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30 May
What Makes Olga Run

  “Part science book, part journey into the untapped potential of the human spirit, this is the remarkable story of a 94-year-old track and field champion.” After writing about her in 2010, in the New York Times, Canadian journalist, Bruce Grierson (and his many receptive readers) becomes...

30 Apr
The Pearl that Broke its Shell

  In her literary debut, Afghan-American novelist and pediatrician, Nadia Hashimi, pens a powerful and painful tale. It’s 2007 and Kabul continues to be an unwelcoming country for women. The Taliban has officially been ousted from power, and the country’s first democratically elected president is in power,...

24 Sep
Me Before You; Thought Provoking and Thoroughly Entertaining

I love the way British author, JoJo Moyes, describes her own novel, Me Before You. It's "a real weepy," she says--an apt description for a novel that moves most readers to tears, but not before making them laugh a little, too. A funny, engaging writer with...

16 Sep
Me Before You

What are the Ladies on Literature Reading Now? Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her...

LOL Dine on a Moveable Feast

The Ladies on Literature wrapped up our season with a roaring good meeting and a rousing read. Some thoughts from our members on the Hemingway memoir, A Moveable Feast. A short book review on "A Movable Feast" by Ernest Hemingway I found this read quite enjoyable; despite...

The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

  The Paris Wife By Paula McLain   Set in post WWI, readers are vividly transported to the smoky, sexy, boisterous and boozy Paris of the 1920’s; an alluring place for the poignant—though ultimately heartbreaking—love between Ernest Hemingway and his first wife, Hadley Richardson.   McLain’s impeccable research draws heavily from...

Age of Hope

The LOL  just wrapped up another great Canadian novel: The Age of Hope. Named a top 10 contender for Canada Reads 2013, interestingly the book about a housewife born in 1930 & living in small town Manitoba was defended by the big city Toronto-based (and...

Insecurity, even in Successful Women

Say what you will about Sandberg's Lean In, you can't fault her honesty. She doesn't pull any punches about her first failed marriage, her negative experiences at Harvard, and her own insecurities in pursuing her future work. She claims at the root of the barriers that...

Disputing some of Sheryl Sandberg’s Cultural Claims

While I've been inspired by Sandberg's message and appreciative of her honesty, here's a small rant refuting a few of her cultural claims. She talks about the differences between raising boys and girls, citing that parents talk to girls more than boys, overestimate the crawling ability...