Book Reviews

Lee Maracle’s “My Conversations with Canadians”

March 7, 2018

Reviewed by Crystal Martin My Conversations with Canadians is a collection of non-fiction essays by novelist Lee Maracle examining colonization and its effects on Canada’s First Nations, counterbalancing colonial myths and exposing cultural stereotypes perpetuated by media. It also discusses, globalization, global warming,…

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Daniel Zomparelli’s “Everything is Awful”

March 7, 2018

Reviewed by Heather Froese Daniel Zomparelli’s Everything is Awful and You’re a Terrible Person is a collection of short stories forefronting human connection: from obsession with strangers’ passing comments to online dating, to conversations with the dead. Most stories are focused on the…

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Ken McGoogan’s “Dead Reckoning”

March 6, 2018

Reviewed by Aislinn Cottell The phrase ‘dead reckoning’ invokes a sense of doom while one awaits a horrible fate. In fact, the phrase refers to a navigational technique used by explorers while voyaging. Dead reckoning allows us to remember where we have been,…

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Camilla Grudova’s “The Doll’s Alphabet”

March 5, 2018

Reviewed by CS Broatch The Doll’s Alphabet is Camilla Grudova’s grisly debut story collection. It is a dystopian title that fuses realism and fantasy, both traditional and experimental. The collection presents an eccentric, curious world that is similar to our own except when…

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Craig Davidson’s “Precious Cargo”

March 2, 2018

Reviewed by Justin Shankaran Craig Davidson was at a low point in his life and looking for a day job when he signed up to drive a yellow school bus. He got much more than he bargained. In Precious Cargo, his new work of…

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Zoe Whittall’s “The Best Kind of People”

March 1, 2018

 Reviewed by Shauna Andrews “[Rape Culture’s] most devilish trick is to make the average, non-criminal person identify with the person accused, instead of the person reporting the crime . . .” Kate Harding, Asking for It The Best Kind of People, Whittall’s newest…

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