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The Map and the Territory
The Map and the Territory
by Michel Houellebecq
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 13.72
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5.0 out of 5 stars Holy Heck Houellebecq, May 27 2014
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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$ 15.00
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great magic trick, May 27 2014
This review is from: 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$ 18.77
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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 3 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.

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