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Book Review: Finding Home in the Promised Land

Category: Issue 74, Mel Hergott, News, Reviews

Finding Home in the Promised Land: A Personal History of Homelessness and Social Exile, by Jane Harris. 192 pages, J. Gordon Shillingford Publishing, $22.95 CAD. “I am only here because I refused to give up my last smidge of hope,” writes Jane Harris in her second book, Finding Home in the Promised Land, a […]

Book Review: It’s Only the Himalayas

  It’s Only the Himalayas, and Other Tales of Miscalculation from an Overconfident Backpacker, by S. Bedford. 224 pgs, Brindle & Glass, $19.95. Twenty-three-year-old university drop-out Sue Bedford, a bored waitress still living with her parents, longs to be more like her best gal pal Sara, who has a successful career and a great […]

Book Review: Closer

Closer: Notes from the Orgasmic Frontier of Female Sexuality, by Sarah Barmak. 168 pgs, Coach House Books, $14.95 To anyone “who has owned a vulva, a vagina, or a clitoris,” writes Toronto journalist Sarah Barmak, “the fact that anatomy could be the object of so much repression, misinformation and erasure through history is the […]

Book Review: In This Together

In This Together: Fifteen Stories of Truth & Reconciliation, edited by Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail. 224 pgs, Brindle & Glass, $19.95. Not a day goes by without news reports describing the harsh realities faced by Canada’s Indigenous communities: youth suicides, missing and murdered women, deplorable housing conditions, high rates of poverty and incarceration, and more. How […]

Book Review: The Culinary Cyclist

For Anna Brones, “good food doesn’t have to be complicated, and it certainly doesn’t have to be pretentious.” In The Culinary Cyclist, Brones shares her personal philosophy of living well as it relates to entertaining, cooking, making sustainable shopping choices and, of course, cycling. She provides tips on a range of topics, such as how […]

Book Review: The Right Side of History: 100 Years of LGBTQI Activism

For poet, performer, and playwright Adrian Brooks, successful social movements are informed by an intersectional and inclusive approach to change. “There is an interconnectedness and an interrelated quality to social and political progress that is taken by brave people by all genders, racial backgrounds, and sexual backgrounds to embrace human liberty,” he tell us. For […]

Book Review: The Death of Small Creatures

Book Review: Greed: A Tale of Power and Abuse in Medicine

Book Review: Vancouver Confidential

Book Review: Rough Paradise

Book Review: Look Who’s Morphing

Book Review: Gender Failure

Book Review: God Loves Hair

Zine-A-Day: Dream Whip #15

Book Review: EAT IT – Sex, Food and Women’s Writing

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