Adventures of the Cosmic Hobo


“The Time in Between”, by Maria Dumas Book Reviews

This book is set during the Spanish Civil war and chronicles one woman’s (a seamstress) induction into espionage. Her work takes her throughout Spain and into North Africa as her various missions and projects get increasingly complicated and dangerous (but also glamorous). Lots of good twists and turns in a set and setting that I knew very little about to make it extra interesting. Would...

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Old dog new tricks Creativity

That old saying about not being able to teach an old dog new tricks is BS. It’s probably just someone’s justification for not trying anything new. I agree that teaching an old dog is harder than a new dog (kids and their little sponge brains). Certainly leaning new skills as an adult can mean our egos take a bit of a beating. It is hard...

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“The Willpower Instinct”, by Kelly McGonigal Book Reviews

Not only did I read this book twice but I goaded several of my friends into reading it as well with my usual overly enthusiastic high pressure sales tactics. Even if you feel like you have enough willpower and are already a totally perfect person  who needs no help dealing with the challenges of everyday life you can get something out of this book. For...

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“Rebel Queen”, by Michelle Moran Book Reviews

“Rebel Queen” by Michelle Moran is based on the life of queen (Rani)  Lakshmi of Jahnsi in central India and is told from the perspective of one of her female guards. The setting is the 1850’s when the British East India Company is attempting to annex the kingdoms in what we know as India in order to control the spice/silk trades. The history around Rani...

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“Homegoing”, by Yaa Gyasi Book Reviews

Homegoing (fiction) by Ya Gyasi, follows two branches of a family who were separated by the Gold Coast slave trade. Each chapter touches the life of a member of the next generation of the family. At first I found the jumps between generations and across family lines a bit choppy and hard to follow but it became more fluid as the reader comes to expect...

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“Chasing the Scream”, by Johann Hari Book Reviews

This book asks some fundamental questions about the war or drugs – its origins, proponents, initiators, benefactors and victims. It is rigorously researched drawing from academic publications and personal interviews with politicians, care providers, police, addicts and a multitude of others in several different countries impacted by this century long war. The author discusses the origins of drug prohibition in North America and Europe and...

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“At Home” by Bill Bryson Book Reviews

In the meticulously searched yet witty way we have come to expect from Bill Bryson he dissects all things to do with the home. I was both thoroughly entertained and totally schooled by this book. At the time I started this book I was in the market for something light or humorous  as I had just come out of about 4 books in a row...

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“Blood”, by Lawrence Hill Book Reviews

“Blood” by Lawrence Hill is actually the content of his CBC Massey lecture series on the topic. The book has 5 chapters  which each examine a different theme related to blood. Among many topics, he examines how language around blood has been used in literature and then shifts gears to discuss the history of blood donation and how public biases continue to impact how blood...

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“Happy Cities” by Charles Montgomery Book Reviews

“Happy cities: Transforming our lives through urban design” is both a fascinating tale of the evolution of North American transportation infrastructure and a look at what features of people’s environments (mostly those within cities) seem to make them happy. I know you’re probably like “oooo transportation infrastructure! Yippee, sounds like a page turner,” but I nerd out on this type of stuff as I think North...

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“The Interestings”, by Meg Wolitzer Book Reviews

This book wasn’t recommended to me by anyone which is a deviation from my usual practice of seeking recommendations.  I was randomly cruising the Kobo suggested reads and I noticed this book had accolades by Jeffrey Eugenides so thought I would see how well Kobo’s algorithm was at pegging my taste via their recommended reads. Result? In the ball park. This book was one of...

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