Monday, October 23, 2017

Dorothea Lange

October 23, 2017

Dorothea Lange. Photo Exhibition Catalogue. MoMA, 1966.

Eloquence in black and white.


McPoems

October 23, 2017

Billeh Nickerson. McPoems. Arsenal, 2009.

A most enjoyable collection of a young writer's initiation into the McJob workforce and the art community. 


Sunday, October 22, 2017

Oriental Love Poems

October 22, 2017

Michelle Lovric. Oriental Love Poems. Andrews McMeel, 2003.

Chinese and Japanese poetry translated into English and illustrated with relevant symbols and origami constructs. A beautiful little volume with pockets and envelopes containing secret papers. 

The fourth of sixteen selections I chose at the Rotary Book Sale in Chilliwack, 2017.


Northbound

October 22, 2017

Leona Gom. Northbound: Poems Selected and New. Thistledown, 1984.

Very enjoyable. Very familiar scenes and situations--women escaping the farm and family ties. 


Canada: Romancing the Land

October 21, 2017

Lorraine Monk and Miriam Waddington. Canada: Romancing the Land. Key Porter, 1996.


The Cuckoo's Calling

October 21, 2017

Robert Galbraith. The Cuckoo's Calling. Mulholland, 2013.

Private Detective Cormoran Strike accepts a client's mission, to investigate the presumed suicide of a young model, to ensure that the death was not murder. With the help of his temp, Robin, the ex-MP and wounded soldier tracks down the truth. Interesting characters, set inside the fashion industry in London. 


Saturday, October 14, 2017

Lullabies For Little Criminals

O'Neill, Heather. Lullabies For Little Criminals. HarperCollins, 2006.

Why did it take me ten years to read this book? It is incredible. I suggest it should be Recommended Reading for every teacher, social worker, law enforcer, and law maker.

Lullabies is told from the POV of Baby, through her tween and first teen (13) year, although she still sees the world through the magic eyes of a child. She lives in Montreal with Jules, her struggling father, fifteen years her senior. Poverty, drug use, mental health issues, immaturity, innocence, vulnerability--all interfere with this family's happiness.