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.

Deacon King Kong. James McBride.

McBride, James. Deacon King Kong. Riverhead (Penguin Random House) New York, 2020. F;7/20. This is a serious and at times strongly affecting story and hard look at crime and poverty in black-neighbourhood Brooklyn, in 1969. McBride is an accomplished guy … Continue reading

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The Mandibles. Lionel Shriver.

Shriver, Lionel. The Mandibles. HarperCollins London 2016. F;6/20. Most fiction, at least what I read these days, is written from a left-of-centre point of view. In keeping with my mostly imaginary political stripe – centrist, or pragmatist – I have … Continue reading

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Nagomi, Gibsons BC

June 2020 Visiting this lovely little restaurant broke our three-month Covid-isolation–associated eating-out fast. Here on the Sunshine Coast we’ve been lucky to have very little of the virus around, and restaurants including this one are now opening with suitable contagion safety … Continue reading

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Bleak House. Charles Dickens.

Dickens, Charles. Bleak House. Bradbury and Evans, London, 1853 (serialized 1852-1853). After I read War and Peace and Middlemarch it started to look like 19th century novels were going to be wonderful treats that I had missed. This one convinced … Continue reading

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The Russian Debutante’s Handbook. Gary Shteyngart.

Shteyngart, Gary. The Russian Debutante’s Handbook. Riverside, New York, 2002. F; 5/20. This author was one of a motley group selected by New Yorker (April 6 2020) editors to write whimsical reflections on COVID topics. I liked his arch acerbic … Continue reading

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A Lucky Man. Jamel Brinkley.

Brinkley, Jamel. A Lucky Man. Graywolf, Minneapolis, 2018. F;4/20 This is a collection of thoroughly lovely stories by a new fiction writer who has published in a variety of journals and earned short-listings and awards for this his first book. … Continue reading

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Small Game Hunting at the Local Coward Gun Club. Megan Coles.

Coles, Megan. Small Game Hunting at the Local Coward Gun Club. Anansi, Toronto, 2019. F;3/20. I’ve just finished writing a review of August, a novel by a capable but self-appointed tough-guy male writer whose protagonist feels sorry for himself, and … Continue reading

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August. Callan Wink.

Wink, Callan. August. Random House, New York, 2020. F;4/20. I was impressed with this writer as you can see in my review of his short story collection strangely titled Dog Run Moon. I was looking forward to his taking on … Continue reading

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Middlemarch. George Eliot.

Eliot, George. Middlemarch. Blackwood and sons, London, 1871. F; 4/20. I still have the Riverside paperback version of this I bought at the UBC bookstore in 1968 for an English novel course. But I never read it. I remember looking … Continue reading

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The Topeka School. Ben Lerner.

Lerner, Ben. The Topeka School. Farrar, Straus, Giraux, New York, 2019. F;3/20. Number three in Lerner’s novel trilogy, this one fills in time gaps in the life ofthe overtly autobiographical Adam Gordon. Similarly to the second book in the trilogy … Continue reading

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