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”

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: The Talk-Funny Girl

The Talk-Funny Girl by Roland Merullo Marjorie Richards lives on the outskirts of a small town in rural New Hampshire but even that does not account for her level of isolation. She lives with her parents, who hardly leave their small patch of land except to go to the local bar and to Pastor Schect’sContinue reading “Book Review: The Talk-Funny Girl”

Dear Bernadette: A review, kind of.

Dear Ms. Bernadette Fox, First thing’s first. I know what you are thinking. You are thinking Does this woman realise I am a fictional character? Yes? Do she care? No. I have been talking to fictional characters ever since I read The Catcher in the Rye at the age of 13 and found Holden CaulfieldContinue reading “Dear Bernadette: A review, kind of.”

Book Review: The Blondes by Emily Schultz

Hazel Hayes has a complicated life. She has just arrived in New York from Toronto to complete her graduate studies. On the same day that she finds out she is pregnant by her married advisor, a crazed blonde woman pushes a young girl on to the subway tracks. The next day another act of violenceContinue reading “Book Review: The Blondes by Emily Schultz”

Thoughts on Saleema Nawaz’s Bone & Bread and Other Random Musings

I have been meaning to write this post for about a month but alas my old nemesis Time has decided to run away from me. Two jobs and an editing process that has gone from a “new coat of paint and refinish the floors” job to a “let me take a wrecking ball to theContinue reading “Thoughts on Saleema Nawaz’s Bone & Bread and Other Random Musings”

Book Review: Bride of New France

Bride of New France by Suzanne Desrochers Laure Beauséjour was taken from her beggar parents by the Paris authorities when she was just seven years old and placed in the Salpêtrière, a catch all institute for poor, sick, mentally ill, or criminal women (and by criminal read prostitutes).  She was lucky enough to spend aContinue reading “Book Review: Bride of New France”

Books: Thoughts on Alice Bliss by Laura Harrington

There are some books that pry long-forgotten memories out of the dusty corners of your brain, unfold them on a table and force you to look at them. Alice Bliss was like this for me. Alice Bliss is a 14-year old girl who loves her father very much. So when his reserve unit is calledContinue reading “Books: Thoughts on Alice Bliss by Laura Harrington”