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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...

My Generation; My Daughter’s Generation

Something that struck me continuing on in Sandberg's book (the chapter on the leadership gap) is when she mentions a favourite quote, "What would you do if you weren't afraid?"  It's a question we should all pose, no matter what our roles. She points out that...

Weighing in on Leaning In

I love that our book club mixes it up between fiction and nonfiction. But I have to say when Gail chose Lean In, the hugely popular bestseller by Facebook CEO, Sheryl Sandberg, I had my doubts. I have seen her Tedtalk. I understand her message....

Best Laid Plans: Winner of 2011 Canada Reads…Now a TV Show

I might find the novel, The Best Laid Plans, a little tedious at times, but apparently the powers that be at CBC find it fabulous. They've created a television series based upon the book. This from a CBC press release:   Based on author Terry Fallis' award-winning...