Book Review

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  Book Review
August 01, 2012
  Book review: The Shore GirlPDF files may take a moment to load

For her first novel, University of Calgary alumna Fran Kimmel delivers an experimental piece of fiction about the life of Rebee Shore. Rebee is a girl from a fragmented family. Her father’s identity is unknown, her mother’s whereabouts are usually a mystery and her interactions with others are hesitant and wary. From the outset, The Shore Girl doesn’t leave the best impression, but Kimmel’s experiences bring a refreshing authenticity to the novel, helping it stand out as a worthy piece of Canadian literature.


July 19, 2012
  Book review: TriflesPDF files may take a moment to load

<p>Families new to Canada often experience a disconnect between generations. Parents raised in another country may have difficulties raising their children in a place so unlike their home. Conversely, their children may feel alienated by parents who don’t understand their lives.


December 04, 2003
  Whatever You Say I Am: The Life and Times of EminemPDF files may take a moment to load

It's hard to believe, but this biography of Eminem-and it is a biography of Eminem, not Marshall Mathers-is actually a good read.

One would think a book so pretentiously titled would be likely to find its place beside the throne, in the position formerly held by the Sears Catalogue. But alas, for Whatever You Say I Am, it was not to be. No, Bozza had to go and write a well researched, well thought out book.

Naturally, this makes the job of the reviewer much more difficult.


June 19, 2003
  Yarr, staying afloat!PDF files may take a moment to load

Since you're reading this, odds are you already have some first-hand experience with student debt. If that is the case, you may want to keep reading.

Sarah Deveau, a surprisingly well-educated product of this university, as well as a former Gauntleteer, knows a thing or two about student debt. Her new book, Sink or Swim: Get Your Degree Without Drowning in Debt, provides ample evidence of that.


September 12, 2002
  Who needs food? PDF files may take a moment to load

I am not an 18-year-old girl entering university, but it doesn't take one to recognize the poor quality of this book. Fighting the Freshman Fifteen tries to cover health, nutrition, psychology and cooking in an easy-to-read 180-page literary identity crisis. Redundancy, logical inconsistencies and a lack of focus sabotage a potentially competent book about not gaining 15 pounds in university.


September 05, 2002
  The Stories behind 9-11: Longitudes and Attitudes: Exploring the World After September 11 PDF files may take a moment to load

Understanding the world before and after September 11 is no easy task. Writers and pundits have struggled to explain the attacks and critique the response; however, few succeed as well as The New York Times' Thomas L. Friedman. As a foreign affairs columnist, the three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author--including this year's prize for Commentary--has naturally written many pieces about last September.


September 05, 2002
  Poetry pot-of-goldPDF files may take a moment to load

This Horizon and Beyond doesn't disappoint as a compendium of great poetry. Canadian author and lawyer Nancy-Gay Rostein offers a thoughtful yet critical view of the world with her particular blend of free and metered verse poetry about topics from her own experiences. Familiar settings and the relative shortness of the poems let casual readers simply enjoy the works in bite-sized pieces while poetry buffs will find oblique but wonderful literary gems waiting to be discovered in the passages fortified with meaning.


August 08, 2002
  U of C professor psychoanalyses the Mob PDF files may take a moment to load

The Sorpranos on the Couch is what one would expect from a book about a television novel spanning three years. And yet, it is not. In addition to episodic summaries and analysis, this book also delves into the oblique network of subtlties that makes a series worthwhile.


August 01, 2002
  Small differences sometimes scaryPDF files may take a moment to load

Once upon as a time, there was a little girl named Coraline who found a house just like hers. It had another mother and another father, good food to eat, and rats. But when this little girl wanted to go home, they didn't want her to leave.

Someone wrote Coraline's story in a book for everyone to read. His name was Neil Gaiman and he called it, appropriately enough, Coraline.


July 18, 2002
  Chuck Palahniuk in the trashPDF files may take a moment to load

Give me a non-linear plot. Flash. Give me satire delivered with all the subtlety of silicone breast implants. Flash. Give me Invisible Monsters by Chuck Palahniuk, author of Fight Club. Flash.

Jump to the synopsis. Invisible Monsters is about sex, drugs, and identity (no rock and roll, though there is cha-cha music).



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