The Splendid and The Vile

The Splendid And The Vile follows Prime Minister Winston Churchill in his first year in power as he worked tirelessly to fend off the invading forces of Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Germany during the Second World War. Given this is an Erik Larson book, you can guarantee it is exhaustive in its research.  Having tackled a…

The Forest City Killer

The Forest City Killer is the story and investigation of the disappearance and subsequent murder of Jackie English, a resident of London, Ontario in 1969. I received an advanced copy from ECW Press in exchange for an honest review. Having read, reviewed and interviewed the author of Murder City, a book about both the murders…

Once Upon A Time I Lived on Mars:

Once Upon A Time I Lived on Mars is a collection of essays by author Kate Greene, one of the thirteen people to take part in the HI-SEAS experiment meant to simulate life on Mars.  Alongside a crew of thirteen others, Greene spent approximately six months atop Mauna Loa, an Hawaiann volcano eight thousand feet…

We Have Always Been Here

We Have Always Been Here is the memoir of Samra Habib, a Pakastani-born Canadian photographer.  It is her life story as she struggled coming to terms with her queer sexuality as a member of the Muslim community. I say it every year, but the absolute best part about CBC’s annual Canada Reads competition is that…

The Eighth Wonder of the World: The True Story of Andre The Giant

The Eighth Wonder of the World is the story of the life and career of Andre Roussimoff, better known as Andre The Giant. Authors Pat Laprade and Bertrand Hebert were not kidding when they labeled this book “a definitive and exhaustive biography”.  Through interviews with members of Andre’s family, promoters, Andre’s peers as well as…

Son of a Trickster

Jared, a fledgling pot-dealing high school student, has a life as consistent as that of a family living in tornado alley.  When not whipping up a batch of weed cookies, Jared stumbles from party to party floating through life like an astronaut untethered from the space station.  With his dog Baby Killer, the one constant…