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Ni'n na L'nu The Mi'kmaq of PEI
Ni'n na L'nu The Mi'kmaq of PEI
by Jesse Francis
Edition: Paperback
Prix : CDN$ 16.02
7 used & new from CDN$ 14.18

5.0 étoiles sur 5 I have just finished reading the book Ni’n na L’nu ..., Oct. 13 2014
I have just finished reading the book Ni’n na L’nu The Mi’kmaq of Prince Edward Island. Richly illustrated and forcefully expressed, the Atlantic book awards winner tells the story of First Nation people of PEI from ancient history to present-day aspirations. Anyone interested in reading a lucid account of what transpired in between would do well to get this book.

Lady Catherine and the Real Downton Abbey
Lady Catherine and the Real Downton Abbey
by The Countess of Carnarvon
Edition: Hardcover
Prix : CDN$ 21.94
17 used & new from CDN$ 12.11

5.0 étoiles sur 5 Absorbing History, Sept. 19 2014
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I had not intended reading Lady Catherine and the real Downton Abbey, having bought the book for my wife, who’s keenly interested in the TV series. But you know what happens when a book sits on the night stand. Once having picked it up, I found the story well told, immensely interesting, and very informative. The pomp and circumstance of privileged families, the intriguing ups and downs of private lives, their influence on society, is revealed in neatly arranged narrative, along with photos. The demands and complexity of managing stately manors for family and social functions are clearly conveyed. The weaving of the Carnarvon family story sheds light on several other world shaking events of the era. I am glad the book was written and that I read it.

No Relation
No Relation
by Terry Fallis
Edition: Paperback
Prix : CDN$ 16.57
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Interestingly Different, June 12 2014
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Ce commentaire est de: No Relation (Paperback)
Terry Fallis’s latest book starts like a nattering voice on everything under the sun, reminiscent of Jonathan on CBC Radio or the popular comedy series about nothing on TV. But then the ship steadies, and themes come to the fore, like the curse of NameFame, putting the science of taxonomy on its ears, forming a softball team and trying to remember who’s on first. Then the elephant in the room: Daddy wanting son to follow in his footstep of manufacturing men’s underwear, in which son is not interested, unlike daughter, who is. Travelling far, wide, and circuitously, Fallis interestingly resolves situations with humour, of which we all could use more.

Jack of Spies
Jack of Spies
by David Downing
Edition: Hardcover
Prix : CDN$ 17.52
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Thought provoking Excursion to Earlier Times, June 8 2014
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Ce commentaire est de: Jack of Spies (Hardcover)
Right from the start, the novel convincingly establishes that in 1913 events moved at a slower pace than readers may be accustomed to. Spies made their getaways in rickshaw, ship and train. Fortunately, this leaves additional time for development of details relating to social issues leading up to the First World War. And what an array there was, encompassing all continents. Coupled with an engaging love story, the novel delivers a thought provoking excursion to earlier times.

A Journey of Days Continues: Mud, Mountains, and Mindfulness on the Camino de Saint Jacques
A Journey of Days Continues: Mud, Mountains, and Mindfulness on the Camino de Saint Jacques
by Guy Thatcher
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Definitely a book worth reading, April 30 2014
I obtained the book ‘A Journey of Days Continues’ from its author, Guy Thatcher, at the conclusion of his talk to our social club in Ottawa. In keeping with his philosophy of savouring the moment, I decided to read the book at a measured pace, retaining a semblance of balance between the depth of his inspirational talk to what I hoped the book would reinforce. It did.

At the outset, the author professes to not being entirely certain as to what revelations would unfold during his pilgrimage along the 800-kilometre Le Puy-en-Velay (Massif Central, France) to Pamplona (Spain) portion of the Camino de Santiago, letting events speak for themselves. This leads to useful information being imparted on what is involved in arranging a venture of this nature, as well as an astute observation of what our misguided North American food diet is doing to us.

