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Witches can have anything they want. Anything. But witches need thirteen to work their will. How better to achieve this than to lure back a banished daughter and her child. By making the mother sick they get the young mother to return and bring her daughter as a sacrifice. Black humour at its best.
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Wetlands is quite the bizarre book. It is a celebration of women’s bodies, sex and bodily functions. Having just seen The Vagina Monologues, this book seems to fit right in. The opening sentence concerns hemorrhoids: it is relatively tame. By page two, the heroine is reminiscing about anal sex. The book takes place in a hospital. Helen has cut her anus while shaving and she now needs an operation. Slowly glimpses of her dysfunctional childhood are revealed. For a book that is all about sex and bodies it is not at all sexy. Weak ending.
Worth reading if you are not easily shocked.
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I found this after seeing Vaginal Monologues.
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The Good Book David Plotz
The Birth House Amy McKay
Salvation Army Abdellah Taia
Ape House Sara Gruen
The Boy Next Door Rene Sabatini
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest Steig Larrson
Forty Rules of Love Elif Shakaf
My Parents are Sex Maniacs Robyn Harding
Tales of Wonder HUSTON SMITH with Jeffery Pain
April Witch Majgull Axelson
The Boy in the Moon Ian Brown
The 14th Dali Lama Tetsu Sauwai
Surviving the Angel of Death Eva Mozes Kor
Beat the Reaper Josh Bazell
The Grave of God’s Daughter Brett Ellen Block
The Wayfinders Wade Davis
Just Kids Patti Smith
Dandy in the Underworld Sebastian Horsley
The Goodman Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ Phillip Pullman
Shadow Tag Louise Erdrich
The Believers Zoe Heller
First They Killed My Father Long Ung
Cartwheels in a Sari Jayanti Tamm
Self Yann Martel
The Cement Garden Ian McEwan
The Mule Juan Eslava Galan
Fishing for Bacon Michael Davie
Elly Elly Berkovits Grosse
Breaking Lorca Giles Blund
Leisure Seekers Michael Zandoorian
Your Friendly Neighbourhood Criminal Micael Van Rooy
Secret Son Laila Lalami
Dear Everyone Michael Kimball
A Year in Tibet Sun Shuyun
The Wall Peter Sis
Her Fearful Symmetry Audrey Miffenegger
In the Heart of the Canyon Elizabeth Hyde
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“Two days after I turned 14 the son of our neighbour set his stepmother alight”, begins this engaging novel. Set in Zimbabwae at the time of its independence, Boy is a story of inter-racial love and of the slow disintegration of the country due to corruption. Ian, the boy is white, Lindiwe, who narrates, is black. There are many contrasts, she is educated, he is not. He is a heavy drinker. Ian has an artistic eye and becomes a photographer, documenting some of the abuses that happen in his own country and in South Africa.
Boy won the Orange Prize for first novel. Well worth the read.
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A strong novel, April Witch is about three sisters and their foster mom, Aunt Ella. The sister don’t know that there is actually a fourth sister born to Ella but so severely disabled she was institutionalized. Desiree is a benandante, a person who had been born wrapped in the amniotic membrane, or caul; a circumstance which (as in many other societies) was believed to bestow supernatural powers. Desiree uses her supernatural powers to enter the bodies of animal and humans to explore the world. The three foster child have all come from severely dysfunctional homes. Christina severely burned by her birth mother becomes a doctor. Margareta abandoned at birth comes a physicist who can not finish her dissertation. Birgitta becomes a drug addict and whore.
Best book I’ve read for sometime.
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There are a lot of interesting facts and theories in this book. Most people know that the internet started in the military ARP net. But did you realize that WWII helped spurn the porn industry? ‘The war brought technological standardization to smaller film cameras” that in post war culture were used for creating sexual flics.
