Book Reviews in June 1992 Issue

The Kitchen Table Money Plan Building Personal Wealth and Security
205 pages $14.95
ISBN: 0006377084
Landing on Your Feet A Guide to Surviving, Coping, & Prospering from Job Loss
by Mara Brown,

pages $19.99 PT
ISBN: 007551849X
Little Relaxation On Being More Alive & at Ease
by Saul Miller,

Hartley & Marks, Incorporated
pages $7.95 TP
ISBN: 0881790257
Getting to Know You
by Daryl Sharp,

pages $15 TP
ISBN: 0919123562
by Brian A. Grosman,

pages $16.95 CT
ISBN: 1550133713
Wife after Death Women Coping & Growing after the Death of a Partner
by M. L. Anderson,

128 pages $14.95 TP
ISBN: 155041111X
The Fitzhenry-Whiteside Book of Canadian Facts & Dates
by Jay Myers, James Musson,

905 pages $35 TP
ISBN: 1550411713
Book Review
Nervous in the '90s
by Pat Barclay
Books for those concerned that the decade is unfolding as it shouldn't.
The Trial of Judith K.
by Sally Clark,

pages $14.95 TP
ISBN: 0887544657
Homework & Curtains
by John Lazarus,

pages $10.95 TP
ISBN: 0887545009
by Robert More,

pages $9.95 TP
ISBN: 0887545025
Taking Liberties & Into
by Dave Carley,

96 pages $10.95 PT
ISBN: 0887545122
The Noam Chomsky Lectures
by Daniel Brooks, Guillermo Verdecchia,

96 pages $13.95 TP
ISBN: 0889104131
Princess Pocahontas & the Blue Spots
by Monique Mojica,

86 pages $11.95 TP
ISBN: 0889611653
Rebels in Time Three Plays
by Ken Mitchell, Smaro Kamboureli,

pages $12.95 PT
ISBN: 0920897053
Steel Kiss
by Robin Fulford,

pages $10.95 PT
ISBN: 0921368194
Canada Split A Flush of Tories & Rexy!
by Allan Stratton,

168 pages $12.95 CT
ISBN: 0921833318
Book Review
Playing the Field
by Richard Knowles
Working toward a theatre that is something more than 'an expensive alternative to television'.
Real Dirt The Composting Guide to Backyard, Balcony & Apartment Composting
by Mark Cullen, Lorraine Johnson,

pages $12.99 TP
ISBN: 0140159614
Hydroponics for the Home Gardener An Easy to Follow Step-by-Step Guide for Growing Healthy Vegetables, Herbs & House Plants Without Soil
by Stewart Kenyon, Howard M. Resh,

Van Nostrand Reinhold
158 pages $6.95 TP
ISBN: 0442297025
Greening the Garden A Guide to Sustainable Growing
by Dan Jason, Elaine Phillips, Helen Nearing,

New Society Publishers, Limited
208 pages $12.95 TP
ISBN: 0865712271
The Harrowsmith Perennial Garden Flowers for Three Seasons
by Patrick Lima, Marta Scythes,

160 pages $19.95 TP
ISBN: 0920656749
The Harrowsmith Gardener's Guide to Spring Flowers
by Katharine Ferguson, Marta Scythes,

96 pages $2.99 TP
ISBN: 0920656854
The Harrowsmith Salad Garden A Complete Guide to Growing & Dressing Fresh Vegetables & Greens
by Turid Forsyth, Merilyn S. Mohr,

176 pages $19.95 TP
ISBN: 0921820410
The Compact Garden Discovering the Pleasures of Planting in a Small Place
by Brian Fawcett,

128 pages $17.95 TP
ISBN: 0921820437
Home Solar Gardening Solar Greenhouses for Your Home, Backyard or Apartment
by John H. Pierce,

