Feminist is not a four-letter word

Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay is a current New York Times Bestseller. I was drawn to reading the book because the format appeared to resemble many aspects of my own book, BOOMERBROADcast. The book is a series of personal essays sorted into categories that reflect the author's opinions on a variety of popular topics, such as, movies and television, books, racism, classism and of course, feminism. Call it research. I purchased the book to see what made Gay a New York Times best-selling author while I am not. Roxane Gay…

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All The Light We Cannot See shines through

The problem with getting engrossed in a really good book is that I can't put it down and life outside the pages of the book comes to a halt. That's what happened once I got into All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. The story is told in short, staccatto-style chapters alternating between the lives of blind French teenager, Marie-Laure and gifted German orphan, Werner Pfennig. When Marie-Laure and her father, who is the chief locksmith at the Paris Museum of Natural History evacuate Paris just ahead of…

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Meet Austen’s Emma in the twenty-first century

Alexander McCall Smith writes delightful books and his latest, Emma, A Modern Retelling is a modern interpretation of Jane Austen's book of the same name. McCall Smith is a professor of medical law at the University of Edinburgh when he's not writing books such as No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency. His characters are always interesting and usually include an eccentric or two to provide some chuckles. Emma is the spoiled daughter of a country gentleman who completes an interior design degree at the University of Bath without being aware of…

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American Sniper hits its mark

The movie American Sniper has been the subject of much discussion lately so I thought I'd weigh in with my opinion. To begin with, we have to consider the inherent differences between the American and Canadian perspective on guns and war. Americans revere their guns; Canadians would prefer a world without guns. This dichotomy made it very difficult for this Canadian to appreciate the virtues of Chris Kyle's world. While we respect his patriotism and his fight for good, we can't help question the collateral downside such as the deaths…

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She loves me, she loves me not . . .

When my friend Terry loaned me the best-selling book, "The Paying Guests" by Sarah Waters, she told me nothing about the plot or characters so I started reading with no preconceived notions as to whether I would like it or not. Now that I've finished it, I'm still not sure whether I liked it or not. How's that for an assessment. "The Paying Guests" is set in a suburb of London, England in the 1920s. A mother and her twenty-six-year-old spinster daughter are forced to rent out some of the…

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Newfoundland’s sacrifice is permanently commemorated on French soil

On July 1, 1915, seven hundred and seventy-eight men of the Newfoundland Regiment followed orders and went over the top of their trenches at Beaumont-Hamel near The Somme in France to capture previously shelled German strongholds. An hour later only sixty-eight men remained alive, without a single shot being fired by the Newfoundlanders. Even the Germans acknowledged the tremendous sacrifice made by the Newfoundlanders that day. Prince Rupprecht, a commander of the German 6th Army reported that "our losses of territory may be seen on the map with a microscope.…

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