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Caleb's crossing is narrated by Bethia Mayfield who is a clever and devout but questioning twelve year old when the story begins. She is the daughter of a Puritan minister on Martha's Vineyard in the 1650's. Bethia is luckier than most girls because she is at least literate but her... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2011 at The Buzz...About Books
Sophia FitzOsborne (aka Princess Sophie) is more Paperbag Princess than girly vision in pink. She lives on the tiny island kingdom of Montmaray located somewhere in the Bay of Biscay. The inhabitants of the once prosperous kingdom are reduced to Sophie, her sister Henry, her cousin Veronica, her uncle the... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2011 at The Buzz...About Books
In The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett the Queen is transformed by reading. The corgis get away from her one day and run barking around the bookmobile which is parked behind the palace kitchens. The Queen, always polite, goes in to apologize for the racket and then feels obliged to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2011 at The Buzz...About Books
I have a twelve year old niece (aka Mrs. Bieber)and I can't imagine what she would do if she discovered that she had won a contest to meet her idol but her mother hid the letter so she never got to go. That is the terrible, terrible thing that Petra... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2011 at The Buzz...About Books
"I wish I had died before I loved anyone else" Ernest Hemingway said of his first wife Hadley. Literary geniuses don't make good husbands but they do make for wonderfully bittersweet love stories. The Paris Wife is the fictionalized story of their marriage and their years in Paris from Hadley's... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2011 at The Buzz...About Books
Normally I'm totally opposed to the idea of someone taking over another author's characters. I wouldn't dream of reading one of the many Jane Austen sequels but I have to confess I thoroughly enjoyed a new Lord Peter Wimsey mystery by Jill Paton Walsh. The Attenbury Emeralds is a prequel... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2011 at The Buzz...About Books
Are you always curious about what other people are reading? This month in Find Your Way to Your Next Great Read you can see award winning actor and Soulpepper Theatre Company founding member Martha Burns' list of favourite books. See if some of your favourites are there and find some... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2010 at The Buzz...About Books
Georgette Heyer has been dead for well over thirty years, her books have never been seriously reviewed, she never did any publicity or gave any interviews and yet we have to keep replacing our copies of her books at the library because they are so popular they wear out. She... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2010 at The Buzz...About Books
Claire Shipley is a Life magazine photographer and single mother in post-Pearl Harbor New York City. She has a ten year old son but she's still grieving a daughter who died of septicemia at 3 years old. Claire's new assignment is to document some of the first penicillin trials at... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2010 at The Buzz...About Books
If you liked Casablanca, you will love Alan Furst's books. His heroes are always a bit reluctant but rise to the occasion when they need to. They are strong, intelligent, deeply moral (even if they don't always follow the letter of the law) and they fall for strong, intelligent and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2010 at The Buzz...About Books
I am just back from a trip that started out wonderfully but ended with many delays and disruptions and I'm thinking that now that I'm finally home, I'll stay here for a while and only travel through fiction. Every book in Donna Leon's Commisario Brunetti mystery series is a trip... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2010 at The Buzz...About Books
Some of those who fought the hardest in the Second World War didn't carry guns or even leave home. They sat in cramped, overcrowded offices and let their imaginations run wild. Ewen Montagu was one of these. He and his colleague Charles Cholmondeley came up with the fantastical idea of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2010 at The Buzz...About Books
The dog is Dorothy, an aging dachshund beloved by her aging owners Ruth and Alex Cohen. They all live together in a fifth floor walkup in the East Village. The Cohens have come to realize that they won't be able to make it up those stairs for all that much... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2010 at The Buzz...About Books
Have you ever wondered what you have to do to get into those American Ivy League colleges? This is fiction but Jean Hanff Korelitz who is married to the poet Paul Muldoon, a Princeton professor, worked for a while for the Princeton Office of Admission as an outside reader so... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2010 at The Buzz...About Books
Sometimes it seems that your choices in fiction are limited to beautifully written but serious (or outright depressing!) books or not terribly well written, fluffy books with happy endings. Major Pettigrew's Last Stand is both entertaining and satisfying. Major Pettigrew is a lonely widower spending his retirement in the lovely... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2010 at The Buzz...About Books
Will Ferguson set out to walk the Ulster Way, the longest waymarked trail in the British Isles. Too bad he did it in one of the wettest years on record and too bad the trail was more of a good idea than an actual clearly marked path. Too bad for... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2010 at The Buzz...About Books
How Marketing Ate Our Culture...(hope that got your attention) is the subtitle of a new book by Terry O'Reilly and Mike Tennant called The Age of Persuasion (they also have a wonderful CBC Radio Show with the same name). It is a history of advertising from early print ads to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2010 at The Buzz...About Books
This is bibliotherapy for the winter blues. Just looking at the vibrant cover should cheer you up. The Marriage Bureau for Rich People is a charming book full of light, colour and warmth set in India in the coastal city of Vizag where the climate is tropical and wind chill... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2010 at The Buzz...About Books