Category Archives: Canadian

THE SUNDAY REVIEW | BORN WEIRD – ANDREW KAUFMAN

Rain City Reads   December 27, 2015   Comments Off on THE SUNDAY REVIEW | BORN WEIRD – ANDREW KAUFMAN

  I thought this book was going to be quirky going into it, but I was still surprised. This is the story of the Weird family, five siblings whose lives have been overshadowed by unique character traits that have both protected and hamstringed them. We first meet Angie, who has been called to her grandmother’s sick bed. Annie Weird (Angie’s… Read more »

THE SUNDAY REVIEW | WICKED AND WEIRD – RICH TERFRY

  Rich Terfry is a Canadian public figure – I use that term because I can’t think of a better one for a man who has been an (almost pro) baseball player, a hip hop artist and a CBC radio presenter – and is now an author. He is better known by many as “Buck 65,” the alterego he assumed for… Read more »

BOOK REVIEW | CRIME SEEN – KATE LINES

  A criminal profiler, trained at Quantico, former Chief Superintendent of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Kate Lines recounts her remarkable story using pivotal cases she worked on in the course of her career. How does a farm girl from Ennismore enter a male-dominated field and become a top criminal profiler and groundbreaking leader? For Kate Lines, it started humbly,… Read more »

RELEASE DAY REVIEW | IF I FALL, IF I DIE – MICHAEL CHRISTIE

A heartfelt and wondrous debut, by a supremely gifted and exciting new voice in fiction. Will has never been to the outside, at least not since he can remember. And he has certainly never gotten to know anyone other than his mother, a fiercely loving yet wildly eccentric agoraphobe who drowns in panic at the thought of opening the front… Read more »

THE SUNDAY REVIEW | STATION ELEVEN – EMILY ST. JOHN MANDEL

An audacious, darkly glittering novel about art, fame and ambition set in the eerie days of civilization’s collapse, from the author of three highly acclaimed previous novels. One snowy night a famous Hollywood actor slumps over and dies onstage during a production of King Lear. Hours later, the world as we know it begins to dissolve. Moving back and forth… Read more »

THE SUNDAY REVIEW | ALL MY PUNY SORROWS – MIRIAM TOEWS

Miriam Toews is beloved for her irresistible voice, for mingling laughter and heartwrenching poignancy like no other writer. In her most passionate novel yet, she brings us the riveting story of two sisters, and a love that illuminates life. You won’t forget Elf and Yoli, two smart and loving sisters. Elfrieda, a world-renowned pianist, glamorous, wealthy, happily married: she wants… Read more »

THE WAYFINDERS: WHY ANCIENT WISDOM MATTERS IN THE MODERN WORLD – Wade Davis

Rain City Reads   March 3, 2011   Comments Off on THE WAYFINDERS: WHY ANCIENT WISDOM MATTERS IN THE MODERN WORLD – Wade Davis

“…[R]emember the central revelation of anthropology: the idea that the social world in which we live does not exist in some absolute sense, but rather is simply one model of reality, the consequence of one set of intellectual and spiritual choices that our particular cultural lineage made, however successfully, many generations ago.” A friend of mine introduced me to Wade… Read more »

PARIS TIMES EIGHT: FINDING MYSELF IN THE CITY OF DREAMS – Deirdre Kelly

Rain City Reads   February 17, 2011   Comments Off on PARIS TIMES EIGHT: FINDING MYSELF IN THE CITY OF DREAMS – Deirdre Kelly

Paris is probably the only city in the world that is dreamed about by such a wide variety of people – romantics, historians, artists, fashionistas and jet-setters alike. It is a city that is famous not only for notorious home-grown figures like Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir and Victor Hugo, but also for the ex-pats who have been lured there,… Read more »

TRAUMA FARM: A REBEL HISTORY OF RURAL LIFE – Brian Brett

Rain City Reads   January 25, 2011   Comments Off on TRAUMA FARM: A REBEL HISTORY OF RURAL LIFE – Brian Brett

Trauma Farm is a book about some of the biggest issues facing us in a world of increasing globalization and corporatization. Written by a poet, who also happens to be a rural farmer, it discusses the struggles that are being faced by small-scale, non-corporate farmers throughout North America as they see their livelihoods threatened by the corporate behemoths with whom… Read more »

MARSHALL MCLUHAN – Douglas Coupland

I’m a huge fan of Douglas Coupland’s writing, and as a communications student, I’ve heard the name “Marshall McLuhan” more times in the past few years that I can count. So this book was doubly appealing. Despite my passing familiarity with Marshall McLuhan, as I sat down to read this book, I realized that I didn’t actually know very much… Read more »