Shadow Giller: Yiddish For Pirates by Gary Barwin

Gary Barwin's imagination knocked my socks off. History and adventure come together in this remarkable tale full of word play and wit, all told by a 500-year-old Yiddish-speaking parrot. So, you ask, how did this shell-less cheder-bocher - schoolboy - drawn from the waters of Ashkenaz find himself on the Spanish Main, the blade of … Continue reading Shadow Giller: Yiddish For Pirates by Gary Barwin

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If I Fall, If I Die by Michael Christie

I've had this book for a while; picked it up a few times, put it back down for something else. But, when the 2015 Scotiabank Giller Prize Long-list came out, and this book was on it, I finally decided to dive in. If I Fall, If I Die is about an agoraphobic mother and her … Continue reading If I Fall, If I Die by Michael Christie

The Cure for Death By Lightning; Not What I was Expecting

The first book of my CanLit Project was actually finished a few days ago, but I am only just now getting time to write about it.  I quite enjoyed it, but it was different than I was expecting.  I hadn't read any of the reviews before reading it, except for what was on the back … Continue reading The Cure for Death By Lightning; Not What I was Expecting