Wide Sargasso Sea, by Jean Rhys

Just as interesting as the book itself is the introduction, best read once you’ve finished. Jean Rhys was quite the character and the lead-up to publishing Wide Sargasso Sea makes you wonder how it ever managed to make it onto the bookstore shelves in the first place. Lucky for us it did, as it’s now... Continue Reading →

The Ice Princess, by Camilla Läckberg

Well, I know that there have been many truly wonderful Nordic authors writing in the crime genre long before Stieg Larsson came on the scene, but in many ways we owe him a great deal for raising its profile so magnificently, and for helping North Americans think outside of the Hollywood-style crime box, so to... Continue Reading →

Sophie’s Choice, by William Styron

Who could forget Meryl Streep’s Academy Award-winning role in Sophie’s Choice? Having literally begged for the part, she didn’t disappoint her audience. Her dedication and mimicry of the perfect Polish accent is renowned. You’ll love the book. Be warned, though, it’s of epic proportions: I nibbled at it for over a month, but enjoyed every... Continue Reading →

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

A Discovery of Witches in the first book  in the proposed "All Souls Trilogy", and it makes for an excellent beginning.  In Harkness' creation, our world is composed of four types of beings; witches, vampires, daemons and humans.  At one point in time, there was a balance between these forces but slowly humans have become... Continue Reading →

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