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📚🌿 Reading/Reviewing | Wide Variety | ♡ #canlit | Also instagram.com/bookalong | twitter.com/bookalong00
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5?"Our future is now, not tomorrow. Our future is here. Our future lies within our next breath." ~pg.55 Dr. Norma Dunning
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An fundamentall collection on visions for Indigenous futures from their own voices.
This is an absolutely stellar and groundbreaking book! I am not an own voices reviewer for this title but I thought it was excellent! I loved every essay! It was educational and moving, highly reccomend checking this one out! #bookreview

michellelav Looks very interesting! I'll have to check it out 😁 16h
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Blais was held in captivity in the Sahara Desert for 450 days until escaping. She recounts this time enduring the harsh treatment from her captors, the elements of the desert terrain, starvation, isolation, terror all with compelling prose and vividly beautiful poems written in secret throughout her time in captivity. This is a true, an intense story about the strength and resilience of the human spirit. #bookreview

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4🌟A transportive historical fiction about a young Cherokee woman working as a horse diver in the Jim Crow era. With a touch of the supernatural and mystery this made for an entertaining read! Verble who is of Cherokee paints a vivid picture of the times. Of racism and segregation. Two Feathers was such an interesting character! Her fearlessness and adventurous spirit. Verble does a great job turning reality into fiction. #bookreview

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A lovely collection of stories focusing on children, love, loss, and discovery. They all had beauty within them, and diversity within the characters too. These characters have gone through something or are going through something, have lost something and are in this unfinished state, discovering how to get to a place of revelation. King writes with much empathy and expertise. #bookreview

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A beautiful portrait of mothers before they were mothers. These writers captured the spirits of these women before motherhood changed their identities and lives, beautiful pieces of children seeing their mothers for the women they were before, knowing where their lives would take them. With photographs throughout. I loved the diversity of the writers as well. This was such a tender reading experience. #bookreview

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The Blue Moth Motel | Olivia Robinson
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*CANADIAN* 4🌟 A wonderfully radiant novel about siblings, family, grief, and home. Really enjoyed this one, it was such an evocative read! I loved the family dynamics so much and all the atmospheric elements, and the Canadian setting of course. #bookreview #canlit

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The Son of the House | Cheluchi Onyemelukwe
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An ambitious debut! Set in Nigeria it explores social class, cultural tradition, family dynamics, motherhood and strong women. I was enraptured by this book! What a compelling opening! As the story moves along and these womens interconnectedness is revealed I marvelled at Cheluchi Onyemelukwe-Onuobia‘s storytelling. Her exploration of class and gender in Nigeria and societal expectations of women and bearing children was so well done! #canlit

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Tongues: On Longing and Belonging Through Language | Ayelet Tsabari, Eufemia Fantetti
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*CANADIAN* 5🌟
An absolutely facinating collection!
This anthology swept me up within the first pages and from there I was deeply moved by each of these 26 personal essays. The writers examine their connections with language in all forms. This was edited so well. This should be required reading! This is one of thoes books that no matter what I say it wont do it justice, highly recommend reading it for yourself. #bookreview #canlit

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4🌟PLENTY was a scrumptious memoir!
Howard, a food writer, wonderfully pays tribute to women in the male dominated food industry, covers her travels, passion for food and friends, family and personal battles along the way with honesty and intrigue. The foodie in me gobbled this right up!
A warning: discussion of eating disorders and struggles to have a baby. I appreciated how she was open and honedt about these issues. #bookreview #foodbooks

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A insightful, powerful memoir! This memoir was everything I hoped it would be! With dark humor and much honesty Reid paints a vivid picture of her new world as a quadriplegic person, what it's like losing the use of your body while your mind is still intact made for a very humbling reading experience. #bookreview #bookstagram #bookblogger

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Bookalong @Cinfhen thank you! Yes very much so. 3w
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Seven Down | David Whitton
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CANADIAN~
SEVEN DOWN was an entertaining, eccentric ride! This is very much a character-driven drama and I thought Whitton did such a great job making each character distinct, while also unraveling the puzzle within this novel. #canlit #bookreview

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Ring | Andre Alexis
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*CANADIAN
*This was wonderfully imagined and unique! Though tough to sum up, i'm still ruminating all this genre-bending novel is trying to achieve. Alexis is wonderful at developing characters and making them believable and has obvious talent with language use. I'm looking forward to Alexis's other books, I have a feeling they will be just as contemplative. Try this author if you want something a bit different.
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Suture | Nic Brewer
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5🌟 A strange, stirring, darkly beautiful read!
Suture follows three artists that quite literally use parts of their bodies to create art. A wholly original, fantastic debut! Brewer offers a most interesting perspective on mental illness and creating while conjuring a full spectrum of vivid images and emotions. Suture is grotesque yet delicate I was absolutely blown away by this one! #canlit #bookreview

