Celebrating my forty-six seconds of fame in Maclean’s magazine

Maclean’s Magazine, Canada’s leading news magazine recently asked its readers to describe in one hundred words or less how they were coping with COVID-19 isolation. I composed a précis of my earlier blog posting Self-isolation and Quarantine Reveals My True Colours and sent it off. Then, to my great surprise and joy, they emailed to say my piece had been selected for publication and they…

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Divide Me By Zero sounds like math and is in fact about a love triangle

The book review supplement in the Sunday edition of The New York Times can always be counted on for interesting reading recommendations that aren’t necessarily on the best-seller list. That’s how I found Divide Me By Zero, a novel by Russian-born Lara Vapnyar, who now lives in the United States. Although the book is categorized as fiction I couldn’t help think that the story was largely…

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Fans of Bridget Jones’ Diary will enjoy reading The Flatshare

After waiting several months for my name to come up on the waiting list at the library for The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary, it finally landed in my inbox. I have a thing for British writers and their quirky style. The Flatshare is a combination of light humour and an underlying serious message. The book alternates chapters written in the first person by the two main characters….

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Coco Chanel slept with the enemy and got away with it

After reading Sleeping With The Enemy, Coco Chanel’s Secret War by Hal Vaughan I’m tempted to never buy another Chanel product again. Not a lipstick, a nail polish, or fragrance. Obviously my boycott would have absolutely no impact on the company’s overall wealth and market penetration, and Chanel herself is dead so my concerns are moot. Besides, I love the brand so that would only penalize…

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