164 pages $14.95 TP
ISBN: 1550133810
Book Review
Green Grows the Garden, Ho!
by Brian Fawcett
It's time to break out your seeds, tools, and books and get dirty.
The Best of Montreal & Quebec City A Guide to the Places, Peoples, & Pleasures of French Canada
by Martin Kevan,

320 pages $17.5 TP
ISBN: 0517582309
Montreal The Ultimate Guide
by Anne Smith, Brian Pel, Louis Fortier,

232 pages $16.95 TP
ISBN: 0614033144
Canadian Bicycle Tours Twelve Breathtaking Tours Through Quebec, Ontario, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, & Prince Edward Island
by Jerry Dennis,

240 pages $4.95 TP
ISBN: 0805014926
The Ultimate Guide to Toronto
by Margaret MacKenzie, Roderick MacKenzie,

240 pages $18.95 TP
ISBN: 0811801519
Come near at Your Peril A Visitor's Guide to the Island of Newfoundland
by Patrick O'Flaherty,

pages $14.95 TC
ISBN: 0968099815
Book Review
No Guiding Lights
by Stan Fogel
Hey, Toronto, you're friendlier than 23,300 elephants; yo, Montreal, your ducklings are nouvelling nicely.
At Large The Fugitive Odyssey of Murray Hill & His Elephants
by Gary Ross,

Random House, Incorporated
pages $20 TC
ISBN: 0679409378
Book Review
On the Road with the Girls
by John Doyle
Murray Hill had spent years on the road with his animals, doing nightclub and circus routines that charmed kids and adults alike. He'd imported exotic animals from Africa and Asia in the days when animal rights activists had no power and no profile.
Marine Life
by Linda Svendsen, Linda Svendsen, L. Svendsen,

pages $21.95 TC
ISBN: 0002238896
Rules of Partial Existence
by Millar,

Orca Book Publishers
pages $12.95 PT
ISBN: 0889950830
Of Customs & Excise Short Fiction
by Rachna Mara,

pages $14.95 TP
ISBN: 0929005252
Book Review
Connected Episodes
by Dayv James-French
Over the last 10 or 12 years, Linda Svendsen has charmed and delighted readers with her too-rare appearances in the more prestigious periodicals and anthologies.
Fourth Archangel
by Sharon Butala,

pages $24.95 TC
ISBN: 0002237571
Book Review
Saving the Prairies
by Eric McCormack
For the first third of the book readers might be forgiven for thinking they'd stumbled onto a lost novel by Sinclair Ross, or Robert Stead, or F. P. Grove, so deeply has Butala been affected by her regional literary predecessors.
China Blues Poems and Stories
142 pages $14.99
ISBN: 0771028431
Anonymity Suite
by David Mcfadden,

McClelland & Stewart/Tundra Books
pages $12.99 PT
ISBN: 0771054262
Book Review
Cool Worlds
by George Elliott Clarke
Passion must be scarce in southern Ontario, for it seldom appears in the region's poetry. Recent collections by David McFadden and David Donnell confirm this view.
Company Town
134 pages $10.95
ISBN: 0889782350
Covering Rough Ground
by Kate Braid,

96 pages $12.95 TP
ISBN: 091959168X
by Tom Wayman,

342 pages $17.95 PT
ISBN: 1550170422
Book Review
Working at Verse
by Daniel Jones
We live in a society that hides from itself the basis of its existence. North American culture - high and low, popular or elitist - presents almost nowhere the realities of daily work.
274 pages $27.95
ISBN: 077159156x
Book Review
Cabbage Rolls and Queens
Even when it touches on areas of specific disquiet in Mila Mulroney's life, the book is far from helpful. There have been valid and damaging attacks on the Mulroneys concerning their over-spending and hauteur, but this perfunctory response is pointless.
Deathly Delights
by A. Dandurand,

pages $12.95 PT
ISBN: 155065022X
Book Review
Getting Away with it All
by Susan Musgrave
Readers who are prepared to enter Dandurand's fictional dream might find their own lives becoming as entangled as her characters'; often, you feel, you are, risking your life by reading these stories.
Children of the Rainbow
by Terence Green,

