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Book Reflections – Barkskins by Annie Proulx

I read an impressive blog post by Gwen Tuinman about How Settlers Cleared the Land in North America. The post is very well researched and would be an interesting read … Continue reading

July 12, 2018 · 2 Comments

Book Reflections – Grief is the Thing with Feathers by Max Porter

When I read Grief is the Thing with Feathers by Max Porter I was reminded about why it’s so good to belong to a book group. I thoroughly enjoyed this … Continue reading

July 6, 2018 · Leave a comment

Book Reflections – The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid

I enjoyed watching the suspenseful and engaging film of The Reluctant Fundamentalist. I was hesitant to read the book because I suspected that it would not be too familiar and … Continue reading

June 6, 2018 · Leave a comment

Book Reflections – The Leech by Cora Sandel

Cora Sandel is the pen name of Sara Cecilia Görvell Fabricius, a writer and painter, born in Norway in 1880. She wrote several collections of short stories and about five … Continue reading

June 5, 2018 · Leave a comment

Book Reflections – The Last Painting of Sara de Vos by Dominic Smith

I first remember becoming familiar with painting in l7th century Holland in Girl with a Pearl Earring (about the famous painter Vermeer) then less about painting but about a similar … Continue reading

June 1, 2018 · 2 Comments

Book Reflections – Once in a House on Fire by Andrea Ashworth

I was captivated from start to finish by Andrea Ashworth’s autobiography Once in a House on Fire. Ashworth maintained a constant, thrilling pace, skipping from brilliantly rendered vignette to vignette … Continue reading

May 31, 2018 · Leave a comment

Book Reflections – The Permanent Resident by Roanna Gonsalves

A friend contacted me recently saying that she’d just been to Sydney writers’ festival and had chatted with her friend Roanna Gonsalves, winner of the NSW Premier’s Literary Award Multicultural … Continue reading

May 23, 2018 · Leave a comment

Book Reflections – The Shallows by Nicholas Carr

A friend recommended that I read The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas Carr. This is an informative but overly long and single-minded book. Carr … Continue reading

May 19, 2018 · Leave a comment

Book Reflections – Slowly Down the Ganges by Eric Newby

This is the third book by Eric Newby that I’ve read. I was attracted to this book because Newby was accompanied by his wife Wanda on this journey of over … Continue reading

May 9, 2018 · Leave a comment

Book Reflections – The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery

This is my second time enjoying reading The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery. I read the translation from the French by Alison Anderson. About 10 years ago a … Continue reading

April 27, 2018 · Leave a comment
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