BOOK REVIEWS

March 20, 2018

David Lebovitz's L'Appart: The Delights and Disasters of Making My Paris Home follows San Francisco chef Lebovitz as he purchases a home in Paris after renting there for several years. Part cookbook, part autobiography, it is aptly named for how quickly his apartment dreams fall apart. Lebovitz does an excellent job of setting the scene and describes to the reader exactly what he wants them to see and understand when discussin...

March 12, 2018

Mark Wagstaff’s Attack of the Lonely Hearts, published by Anvil Press and winner of the 39th Annual 3-Day Novel Writing Contest, is an ambitious piece of fiction that follows thirty-something Margaret Rudge as she attempts to re-start her life and form a relationship with David, a modern and contemporary dancer.

In the opening chapters, we’re introduced to newly single Margaret and the rules of her world: a world in which Marga...

September 16, 2017

This is Victoria-based writer Margaret Gracie’s first book-length work, and it’s an ambitious piece of writing. The concept was enough to get me to begin reading, and Gracie’s story-writing abilities captured me from the get-go. The characters are almost whimsical in the way that they are like caricatures of real people. Not unrealistic, though. In fact, it seems that the over-emphasized qualities of these characters make them...

July 20, 2017

The only way to properly appreciate Lorna Crozier’s poetry is to sit down and read it. Then read it again. One might say that it’s not what the soul wants but instead what it needs. Okay, that was bad, but writing about books is intimidating. Writing about Lorna Crozier’s books? Even more so. You come at it knowing it will blow you away. There’s no way that it won’t. The hard part isn’t reading the collection but trying to for...

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