American corporate interests are a major driving force for Genetically Modified seeds and food. Greenpeace maintains that the only people who benefit from genetically modified foods are te shareholders of the large biotech companies. One scientist came up with Golden Rice which could solve one of the biggest malnutrition problems in the world: vitamin A deficency which can lead to blindness and death. GMO companies have patented not only the seeds they develop but the technology to create them
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EVA MOZES KOR
A simply written but powerful book. Eva and her twin sister Miriam, along with two older sisters and her parents were living in Transylvania during the beginning of Hitler’s rule. They had an opportunity to leave the country and find safety but Eva’s mother opted to stay put, ending her family’s chances to escape before it was too late ”We are safe here, Mother said.” At school the twins experienced continually increasing racism. “I remember watching a short film How to Kill Jews. O day a math problem read, If you had five Jews, and you killed three Jews, how many Jews would be left?” Eva and her family were transported to Auschwitz where they were seperated from each other. Because Eva and Miriam were twins, they were selected to be a part of Mendele’s research projects as he studied the effects of some of his experiments on twin subjects.
Eva had a amazingly strong will to live and to keep her sister alive. “I will not die.” When Eva was sick from one of the Mengele’s experiments Miriam gave her food to her sister. Eva writes, “Imagine a ten year old girl stopped eating for a week to feed her sick sister. When I did not die as Mengele expected Miriam was taken to the labs and injected with man shots that made her sick. If I had died Miriam would have been rushed to the lab and killed with a shot of chloroform to her heart. Simultaneous autopsies would have compared my diseased organs to her healthy ones.”
“The place where the Nazis had kept all the clothes, shoes, and blankets they had taken from prisoners they called Canada. Perhaps because they saw the country of Canada as a place of abundance.”
The most disturbing thing about the holocaust is that there is genocide happening around the world today: Yugoslavia, Uganda, Sudan, Burma and more. We didn’t learn from WWII.
A must read.
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Posted by Brian Bassingthwaighte in Canadian, Enviromental, Modern, Mystical, Naural History, Nonfiction, Uncategorized, tags: Canadian, Environmental, Literature, Natural History, non-fiction
The essays in this wonderful collection were written for the celebrated Massy Series for CBC. Davis looks to the San tribe who live in the Kalahari desert, as how our ancestors lived before they migrated out of Africa and spread out over the world. The Kahari is one of the most hostile environments in the world. “In English we have 31 sounds. The San have 141, a cacaphony of clicks and cadence that many linguists believe echos the very birth of our language.”
In Australia: “Knowing the extraordinary reach of the Aboriginal mind, the sublets of their thoughts and philosophy and the evocative power of their rituals it is chilling to think of this reservoir of human potential, wisdom, intuition, and insight that very nearly ran dry during those terrible days of death and conflagration.”
“Genocide, the physical extermination of a people, is universally condemned. Ethnocide, the destruction of a people’s way of life, is sanctioned and endorsed as appropriate development policy.” In Borneo, “Penan explicitly perceive wealth as the strength of social relations among people.”
“Canada is leading the way, not only as a model of a successful multicultural country, but a s nation-state prepared to acknowledge past mistakes and seek appropriate means of restitution in a pluralistic society. I am reminded of this every time I travel in Nunavut which is now under the administration of the Inuit people.”
Wade Davis points out that ancient peoples lived on Earth for millennia without destroying it. So why can’t we? “By their very existence, the diverse cultures of the world bear witness to the folly of those who say we cannot change, as we all know we must, the fundamental manner in which we inhabit this planet.”
A wonderful book. A must read!
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Neal Maven has recently returned from Iraq where he was one of a group of highly trained soldiers who were killing machines. What will he do with these skill back home in Boston? Brad Royce. Royce is everything Maven wants to be: a fellow vet, charismatic and confident, principled, wealthy, and with a beautiful woman on his arm. Not just any beautiful woman, but Danielle Vetti — the most stunning girl from Maven’s high school. Literally the girl of his dreams. Neal becomes one of Royce’s “sugar bandits.” The “sugar bandits” interrupt drug sales, destroy the product (the drugs) and take the money ,and kill lots of drug dealers. Of course word gets around. The operation is not as successful as when it first started. Maven wonders why Royce isn’t on the front line risking his life with the others.
