Author Archives: MELANIE GOLDER



MELANIE GOLDER

“The Glass Palace” by Amritav Ghosh
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“The Glass Palace” by Amritav Ghosh

This novel follows a family through colonial times of Southeast Asia- primarily Burma and Malaysia. Having traveled extensively  throughout SE Asia and having a grandparent born abroad in Burma some of the history of this era was especially fascinating. I am a sucker for any story that actually teaches me something and this one does not disappoint. From teak, rubber and oil to indentured workers from...

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21 Oct 2017
“The Rules of Civility”, by Amor Towles
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“The Rules of Civility”, by Amor Towles

From the author of “A Gentleman in Moscow” comes another great read (and a period piece too yay!!).  The consensus at my book club was that we wished he had more books so we could read them all. Apparently he used to be a Wall St stockbroker and he quit to be a writer. That works out well- one less stockbroker and one more great...

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21 Oct 2017
“The Couple Next Door” by Shari Lapena
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“The Couple Next Door” by Shari Lapena

I think I found this book by one of those “if you liked Gone Girl you’ll love the Couple Next Door” Kobo or Goodreads algorithms. It certainly was a twisty page turner with a “whodunnit” feel. The characters in this book don’t exactly inspire faith in the human race but I can say I was certainly entertained. Would I recommend? If you’re a stickler for...

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21 Oct 2017
Public art: Anxiety, joy and a vicious beheading
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Public art: Anxiety, joy and a vicious beheading

Who knew this public art scheme of mine would be such a lesson in letting go. My vision of myself as the happy go lucky whimsical artist was completely blown to smithereens within a couple of hours. I had originally planned to bring them to a new place close to a body of water for several weekends in a row. The first day I brought...

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21 Oct 2017
Manifesting Mermaids
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Manifesting Mermaids

Sometimes you get the itch to make something- or even have a flash of inspiration that you want to hold onto and save for later. Last winter when I was living in Thailand the thing I missed the most (after my family and friends of course) was having all my tools and craft supplies within reach so when these urges came upon me I could...

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02 Oct 2017
“Delusions of Gender” by Cordelia Fine
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“Delusions of Gender” by Cordelia Fine

I read this book for book club and was really looking forward to it based on the description used to pitch the book. Like any good feminist I find the subject of gender and discussions around innate vs conditioned behaviours fascinating. Plus I always like it when somebody takes a good literary swing at common drivel like “Men are from Mars Women are from Venus”....

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02 Oct 2017
Gentleman in Moscow, By Amor Towles
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Gentleman in Moscow, By Amor Towles

This story chronicles the life of a Russian aristocrat placed on house arrest within one of Moscow’s most iconic hotels at the outset of the revolution. You maybe wouldn’t think this setting would inspire tales of love, (familial and romantic), adventure or intrigue but it easily manages all three. The author brings you right into the social setting and I would challenge any reader not...

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02 Oct 2017
‘Pachinko’, by Min Jin Lee
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‘Pachinko’, by Min Jin Lee

I do enjoy a book that exposes me to other cultures and their histories. This book’s setting is middle of the last century Japan and follows a Korean family for a couple of generations. Prior to reading this book I had only the foggiest of notions about Japanese invasion and colonization efforts in Korea and how many displaced Koreans living in Japan had been treated...

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21 Jun 2017
‘The Forgotten Garden’, by Kate Morton
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‘The Forgotten Garden’, by Kate Morton

Well I was absolutely entranced by this book. It was a book assigned via my book club that I have been in for about 12 years and as a bunch of smart women who read a lot pitch and vote on the books they are usually pretty good. The story was woven through three different generations and moved around from time period to time period....

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21 Jun 2017
Creative entrepreneur: The next adventure
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Creative entrepreneur: The next adventure

Well now that i’m back from fulfilling one career aspiration (living in the tropics and diving every day) i’m moving on to  another one – being a creative entrepreneur. When you don’t have kids at home all of a sudden there’s time to do all the things – work, leisure AND creativity! Imagine! I’ve always been pretty crafty but until now haven’t found a medium...

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13 Jun 2017
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