Book Reviews

We Need to Talk About Kevin, by Lionel ShriverPubished by Counterpoint, 2003Reviewed by Kari TanakaThis book had been sitting on my bedside table for a number of months , and somehow managed to always find its way to the bottom of my “things to read next” pile.  I’m not sure why I kept ignoring it in favour of one of the other titles that also found their way into this perpetually revolving stack, although the fact that this book came into...
      The Night Circus by Erin MorgensternDoubleday Canada, 2011Reviewed by Erin McSween“The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it, no paper notices on downtown posts and billboards, no mentions or advertisements in local newspapers. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not.”Imagine how it would feel to all of a sudden see a circus in your home town when no one knew it was coming. There was no...
The Patrol: Seven Days in the Life of a Canadian Soldier in Afghanistan by Ryan FlavelleHarper Collins, 2011Reviewed by Rebecca Colbeck “Nothing can prepare a person for the reality of bloody, concussive warfare….Those who like war are aptly named warriors.  Some, like me, are fated never to be warriors, as we are more afraid of war than fascinated by it.  But I have the consolation that I have walked with warriors and know what kind...
  The Long Run by Matt Long Rodale Press,  2010 Reviewed by Nicki Van Eck Every competitive athlete has to overcome obstacles and push themselves to the limit in order to reach their goals, whether it is running a short distance, or competing in a marathon; Matt Long knew this better than anyone. A New York City Firefighter, marathon runner, and Ironman triathlete, Long knew what it meant to push his body to the limit.  When he...
  The Book of General Ignorance: Everything You Think You Know Is Wrong by John Lloyd and John Mitchinson Reviewed by Rebecca Colbeck Think Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone, baseball was invented in America, Henry VIII had six wives, Mount Everest is the tallest mountain? Wrong, wrong, wrong, and wrong again. Flawed facts, misunderstandings and badly written history books finally get the heave-ho in this humorous, downright...
Waiting for the Monsoon, by Threes AnnaTranslated by Barbara Potter Fasting Reviewed by Kari Tanaka Somehow, between the cooking, the wrapping, the eating, the drinking, the Star Wars Lego, the Disney princesses, and the World Juniors that made up my Christmas holidays, I miraculously found time to start, (and finish!), a novel that has been sitting on my night stand for a number of weeks.    Originally published in the...
CBC Massey Lectures “Winter: Five Windows on the Season” by Adam Gopnik House of Anansi Press, 2011By Rebecca ColbeckCBC’s Massey Lectures celebrate their 50th anniversary this year. Started in 1961, the lecture series was named for Vincent Massey, who served as the Governor General of Canada from 1952 to 1959 (the first Canadian to hold the post). The Massey Lectures are an annual week-long series of lectures on political, cultural or...
MISANTHROPE’S GUIDE TO LIFE (Go Away!) by Meghan Rowland & Chris Turner-Neal Adams Media, 2011 Rebecca Colbeck “Lord, grant me the irritability to deal with those people I cannot avoid, the flight-reflex to avoid those people I can, and the patience to get it all over with quickly” “Hell is other people” I’ll admit it, I lean towards misanthropy. Shopping, for example, always finds me grumbling, mostly under my breath, at the idiots...
Requiem, by Frances ItaniHarper Collins Publishers, 2011Reviewed by Kari TanakaMelodic.  Authentic.  Poignant.  Reverent.  All words to describe Frances Itani’s masterpiece, Requiem.  Written in the first person, this novel reads like a memoir, opening in 1997 shortly after the unexpected passing of Bin Okuma’s wife.  A recent empty-nester and now widower, Bin decides that the time has come to chase the ghosts of...
Happy Humans vs Zombies Week !  A celebration of ZombiesRebecca Colbeck Zombies are the new Vampires! They're not cool like werewolves. There's no Warren Zevon song about them. They're not classy like Dracula and Frankenstein, who can trace their lineage back to respectable 19th century novels. All zombies have is a bunch of George Romero movies. But the lowly zombies are making their move.  Creeping into every aspect of our zeitgeist...

Events Calendar

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 10:00

Textbook Sellback will be April 24 & 25 from 10am - 6pm at the Calgary Campus office, room #...