Book Reviews in April 1995 Issue

Moral Panic Biopolitics Rising
by John Fekete,

381 pages $21.99 TP
ISBN: 1895854091
Book Review
A Radical Re-ordering
by Brian Fawcett
John Fekete will challenge your understanding of the world, no matter what your gender and ideological/tribal affiliations. The wiser heads among us will answer his challenge as clear-headedly as possible.
Wings for Victory The Remarkable Story of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan in Canada
by Spencer Dunmore,

pages $19.99 PT
ISBN: 0771029187
The Cruiser Uganda One War - Many Conflicts: The First Documented & Eyewitness Account of Canada's Only Cruiser in World War Two & Her Part in the Pacific War
by Stephen C. Geneja,

xii, 282 pages $35 TC
ISBN: 0969875401
Red Coats & Grey Jackets The Battle of Chippawa, 5 July 1814
by Donald E. Graves,

210 pages $18.99 TP
ISBN: 1550022105
The U-Boat Hunters The Royal Canadian Navy & the Offensive Against Germany's Submarines
by Marc Milner,

280 pages $31.95 TC
ISBN: 1557508542
Book Review
Victory in Detail
by Robert Stamp
Do consumers still want written accounts of old battles when CNN's live, graphic coverage of the Gulf War remains forever etched in our collective consciousness?
The Piano Man's Daughter
by Timothy Findley,

256 pages $28 TC
ISBN: 0002243792
Book Review
The Past Recaptured
by Gary Draper
Without any suggestion of mimicry, this splendid novel captures the feel of high Victorian Gothic. It tells a multi-layered, multi-generational story of family madness and mysterious births. Attics. Dark secrets.
Grammar of Dissent Poetry & Prose of Dionne Brand, Claire Harris & M. Nourbese Philip
by Carol Morrell,

256 pages $17.95 TP
ISBN: 0864921411
The Other Woman Women of Colour in Contemporary Canadian Literature
by Makeda Silvera,

472 pages $24.95 TP
ISBN: 092081347X
Book Review
Strong, Troubled, Optimistic
by Hazelle Palmer
For these three poets writing is an instrument to deconstruct and challenge the status quo - to accuse Canadian society of racism, sexism, and classism, and to substantiate those accusations with examples drawn from the core of their communities.
Dividing the House Planning for a Canada Without Quebec
by Alan Freeman, Patrick Grady,

224 pages $18 TP
ISBN: 0006380174
Turmoil in the Peacable Kingdom The Quebec Sovereignty Movement & Its Implications for Canada & the U. S.
by Jonathan Lemco,

266 pages $50 TC
ISBN: 0802005322
Book Review
Separation Anxiety
by Clive Cocking
It was enjoyable while it lasted -- our holiday spent blissfully ignoring every reference to the Quebec crisis - - but now we have to pay attention again.
Love Is Starving for Itself
by Patric Roscoe,

pages $16.5 TP
ISBN: 1551280159
Book Review
High Marquez
by Don Nichol
While Roscoe lingers a bit too long in places, his creation of this foreign yet familiar, male-dominated yet exquisitely feminine, mundane yet mythical, enduring yet all too fragile way of life is well worth discovering.
The Last House of Ulster A Family in Belfast
by Charles Foran,

xi, 208 pages $18 TC
ISBN: 0002443112
Book Review
Ardently Irish
by John Doyle
Nothing in Ireland, North or South, is as simple as it seems, and most writers give up when the intricate complications of Ireland become forbidding.
Discerner of Hearts And Other Stories
by Olive Senior,

224 pages $18.99 TP
ISBN: 0771080530
Book Review
Shades of Difference
by Lynne Luven
Drawing on her own childhood spent moving around, Senior's stories provocatively trace the nuanced tensions between modem and traditional culture, between different shades of Jamaicans, and between employers and their servants.
Alad from Brantford & Other Essays
by David A. Richards,

pages $11.95 TP
ISBN: 0921411251
Sterling Silver Raves, Rants & Revelations
by Silver D. Cameron, Ronald Caplan,