McClelland & Stewart/Tundra Books
pages $4.98 PT
ISBN: 0771035500
Strange Attractors
by Tom Henighan,

pages $6.95 MM
ISBN: 0888783124
Book Review
Two for the Future
by John Degen
Since we live at a time when many of yesterday's science-fiction speculations have either been realized or shown to be ridiculous, it is interesting to take note of the classics, the lasting sci-fi stories, and recognize their common element.
by Paulette Jiles,

Alfred A.\Knopf#Incorporated
pages $24 TC
ISBN: 0394580141
Book Review
Digressing, Digressing
by Keith Nickson
Jiles is a major artist who takes risks with each work, including this one. But her insistence on relentlessly following the book's outline and interviewing almost all her cousins ends up scuttling the enterprise.
Fluid Exchanges Artists & Critics in the Age of AIDS
by James Miller,

496 pages $50 TC
ISBN: 0802058922
Book Review
True Representations
by Dan Gawthrop
The spirit of the volume is unmistakably inspired by Watney, whose groundbreaking study Policing Desire (1987) spawned a series of symposia on representation, AIDS, and sexual politics.
Pa Bell
by L. Surtees,

pages $28 TC
ISBN: 0394221427
Book Review
Blue-Chip Apparatchik
by Anthony Rudnick
The book rather eerily reminds one of the memoirs of Andrei Gromyko, the former Soviet foreign minister; it is a similarly lifeless exposition that avoids serious analysis and criticism.
The Collapse of Canada?
by R. Kent Weaver,

Brookings Institution Press
200 pages $31.95 TC
ISBN: 0815792549
Canada Remapped
196 pages $14.95
ISBN: 0889782490
Book Review
Drawing the Lines
by George Galt
It might be rude to interrupt, but here are two books well worth the trouble of getting up off our knees and facing some inconvenient realities.
Engaged with Success
by David Homel
Yves Beauchemin intends to preserve the Quebec that he knows, loves, and understands.
Letters to Editor
Letters to Editor
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Literature in the Air
by Keith Nickson
The good news is that books get plenty of media coverage; the bad news is that much of it isn't very good.
Spoof - Great Canadian Novel Discovered
by Pierrot Button
"At first, I thought it was just a bunch of old grocery lists." That's what initially flashed through University of Personitoba professor Ian McBugle's mind when he stumbled over an old file cabinet belonging to the late Winnipeg writer Fred Blott...
Spoof - the man behind Margaret Atwood
by Barbie Amiable
Gord Dipley thought the woman ahead of him in the supermarket lineup looked familiar but he had no idea that it was Margaret Atwood!
Spoof - Dear Bicky
I want my 10-year-old son Ian to grow up to be a Great Canadian Author, and so I've been giving him a copy of every new Canadian novel. But all he does is rip them up and make confetti out of them! What should I do?
The Country of the Dead
by Janice Keefer
I don't know if my family was peculiarly obsessed with death as property, as plots of earth in which life's plots were silenced...
Stories Not Yet Told
by Stephen Smith
M. G. Vassanji wants to capture the past before it 'disappears into the sunlight'.
Thinking about Magritte A Novel
by Kate Sterns,

