Blacktop Wasteland

You know that old saying, “a leopard cannot change its spots”?  Well, that holds true for Beauregard “Bug” Montage.  In his youth, he worked as a wheelman; the best damn getaway driver you’ve ever seen.  Following the completion of what was believed to be “one last job”, Beauregard set himself up well for the future.…

Extraordinary Canadians: Stories from the Heart of our Nation

Alongside longtime television producer Mark Bulgutch, acclaimed broadcaster Peter Mansbridge brings together a collection of stories featuring extraordinary Canadians who embody the values we hold dear as a nation. I had the pleasure of sitting in on a conversation last week between Peter Mansbridge and Sarah St. Pierre, senior editor at Simon and Schuster.  When…

The Answer Is… Reflections On My Life

The Answer Is… is the memoir from long-time Jeopardy host, Alex Trebek.  Those looking for a standard paint-by-numbers linear memoir may be disappointed, but what you get here is likely a better experience.  I had the pleasure of listening to the audiobook, which aside from the introduction, the conclusion and a handful of chapters read…

Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea

Through interviews with defectors, veteran journalist Barbara Demick takes readers inside the reclusive country of North Korea for a peak at the daily lives of its inhabitants. I thought I knew a fair amount about North Korea, but it turns out I was wrong.  While Demick makes sure to inform her readers of the country’s…