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MELANIE GOLDER

The Hypnotist’s Love Story,  By Liane Moriarty
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The Hypnotist’s Love Story, By Liane Moriarty

I have always found her books to be snappy page turners with plenty of twists and unexpected outcomes. The Australian setting always adds a little something as well as so many little details are different than novels set in North America. The story is primarily about a stalker told from both perspectives of stalker and stalkee(s). Although one naturally empathizes with the people who are...

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02 Apr 2017
The Josephine B Trilogy, by Sandra Gulland
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The Josephine B Trilogy, by Sandra Gulland

This recommendation should come with a bit of backstory that may have impacted my enjoyment and evaluation of the book(s). I recently solicited (via Facebook) a list of biographies and memoirs. This book was recommended on that list but it is neither – it is a historical fiction trilogy about Josephine Bonaparte, Napoleon’s first wife. I didn’t really clue into this until I had downloaded...

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02 Apr 2017
“Let’s pretend this never happened”, by Jenny Lawson
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“Let’s pretend this never happened”, by Jenny Lawson

This book (memoir-ish) is piss your pants hilarious. I was laughing out loud, pretty much hysterically in the first chapter. The author, who some know as the Bloggess, tells a series of interrelated stories about her upbringing as the daughter of an amateur taxidermist who grows up with a good sense of weird all around her. Her second book , Furiously Happy, is also hilarious...

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02 Apr 2017
“Night Shift” by  Brian Goldman
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“Night Shift” by Brian Goldman

“Night Shift” is laid out as just that – one ER doctor’s night shift from when he arrives at 7 pm to when he leaves more than 12 hours later. Each chapter will reference a time period during the shift and the patient associated with it. The author is Brian Goldman, an ER doc in Toronto’s Mount Sinai hospital, although likely better known among Canadians...

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02 Apr 2017
“On Beauty”, by Zadie Smith
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“On Beauty”, by Zadie Smith

This book is a family story centred around the father figure who is a 50ish British born white man. This man is  an academic who is married to a Caribbean born black woman and they have three children and live in the Boston area. Woven into the story are some interesting coming of age experiences of the children which include contemporary experiences of being in a...

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02 Apr 2017
“The Dust that Falls From Dreams” by Louis de Bernieres
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“The Dust that Falls From Dreams” by Louis de Bernieres

“The Dust that Falls From Dreams” by Louis de Bernieres, author of “Captain Correlli’s Mandolin” (a better book than movie), is set in England and follows the experiences of one family during WW 1. Love, loss, grief, seances, trauma, family relationships – it’s all in there. A couple of story lines also touch on the social upheaval at the time as shifts in values brought...

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02 Apr 2017
“The Illegal”, by Lawrence Hill
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“The Illegal”, by Lawrence Hill

This book, by the author of “The Book of Negros” is set in two fictional places – one which is likely meant to emulate somewhere in east Africa and the other is a little like the USA gone down a very dark path. The book follows a marathon runner whose journalist father disappears during his efforts to expose the corruption in the Zantoroland and Freedom State...

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02 Apr 2017
Bali: Thug mountain and a whole new look
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Bali: Thug mountain and a whole new look

I haven’t updated for awhile as I’m pretty much doing the same thing every day. Crack of dawn wake up, dive/work, dinner, Octogenarian bedtime, repeat.  However, a recent change to the routine inspires an update. In order to celebrate our tenth wedding anniversary (holy sh*t how did that happen?) we decided to go to Bali for a week. Our plan was to dive, hike a...

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24 Mar 2017
Coffee and Culture in KL
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Coffee and Culture in KL

The type of visa we have requires that we leave ThaIland every 2 months. This means we have to dream up trips around Southeast Asia to meet this requirement. Our second trip will fall on our tenth wedding anniversary so we’re planning something special for that one, but for this first we just wanted to leave for a day or two.  The natural place to...

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13 Jan 2017
You know you’re not in Canada anymore when………
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You know you’re not in Canada anymore when………

Much of life in the tropics is the same as at home. Although I have a wildly different job I still wake up at the same time, have the same morning routine and still cook dinner and read myself to sleep. There are some funny things that distinguish my life in the tropics from the one in BC though- here are a few. Toaster surprise...

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02 Jan 2017
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