Launch of The Lighkeeper's Daughters

Launch of The Lighkeeper's Daughters
by Jean Pendziwol

Elvis the Mountie Dog Steals the Show at the Book Signing

Elvis the Mountie Dog Steals the Show at the Book Signing
Elvis, Joan M. Baril, customer poet Rob Lem

Monday, December 15, 2008

2008 -My Top Books

I keep a yearly book list plus comments Here are the ones I most enjoyed set out in no particualr order.

1. The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett– good fun as the queen starts reading novels and then – gasp – thinks of writing her memoirs

2, The Samurai’s Garden by Gail Tsukiyama. The smooth prose sails along. A young Chinese man spends a year in rural Japan prior to the war.

3. The Retreat by David Bergen. A wonderful novel so well written it made my teeth ache. The suspense slowly builds. The setting is a sort of commune in the bush near Kenora and the end section deals with the Anicinabe Park conflict. A true northern novel.

4. Burma by Guy Delisle A graphic novel about the author, his wife who works for MSF (Medecin Sans Frontiers) and their baby who spent a year in Burma. Wonderful stuff.

5. I Feel Bad About my Neck by Nora Epstein Humorous and inciteful comments on modern foibles.

6. Foreclosure by Jackie D’Acre A mystery with a great plot, interesting Louisiana setting.

7. In the Land of Long Fingernails by Charlie Wilkins. Memoir of a summer working in a grave yard. Fall down funny.

8. Enemy Women by Paulette Jiles – Historical fiction at its best. A Novel of the Civil War in Missouri.

9. A Short History of Tractors in the Ukraine by Marina Lewycka. Funny but poignant too. Old dad takes a young wife from the Ukraine.

10. Wolves Eat Dogs by Martin Cruz Smith. A mystery based on the Chernobyl disaster. I have enjoyed all the books by this writer.

11. Penguin Book of Canadian Short Stories-editor Jane Urquhart. It’s all there – Atwood, Munro, Gallant, Levine, and many other Canadian greats.

12. Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin. First in series about Michael Toliver, one of the sweetest people I have ever met in a book. Setting is the San Francisco gay community.

13. Fearless Fourteen by Janet Evanovich. What can one say? I have read all fourteen Stephanie Plum mysteries and love the characters, especially Ranger. Smart, funny and addicting.

14. Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters A historical novel about a young lesbian’s adventures in London.

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