If She Wakes

Tara Beckley is escorting a professor to speak at her university when tragedy strikes.  A runaway van collides with Tara’s CR-V instantly killing the professor and sending Tara careening into a nearby river.  A short time later, Tara awakens to discover she is fully conscious and aware but unable to communicate with the outside world…

The Spellman Files

Between this year’s Canada Reads books and Don Winslow’s The Border, I spent the majority of the first quarter of 2019 reading some really heavy stuff.  So when I put down Lindsay Wong’s The Woo Woo last week, I perused my bookshelves for something fun and light.  I settled on Lisa Lutz’ The Spellman Files,…

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…

The Border

Twice now, Don Winslow believed he was out. After finishing 2005’s The Power of the Dog, he’d felt he said his piece on the war on drugs.  Then, nearly a decade later, he sat down at a keyboard and started typing what would become his follow-up to The Power of the Dog, The Cartel.  After…

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…