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New Year’s two-fer: 1 movie review; 1 book review (not a single word about COVID!)

Coincidently, as I was writing today’s book review and the movie review, it occurred to me that the movie and the book have much in common. Both are about high-achieving professional women who harbour lingering doubts about their capability and effectiveness as mothers. It comes down to the old question of life balance. Is it possible to be a good mother, a good wife, a…

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Four memoirs you will enjoy reading that would make excellent gifts

We’re forever grateful that Newfoundland joined the Canadian Confederation in 1949 because that allows us to claim all those talented Newfoundlanders as our own. For some reason, Newfoundland has produced an abundant and prolific crop of writers, comedians, performers, and other artists: Mary Walsh, Cathy Jones, Rick Mercer, Donna Morrissey, Lisa Moore, Shaun Majumder, to name just a few. I’ve just finished reading three excellent…

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For some good old-fashioned British mystery fun, Richard Osman does not disappoint

If you’re a fan of quirky British mysteries and you haven’t read anything by Richard Osman, then what’s holding you up? Last year I read his hilarious best-seller, The Thursday Murder Club. His latest novel The Man Who Died Twice is a continuation of this story. The plot unfolds in Cooper’s Chase, a retirement community in southern England. Each week a group of retired professional…

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Marie Henein is totally a woman’s woman and she does us proud!

Marie Henein is smart; she is strong; she is successful; she is a confirmed feminist; she has a great sense of humour. What more could any woman wish for? For those BoomerBroadcast readers who do not recognize the name Marie Henein, she was the lawyer who successfully defended CBC radio host Jian Ghomeshi on charges of sexual assault a few years ago. This was just…

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Get acquainted and laugh with Canadian comedienne Katherine Ryan

You have to be smart to be funny. A good sense of humour requires intelligence, quick thinking and a nimble brain. Katherine Ryan has these qualities in spades as demonstrated in her stand-up routines and clearly in her new book The Audacity, not to be confused with Barrack Obama’s similarly-titled book. Very different indeed! I had never heard of Ryan until reviews of her newly-released…

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There’s more to Miss Dior than frivolous fashion

Miss Dior, A Story of Courage and Couture by Justine Picardie is the story of Katherine Dior, sister of fashion icon Christian Dior. Katherine led a life very different from her brother. Aside from sharing his love of gardening which inspired the name-sake rose and jasmine-scented perfume, she maintained a low profile throughout her life. The Diors were an affluent family from the coast of…

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