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5🌟 I will never look at a floral paintings the same again. Peacock wonderfully mixes biography with art appreciation and aspects of her own life as well. While also exploring subjects of marriage, women, creating, society and death. A very interesting biographical account of a Canadian, female artist! #canlit #artbooks #bookreview

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Nowadays and Lonelier | Carmella Gray-Cosgrove
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5🌟 Influenced by Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, these characters hit so hard, their ever reaching for more, for improvement in a social and political climate that is geared against them. It pulled so much emotion and compassion from me. The author does a fantastic job proving there is so much feeling in the darkness, empathy and hope, desire and humor. These stories show the tenderness life can possess the beauty and brutality of getting to live.

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☆N O V E M B E R W r a p ~ Up☆
Full reviews on my IG and Goodreads link in profile.

5🌟
13 Ways Of Looking At A Fat Girl
Suture
Plenty
This Is My Real Name

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Goodbye Vitamin
Monsters
The Son Of The House
Seven Down
The Perfect Find (not pictured)

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Fight Club (not pictured)
Beautiful World Where Are You

What was your favorite reads(s) last month?
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Goodbye, Vitamin | Rachel Khong
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4🌟 Khong did a great job of capturing what it means to be human in this heartfelt, quirky yet at times hilarious read. From life, loss and love to family and forgiveness, and to growing up in your thirties, adding humour and intimacy along the way! A quick read that even though was a reread I didn't want it to end! #bookreview #bookreviewer #bookblogger #domesticfiction #bookstagram

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Through despair is there beauty to be found? I guess thats up to each of us to decide. I found this a bit depressing. Rooney hits on big themes, focusing on these characters lives in our current climate. I really liked Eileen and Simon best. Alice and Felix fell flat for me. This book felt disjointed, the email sections felt disconnected from the rest of the story and Alice's felt like mini essays rather than personal letters to a close friend.

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Fight Club | Chuck Palahniuk
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Palahniuk prose were riviting, and although I knew the plot I was still intrigued by the unpredictable narrator. I was curious to see how things would unfold in print form and for the most part the movie follows the book pretty accurately. This is a rare case where I enjoyed the movie more actually. This one fell somewhere in the middle for me. It's definitely one of thoes books that wont be for everyone. #bookreview

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The Perfect Find | Tia Williams
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This was a fun, light romp of a read! I never read romantic storylines but this was a breath of fresh air I didn't know I needed. I enjoyed Williams prose, there were times I was rolling my eyes a bit but again its not a genre I read a lot. By the end I was so invested in how these characters were going to sort out and I loved how Williams wrapped it all up. Reccomended if you need a lighter read or enjoy romantic storylines. #bookreview #bookish

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5🌟Nominated for the Giller Prize in 2016 Awad's debut 13 WAYS OF LOOKING AT A FAT GIRL is a tough read as Awad does a fantastic job really peeling back the layers of diet culture and body dysmorphia. Its different than her later books so dont expect thoes but I found it hard to put down, much like all her work. #bookreview #canlit

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My Heart Is a Chainsaw | Stephen Graham Jones
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4/5🌟This was a slow burn for me. I almost dnf'd it but after a few friends said it was worth it to finish I stuck with it and I'm glad I did! I was pulled into Jade's chaotic world as she so desperately sought connection. Stephen Graham Jones attention to detail in relevance to the story, slasher films, the town, Jade's character, and colonization was so so well done! #bookreview #bookreviewer

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How Beautiful | Antonella Capetti
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5🌟 HAPPY PUB DAY! First of all this is one of the most gorgeously illustrated picture books I have ever read! The art and colors are so pleasing. My daughter wants to read this at least once a day and I'm more than happy to because not only is it such a pretty book but the message is such an important one for kids to learn. An absolutely wonderful way to show children that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Simply stunning! #bookreview

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I was captured within the first few pages of reading this as Humphreys writing is beautiful and brimming with imagery. So much research and work went into this book. I loved learning about all the plants. Humphreys has written such a facinating look into a world a bit forgotten nowadays but a special part of our natural history that needs to be remembered and cherished. #bookreview #canlit

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Tinfoil Butterfly: A Novel | Rachel Eve Moulton
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4🌟A great debut! Eerie, gripping, I flew through it!
Moulton wrote about family, trauma and addiction well and believably, and she did a great job representing the LGBTQ community. If you struggle to enjoy thrillers/suspense books like I do I reccomend giving this a go because it really worked for me! #bookreview #bookstagram #bookblogger #bookblog

