The Woo Woo

Lindsay Wong’s memoir, The Woo Woo, takes a look at growing up in a family plagued with mental illness.  Equal parts heartbreaking and darkly comedic, The Woo Woo explores the author’s complicated relationship with her parents, siblings and extended family as well as her own mental illness after being diagnosed with a neurological disorder in…

Homes

Homes is the story of Abu Bakr al Rabeeah, as told to Winnie Yeung, about his family’s life in both Iraq and Syria before moving to Canada as refugees in 2015. For as long as I can remember, there has always been some sort of conflict ongoing in the Middle East. Despite seeing it on…

By Chance Alone

In his powerful memoir, Holocaust survivor Max Eisen details his early years, his internment in Auschwitz and his emigration to Canada. When the 2019 Canada Reads longlist was announced, I had hoped By Chance Alone would be selected for the shortlist.  I suppose I would have read it eventually, but in a year where the…

The Dark Half

Following a commercial flop with his debut novel, author Thad Beaumont begins writing violent crime stories featuring tough-guy Alexis Machine under the pseudonym George Stark.  This seems to do the trick as Beaumont is massively successful.  But the urge to return to his original dramatic style brings about the end of Stark.  After a mock…

A Forgotten Hero

Forgotten Hero tells the story of Folke Bernadotte, Swedish head of The Red Cross, who had orchestrated the rescue of 30,000 Jewish women near the end of the Second World War. I received an advanced copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I wouldn’t consider myself a World War II history buff…

Recursion

Where do I even begin with this one? If you could place your current consciousness back into your younger self, what would you change?  Would you ask out that girl?  Save a loved one from tragedy?  Would you pull a Biff Tannen and amass a fortune betting on horse racing?  Blake Crouch’s Recursion is a…

Vultures

With Vultures, Wendig takes the entirety of his six book saga and culminates it with a high-stakes chase against fate.  We pick up with Miriam after the catastrophic events of The Raptor and The Wren.  Newly pregnant and on the run, Miriam is getting ready for a final showdown with her tormentor, The Trespasser.  However,…