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Book Reflections – The Boat by Nam Le

This month for book group we read The Boat by Australian author Nam Le. I expected a novel but instead I was pleasantly surprised by a set of unconnected short … Continue reading

December 2, 2018 · 8 Comments

Book Reflections – The Memory of Running by Ron McLarty

I was attracted to this book because the word running is in the title and the cover art appealed to me. It held the promise of something different. The Memory … Continue reading

November 28, 2018 · 7 Comments

Book Reflections – The Words in My Hand by Guinevere Glasfurd

My children are avid readers. We bring bags of books home from the library and op shops for them. They silently dive into other worlds and only reluctantly resurface when … Continue reading

November 1, 2018 · 11 Comments

Book Reflections – Come Away With Me edited by Sarah MacDonald

I bought this anthology of travel stories by Australian writers secondhand for a few dollars. I was attracted to it because it was edited by Sarah MacDonald, who I used … Continue reading

October 23, 2018 · 10 Comments

Hiking to the National Arboretum

For the first time since 2007 I’ve been working full time. On top of that, as a member of a car-free household, I’ve been commuting by bus for 90 minutes … Continue reading

October 19, 2018 · Leave a comment

Book Reflections – The Light Between Oceans by M L Stedman

The Light Between Oceans by M L Stedman is a terrific book. It’s set after WWI in southwestern Australia. I have tried to record reflections here without giving away key … Continue reading

September 28, 2018 · Leave a comment

Book Reflections – Red Poppies: An epic saga of old Tibet by Alai

I bought Alai’s book Red Poppies secondhand for a few dollars without knowing anything about the author or the book. It’s a terrific book! I have not read anything quite … Continue reading

September 26, 2018 · Leave a comment

Book Reflections – The Rehearsal by Eleanor Catton

Eleanor Catton’s second novel The Luminaries was amazing in many ways. Not only was the story captivating, the historical aspects were interesting and the construction of the book was complicated. … Continue reading

September 5, 2018 · Leave a comment

Book Reflections – The Good People by Hannah Kent

There’s no doubt that Hannah Kent is a good writer. Her debut novel Burial Rites proved that. I was excited at the prospect of reading another of her books. I … Continue reading

September 2, 2018 · 5 Comments

Book Reflections – Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

There are many things to like about this novel about aching to belong, about the pressures of expectations that weigh on children, about longing for parental approbation. I started to … Continue reading

August 3, 2018 · 2 Comments
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