barton (the main character from her earlier book, My Name is Lucy Barton, and her relationship with her first husband. William Gerhardt was her first husband and father…

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