Helping Children Through Grief

When adults experience a loss they can often pull from past experiences to help with the grieving process. This is not always the case when a child experiences a loss, especially when they are very young or it is the first time. What Happens When A Loved One Dies uses bright, simple and familiar illustrations... Continue Reading →

On Grief and Bereavement

I’m writing this on November 20th, National Bereavement Day in Canada.  If this comes as a surprise, know that this is only the second year that we have marked a day for bereavement.  The theme this year is "grief and bereavement is a part of life” and with that in mind I would like to... Continue Reading →

Troubled Waters by Sharon Shinn

Grief is a difficult subject matter, even though we all experience it at one time or another. I wasn’t really expecting to see it being dealt with so prominently in Sharon Shinn’s Troubled Waters. Zoe Arderlay has lived in exile with her father for ten years. After he passes away, she is whisked away to... Continue Reading →

Debbie Doesn’t Do It Anymore, by Walter Mosley

I’ve been trying out a few different authors lately, including Douglas Coupland. His latest novel, Worst. Person. Ever., contains a lot of smut and after the first few pages I thought “nahhhh....” and passed it on to the next person on the holds list. Walter Mosley’s latest novel, Debbie Doesn’t Do It Anymore, contains an... Continue Reading →

The Wife’s Tale

The author of The Girls has a new book – The Wife’s Tale. What would you do if your husband disappeared on the eve of your 25th wedding anniversary? If you’re Mary Gooch you would set out on a journey to find him and end up finding yourself.  At 43 years of age and 300... Continue Reading →

The Cross Gardener by Jason Wright

A friend of mine suggested I read “The Cross Gardener” by Jason Wright. Boy does she know my reading taste. I’m a huge fan of “The Five People You Meet In Heaven” by Mitch Albom and “Elsewhere” by Gabrielle Zevin. When I finished this new book I think I enjoyed it even more. I started... Continue Reading →

The End of the Alphabet by C. S. Richardson

Think: rainy Sunday afternoon, over-stuffed armchair, nice bottle of red, box of Swiss chocolates and, most importantly, a rather large box of tissues. Then, snuggle up and prepare to be totally charmed by C. S. Richardson’s debut novel. I loved this book. The characters feel like an old sweater and jeans: so comfortable, so familiar,... Continue Reading →

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