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Perfect
Perfect
by Rachel Joyce
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 18.77
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4.0 out of 5 stars Perfectly Charming, Jan. 29 2014
This review is from: Perfect (Hardcover)
Perhaps charming isn't the right word but melancholic sounds too down for this book that is a cocktail of emotions. What happens when you add two seconds to the day? Nothing depending on who you are and everything depending on where you are and what you're doing when those seconds are added. I loved this book about two quirky boys who set out to save the day and unwittingly act as the catalyst that wrecks the summer (and a few lives).

The Emperor of Paris
The Emperor of Paris
by CS Richardson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 15.68
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, April 17 2013
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This review is from: The Emperor of Paris (Hardcover)
The Emperor of Paris is a beautiful, and melancholic, love story. The series of characters and plotlines are interwoven in a natural way that doesn't seem forced, which makes their small interactions all the more plausible despite some of their fantastical characteristics. Loved it.

The Art of Explanation: Making your Ideas, Products, and Services Easier to Understand
The Art of Explanation: Making your Ideas, Products, and Services Easier to Understand
by Lee LeFever
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 21.28
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great resource for presenters, Dec 21 2012
Not only is this book great for presenters, but I found it helpful for day-to-day explanations as well. The examples and anecdotes were very helpful, the tips on how to incorporate illustrations were useful, and the links to the videos provided a better understanding of the "how-to" than most books on presentations.

The cover description says it's for business people, educators and influencers and I agree! I think the content is great, especially the chapter on why explanations often fail. A good inspiration and how-to / tips book for anyone running a startup and presenting to VCs, or nonprofits and activists trying to get their message across or even regular Joe's presenting to colleagues in a meeting--basically everyone who works, but I bet you could use it for parenting too. The section on understanding the context needed for the explanation was a great reminder to think about your audience's needs and knowledge level vs. who you want to impress.

The Beautiful Mystery: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel
The Beautiful Mystery: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel
by Louise Penny
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 17.55
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Yet!, Aug. 30 2012
Louise Penny’s Inspector Gamache delivers again and again. Traditional mystery fans will like the whodunit plot, but those who have a literary bend like me will appreciate the well-written dialogue and excellent story arch.

Indeed, it is a page turner, but Louise Penny’s prowess is in delivering fallible heroes in a way that still makes us cheer. I’m speaking of course of Inspector Gamache, but also of Lieutenant Jean-Guy Beauvoir, who is suffering from an addiction to painkillers.

The evil twist, beyond the murder at hand, is the psychological foul play used by the police force’s headman who has it out for Gamache and his team. I won’t tell you any more about what happens here because it is all too irksome.

For a book set in a monastery with an ancient secret to hide, this novel sure is illuminating. I 100% am in love with Louise Penny’s Inspector, the village of Three Pines and this awesome series.

Jerusalem: Chronicles from the Holy City
Jerusalem: Chronicles from the Holy City
by Guy Delisle
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 15.64
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Inside Jerusalem, Aug. 19 2012
I've read Pyongyang and Shenzen, loved them both, and Delisle doesn't disappoint in this latest travelogue. It's the first time we meet his children and deal with Guy not just as an artist but as a dad. The same fly-on-the-wall perspectives are there though, letting Westerners inside a country and mindset that is difficult to access.

Delisle doesn't claim to understand Jerusalem either, but it's a real treat to see the Holy City from his vantage point of a year-long adventure vs a few days or weeks as a tourist. Delisle is in the region long enough to have some of his initial ignorance disappate and he has time to see the underside of the official messages or points of view in the press.

Although Delisle doesn't offer a completely neutral account, he's not judgmental either. The book is subjective observation but from a rather level head. Really enjoyable.

Canada
Canada
by Richard Ford
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 18.80
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Different Type of Richard Ford, July 15 2012
This review is from: Canada (Hardcover)
Richard Ford is a writer who I've admired for decades. And, who wouldn't be an admirer of this fabulous opening sentence?

"First, I'll tell you about the robbery our parents committed. Then about the murders, which happened later."

Unlike in The Sportswriter, the first novel I read of Ford's, each moment isn't imbued with significance. Some things just happen and other things happen with meaning. The writing is more mature, but it's also a slower pace.

Stylistically it's wonderful, there is a culmination of strength to this novel, which mirrors the narrator's growth from adolescences to adulthood. Overall, it's a different Richard Ford than I was expecting, but wonderful nonetheless.

Among Others
Among Others
by Jo Walton
Edition: Hardcover
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Quite, April 9 2012
This review is from: Among Others (Hardcover)
Among Others is a book that is not quite fantasy, not quite British schoolgirl novel, and not quite anything at all. It's a rambling, stream-of-consciousness series of diary entries by a 15-year-old Welsh girl who does a bit of low-level magic. Nothing really happens which makes this a pretty boring book. The nice thing about it is the great list of science fiction and fantasy books mentioned throughout. It's a long way to go for a reading list, but pleasant enough.

The Book of Lost Fragrances: A Novel of Suspense
The Book of Lost Fragrances: A Novel of Suspense
by M. J. Rose
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 17.55
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3.0 out of 5 stars Sniffing Out the Truth, April 3 2012
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I haven't read an MJ Rose book before but this one was pretty good. I liked the story and perfume references especially. The characters had good chemistry and the past-lives stories were nicely woven into the main story without being distracting.

As mentioned in the blurb, the story is a mystery. Jac and Robbie are siblings and heirs to the L'Etoile line. Robbie is a practicing perfumer and Jac, who has the better nose, has left the business to pursue her career as a reality tv host of a show on mythology.

Robbie discovers an ancient Egyptian clay pot of perfume that he believes is a memory tool created by a L'Etoile ancestor. Jac'who regularly on her show finds proof of myths'refuses to believe the mythology of the L'Etoile ancestors developing a scent that would aid in memory, let alone provide insights into past lives.

When Robbie and the clay pot go missing and a dead man turns up in the L'Etoile workshop, Jac must sniff out the truth.

The Measure of a Man: The Story of a Father, a Son, and a Suit
The Measure of a Man: The Story of a Father, a Son, and a Suit
by JJ Lee
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 18.80
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A well tailored story, March 20 2012
The Measure of a Man as part of the Vancouver Sun Book Club and was deeply impressed with JJ Lee's ability to weave his personal story with the history of menswear. In books where there are two parallel stories, I often find that they do run parallel and I favour one over the other, but here the two are interconnected in a way that moves both stories along nicely.

The Measure of a Man is great for women readers who are interested in a memoir about family relationships as well as curious about men's fashion. JJ offers lots of little insights into why certain buttons are buttoned or not buttoned and where women go wrong in "helping" men with their wardrobe. And it's great for men who might be drawn to the sartorial education provided in the pages but also curious about how the suit makes the man and how the anxieties of trying to measure up or measure yourself against your father are faced in this particular story.

Friends with Benefits: A Social Media Marketing Handbook
Friends with Benefits: A Social Media Marketing Handbook
by Darren Barefoot
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 16.62
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Social Media Marketing Book, Sept. 30 2009
Barefoot and Szabo are collaborators of mine on lots of projects so, of course, I'm biased. But I really do think this is the best book on social media marketing. The difference with this book is that the case studies also provide some real stats that help readers gauge how their own program compares. Although the baseline will be different for every company, at least there are some numbers here so that readers can see what's reasonable. I also like that the writing style is friendly and concise. I clipped through this book in a couple of days, and as a marketer, I found lots of inspiring tidbits, so it's not just a book for newbies.

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