Author Archives: John Sloan

About John Sloan

John Sloan is a senior academic physician in the Department of Family Practice at the University of British Columbia, and has spent most of his 40 years' practice caring for the frail elderly in Vancouver. He is the author of "A Bitter Pill: How the Medical System is Failing the Elderly", published in 2009 by Greystone Books. His innovative primary care practice for the frail elderly has been adopted by Vancouver Coastal Health and is expanding. Dr. Sloan lectures throughout North America on care of the elderly.

Rules for Visiting. Jessica Francis Kane.

Kane, Jessica Francis. Rules for Visiting. Penguin New York 2019. F;7/19. An excerpt of this nice novel appeared in Granta, who have published other of Kane’s work. This is a memoir-style story about a woman preoccupied with and employed at … Continue reading

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All Things Consoled. Elizabeth Hay.

Hay, Elizabeth. All Things Consoled. McClelland Stewart, Toronto. 2018. Memoir;6/19. I liked Hay’s Late Nights on Air, although I haven’t reviewed it. It had true Canadian down-home style like Annie Proulx’s, Sinclair Lewis’s, and of course Alice Munro’s. I have … Continue reading

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French Exit. Patrick DeWitt.

DeWitt, Patrick. French Exit. Anansi, Toronto. 2018. F;6/19. I liked DeWitt’s Sisters Brothers . Here he takes a different clear-cut genre (Comedy of Manners as opposed to Classic Western) and (calling it a Tragedy of Manners) combines clever old-fashioned high-class dialogue … Continue reading

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Lost Hearts in Italy. Andrea Lee.

Lee, Andrea. Lost Hearts in Italy. Random House, New York, 2006. F;6/19. This is a love triangle, or really more like a pentagon or hexagon, involving wealthy highly-educated cosmopolitan characters who are almost without exception drop-dead gorgeous. Sex and big … Continue reading

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Walking on the Ceiling. Aysegul Savas.

Savas, Aysegul. Walking on the Ceiling. Riverhead, New York, 2019. F;9/19 This first novel was not as sharply gripping as the short story Canvas in a recent New Yorker, but it had intriguing and thought-provoking complexity. Nunu is a young … Continue reading

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Save Me the Plums. Ruth Reichl.

Reichl, Ruth. Save Me The Plums. Penguin Random House 2019. NF;6/19. I didn’t enjoy this memoir as much as Reichl’s Garlic and Sapphires, in which as the new New York Times restaurant critic she famously presented herself to a fancy self-important restaurant first as the critic, … Continue reading

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The Flight Portfolio. Julie Orringer.

Orringer, Julie. The Flight Portfolio. Knopf New York, 2019. F; 6/19. I was really impressed with Orringer’s other two books The Invisible Bridge and How to Breathe Underwater, but this one didn’t work for me. It tells the story of … Continue reading

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