It is an interesting thriller. Hogan co-wrote Pan’s Labyrinth, a strong movie from a few years back.
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It was an interesting process creating this list. I’ve never been able to compile a Best Books list until I started blogging and in doing so generate a list of all the books that I’ve read. My best reads of 2009 are:
ANDREW DAVIDSON The Gargoyle
The Flying Troutmans Miriam Toews
SHARI LAPENA HALF A YELLOW SUN CHIMAMANDA NGOZI ADICHIE
WASTED VIGIL NADEEM ASLAM
RAGGED COMPANY RICHARD WAGAMESE
THE POSITION RICHARD WAGAMESE
LITTLE BEE CHRIS CLEAVER
THE BLUE NOTEBOOK JAMES A. LEVINE
BITTER EMBRACE: WHITE SOCIETY’S ASSAULT ON THE WOODLAND CREE MAGGIE SIGGINS
THE WHITE TIGER ARAVIND ADIGA
CALL ME BY YOUR NAME ANDRE ACIMAN
SECRETS OF THE TSIL CAFÉ THOMAS FOX AVERILL
STANLEY PARK TIMOTHY TAYLOR
TIBET, TIBET: a personal history in a lost land PATRICK FRENCH
CONFESSIONS OF A PAGAN NUN: A Novel KATE HORSLEY
THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO STIEG LAWSON
GOOD TO A FAULT MARINA ENDICOUTT
MR PIP LLYOD JONES
ANIMAL’S PEOPLE INDRA SINHA NIKOLSKI NICOLAS DICKER
A PEOPLE’S HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES HOWARD ZINN
The books are listed in no particular order. Sorry that the page is such a mess. Edublogs would not save my formating.
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NAME tells the story of the Arnheim family, German Jews who immigrated to America in the mid-1800s, through four generations of wealth, death, disaster, and marital strife. Eisner’s expressive characters show the reader the lives of immigrant families who suffer from “the uncertain feeling of being Jewish in a Christian world,” to quote Eisner. One thing that I found interesting was the racism of the German Jews against the Jews from Russia and Poland. It is also the story of cutthroat business deals and class. The characters are all one-dimensional, and there isn’t much nuance in the story. It is melodramatic with sudden heart attacks and a no-good, alcoholic younger son.
Not the greatest graphic novel but with Eisner being the father of the graphic novel I wanted to give it a try.
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EDITORS OF HUFFINGTON POST
Wikopedia defines Huffington post:
The Huffington Post (often referred to as HuffPost) is an American liberal news website and aggregated blog founded by Arianna Huffington, Kenneth Lerer and Jonah Peretti, featuring various news sources and columnists. The site offers coverage of politics, media, business, entertainment, living, style, the green movement, world news, and comedy, and is a top destination for news, blogs and original content. In four years, it has become an influential media brand — “The Internet Newspaper.” The Huffington Post was launched on May 9, 2005, as a commentary outlet and liberal alternative to conservative news aggregators like the Drudge Report.
In 2008, the site launched its first local version, HuffPost Chicago; HuffPost New York launched in June, 2009, and HuffPo Denver launched on Sept 15, 2009. The Huffington Post has an active community, with over one million comments made on the site each month.”
H-Post has garnered multiple awards for blogging and news.
The GUIDE talks most specifically about political commentary, which isn’t the type of blogging that I do. With chapters such as Finding Your Voice and How the Blogosphere is Remaking the Media it does have wise suggestions.
It is a great book to skim if you blog. And it is funny. I laughted out loud several times. I learned that the wavy letters that you have to type to make a comment are called CAPTCHAs. That stands for “Completely Automated Public Turing Test to tell Computers and Humans Apart.”
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I found this in A Guy’s Moleskine Notebook a blog that I’ve been following. I thought it was an interesting way to look at one’s reading over the past year to see how diverse it has been. I know I want diversity in my life.
Name the last book by a female author that you’ve read.
