Book Reviews

Suicide and Reviews: Part II

Tim Sandlin | Posted 04.02.2014 | Canada
Tim Sandlin

Jim Harrison has a list of writers who committed suicide within a month of finishing a novel. Last I heard, he had 35 names. It goes along with the postpartum metaphor. You've been holding the universe and your body together by sheer will for so long, that when you allow yourself to let go, you tend to let go of everything at once and the results can be messy.

New Year's Resolution: Getting Your Teen to Read for Pleasure

Christine Stock | Posted 02.19.2014 | Canada
Christine Stock

Ask any high school teacher you know: there are certain questions from parents that come up time and time again during parent-teacher interviews. The most common ones are usually marks related, but English teachers will tell you that parents also want to know how they can foster the joy of reading in teens who claim to "hate" books and wouldn't read one if their lives depended on it.

Put These 8 Leadership Books Under the Tree

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 02.14.2014 | Canada Business
Sarah Vermunt

A quick Google search will yield a number of lists for the best management books, so let's not waste our time on the undisputed classics. Here are a few recommendations that are a little less obvious.

Does Proxy Argue for the Affluenza Defense?

Christine Stock | Posted 02.12.2014 | Canada
Christine Stock

Alex London had it right: money and privilege is an excellent excuse when called to defend deplorable actions. Consider Ethan Couch, the Texas teen wh...

What Depression Really Feels Like

Elizabeth Hawksworth | Posted 02.03.2014 | Canada Living
Elizabeth Hawksworth

To many people with depression, Sadness is a physical place, and I'm someone who lived there for many years and was able to make the journey back. That's why reading this book, by Anne Theriault of The Belle Jar Blog, resonates with me so much. Everyone's experience is different, but the depths of depression are pretty much the same no matter how you get there.

Women, Work & the Art of Savoir Faire: A Breezy Business Read

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 10.02.2013 | Canada Business
Sarah Vermunt

The book includes the recommendation that professional women dress "smexy" (the author's word for smart and sexy). Most of the powerful women I know look professional, but don't invest a lot of time into looking fabulously sexy. They're too busy kicking ass and getting shit done. I'm willing to overlook our disagreement on this issue, however, because other parts of the book are good.

Caroline Myss' New Book Asks: What's Your Archetype?

Susan Ponting | Posted 07.13.2013 | Canada
Susan Ponting

"Caroline has been at the forefront of advancing spiritual insight and enlightenment in our culture. She is a teacher, thought leader, and mystic for ...

Sexism and Silence in the Literary Community

Jon Paul Fiorentino | Posted 07.01.2013 | Canada Living
Jon Paul Fiorentino

There are so many reasons a literary community remains silent when faced with the unpleasant business of sexism or misogyny: many writers fear the repercussions of speaking out because many of the people who get away with both blatant and subtle forms of hate are also in positions of relative power in the literary community.

Dick Cheney Could Be My New BFF

Shannon M. Nelson | Posted 12.29.2011 | Canada
Shannon M. Nelson

Okay, I know I'm a little late out of the gate for this revelation about the 46th vice president of the United States of America, but Dick Cheney's ne...