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All the Quiet Places: A Novel | Brian Thomas Isaac
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5🌟*own voices author* A story about Eddie Toma, an Indigenous (Syilx) boy living on the Okanagan Indian Reserve in the Southern Interior of British Columbia. Eddie was a fantastic protagonist! I was in awe as he narrated his life from child to teen. This book explores the many affects of colonialism, residential schools, intergenerational trauma within families and the Governments treatment of Indigenous peoples from their perspective. #canlit

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I LOVE YOU, CALL ME BACK is a heartfelt collection of poems ruminating on grief, living with mental illness, friendships, and family. Benaim wrote this over the course of a month back in lockdown which is impressive. I loved how she combined so many poetic styles in this collection. It contributed to how I connected with the themes and I felt gave me the ability to see into her grief and metal state that much more. #bookreview #poetry #canlit

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I read this over the Summer and its such a beautiful volume of Didion's work. I enjoyed having it all collected like this and experiencing the full sprectrum of her work throughout these decades. Definitely recommend this one!

SALVADOR: 4/5🌟

MIAMI: 4/5🌟

AFTER HENRY: 4/5🌟

DEMOCRACY: 5/5🌟

THE LAST THING HE WANTED: 3/5🌟

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The Party Is Here | Georgina Beaty
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5🌟A fantastic, unique and relevant collection of stories! I was completely blown away by this collection! Beaty has a way of gripping the reader and pulling them under. Darkly funny, these stories are here and now. I was wholly engaged as I read these vidid female characters and watched them navigate life amongst the consequences of our ever changing environment. Highly reccomend this one! #canlit #bookreview #bookblogger #bookstagram

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Ghosts | Dolly Alderton
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4🌟 I quite enjoyed this book, and Alderton's writing was great! I thought how she used the idea of ghosts and applied it to Nina's life was so clever. Like how as people get older and evolve in life they leave ghosts of their former selves, if that makes sense. It was very reflective, and especially true for Nina's father who has dementia. Alderton really captures dating and life in today's world quite well. #bookreview #bookstagram #bookblogger

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Letters to Amelia | Lindsay Zier-Vogel
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A wonderously uplifting story about connection, and soaring through life's hurdles. Grace Porter is recently single and is working on reading the secret letters of Amelia Earhart to her lover. Grace finds herself facinated with Earhart. Then discover she is pregnant and begins writing her own letters to Earhart.This lovely debut sucked me right in! Lindsay Vier-Vogle's prose engrossed me and I become intrigued by Earhearts life too. #canlit

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Umbilical Cord | Hasan Namir
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5🌟 Umbilical Cord is a heartening and refreshing collection about parenthood. I absolutely adored this book! These free verse poems gives us a look at Namir's and his husband's journeys to becoming parents. Books like this are so necessary, society needs representation of all families and their journeys. A beautiful read, and a wonderful tribute of love. #bookreview #poetry #canlit

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5🌟INSIDE IN is a facinating and wonderous look underneath natures surface. This incredible book uses x-ray techniques to capture animals in their natural surroundings and then provides a detailed description of what you are seeing. It's amazing to see! It contains images of anthropods and mollusks, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. Unlike any animal/nature book you will ever read! Out Today! #bookreview #kidsbooks

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5🌟 McLeod left me emotionally moved upon finishing this book. As he picks up where his first memoir left off and takes us through his life to now. I appreciated his passion for his people and culture and his need to reconnect with his ancestral roots. Touching on big themes here like colonialism, treaties, racism, suicide, poverty, discrimination in the workplace and challenges Indigenous youth face. His story is one of inspiration! #bookreview

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4🌟LIFELINES goes in depth on public health. I found Wen's perspectives refreshing, my favorite parts were where she shared of her early life immigrating from China as a child to America. Reading about her going into medicine and public health to make a difference was very inspiring! Although this is nonfiction it really flows like a novel. There were a few times I wish she could have revealed more but overall I enjoyed this. #bookreview

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Heaven | Mieko Kawakami
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5🌟Kawakami beautifully and poignantly explores the meaning behind and the experiencing of violence while also showing the comforts friendship can bring in this coming-of-age story. This book was so good and the translation was excellently done!! An emotional ride, I was so sucked into this slim novel. It was sad and hard to read but I couldn't put it down despite this. Highly reccomend this one! Can't wait to read Breasts and Eggs! #bookreview

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Afterparties: Stories | Anthony Veasna So
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4🌟A posthumous debut, AFTERPARTIES is an impressive and moving collection of interconnected stories about the lives of Cambodian Americans. I found Veasna So's writing very singular and affecting. The way he expressed intergenerational trauma especially unspoken traumas was so well done. I havent read any works of fiction that achieved this on the level So did. It's so unfortunate we wont get to read more of his work. #bookreview #bookblogger

