General Trauma and Get Over Yourself Books: An Annotated Biographical Bibliography

[I started writing this months ago- crap. Just clicked the link- November] I was listening to CBC this morning. The Sunday Edition was airing the second part of an episode on the hundredth anniversary of the Russian Revolution. Michael Enright was talking to Russian-American journalist Masha Gessen about her new book and the lasting effectsContinue reading “General Trauma and Get Over Yourself Books: An Annotated Biographical Bibliography”

SEX:An Annotated Biographical Bibliography

This might come as a shocker, but this post was very hard for me to write. I spent most of my life not even talking about sex, let alone writing about it publicly. So why? Why put myself out there like this? Why admit to all of these wrong-headed notions I lived with since puberty?Continue reading “SEX:An Annotated Biographical Bibliography”

Hell Years: Introduction to an Annotated Bibliography

Reading. Reading is my comfort, my addiction, my solace. For most of my life I have been able to get lost in a book. Get lost in a book. I never really thought about that phrase before, what it means. But I think it is apt, in the sense that I used to read toContinue reading “Hell Years: Introduction to an Annotated Bibliography”

Thoughts on Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg

 I have been thinking a lot about what it means to be female, a topic I have deftly avoided until now. I guess having two teenage daughters will do that to a gal.  Why are they so hesitant to put themselves out in the world? Why do they shy away from praise and well deservedContinue reading “Thoughts on Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg”

Sucker Literary 3 Cover Reveal!

So excited to have a story in the third Sucker anthology! Here is the beautiful cover: Sucker Literary is a platform for established and emerging, hugely intelligent writers who have the grit and talent to create compelling, authentic young adult literature that both adults and teens can enjoy. We are a literary enterprise dedicated to showcasingContinue reading “Sucker Literary 3 Cover Reveal!”

Book Review: Me, Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

  Me, Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews Greg Gaines’ major talent is blending in. In fact, he’s made it a point for his whole high school career to not make any friends or enemies, but to surf through the different cliques and groups without drawing attention to himself. In private however, heContinue reading “Book Review: Me, Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews”

Book Review: The Imposter Bride

The Imposter Bride by Nancy Richler A young woman, traumatized from the events she witnessed in Europe, arrives in Montreal after the war. She is there to meet her  groom, whom she has never met before. But from the glimpse he has of her as she descends from the train, he decides he doesn’t want toContinue reading “Book Review: The Imposter Bride”

Book Review: Winter Girls by Laurie Halse Anderson

Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson Lia and Cassie have been best friends since elementary school. They made a pact when they were 13 to be “the skinniest together.” Years later, Lia has been let out of the Eating Disorder clinic  for the second time. She and Cassie haven’t spoken in months, the last time manyContinue reading “Book Review: Winter Girls by Laurie Halse Anderson”

Book Review: Ask the Passengers

Ask the Passengers by A.S King Astrid Jones is a 17-year old senior high school student in a small town. Her family consists of a controlling mother, a perfect , athletic younger sister who is the mother’s obvious favourite and a father who drowns his own feelings of inadequacy in copious marijuana use. As nobodyContinue reading “Book Review: Ask the Passengers”

Book Review: The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen

The Running Dream By Wendelin Van Draanen I really enjoyed Van Draanen’s book Flipped, and therefore was looking forward to reading The Running Dream. It is our community reads season, and it is a book about running. I would like to have a good book that showcases some sort of sport on the long list andContinue reading “Book Review: The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen”