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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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Two great books by Canadian authors

Fight Night by Miriam Toews Of all the books I’ve read by best-selling Giller Prize-nominated Canadian author Miriam Toews, her latest, Fight Night is probably my favourite. It is also her funniest. Through the skillful use of contemporary idiom, Toews tells the story in the voice of nine-year-old Swiv who lives with her mother and grandmother in downtown Toronto. Swiv has the perspective of a…

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Three good books to check out: A memoir by Sinead O’Connor, Sex trafficking in the U.K., and some Norwegian wood

Rememberings by Sinéad O’Connor We all remember the career-destroying episode of SNL when Sinéad O’Connor tore up a picture of the Pope. Frankly, I didn’t find it shocking and could never understand the furor. After all, she was condemning the mistreatment and hypocrisy of the Catholic church in relation to its treatment and abuse of children. It was particularly ironic considering the fact O’Connor was…

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3 more good reads for the dog days of summer

Now that we’re into the dog days of summer, I’ve been taking full advantage of my backyard gazebo to put my feet up and tuck into one good book after another. I’ve just finished three books that I think are worth sharing in case you’re looking for titles. Animal by Lisa Taddeo When I started reading best-selling author Lisa Taddeo’s latest novel Animal, I wasn’t quite…

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