When I learned that Anthony Bourdain had died by suicide on June 8, I wanted to look through some of his life’s work, to celebrate the great talent that we had lost with his death. No Reservations is a book developed out of Bourdain’s television program of the same name. The program was an innovative …

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I have no reason to believe that I will die soon, and yet, I realize that I must begin to prepare for my demise since it would not be impossible for me to die tomorrow. My children are all grown and so it is also possible that I might someday like to move out of …

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I heard Michael Redhill read from Bellevue Square during the televised Giller Awards. Other than listening to the brief reading, I knew nothing about the book other than the fact that its author won the Giller Prize for it and that it involved a woman and her doppelganger. That the book was a thriller with …

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Sometime in the spring, a copy of the Montreal Review of Books arrived with the Saturday papers. I have a great weakness for these periodicals. The Montreal Review of Books (MRB) is published by the Association of English-Language Publishers of Québec. Like the best book review periodicals, MRB is beautifully produced on high quality paper. …

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I am on holiday this week. I’m walking, knitting, reading and writing like I never do at home. During the past few days, I have read Rachael Matthews’ The Mindfulness in Knitting:Meditations in Craft and Calm. This reading continues my consideration of mindfulness and allowed me to understand how knitting can be a mindful as …

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Natalie Goldberg has been assisting her students into a writing life for forty years. She has developed her own teaching series to do this, a teaching series captured in The True Secret of Writing: Connecting Life with Language. This is a peaceful book to read, a book that reminded me of the sanctity of the …

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