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The Candy House. Jennifer Egan.

Egan, Jennifer. The Candy House. Scribners New York 2022. F;9/22. This book by one of my favourite authors is a semi-sequel to her very successful 2010 A Visit From the Goon Squad. I went back and read Goon Squad again … Continue reading

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The Personality Brokers. Merve Emre.

Emre, Merve. The Personality Brokers. Random House Toronto, 2018. NF; 8/22. This with its subtitle of The Strange History of Myers-Briggs and the Birth of Personality Testing is a well-researched story of the Myers-Briggs Personality Inventory (MBPI), now recognized the world over and in … Continue reading

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Fired Up about Capitalism. Tom Malleson.

Malleson, Tom. Fired Up about Capitalism. Between the Lines, Toronto, 2016. NF;7/22. Surely some revelation is at hand; Surely the Second Coming is at hand – W B Yeats Tom Malleson is the brilliant son of dear friends of ours, … Continue reading

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The Great Delusion. John Mearsheimer.

Mearsheimer, John. The Great Delusion. Yale, New Haven, 2018. NF; 6/22. Mearsheimer is a political scientist and specialist in international relations, known for his orientation referred to as realism. In this plain-spoken at times colloquial book he is devastatingly critical … Continue reading

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Motherhood. Sheila Heti.

Heti, Sheila. Motherhood. Vintage Canada, Toronto, 2018. F; 5/22. If you want more of what is already going on, have a baby. If you want things to change, don’t. – Old Anonymous Doctor In this ambitious brave dive into a … Continue reading

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Acquafarina, Vancouver.

May 2022 “Our creative kitchen team reimagines and elevates traditional Italian classics with luxurious artistry. Polished service is provided by an award-winning beverage team and front-of-house staff that are best in class.” So goes the commentary on one of the … Continue reading

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Cosmogony. Lucy Ives.

Ives, Lucy. Cosmogony: Stories. Soft Skull, New York, 2022. F; 4/22. Cosmogony denotes scientific theories about the origin of the universe, particularly the solar system. Ms. Ives wrote a great story I read a while ago that led me to … Continue reading

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Ancora Ambleside, West Vancouver.

April 2022 This second location of the excellent Japanese/Peruvian restaurant in Vancouver opened in 2019 across the street from the Ambleside waterfront. Viaggio Hospitality, Ancora’s owners, also have four hotels and some casual dining places in southern BC. No question … Continue reading

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A Room With a View. E M Forster.

Forster, E M. A Room With a View. Edward Arnold London 1908. F; 3/22. I read something else by Forster many many years ago and remember enjoying it but can’t recall the title. This one got me interested as I … Continue reading

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Still Life. Sarah Winman.

Winman, Sarah. Still Life. Penguin UK, 2021. F; 3/22. I’ve run across and read impressive novels based on other classical literature before: A Thousand Acres based on King Lear and The Hours on Mrs. Dalloway. But this long and magnificently … Continue reading

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