224 pages $16.95 TP
ISBN: 1895415381
Book Review
Under Eastern Eyes
by Pat Barclay
The personal essay has so much potential as a literary form that it's gratifying to see it being skilfully and engagingly employed in these two new books.
The Age of Longing
by Richard B. Wright, Richard Wright, Richard B. Wright,

224 pages $23 TC
ISBN: 000224084X
Book Review
Tangling with the World
by Carole Giangrande
Dealing with large ambitions has always been hard for Canadians, or so the mythology goes. Some human failing is bound to put us in our humble places if we strive to escape the ordinary.
Icetime A Portrait of Figure Skating
224 pages $24.95
ISBN: 0131851179
The Brier A History of Canada's Most Celebrated Curling Championship
by Bob Weeks,

256 pages $27.95 TC
ISBN: 0771573057
Book Review
Stars on Ice
by George Kaufman
Many hockey fans thought life had ended during the "labour disruption" this season, but in fact Canadians have two other ice enthusiasms that weren't interrupted: figure skating and curling.
Ecstasy of Skeptics
by Steven Heighton,

pages $14.95 PT
ISBN: 0887845606
Lush Dreams, Blue Exile
by George Elliott Clarke,

pages $9.95 TP
ISBN: 0919001831
Book Review
The New Lyricism
by Scott Ellis
Poetry has been superseded by other media, which use constant repetition of image and soundbite for emphasis and memorability, in place of rhyme, regular metre, and rhetorical tropes.
Letters to Editor
Letters to the Editor
What Canada needs is more magazines like Books in Canada, so that lots of books can be reviewed. I don't think my publications are "censored" because I seldom get reviews.
Don't Shoot the Dentist
by Stanley Fogel
A new generation of cultural-studies analysts is opening wide and biting off all that it can chew.
North Spirit - excerpt
by Paulette Jiles
You may be in search of wise elders, the ancient mysteries of shamans, but here you are, in an unforgiving climate, suspended in a flight machine that is pouring itself in a deep slant toward snow packed ice.
Dramatic Intensity
by Dan Bortolotti
After 25 years of the theatrical life, George F. Walker is ready to take on new challenges.
Grammar Girl
Whom Do You Think You Are?
by Rose Thorne
There are plenty around that will gravely advise you not to use the non-word 'irregardless', but how many will warn you not to say, or write, 'the exact same thing'?
Up Front
Up Front - New Lamps for Old
by Barbara Carey
I'm not sure that, in practice, contemporary Canadian society is much less homophobic and sexist (not to mention racist) than it was 30 years or so ago. There are still lots of people who would agree with one or both of the reviewers quoted.
DeeJay & Betty
by Anne Cameron,

224 pages $16.95 TP
ISBN: 1550171127
Brief Reviews
Brief Reviews - Fiction
by Lorna Jackson
Cameron gives voice to communities shaken by economic and sexual cataclysm, to people ignored by those living in urban comfort, but it's only one voice; she doesn't particularize their experience.
Everything in Winnipeg Begins in a Car
by Martin Waxman,

80 pages $15.95 TP
ISBN: 0887532470
Brief Reviews
Brief Reviews - Fiction
by Pat Barclay
Waxman actually makes us feel sorry for his hapless hero; his mistakes with women are so richly ludicrous, his homesickness for his hopelessly possessive parents so genuine.
Knucklehead A Journey Out of the Mind
by Peter Gault,

pages $16.95 PT
ISBN: 0969148739
Brief Reviews
Brief Reviews - Fiction
by John Doyle
Gault writes like a raging bull and, while a lot of 'Knucklehead' really is bull, the novel has a compelling, jokey charm.
Looking for Lake Erie Travels Around a Great Lake
by Ken Sobol, Julie Sobol,

pages $16.99 TP
ISBN: 0140234845
Brief Reviews
Brief Reviews - Non-fiction
by George Kaufman
While much of the authors' journey was spent in the low-rent district of travel-writing paradise, there's much here to pique the interest of travellers looking for more than a packaged group-tour of garden spots.
Decision at Midnight Inside the Canada-U. S. Free-Trade Negotiations
by Michael Hart, Bill Dymond,

