Author: shannon

When Amy meets Nick

Not only does writer Gillian Flynn weave a masterfully suspenseful tale in her blockbuster, Gone Girl, she writes with an intoxicating edginess. Every character is witty in his or her own way, but none more than Nick and his perfect wife, Amazing Amy. I guess...

Grabbed by Gone Girl

One of my dearest friends recommended this novel to me after her book club read it. "You have to read Gone Girl!" Lane enthused. "It's quite creepy." Having actually completed the novel now, I couldn't agree more: it's creepy alright. Positively laden with plot twists...

Josh Lacey’s Review

        All Families Are Psychotic by Douglas Coupland (Flamingo, £9.99, 279 pages, trade paperback; published 10 September 2001.) Either you like Douglas Coupland or you don't. If you don't like him because you don't like him, that's fine. If you don't like him because you haven't read him, then...

13 Mar
Gail’s Not-From-A-Box-Chocolate Cake

                                                                                                                                                                                       Chocolate Cake not from a Box!                                                                                                         What you Need 2/3 cup butter 1 1/2 cup sugar 2 eggs 1/2 tsp vanilla Pinch of salt 1 2/3 cups strong cold coffee ( can be decaf) 1/2 cup really good cocoa 1 2/3 cups flour 1 tsp baking powder 1 tsp baking...

LOL & 419

I look so forward to every LOL meeting. Each month I await our get-togethers, when we will share in delectable food and sumptuous sips of wine and of course, engage in much discussion about work, kids, travels, houses, art, shoes...

GG Winner also a hit with the LOL

It was a risk for Canadian humorist, Will Ferguson, to leave the comedic world behind and enter the dark domain of Nigerian internet scamming, but his gamble paid off...

Laura’s Look at Indian Horse

Here we have three of our lovely ladies of the LOL: From left, Laura, Ruth, Judy. Today's post is written by my friend and colleague of the craft, Laura. So much fun to be with, Laura has a brilliant sense of humor she readily shares,...

How Hockey Saves Saul

Wrought with loneliness, quietly drowning in despair, Surely Richard Wagamese's protagonist, Saul, would have died at St. Jerome's if not for the salvation of the good, old hockey game. Father Leboutilier brings a little light and humor to St. Jerome's but above all, he brings hockey....

St. Jermome’s Indian School

Indian Horse takes a dark and lonely turn when Saul is sent to the St. Jerome's Indian School. His classmates call him "Zhaunagush" because he speaks and reads English, which saves Saul somewhat in the eyes of the priests and nuns because Indian talk isn't...

Ojibway Grandmother

I love Richard Wagamese's descriptions of the matriarch, Naomi. From one scene to the next he infuses a deep, soulful respect for the wise grandmother who teaches Saul, guiding him in Ojibway traditions, sheltering him from neglect and protecting him from environmental--and emotional--storms. Wagamese describes the...