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The Opening Sky
The Opening Sky
by Joan Thomas
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 22.42
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is a truly wonderful book. It has a plot, April 29 2016
This review is from: The Opening Sky (Hardcover)
This is a truly wonderful book. It has a plot, but the plot is not Thomas's main concern. Rather, it is a novel of ideas--about the privileged position of North Americans (ok, let's exclude Mexico, here) in relation to the rest of the world, about the environment, about longterm relationships and having children. As in a novel such as Middlemarch by the master, George Eliot, all the characters are complex, flawed and yet owning their own particular strengths, so I am brought to understand everyone's point of view (sometime against my will)--no heroes and villains here. She writes scenes between characters that are pared down and have little authorial commentary to help the reader along--but these scenes are truly illuminating. Get this book! .

The Complete Old Fools Trilogy
The Complete Old Fools Trilogy
by Victoria Twead
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 36.22
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2.0 out of 5 stars The first "Old Fools" book is quite charming, a ..., Oct. 31 2014
The first "Old Fools" book is quite charming, a combination of cosy and adventurous, but the next two are thin, repetitive and mundane. Not a lot happens to these two old fools in Spain, compared to other travel memoirs.

Generation Us: The Challenge of Global Warming
Generation Us: The Challenge of Global Warming
by Andrew Weaver
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 9.85
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5.0 out of 5 stars understanding and changing global warming, Oct. 30 2011
Global warming is a large, amorphous and frightening topic. Most of us avoid it. If you want a clear, short read that gives you a handle on global warming, this is the book for you. It explains why and how it is happening and where the most emissions are coming from--and recommends actions and strategies for solving the problem. Excellent for high school students as well as adults. It would be a wonderful Christmas present that would deliver a lot of bang for the buck.

The Girl in the Cafe
The Girl in the Cafe
DVD ~ Bill Nighy
Offered by Warehouse105
Price: CDN$ 21.66
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4.0 out of 5 stars worthwhile watch, Aug. 9 2011
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This review is from: The Girl in the Cafe (DVD)
Bill Nighy's body language alone makes this film worth watching--his self-conscious twists and tics are mesmerizing and hilarious. A sweet film with some political punch about an unlikely pair matching up to take on world poverty. Good to see the G-7 portrayed from a British, rather than North American point of view--check out the two minutes of Canadian participation in these momentous meetings.

Bloody Brillant
Bloody Brillant
Price: CDN$ 16.43

5.0 out of 5 stars The Malarkeys Make Their Mark, May 17 2010
This review is from: Bloody Brillant (Audio CD)
The Malarkeys' first CD will bounce you out of your seat--or in it, if you happen to be driving (it makes great road music). This Kelowna-based group will invigorate you with their Celtic drive and swing. The two main singers, Karl and Gail Hourigan, play guitar and bass. Jay Dallamore adds the drums and percussion and Eddie Plotnikoff plays fiddle and sings back-up vocals. In different tracks you will hear guitars, fiddle, mandolin, keyboard and tin whistle as well as the warm honey tones of singer Lisa Grekul. So many Celtic groups play the old traditional favourites, and there is nothing wrong with that--but this group writes its own songs, often evoking local western Canadian landscape and history. Gail Hourigan's unique smoky-sweet voice is haunting in the song "Comfort Me," and her "bloody brilliant" lyrics sing the lament of immigrants from Ireland forced to become settlers in a Canada belonging to other peoples. Another treat on this album is Lisa Grekul's "Heart's Desire." Karl Hourigan's lyrics, voice and guitar are strong throughout. Celtic fans, Canadian music fans--get this album!

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