SamAnne A talented writer. Would have loved to read his next book. He was just getting started. 3mo
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Adulthood Rites | Octavia E Butler
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A wonderfully vivid continuation! I read the first novel in this series, and my first Butler a few months ago and really enjoyed it so I was excited to read the sequel and Butler did not dissapoint! She hits on big themes in this one and wonderful character and world development. I think I actually liked the sequel a bit more than the first book. Science Fiction is a genre I rarely read but Butler is fantastic! #bookreview

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Ghost Forest: A Novel | Pik-Shuen Fung
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A beautifully written story about grieving, love and family, fathers and daughters, cultural traditions and the affects immigration has on families. This is fiction that reads like a memoir. I was so emotionally invested in this book. Highly recommend, especially if you, like me have been reading a lot of grief driven narratives this year. #bookreview #canlit

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The Hunter and the Old Woman | Pamela Korgemagi
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Narrated in third person this novel's premis has a nostalgic feel with a fresh take as the lines between animals and humans becomes blurred. Korgemagi's writing kept me equal parts gripped and compelled as she showed the progress of time in these two characters intertwined lives. And a unique look inside the natural world and the appeal of its beauty and its simplicity. #canlit #bookreview

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Stolen: A Memoir | Elizabeth Gilpin
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5🌟 An absolutely harrowing memoir! This book had me reeling! Accounts of going through the troubled teen industry isn't something that gets written about enough considering it's prevalence. Gilpin does a great job recounting her experience and giving voice to others who went through similar experiences. This memoir really shows the lengths of what the human spirit can endure and recover from. My god, definitely recommend this one!

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I Hear You, Forest | Kallie George
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This story follows a little girl who goes into the forest and discovers if she listens closely the forest is a buzz with sounds and creatures. With such beautiful illustrations, this meditation on forest life is a calming way to help children appreciate natures living and non living aspects and show them how they can connect by seeing and hearing it's magic. #kidsbooks

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4🌟 Migration is a wonderful, relevant collection of essays from women around the globe candidly sharing their experience and perspective on migration. Their heartache, loneliness, sorrow, alienation and hope. Reading about these women's strength and courage as they endured the upheaval of migrating to new communities, then struggling to Identify and belong was so inspiring and moving.

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Hitchins looks at his own grief after the devastating loss of two lovers only months apart. A breathtaking memoir of love and death, pain and healing. Hitchins honesty about his grief and pain in the wake of his losses hit me hard too. How he could conjure his feelings in such a vivid way made for an intimate and impactful reading experience. Available in October. #bookreview

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All's Well | Mona Awad
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5🌟A riveting, kaleidoscopic ride! Centering on women's pain and the gas lighting of chronic pain in the medical profession and society in general. Love how Awad crafted Miranda's character. I related to Miranda's suffering and understood her contempt. Then as she starts losing her mind and will do anything to remain whole she transcends into villain hood and being in her head was like some sort of bad drug trip. #bookreview #canlit

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Nightbitch | RACHEL. YODER
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Kafkaesque, brilliantly exploring feelings of mothering young children like no other! The grasping at womanhood while evolving into motherhood, being that endless beacon of love. Add societal pressures, the day to day tediousness that being a stay at home parent can entail, helplessness, frustrations, overwhelming love, dark thoughts and mania. Yoder takes all this to another level and I loved every second of this visceral, wildly weird book!

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Permanent Revolution is a whip smart collection of old and new essays. Scott's words ring just as true today as when she wrote them decades ago. Giving us her intimate, queer, feminist ruminations and philosophies on art, literature, writers and feminism. I absolutely loved it! The way she plays with language, form and structure is wholly unique. I devoured this one but I know I will return to it for inspiration again and again. #bookreview

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Ohlin's short fiction hit me in all the right ways. These 13 glowing stories each different from the last were full of characters that were flawed with the pain and sting of their own realities, pushing on the edge of their existence, wanting something just out of their grasp. Ohlin's hypnotic prose pulled me in with the first story. Her empathetic characters shined throughout. Highly recommend! #bookreview #canlit

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Sharky McShark | Alison Murray (Illustrator)
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4/5🌟Thoes farmiliar with the fable the lion and the mouse will enjoy this fresh under the sea take on friendship and courage. With fun, colorful illustrations and easy to understand text. Murray has captured my daughters interest with this one. Its in our regular reading roation. She loves the transformation Sharky goes through by the end. A great lesson for kids on being kind to others, and the importance of friendship and bravery. #bookreview

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Out of the Woods | Luke Turner
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A thought-provoking read, Turner opens up about growing up in a religious household as a preacher's son. This is an original memoir and form of nature writing that I quite enjoyed. Turner's honesty and insight about being a bisexual man vs a gay man in society offered a lot of thought as did his take on spirituality, sexuality and masculinity in today's society. #bookreview

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