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How AIDS Changed the Way American Christians Talk About Sex

Posted August 2, 2015 by Anonymous

A Q&A with Anthony Petro on his new book, the first history of religion and the AIDS crisis in the U.S.

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Would We Have No Commitment to Equality Without Christianity?

Posted July 31, 2015 by Austin Dacey

Readers of my last post, and readers of English more generally, could be forgiven for…

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2015 is my summer of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

Posted July 12, 2015 by DaniGirl

I am ready for our summer trip to PEI. I’ve got my packing list, my annotated maps and guides, my camera gear and sunscreen. What else do you really need for an awesome, epic beach vacation? Reading material, of course! My dilemma is a wealth of riches. I’m at a literary crossroads, and want to […]

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Smart Summer Reads: The Books To Pack For Your Summer Vacation

Posted July 2, 2015 by Loukia

Summer is here, and I’m excited about going back to Greece with my family. Despite the Greek economic instability, the sea, the mountains, the way of life, and the beauty of Greece is calling my name. And I desperately need a vacation. 

While relaxing on the beach,  I’m looking forward to catching up on all the books I want to read. What are my picks for the best books to read this summer? There are so many great books you should read! I shared my picks with The Ottawa Citizen, and on CTV Ottawa Morning Live, too.
Here are my picks for the best books to read this summer: 
The Girl On The Train, Paula Hawkins: This is a great summer read, and a book you won’t be able to put down. It’s a page-turner for sure; a murder-mystery that will leave you wondering. The main character, Rachel, is searching for meaning in her life while trying to piece together clues that will help her solve a murder. If you start this book on the plane, you’ll be finished by the time you land. And there you go—the perfect book to read if you’re scared of flying, because you’ll be lost in the story and won’t even feel the turbulence!
The Vacationers, Emma Straub: Of course a book called The Vacationers made my list. The story is about a family and friends who are on a two-week vacation to Mallorca, and the struggles they face with one another. Dark secrets, marriage problems, childhood rivalries, and the dynamic of the parent-child relationship are dealt with in a beautiful way. It’s a great book to bring to the beach with you. 
Hausfrau, Jill Alexander Essbaum: This is one of my favourite books of the year. It’s sort of like a modern Anna Karenina and Madame Bovary, and it’s a haunting page-turner about a wife and mother living in Zurich. It’s a story that will stay with you a long time after you finish reading it. 
In The Unlikely Event, Judy Blume: A new novel for adults from my favourite childhood author, Judy Blume absolutely tops my list of books you should read this summer, and I seriously devoured this book in a couple of days. I wanted it to go on forever, though; and when I was finished, I was sad. It’s perfectly Judy Blume, and tells the story of three generations of family and friends whose lives are connected and forever changed by a series of plane crashes that take place in the 1950’s. The book goes back and forth between characters you will fall in love with, and the story is touching, lovely, and real. 
Let Me Die In His Footsteps, Lori Roy: This books is my second favourite book I’ve read this year. It was a book I couldn’t put down from the second I started reading it. It’s a coming-of-age story, a book about love, family feuds, evil, and mystery, and takes place in Kentucky, in the 1930’s and 1950’s. It’s a very suspenseful book, a book that will tug at your heart, and a book you’ll fall in love with. 
To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee: Re-reading a classic is always a good idea, and I recommend To Kill A Mockingbird, in preparation for the new book that’s being released on July 14th by author Harper Lee called Go Set A Watchman. Go Set A Watchman was actually the first book Harper Lee submitted to publishers in the 1950’s, and it’s only now being published. Go Set A Watchman follows an adult Scout Finch, who returns to her hometown of Macomb, Alabama, to visit her father. The book is out July 14th.  
Other books you should pick up to read this summer, if you haven’t read them yet: 
Me Before You
All The Light We Cannot See
Everything I Never Told You
Station Eleven
The Husband’s Secret
Happy reading, everyone. I’m sure you’ll find a few books here that you’ll instantly fall in love with, too. 
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Stop the Presses

Posted May 6, 2015 by Lyn Brown

Photo credit: Theresa BrownHe wrote every day, religiously recounting his Arctic adventures, doing his best to recall details; to paint the colour and details in the story. And then he asked me to edit it. That was months ago. I would pick it up, peel …

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Book Review: Every Fifteen Minutes By Lisa Scottoline

Posted May 4, 2015 by Anonymous

My 16-year-old niece mentioned to me the other day that she is thinking about taking a summer job. She’s been offered a nanny position and is contemplating whether or not the long hours and lack of freedom will be worth […]

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Book Review: The Day We Met By Rowan Coleman

Posted April 21, 2015 by Anonymous

My niece is 17 years old yet my sister remembers her birth with acute accuracy. It was the most horrible experience of her life, she claims. Now obviously the end result is the best thing that’s ever happened to her, […]

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I Got the Message

Posted April 19, 2015 by Lyn Brown

There are times in your life when you find yourself at crossroads or mired in strife or stress. It is tempting to slip into self pity or flirt with defeat. After all, it’s not your fault that you’ve become the object of difficult times. It’s easy to fo…

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Find Me By Laura Van Den Berg

