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Book review: Windswept — The Story of Wind and Weather by Marq de Villiers

In almost every way, Marq de Villiers’s Windswept — The Story of Wind and Weather is a fascinating book. But I’ll be honest; without University of King’s College MFA director Don Sedgwick’s recommendation, I’m not sure that I would have included Windswept among my first-term must-reads. Yet it proved an inspired choice. It brought to […]

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Book Review: Wild by Cheryl Strayed

None of us will get out of here alive. We will all be beaten and battered by a callous world filled with unthinking, unfeeling people who care little for our suffering, except as it affects their own. I used to think that I was singular, that my suffering was singularly intense and devastating. Now I […]

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Book Review: Beyond the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo

I’m wondering if the First World Problems meme owes its genesis to Katherine Boo’s Beyond the Beautiful Forevers — Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity. Within two chapters, I was immersed in this teeming world, lying awake at night, sifting through the contrasts. Here I am, bitching because I’m scrambling like a madman […]

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Flight of the Griffons — by Kate Inglis

Kate Inglis has destroyed my street credibility in the rough and tumble Dartmouth neighborhood where I live. Three times in the last fortnight, while waiting for the bus to whisk me away to my writing residency at the University of King’s College’s MFA in creative nonfiction program, Flight of the Griffons made me cry. That’s […]

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Author Jennifer Zobair Answers 25 Questions

I want to tell you about Jennifer Zobair, the author of Painted Hands, but first I’d like to talk about Andika. Andika was a student in the kid’s karate class at that I taught at the University of King’s College ISKF for a decade. His parents were Muslims from Indonesia, and always treated me with […]

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Painted Hands — Book Review

Can I admit that I was dubious? I read the first chapter of Painted Hands with skepticism fully engaged. Second chapter, too. But somewhere around the third or fourth chapters, Jennifer Zobair’s Painted Hands transformed my doubt into something akin to astonishment. I was reading a book about attractive, accomplished women juggling careers and families […]

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Author Joanne Lessner Answers 25 Questions

Our friendship was cemented over a great bottle of wine. Which is a preposterous statement, when you think of it, because we haven’t met in the real world, and I no longer drink. Nevertheless, it’s still true. When I read the premise behind Pandora’s Bottle, Joanne Lessner’s first novel, I was certain that we’d get […]

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Books Worth Buying in 2013

Ellen Oh Two friends have novels that will hit bookstores in 2013, and I’m THAT excited! Ellen Oh has been an online friend for years, and I’ve always been impressed with her kindness, thoughtfulness, patience, and intelligence. When she landed a three-book deal with HarperTeen to bring The Dragon King Chronicles to North Americans readers, […]

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Author Melanie Hooyenga Answers 25 Questions

As I grow older, I find myself seeking out kindness. That’s how I first met Melanie Hooyenga. In the funny way that social media works, our paths had crossed for years, but we never really connected. It’s like we had been to a few parties at the houses of friends we had in common, but […]

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Blessedness

A few hours after my operation, I wept. Yes, I was a simmering kettle of emotion. My neurosurgeon had recently informed me that my pituitary adenoma was massive, much bigger than expected, but he quickly added that the operation had gone well, so I was relieved. A few minutes later, I looked upon the faces […]

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