Yearly Archives: 2012

BOOK REVIEW | COMPACTS AND COSMETICS: BEAUTY FROM VICTORIAN TIMES TO THE PRESENT DAY – MADELEINE MARSH

  Back in the day (i.e. about 5 years ago) I took some Women’s Studies courses in college. One of the main things I learned that stuck with me was that the worse things are for society in general, the better they are for the relative status of women in that society. For example, during WWII men were overseas fighting… Read more »

IN CASE YOU MISS ME…

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  I’m moving soon, which means that, sadly, my books are in the boxes up there. Because of that, and the fact that I’m not particularly fond of stress, I’m taking a wee break from Backlist. But don’t fret – I’ll be back in a month or so! Just as soon as my books are unpacked…

1001 BOOKS TO READ BEFORE YOU DIE (LIKE YOU DIDN’T HAVE ENOUGH TO READ ALREADY)

      Who doesn’t like a good list? I very much enjoyed going through the BBC list of 100 books most people haven’t read and discovering that I’d read about a third of them (though I do feel as if I should get on with it and read more). So when a friend told me he was working through… Read more »

EX LIBRIS

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  While shopping at Chapters a couple of weeks ago, I stopped by their section full of random knick knacks and notions. I’ve always been a sucker for the sort of things you don’t really need, but that you desperately want. These fit that description perfectly. Aren’t they cute?   I particluarly like the little card on the inside flap… Read more »

GOOD NEWS FOR VANCOUVER BOOK LOVERS

  If you live in Vancouver and are an avid reader, chances are you’ve spent many a blissful hour perusing the shelves of one of the many Book Warehouse locations scattered throughout the city. With a wide range of new books at bargain prices, it has long been a favourite book shopping destination. A couple of months ago the news… Read more »

WHAT THE @#$% ARE YOU READING?

  You may or may not have seen the article in US News last week about whether or not Young Adult books should have some sort of rating system on them. This discussion is largely centred around a study that was done revealing that much fiction intended for a youth audience contains profanity to various degrees. Some concerned consumers (and… Read more »

BOOK SERIES REVIEW | THE HUNGER GAMES TRILOGY – SUZANNE COLLINS

(Please note: Because this review covers a trilogy of books, it required spoilers. Please read at your own risk!) I came late to the Hunger Games. I am one of those who watched the movie – then figured maybe I’d give the books a go. But once I got started, I proceeded to zip through all three of them in… Read more »

BOOK REVIEW | BOSSYPANTS – TINA FEY

Tina Fey is one funny lady. But more than that, she’s an incredibly smart one. It’s not easy to be as humorous, self-deprecating, inspirational and charismatic as this lady. (Trust me; I’ve tried.) So I was intrigued at the prospect of learning more about the lady behind the laughs. Though I’ve never been much of a fan of SNL or… Read more »

BOOK REVIEW | MY LAI 4: A REPORT ON THE MASSACRE AND ITS AFTERMATH – SEYMOUR M. HERSH

War is a strange concept. It has rules. Certain populations are off limits, and certain acts are prohibited. And yet, the purpose of a war is to take human life on a mass scale. It seems inevitable, then, that lines become blurred, that war is the cause of (or sometimes a haven for) atrocity. In his classic journalistic work, Seymour… Read more »

BOOK REVIEW | IF YOU ASK ME (AND OF COURSE YOU WON’T) – BETTY WHITE

I have so much respect and admiration for Betty White. Let me just say that up front. Not only has she molded an ever-growing and -changing career during a time in life when many performers are withdrawing from the public eye and enjoying the fruits of their years and years of hard work, but she has done so with humour… Read more »

BOOK REVIEW | THIS IS A CALL: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF DAVE GROHL – PAUL BRANNIGAN

It is because of Dave Grohl that I began reading again. At the end of last year I was lucky enough to attend a Foo Fighters’ concert. And I gotta tell ya – if you’re not a fan of the Foos, you’re missing out big time. These guys get up there and give it their all. No holds barred. I’ve… Read more »