Category: Books

[ Review ] The Island of a Thousand Mirrors by Nayomi Munaweera

islandofI cried. Twice. At work. People saw me. I didn’t care. The stories told by the author, NayomiMunaweera are devastating and hopeful all at the same time. “Island of a Thousand Mirrors follows the fate of two families, one Tamil, one Sinhala as they straddle opposite sides of the long and brutal Sri Lankan civil war. Narrated by the eldest daughter of each family…At its root, it’s a story of a fragmented nation struggling to find its way to a new beginning.” (Goodreads.com). This novel serves as a stark reminder that with opportunity and compassion for others some people can be saved from a life of fear and pain. For others the path only leads to darkness. Unfortunately, there are no easy answers in a war when both sides are right…and wrong. (more…)

[Review] Against All Grain

1-IMG_20141027_203205I had the chance to review Against all Grain by Danielle Walker. We have been a strict gluten free house for several years and have fallen into a cooking rut. This cookbook is not only great for beginners, but it is also great for those already living the lifestyle who need variety. One of the best things about this cookbook is that it contains recipes for food we would usually buy pre-made. I chose to make Peruvian-style chicken, BLT Salad with Herb Ranch Dressing, and the wraps. (more…)

[Review] Ocean: The Definitive Visual Guide

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Ocean is DK’s second edition of the best selling visual encyclopedia. This impressive 512 page tome is THE definitive guide to the ocean. It contains everything that you’ve ever wanted to know about the ocean…but were too afraid to ask.

When I was growing up, DK books were a staple in my library. I used them for school projects, homework and just for fun when I wanted to read about Egyptian mummies.

Reading DK books as an adult, I’m now a big fan of their travel guides Picking up a copy of Oceans has reminded me of everything that I love about DK encyclopedia. Large, full colour photographs, detailed imagery and lots of information in an easily digested format.

Ocean divides and conquers information into different sections. Coasts and seashore, plants, reptiles, the ocean floor, sea life and even climate is covered here.
causewayI particularly liked reading about the Hairy Angler Fish (they have expandable stomachs that allow them to swallow prey larger than themselves) and about the Oceans of the World. Travel lovers will be inspirited to create bucket lists with the stunning photos of unique reefs, lagoons and pink sand beaches. The Coastal Landscape section had me adding the Giant’s Causeway in Ireland and the Skeleton Coast in Africa to my travel wish list!

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[Review] No Safe House by Linwood Barclay

nosafehouse The first two sentences in the Goodreads summary pretty much sums the plot of No Safe House up nicely. “Seven years ago, Terry Archer and his family experienced a horrific ordeal that nearly cost them their lives. Today, the echoes of that fateful night are still audible.” Although it was the second book with these characters, you really didn’t need to read the first to appreciate the second. The author references what happens in the first book so much so that I kind of feel like I read it. (more…)

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