Philip Cousineau

"New Orelans Phil"
Helpful votes received on reviews: 97% (28 of 29)


Top Reviewer Ranking: 10,702 - Total Helpful Votes: 28 of 29
An Absent Mind by Eric Rill
An Absent Mind by Eric Rill
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
None of us ever wants to find our own family headed down the painful twisting path of Alzheimer's. Yet we all know someone who has, or will. So Eric Rill's AN ABSENT MIND is required, but thoroughly engrossing, reading. We meet each member of Saul Reimer's family and experience the illness' impact on each of them as the family patriarch moves from first diagnosis to eventual absence. While that sounds depressing, elements of humor are generously sprinkled throughout, From shifting points of view, we experience the story in short chapters from Saul's perspective as well as his wife's, his son's and his daughter,'s. Even Saul's doctor has a voice. All of which works together in a poignant… Read more
Old City Hall by Robert Rotenberg
Old City Hall by Robert Rotenberg
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Greg Iles, Stuart Woods, Phillip Margolin, Eric Rill. Exceptional story-tellers have a way of grabbing you by both lapels and pulling you in. Add Robert Rotenberg to the list. Old City Hall is a delightful read seen from the point-of-view of six utterly believable characters: a paper-delivery person, a beat cop, a detective, a reporter, a prosecutor and a defence lawyer. The story is crafted around the stabbing of the wife of a prominent broadcaster. The investigation, proceedings, jail visits and court room scenes that follow are masterful. The book is chock full of delightful morsels like how to spot when someone's lying. Or things young lawyers need to know about not alienating… Read more
Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden
Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden
22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gift from my daughter, June 5 2005
Books that come gift-wrapped always make me nervous. There's a shelf full of them in my bedroom that I'll never finish. So when my daughter gave me THREE DAY ROAD for my birthday I had that old feeling. Despite those misgivings, I picked it up a few days later, read several pages and was mesmerized. The author unfurls this story in nuanced chapters alternating points of view between an aging Cree woman and her nephew. The male story is that of an Indian off to serve in the trenches of World War I. The woman's is a decade earlier, starting with the death of her father - a medicine man. Neither character ever quite fits in the civilized world and both their stories are compelling. For… Read more

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