cellist of saravejoDuring the siege of Sarajevo in the 1990's, a cellist plays in the street at 4:00 pm everyday for 22 days to commemorate the lives of 22 people killed in a mortar shell blast.

The Cellist of Sarajevo uses this true story as a backdrop to tell the story of several people caught up in the Bosnian War, including a baker and a young female sniper who wages her own war with the men occupying the hill above their city.

A beautifully written and haunting novel, it makes you truly feel the fear, suffering and hopelessness of living in a city under siege, where snipers hiding in the hills are killing off civilians one by one.The never ending siege and constant risk of death create a constant tension, making it a page-turner.   Winner of the Globe and Mail Best Book for 2009.

old driftOn one level, this is a saga about three generations of families told largely through the eyes of grandmothers, mothers, and children as they migrate or marry and assimilate into Zambia from 1903 to the near future with each chapter focusing on a single member of the family.

On a second level, The Old Drift is just as much a tale of a changing nation, Zambia, as it undergoes the effects of colonialism and all of the loss that go with it. The Old Drift of the title refers to the name the region near Victoria Falls was given by British colonists in the 1800s, starting with the famous explorer David Livingstone. From the late 19th century, where a white man stakes a claim to land that isn’t his, to several years into the future where technology becomes part of our bodies, The Old Drift lays open the repercussions of colonization.

A combination of historical fiction with a bit of mythical episodes and elements of science. Superb writing, richly imagined with deftly-drawn oddball characters.

eleanor OliphantrevCharming, heartwarming and heartbreaking. Eleanor is a classic “socially awkward” young woman, rigid and very much a self-proclaimed “loner.” Not initially the kind of character that one would call endearing. Set in her ways, she works during the week, calls her highly critical mother every Wednesday night and drinks vodka alone on the weekends.  When she and Raymond, the new IT employee at the office come to the rescue of an elderly man, Eleanor’s carefully ordered life suddenly starts to change.

Through the story, Eleanor’s tragic life is revealed. Ever patient and persistent, Raymond helps Eleanor transform herself as she gains insight and understanding of herself and what happened to her to better learn to interact with others. I found myself cheering her on as she musters the flexibility to adapt and to recognize that caring for others can bring you happiness.

Tragic and hilarious, Eleanor with her many quirks, blunt interactions and ability to overcome her sad past will remain a unique, memorable-and enduring-character for a long, long time!

PachinkoVast in scope, the book is a saga about four generations of a poverty-stricken Korean family that are essentially forced to live in Japan in exile.  Ethnic tensions exist between the Japanese and Koreans due to Japan's colonial rule over Korea and this tension of prejudice and racisim pervades the entire story. 

This is a  character-driven novel so well-drawn that it makes you actually care about what happens to them. The courage of the family members against so many hardships was extraordinary.  But while it is a tale of family relationships, it is also about a fascinating culture including the Japanese occupation of Korea, the existence of pachinko parlors, the underworld in Japan, the racism in Japan of Koreans and more.


only woman in room smHistorical fiction about the actress Hedy Lamar whose well-known beauty was far more than skin deep!  Born in Austria to a Jewish family, Hedy escapes to the U.S. (and an abusive, controlling husband) as WW2 heats up. While she goes on to become a famous star in the 1940’s and 1950’s, she has an idea to help the war effort.  Based on all that she gleaned from her husband’s business in arms manufacturing, she along with a co-partner, invent a secret communications system that could have kept the enemy from interfering with a ship’s torpedoes.  While the U.S. Navy did not adopt their invention until the 1960’s, their invention eventually led to the creation of Bluetooth and ultimately WiFi and the cell phone! Years later she was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2014 for this invention. Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction!

Great portrayal of this actress/inventor. Fast read and highly recommended reading of a little known part of history.

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