January 2013
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Y by Marjorie Celona

A powerful and compelling read for me. A search for a past by a child given up at birth told in the child’s voice and then the mother’s story, much of it from the perspective of the child. A fascinating cinematic cast of characters, Shannon; Harrison Church, Shannon’s father; Eugene, her brother; Yula, her mother; […]

The Murder Stone by Louise Penny

Another comforting Inspector Gamache story with a beautifully calming “I want to go there” setting. The setting at Manoir Bellechasse and the characters of Armand and Reine-Marie Gamache complimented by Chef Veronique and Madame Dubois once again provide a delightful background for the strange, almost  sinister death of one member of the Morrow family who […]

Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese


This is the life journey of Saul Indian Horse named after his grandfather Solomon.  “My people are from the Fish Clan of the northern Ojibway, the Anishinabeg, we call ourselves. We made our home in the territories along the Winnipeg River, where the river opens wide before crossing into Manitoba before it leaves the […]

Plain Kate by Erin Bow

The Story of Plain Kate, daughter of wood carver Piotr Carver, who wants to apprentice to her father in a few years. Her father calls her Kate, My Star.  They live in the town of Samilae, “where people thought there was magic in a knife. A person who could wield a  knife well was, in […]

February by Lisa Moore

This was a re-read for me: it is one of the selections for Canada Reads in 2013 and I am re-reading for an event on Heavenali’s blog and I really liked this book the first time I read it so…..those are the reasons for re-reading.

In 1982, the oil rig Ocean Ranger sank off the […]