Book Review | How to Make a French Family: A Memoir of Love, Food, and Faux Pas by Samantha Verant

Authour: Samantha Verant Format: e-Galley Publication date: April 1st 2017 Publisher: Sourcebooks Source: Received from publisher in exchange for an honest review. Review: What happens after you reunite with the Frenchman you fell in love with 20 years ago, and the two of you marry in a romantic, fairy tale California wedding? In Samantha Vérant’s How […]

Book Review | Traveling with Ghosts: A Memoir by Shannon Leone Fowler

Authour: Shannon Leone Fowler Format: ARC, 294 pages Publication date: February 21st 2017 Publisher: HarperCollins Source: Received from publisher in exchange for an honest review. Review: Both the authour, and the (human) love of her life, Sean were only in their twenties when Sean was stung by a jellyfish in Thailand and died almost instantaneously. What […]

Book Review | The Elephants in My Backyard by Rajiv Surendra

Authour: Rajiv Surendra Format: Hardcover, 288 pages Publication date: November 22nd 2016 Publisher: Random House Canada Source: Received from publisher in exchange for an honest review. Review: ” I had no choice here. This was the clarity I needed–Pi was everything to me, and here on out, it was all or nothing.” p. 166 As […]

Midweek Mini Reviews #2

Native: Dispatches from an Israeli-Palestinian Life by Sayed Kashua Having lived in Israel, where I definitely felt like an outsider, this collection of columns from Israeli-Arab author and journalist, Sayed Kashua had me intrigued. This was because during my time in Israel while I encountered various types of people, I rarely interacted with any Arabs […]

Book Review | I’ll Tell You in Person by Chloe Caldwell

Authour: Chloe Caldwell Format: Trade Paperback, 170 pages Publication date: October 4th 2016 Publisher: Coffee House Press Source: Received from publisher in exchange for an honest review. Review: I found out about Chloe Caldwell’s second collection of essays, “I’ll Tell You in Person” through an article that was shared on Twitter. It spoke of the collection […]

Book Review | My (Part-Time) Paris Life: How Running Away Brought Me Home by Lisa Anselmo

Authour: Lisa Anselmo Format: E-galley Publication date: October 11th 2016 Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books Source: Received from publisher in exchange for an honest review. Review: As someone who has a close relationship with her mother, I can’t even begin to imagine my life without her. As a result, I felt this book would resonate with […]

Book Review | Pen & Palate: Mastering the Art of Adulthood, with Recipes by Lucy Madison and Tram Nguyen

Authour: Lucy Madison and Tram Nguyen Format: ARC, 287 pages Publication date: May 31st 2016 Publisher: Grand Central Life & Style Source: Received from publisher in exchange for an honest review. Review: For those of you who aren’t aware, “Words of Mystery” is in reality currently compose of two of us. Though she is less […]

Book Review | Crime Seen by Kate Lines

Authour: Kate Lines Format: Hardcover, 247 pages Publication date: April 7th 2015 Publisher: Random House Canada Source: Received from publisher in exchange for an honest review. Review: “We may have been deep underground, but where we were was definitely the real world, where trying to understand the criminal mind could be a matter of life […]

Book Review | Seven Letters from Paris by Samantha Verant

Authour: Samantha Verant Format: Advance Reader Copy, 258 pages Publication date: October 7th 2014 Publisher: Sourcebooks Source: Received from publisher in exchange for an honest review. Review: I love a good love story especially ones that involve travel of some kind, and it’s even better if the story is one that actually happened as there […]

Book Review | Laughing All the Way to the Mosque by Zarqa Nawaz

Authour: Zarqa Nawaz Format: Advance Reader Copy, 237 pages Publication date: June 24th 2014 Publisher: HarperCollins Canada Source: Received from publisher in exchange for an honest review. Review: Back in high school, I discovered and fell in love with a Canadian television show called Little Mosque on the Prairie. It was so different from all […]