Pantheon Books
176 pages $19 TC
ISBN: 0679412077
by C. Corbeil,

pages $24.95 TC
ISBN: 0773725725
Mumsahib A Novel in Stories
by Anne Montagnes,

183 pages $14.95 TP
ISBN: 0864921195
by Jennifer Mitton,

261 pages $14.95 TP
ISBN: 0864921217
Random Passage
by Morgan,

pages $14.95 TC
ISBN: 1550810510
First Novels
First Novels - Key Ingredients
by Douglas Hill
IF ALL we ask of the historical novel is that it immerse us in a richly detailed representation of life, then Bernice Morgan's Random Passage (Breakwater, 269 pages, $24.95 cloth) is an undoubted success. This chronicle of an isolated family's struggle to carve out a life along the rugged shores of Newfoundland's Bonavista Peninsula in the early 1800s is impressive; it unfolds its powerful scenes of human privation and elemental violence with a sure sense of time and place. Economic and social h
George Fetherling
Last Words - Worlds in Series
by Alec McEwen
A serial is a single work that is broken into a number of consecutive parts for publishing or broadcasting. The so-called TV mini-series, consisting of at least two episodes that combine to form an entire film, is really a serial.      
by J. Robert Janes,

Soho Press, Incorporated
pages $12 TP
ISBN: 1569471584
Brief Reviews
Brief Reviews - Fiction
by I. M. Owen
Even though the plot, and the detectives' reasoning, sometimes seem to proceed by a system of non-sequiturs, the story held me, and it stood up well under a second reading.
pages $19.95 LB
ISBN: 0688086616
Brief Reviews
Brief Reviews - Fiction
by Elizabeth Anthony
There is nothing particularly outstanding about these tales, but they pleasingly, almost archaically, entertain. Skelton is at his best when working his sleight of hand upon the perfidiously mundane.
The Opium Eater & Other Stories
by Iqbal Ahmad,

170 pages $12.95 TP
ISBN: 0920953743
Brief Reviews
Brief Reviews - Fiction
by Anne Denoon
The tone of the stories ranges from the tragic to the ironic to the bawdy, but most evoke an encounter with what one character calls "the terror of modern space"; that is, the necessity of facing death, suffering, and loss without the comfort of faith.
by Marc Diamond,

Viking Penguin
128 pages $5.95 TP
ISBN: 0140101845
Brief Reviews
Brief Reviews - Fiction
by Richard Harvor
Although some readers might argue that Diamond's targets (television especially) have been lampooned to death, their skewerings, literary or otherwise, can never be frequent enough.
The Mother's Glass
by David Watmough,

320 pages $14.95 TP
ISBN: 0006473997
Brief Reviews
Brief Reviews - Fiction
by Dayv James-French
Readers of Watmough's previous fictions will be able to fill in the gaps, however, and new readers may want to return to the stories.
A House Not Her Own Stories from Beirut
by Nasrallah,

L P C/InBook
pages $12.95 TP
ISBN: 0921881193
Brief Reviews
Brief Reviews - Fiction
by Helen Porter
Most of us have experienced the tremendous relief of realizing that what was so strongly alive in our sleeping minds is not real. For this woman, who lives in wartorn Beirut, waking brings little satisfaction; the world around her is itself a nightmare.
How to Play The Theatre of James Reaney
by Gerald Parker,

260 pages $25 PT
ISBN: 1550221191
Brief Reviews
Brief Reviews - Non-fiction
by Clint Burnham
Reading Reaney in a context that includes Gaston Bachelard and George Bowering, Peter Brook and Northrop Frye, Parker provides an object lesson in how to read the playwright of Southwestern Ontario.
Brief Reviews
Brief Reviews - Non-Fiction
by Pat Barclay
The attractive watercolours and sketches by Tony and Marsh Urquhart improve the situation, but in a book of family gossip, anecdotes, and name-dropping, what the reader really wants to look at is photographs.
Stone Voices
by Keibo Oiwa, Joy Kogawa,

pages $16.95 PT
ISBN: 1550650149
Brief Reviews
Brief Reviews - Non-fiction
by Pat Barclay
What's contained within covers here is a testament to the infinite variety and resilience of human nature, presented with exceptional honesty and depth of feeling.
Nitassinan The Innu Struggle to Reclaim Their Homeland
by Marie Wadden,

