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Foe by Iain Reid - Review

I was fortunate enough to not know about Iain Reid’s new book before it was available to me: I probably would have died of impatience, considering how I absolutely loved his first psychological thriller I’m Thinking of Ending Things. This…

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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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The Year of Less by Cait Flanders - Review

When you want less, you consume less—and you also need less. First of all, I should mention that The Year of Less is not a self-help book nor a manual to achieve minimalist living. The Year of Less is a…

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Scion of the Fox by S. M. Beiko - Review

I have loved stories who blur the boundaries between humans and animals since I read Philipp Pullman’s Dark Materials series. They restore—even by mean of Fantasy—a sense of connection with Nature, an acknowledgement that we share a fundamental experience—life on…

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This Week in CanLit

This week, we moved on from January to February, which means that we’re slowly winning the yearly fight against Winter. In Ottawa, it’s been a very strange winter, with temperature swinging up and down like a squirrel on an electric…

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This Week in CanLit

This Week in CanLit is a new feature I’m experimenting with on MapleBooks. I’m reading so much about books that I figured I could write a weekly sum-up for people who have a better social life than I do! 1….

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The Last Neanderthal by Claire Cameron - Review

Have you seen movie The Quest For Fire (1981)? It features a group of prehistoric humans trying to re-acquire fire after they lost it in a battle. Their language is rudimentary and they mostly act like beasts. Although the movie…

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Optimists Die First by Susin Nielsen - Review

Every so often, one must read a Young-Adult novel. Especially when there is a cat lady involved, as well as a witty title. Besides, I couldn’t resist Optimists Die First‘s book cover, which is darn awesome, no pun intended. Okay,…

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First Things First by Diane Schoemperlen - Review

You clash with my constructed atmosphere. The stories of First Things First feel so much like confidences. They are essentially the intimate thoughts of twenty-four women whose inner life is at odds with the outside world. Some of those ladies…

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