Under The Black Hat

Under The Black Hat is the second volume of a two-book series detailing the life and career of Hall of Fame pro wrestling broadcaster, Jim Ross. I’ve yet to read Jim Ross’ first book, Slobberknocker.  No real reason other than the fact that I haven’t yet gotten around to it.  While I do plan to…

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…

From The Ashes

From The Ashes is the memoir from Indigenous scholar Jesse Thistle about his life on the streets and his struggle with addiction and mental illness. To say Jesse has had a hard life would be putting it lightly.  From The Ashes is the literary equivalent of a punch to the gut.  You spend the whole…

Hillbilly Elegy

J.D. Vance was born and raised in Middletown, Ohio – firmly within the Rust Belt of America.  Growing up poor and below the poverty line, Vance tells of the turbulent years of his youth and how he was able to make something of himself despite his believed trajectory.  Vance also explores the reasons behind the…