Monthly Archives: December 2013

The Lowland. Jhumpa Lahiri.

Lahiri, Jhumpa. The Lowland. Knopf (Random House), New York. 2013. F;11/13. I was really impressed with this author’s collection of short stories Interpreter of Maladies. But a bit like the difference between Strout’s Olive Kitteridge and The Burgess Boys I … Continue reading

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Alias Grace. Margaret Atwood.

Atwood, Margaret. Alias Grace. Emblem paper, McClelland and Stewart, Toronto, 2010 (original edition 1996). F; 12/13. Margaret Atwood is a justifiably famous Canadian author (this book won the Giller prize in 1996), but this is the first of her books I’ve … Continue reading

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Ink on Paper. Brad Cran.

Cran, Brad. Ink on Paper. Nightwood, Gibsons. 2013. Poetry; 12/13. My kind friend Andrea lent me this little book after a conversation we had about not understanding poetry unless its main narrative line is directly accessible in front of you. … Continue reading

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419. Will Ferguson.

Ferguson, Will. 419.  Penguin, Toronto. 2012. F;11/13. I’m a bit surprised at the Giller Prize victory of this international crime thriller. The author comes close but still for me doesn’t accomplish the very difficult task (also attempted by Louise Penny … Continue reading

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Hy’s Steakhouse and Cocktail Bar, Vancouver.

December 2013 I was taken to this place as a teenager by my parents in the 1960s. It was an awkward experience then, but now I at the other end of my life and this restaurant stubbornly barely having changed at all, I find … Continue reading

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Knocking on Heaven’s Door. Katy Butler.

Knocking on Heaven’s Door. Katy Butler. Scribner, New York. 2013. NF, 10/13 I met Katy at a book-promotional reading in San Francisco, and found her charming, sincere, and inspirational. This book is both successful and smack in line with my own … Continue reading

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Sciue, Vancouver.

Any time. This West Coast-Italian daytime trattoria was near a downtown job of mine, and caught my interest because of its incredible coffee. Really the best in town, which is saying something. Sadly, the morning and dessert baking was pretty … Continue reading

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