Educated by Tara Westover - Review

I usually only review Canadian books on MapleBooks, but the memoir of Tara Westover absolutely needs to be talked about. Educated is shocking, heart-breaking, but also extremely insightful and inspiring. Tara was born the last child of a large family…

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Little Sister by Barbara Gowdy - Review

In France, where I grew up, Little Sister would be at home in my favourite genre: le fantastique. As Wikipedia describes it: “What is distinctive about the fantastique is the intrusion of supernatural phenomena into an otherwise realist narrative.” Fantastique…

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Dragon Springs Road by Janie Chang - Review

Dragon Springs Road, published this January, sets the bar very high for 2017’s Canadian literature. This second novel by Janie Chang is a unique, beautiful, human, and insightful novel. Set near Shanghai, China, in the early 20th century, Dragon Springs…

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The Wonder by Emma Donoghue - CanLit

Until now, we’ve died. Until now. In 1865, Ireland is still numb from the Great Famine that killed a million people and drove as many out of their cherished island. Unspeakable grief and starvation weighed on Irish people’s spirit for…

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Daydreams of Angels is a little piece of magic. It brought me back to the same feelings I had in my childhood while reading Alice in Wonderland or The Wizard of Oz. These books immersed me in a world of wonders,…

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Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel: review, science-fiction

Station Eleven just shows how science-fiction — and “genre fiction”(I hate that label) — is looked down on in the literary community. Station Eleven features a pandemic, the fall of civilization and life in the future; however, even Emily St. John Mandel…

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