The book blogging community seems to be primarily a realm of women. Thanks to many of you wonderful, book-savvy bloggers, I have been introduced to and thus have been reading many female authors. I recently finished and reviewed The Piano Teacher by Janice Y.K. Lee.
Name the last book by an African or African-American author that you’ve read.
This year has seen many titles in African American literature as I devoted the entire month of February to this genre. The last book read is Like Trees, Walking by Ravi Howard.
Name one from a Latino/a author.
Nothing from the last two years at least. Now I’ve got my eye on House on Mango Street.
How about one from an Asian country or Asian-American?
This genre always has a strong presence in my reading. Again, the most recent one is The Piano Teacher. Janice Lee was born in Hong Kong to Korean parents and lived there until she was fifteen, attending the international school. She then left for boarding school in New Hampshire. The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro is another.
What about a GLBT writer?
Another Country by James Baldwin, who is also a renowned African American writer in the 1950s. The landmark And the Band Played On by Randy Shilt, which marked the first book completed this year, also belongs to this genre.
Why not name an Israeli/Arab/Turk/Persian writer, if you’re feeling lucky?
Snow by Orhan Pamuk back in 2007. Pamuk is the recipient of numerous literary awards, including the Nobel Prize in Literature 2006—the first Nobel Prize to be awarded to a Turkish citizen. Last year I read Zoë Ferraris’s debut Finding Nouf set in Saudi Arabia.
Any other “marginalized” authors you’ve read lately?
Stefan Zweig would be marginalized for me since I have neither read him nor any Austrian literature. If you haven’t read Chess Story, that would be a great place to start.
Do you read non-fiction regularly? Do you read it in a different way or place than you read fiction?
I rarely read non-fiction. If I do, it’s most likely spawned from reading literature, to fill in historical details of a novel, the life of an author, or books on literary criticism. I enjoy reading books on books, bookstores, and any book-related topics. Arm-chair travel books would also be seen on my night-stand. Since non-fiction is more of informative and factual nature, I tend to be less analytical during reading, meaning, rarely stopping to take notes. Would you consider magazines non-fiction? I peruse The Economist, The New Yorker, and Atlantic Monthlyon an irregular basis.
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California dreamin’ photos from our summer in the city of the fallen angels
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Children’s Author Nikki Tate was touring schools and libraries in Saskatchewan for Canada Book Week. Nikki’s day job is working the children’s department in an independent bookstore in Victoria. Her book Trouble on Tarragon Island was banned in a school library in Kindersley Sk because it contains the work bazoongasfor a woman’s breasts. We roared with laughter. The librarian felt that the book would lead students to be disrespectful to seniors. An interesting concern but instead of reading it with students and addressing her concerns with the youth she banned the book. Of course when the publisher heard, he made press releases. Banning is always good for sales. He sent Nikki a box of books for this tour so she could give away free books at the mall in Kindersley. This story did make a four-line blurb in Mclean’s magazine the week that she was here. What most people don’t know is that Nikki had all ready started Banned on Tarragon Island. She had planned it to be about a book about a gay character. As we were discussing this at the dinner table, Liam said that the banning could be about anything, even vandalism. Then the librarian could think that the book could lead to students doing vandalism. Nikki was so impressed with the idea that she asked Liam if she could steal his idea. She wanted to concentrate on the banned issue not to confuse it with discussion of gay issues. I think Liam was thrilled. Nikki was a terrific guest. Out going and a great storyteller she fit right in with the family. She lives north of Victoria on Squamish peninsula with a menagerie of animals and her father. Where she finds time to write she didn’t say. A real passion is doing performance art story telling of Arthurian tales. Bev found this out the next day at lunch while I was a work. She and Micah got along like a prairie fire on a windy day. She spoke his language: books. Recommending young adult books is her job. She even spent an hour doing video games with Micah. What an angel. I get nauseous just looking at the screen. Here is the address of Nikki Tate’s blog:http://nikkitate.blogspot.com/and her webpagehttp://www.stablemates.net/
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