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The Mystics of Mile End
The Mystics of Mile End
by Sigal Samuel
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 16.48
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good debut novel, July 22 2015
Ce commentaire est de: The Mystics of Mile End (Paperback)
The novel is about what happens when we search for signs instead of living, and when we are silent instead of talking. It’s a strong debut novel about faith, family and finding meaning. Sigal Samuel is an accomplished writer and I enjoy her sense of humour and the four distinct voices she's created to tell the tale of one family’s attempt to transcend the Kabbalah Tree of Life.

The Parrots
The Parrots
by Filippo Bologna
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 25.00
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3.0 out of 5 stars Flaubert's Parrot, perhaps?, July 8 2015
Ce commentaire est de: The Parrots (Hardcover)
Dark, satirical look at the underworld of Italian literary prizes. The vote rigging and the schmoozing authors need to do to win, and what three unnamed authors are willing to do for the prize. The Beginner wants the fame, The Writer the security and The Master the money. Who will win? The Beginner with his young, good looks? The Writer who can pay the biggest price, or The Master who can pull a sympathy vote with his cancer diagnosis? The novel is smart in a way that makes it challenging to read. I recommend it, but it's not a top favourite. Nominated for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.

Will Starling
Will Starling
by Ian Weir
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 32.95
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Watch your step Will, Nov. 15 2014
Ce commentaire est de: Will Starling (Hardcover)
Fun, witty, historical, literary. Sweeney Todd meets Frankenstein in this romp through the underbelly of London, 1816, when grave-robbers are digging up bodies and selling them on the sly to anatomists and surgeons eager to understand to inner workings of the body and that fine line between the living and the dead. If you liked Cataract City by Craig Davidson, The Golden Mean by Annabel Lyon or The Harem Midwife and The Midwife of Venice, then you’ll like this book too.

The Map and the Territory
The Map and the Territory
by Michel Houellebecq
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 14.27
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Holy Heck Houellebecq, May 27 2014
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Ce commentaire est de: The Map and the Territory (Paperback)
Epic. The literary fortitude of this novel is daunting yet I found it a great compelling read. Quirky insights into the high-end art world and the low-down on lowly artists.

The Toddler Journal: A Week by Week Guide to Your Toddlers Development From Ages
The Toddler Journal: A Week by Week Guide to Your Toddlers Development From Ages
by A. Christine Harris
Edition: Misc. Supplies
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5.0 out of 5 stars My go-to baby journal, May 27 2014
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I used both the Baby Journal and the Toddler Journal to keep track of what my little guy was up to in the first year and beyond. I like the short entries and spaces to keep notes. It doesn't feel overwhelming, just the right amount of insight and personal space for recording memories.

The Confabulist
The Confabulist
by Steven Galloway
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 29.95
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great magic trick, May 27 2014
Ce commentaire est de: The Confabulist (Hardcover)
Galloway has crafted a fascinating tale around Houdini and the ill-fated night he was punched and accidentally killed. There's a goodly amount of historical info on Houdini but also excellent creative license.

Perfect
Perfect
by Rachel Joyce
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 18.87
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfectly Charming, Jan. 29 2014
Ce commentaire est de: 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$ 25.00
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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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Ce commentaire est de: 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$ 17.63
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3 of 3 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$ 18.25
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9 of 9 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.

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