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The Juggler’s Children by Carolyn Abraham

This is a non-fiction work very aptly subtitled, A Journey into Family, Legend and the Genes that Bind Us. Read over a period of several weeks,  I found it to be inspirational because I have worked for a long time on an anecdotal family history which has been overwhelming at times, comforting because of the […]

A Beautiful Truth by Colin McAdam

“Judy and Walter Walt Ribke lived on twelve up-and-down acres…on the eastern boundary of Addison County” in Vermont.  Judy had a cyst removed from her womb and five years later her uterus collapsed. The couple knew they would not have a child. “In her rational moments she allowed herself to want nothing more than spending […]

Onion Man by Kathryn Mockler

The first poetry book I have included on this blog. I am pleased to say that I enjoyed it. It is from the perspective of an eighteen year old woman working in a corn packing plant for the summer in the late 1980s. She has a boyfriend, Clinton, and they both work in the warehouse […]

The Middlesteins by Jami Attenberg

“[A] wonderfully messy and layered family portrait.” Publishers Weekly

There are a number of much stronger superlatives used to describe this novel on its cover designed like a fast food wrapper but I found this one from Publishers Weekly to be particularly apt. The Oxford Modern English Dictionary defines messy as 1. untidy or dirty. […]

The Miracles of Ordinary Men by Amanda Leduc

On Saturday, November 3, 2013 at the International Festival of Authors in Toronto, I attended a Round Table discussion entitled Gods, Ghosts and UFOs hosted by Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer and including Hari Kunzru, Amanda Leduc and Mary Swan (brief notes on the work of each included at the end of this post). Just a day before […]