240 pages $19.95 TP
ISBN: 1550544500
Brief Reviews
Brief Reviews - Non-fiction
by Maggie Helwig
Marie Wadden, a journalist who has lived in the Innu village of Sheshatshit, tells the story of their culture and their fight to preserve it in 'Nitassinan: The Innu Struggle to Reclaim Their Homeland'.
Studies in Maritime Literary History
by Gwen Davies,

206 pages $16.95 CT
ISBN: 0919107346
Brief Reviews
Brief Reviews - Non-fiction
by Karl Jirgens
'Studies in Maritime Literary History' is a masterly work that will be essential reading for anyone interested in this important aspect of our literary heritage.
Swimming Out of History
by Florence McNeil,

pages $12.95 PT
ISBN: 0889821135
by Anne Marriott,

88 pages $12 TC
ISBN: 0919897266
Body Rites
by A. Itwaru,

pages $9.95 PT
ISBN: 0920661173
Dark Diaspora
by Andri Zhina Mandiela,

L P C/InBook
pages $9.95 TP
ISBN: 0920813798
Blue Light Bay & College
by K. McCracken,

pages $9.95 PT
ISBN: 092125427X
Little Bird
by D. Coles,

pages $9.95 PT
ISBN: 1550650211
Mortal Remains
by P. Lane,

pages $14.95 PT
ISBN: 1550960105
Brief Reviews
Brief Reviews - Poetry
by Rita Donovan
Upon learning that I would be writing this review, a friend remarked that she'd never heard of a "Poets' Coroner" but that somehow it made sense to her.
Mother Nature Takes a Vacation
by Lydia Bailey,

pages $15.95 TC
ISBN: 0002237547
Moonbeam on a Cat's Ear
by Marie-Louise Gay, Marie-Louise Gay,

32 pages $14.95 TC
ISBN: 0773720537
by Sheila Dalton, Bob Beeson,

32 pages $6.95 TP
ISBN: 0920501753
Wisakyjak & the New World
by Adam Ballantyne, Annie D. Catterson,

pages $9.95 PT
ISBN: 0921254342
Runaway Row
by Lindsay Grater, Lindsay Grater,

24 pages $15.95 LB
ISBN: 1550372130
by Michael A. Kusugak, Vladyana Krykorka,

32 pages $14.95 LB
ISBN: 1550372297
Children's Books
Children's Books - Balancing Acts
by Rhea Tregebov
As a consumer, I've been able to observe with my own child (and his friends) that how well the balance among text, image, and design is achieved can make or break a book, from the point of view of both the child and the parent.
1812 Jeremy & the General
by John Ibbitson,

pages $15.95 PT
ISBN: 0029540852
You've Seen Enough
by Paul Kropp,

pages $12.35 PT
ISBN: 0029540860
Science Is . . . A Source Book of Fascinating Facts, Projects & Activities
by Susan V. Bosak,

515 pages $29.99 TP
ISBN: 0590740709
Mystery at the Lighthouse
by Joan Weir,

General Distribution Services, Incorporated
160 pages $4.95 TP
ISBN: 0614177294
Death Drop
by Mary E. Blakeslee,

128 pages $5.95 TP
ISBN: 0773673210
House That Max Built
by John Green,

pages $5.95 TP
ISBN: 0773673393
Escape to Freedom
by Vancy Kasper,

pages $9.95 TP
ISBN: 0773754520
Fiona & the Flying Unicorns
by Sandy Watson,

Orca Book Publishers
112 pages $6.95 TP
ISBN: 0920501680
Keepers of the Animals Native American Stories & Wildlife Activities for Children
by Michael Caduto, Joseph Bruchac, John K. Fadden, Vine DeLoria,

Fulcrum Publishing
286 pages $19.95 TP
ISBN: 1555913865
Children's Books
Children's Books - A Mix of Opinion
by Gill Lefkowitz
ALTHOUGH my credentials for writing this review may or may not be adequate, those of my students are impeccable. They are a mix of youngsters from grades four, five, and six in the "gifted" program at a downtown Toronto school.

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