Posted April 13, 2015 by Anonymous

When I was in my twenties, I had a roommate who told me that I was a magnet for weirdness. “Stuff happens to you that doesn’t happen to other people,” he said. I don’t know if that claim is exactly […]

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The Wednesday Group By Sylvia True

Posted April 2, 2015 by Anonymous

My 10-year-old daughter has recently become obsessed with the idea of getting her own cell phone. I’m not entirely sure where the desire is coming from, but I suspect that it’s partially a result of craving an independence that I’m […]

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Book Review: Monday’s Lie By Jamie Mason

Posted March 23, 2015 by Anonymous

I can say (with a fair amount of certainty) that most women I know want to be a perfect mom. Let me clarify what I mean by “perfect.” I’m not talking about the type of mom who wears a permanent […]

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Book Review: The Girl On The Train By Paula Hawkins

Posted March 13, 2015 by Anonymous

I watch people with the same kind of fascinated horror that I view a car wreck. I don’t intend to stare, but I just can’t seem to tear my eyes away from the catastrophe that is in front of me. […]

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Book Review: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

Posted March 3, 2015 by Anonymous

Image via My husband asked me the other day if I had changed the password on his phone. My negative reply caused us to pause for a moment before turning to our daughter. Let’s just say that she needs to […]

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Book Review: All the Bright Places By Jennifer Niven

Posted February 17, 2015 by Anonymous

There’s a lookout tower in Dorset, Ontario, that owns me. It’s a hundred-foot tall steel structure that provides a beautiful view of the surrounding lakes. Or so I’ve been told. It’s one of those scenic towers with grated steps. You […]

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Book Review: Before I Go By Colleen Oakley

Posted February 3, 2015 by Anonymous

The day my mom was diagnosed with cancer we cut her hair short and dyed it purple. The colour description on the box said “Rich Mahogany,” but we decided to add the colour booster because, really, why the heck not? […]

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Book Review: Everything I Never You By Celeste Ng

Posted January 22, 2015 by Anonymous

I don’t know how you feel about your high school experience, but you couldn’t pay me enough to repeat mine. Don’t get me wrong: it wasn’t horribly traumatic or anything (and it’s been a long time since I’ve had one […]

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Enter To Win A Book Lover’s Library

Posted January 21, 2015 by Anonymous

What better way to pass the time this winter than curling up under a blanket with a hot cup of tea and a great book? We are giving away a four-pack of amazing reads to one of our lucky readers. […]

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Book Review: Big Little Lies By Liane Moriarty

Posted January 2, 2015 by Anonymous

I’m not much of a Hollywood Star gazer, but I have to say that I kind of love Jennifer Garner. My admiration of her has nothing to do with her acting ability (although I hear that she’s quite talented), and […]

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Checking out Gretchen Rubin’s “Better Than Before”

Posted December 26, 2014 by Tanya McGinnity

I admit to being a Gretchen Rubin fangirl. I’ve read her previous book, “The Happiness Project” and liked it quite a bit. She’s like an investigative journalist for topics relating to human nature that she finds both interesting and challenging (coincidentally these are topics that I’m into as well). Before you say “pffft” and pass […]

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Book Review: “Dear Daughter” By Elizabeth Little

Posted December 23, 2014 by Anonymous

Something weird used to happen to me every time I visited my parents. I should probably start off by saying that visiting them wasn’t easy: it took at least a full day of plane travel to get to their house […]

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What I’m Reading: Slogging Through Marriage

Posted December 4, 2014 by Jennifer

Weddings are wonderful; newlywed life is exciting and full of life, but marriage… marriage is hard. Don’t get me wrong. I’m happily married and wouldn’t trade my husband for any other partner, but being married can be work. Figuring out […]

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What To See At INSPIRE! Toronto International Book Fair

Posted November 12, 2014 by Jennifer

Toronto-area book lovers are looking forward to a new and exciting event this weekend. INSPIRE! Toronto International Book Fair is Canada’s book exposition for all things print and digital, launching this weekend, November 13 to 16, 2014. From literature to […]

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7 Ways To Celebrate Family Literacy Month

Posted November 11, 2014 by Anonymous

Written by Kait Fowlie November is family literacy month! It also happens to be the best time of the year to indulge in some serious reading—the rainy days, cold nights, the lull before the Holidays—November is meant for curling up […]

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What I’m Reading: Let’s Hear It For the Girls

Posted November 4, 2014 by Jennifer

My nine-year-old daughter is a voracious reader of series. She has plowed through everything from Magic Tree House to Chris Colfer’s Land of Stories trilogy, and she loves finding a series that gets her hooked. Recently she started Rick Riordan’s […]

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Memoir: Velvet & The Mousehouse Years

Posted October 16, 2014 by Sonya

Velvet Haney went from living a life of poverty in the slums of Toronto in the 1960s to gallivanting around the world as a high fashion model, returning to Toronto 14 years later. And for over 50 years, she has […]

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What I’m Reading: Fall Books

Posted September 30, 2014 by Jennifer

Aaaaahhhh fall! So much to love about the season: boots and tights; apple crisp and pumpkin pie; cooler days and turning leaves. And just as we leave our beach and pool days behind, so too do we turn away from […]

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