448 pages $37.95 TC
ISBN: 0774805145
Brief Reviews
Brief Reviews - Non-fiction
by Clive Cocking
It rattles the old stereotypes to come across a book written by bureaucrats that's both interesting and easy to read.
Money Guide for Modern Families
210 pages $16.95
ISBN: 0385255020
Brief Reviews
Brief Reviews - Non-fiction
by Denyse Oleary
The book assumes that readers have an incessant thirst for lifestyle advice of every sort. Some readers may want -- or need -- the advice; others may find it impertinent and wonder why they are supposed to be in need of it.
Dig up My Heart Poems
by Milton Acorn,

McClelland & Stewart/Tundra Books
pages $16.99 PT
ISBN: 0771000030
Spells for Clear Vision
by Neile Graham,

pages $11.95 TP
ISBN: 0919626742
Hologram A Book of Glosas
by P. K. Page,

72 pages $14 TP
ISBN: 0919626807
Scars of Light
by Beth Goobie,

pages $13.95 TP
ISBN: 0920897738
Lapsed W. A. S. P. Poems, 1978-89
by Victor Coleman,

128 pages $12 TP
ISBN: 155022221X
Reconcilable Differences The Changing Face of Poetry by Canadian Men since 1970
by Christopher Levenson,

171 pages $0 TC
ISBN: 1896209041
Brief Reviews
Brief Reviews - Poetry
by Marlene Cookshaw
'Hologram' is a rare combination of elegance and honesty, the work of an exacting writer, a fine thinker, and a warm human being.
Being Big
by Sharen Liddell, Yvonne Cathcart,

pages $7.99 TP
ISBN: 0590243780
The Ballad of the Blue Bonnet
by Robert Priest, Debi Perna,

pages $13.95 UN
ISBN: 0888991983
Best & Dearest Chick of All
by Bob Barton, Coral Nault,

24 pages $8.95 TP
ISBN: 0889951179
The Night Rebecca Stayed Too Late
by Peter Eyvindson, Rhian Brynjolson,

pages $9.95 TC
ISBN: 0921827393
Lizzie's Soccer Showdown
by John Danakas,

pages $8.95 TP
ISBN: 1550284649
Something Weird Is Going On
by Christie Harris,

144 pages $5.95 TP
ISBN: 1551430223
Keepers of Life Discovering Plants Through Native American Stories & Earth Activities for Children
by Michael Caduto, Joseph Bruchac, John K. Fadden, David K. Fadden, Marjorie Leggitt, Carol Wood,

Fulcrum Publishing
288 pages $19.95 TP
ISBN: 1555913873
Alcock & Brown & the Boy in the Middle
by George M. Morgan, Jennifer Morgan,

64 pages $4.95 TP
ISBN: 1895387205
Tchaikovsky Discovers America
by Esther Kalman, Rick Jacobson, Laura Fernandez,

40 pages $8.95 CT
ISBN: 1895555825
Children's Books
Children's Book - Taking Care of Things
by Donna Nurse
I cannot remember a time when I was not in love with them -- with the books themselves, cover and binding and the paper they were printed on, with their smell and their weight and their possession in my arms, captured and carried off to myself.
At Large
At Large - Nothing Sacred
by Michael Coren
So here we had a culture clash. Two different worlds, two different purviews, two different sets of assumptions.
Douglas Fetherling
Douglas Fetherling - Road Allowances
by Douglas Fetherling
For some people, this may require a mental map. There are three highways that cross British Columbia.
First Novel Award
First Novel Award - Personal and Political
by Leona Gom
Shyam Selvadural's Funny Boy, published by McClelland & Stewart, is the winner of the Smith Books/Books in Canada First Novel Award.

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