From the moment Guy hits the Chemin, fascinating details present themselves. Vivid geographical descriptions, complemented with pictures, set in historical context, makes one feel as being right there with him, like his adopted ‘family’. Little known facts, or, better still, previously unknown facts, delight the reader.

An unexpected health problem, causing a one-year postponement to the continuation of the pilgrimage, is dealt with in matter-of-fact fashion, affording time to reflect on the state of humanity, the virtue of socialized medicine and the vice of unbridled capitalism.

Returning to the Chemin at the place where he abandoned it a year earlier, Guy resumes his walk. Days turn into weeks; a lot of territory is covered, both physically and psychologically. A lot of acquaintances are made and friendships nurtured. To the benefit of readers, this is all meticulously recounted. A clear pattern emerges as to what is important in life. The author summarizes his own convictions in a chapter entitled ‘Lessons Remembered’.

‘A Journey of Days Continues’ is definitely a book worth reading.

Fractures: A Novel
Fractures: A Novel
by Lamar Herrin
Edition: Hardcover
Prix : CDN$ 18.80
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Absorbing, Feb. 14 2014
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Ce commentaire est de: Fractures: A Novel (Hardcover)
What initially attracted me to this novel was its obvious theme: horizontal hydrofracturing. This controversial method of extracting energy from the earth is indeed thoroughly dissected in convincing style. More significantly, the exposition of the Joyner’s fractured family adjustment to this new development will resonate with anyone interested in the necessity of energy and its impact on society. Readers are accorded ringside seats to exploring relevant issues of the day.

The Two Sisters Of Borneo
The Two Sisters Of Borneo
by Ian Hamilton
Edition: Paperback
Prix : CDN$ 14.40
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A very satisfying read, Feb. 2 2014
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Ce commentaire est de: The Two Sisters Of Borneo (Paperback)
In this latest Ava Lee novel, Ian Hamilton expands the exploration of human factors. Whereas in the past rich geographical details dotted the landscape, greater emphasis is now placed on the development of characters. Combined with an intriguing plot, this makes for very satisfying reading. I couldn’t put the book down and am already eagerly anticipating the next one.

Welcome To The Broadcast
Welcome To The Broadcast
by Don Newman
Edition: Hardcover
Prix : CDN$ 20.68
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Interesting from cover to cover, Jan. 21 2014
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Ce commentaire est de: Welcome To The Broadcast (Hardcover)
With this book, Don Newman accomplishes a near miracle: making Canadian politics intelligible, interesting and revealing. From his unique vantage point as a dedicated journalist and broadcaster, he writes poignantly about the situations and personalities involved in the political issues of the day, as well as the broadcasting techniques for informing the nation. Each chapter is enlightened with insights only he would know. Thank you, Mr. Newman, for sharing your experience.

How We Lead: Canada in a Century of Change
How We Lead: Canada in a Century of Change
by Joe Clark
Edition: Hardcover
Prix : CDN$ 20.06
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A very timely book, Dec 8 2013
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A thought-provoking book, advancing solutions to a question Canadians should ask themselves more often: What makes our nation great, and how do we go about making it so. The appeal lies in Mr. Clark's vision of a more co-operative Canada in an increasingly interconnected world, shedding near-sighted prejudices in order to make beneficial progress. His recommendations are naturally directed at Canada, but other nations could equally benefit from his unique perspective.

The Whistleblower: Sex Trafficking, Military Contractors, and One Woman's Fight for Justice
The Whistleblower: Sex Trafficking, Military Contractors, and One Woman's Fight for Justice
by Kathryn Bolkovac
Edition: Paperback
Prix : CDN$ 13.36
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Whistleblowing Personified, Feb. 10 2013
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Anyone wondering why more wrongdoings aren't brought to light should read the book "The Whistleblower" by Kathryn Bolkovac with Cari Lynn. Methods of suppression by internationally recognized organizations are recounted in alarming detail. The entire gamut of tactics is revealed. Only a dedicated and committed whistleblower like Ms. Bolkovac has a chance of surviving. Yet, she did. If she can, so can others. Come on whistleblowers of the world, unite!

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