Book Reviews in March 1995 Issue

Morning in the Burned House New Poems
by Margaret Atwood,

136 pages $19.99 TC
ISBN: 0771008309
Book Review
Knowing that Survives
by Charlene Diehl-Jones
A disarmingly autobiographical speaking presence animates several sections of this collection, picking up echoes of the fears and frustrations of these imaginatively reconceived characters.
Persian Postcards Iran after Khomeini
by Fred A. Reed,

288 pages $19.95 TP
ISBN: 0889223513
Graveyard for Dreamers One Woman's Odyssey in Africa
by Joan Baxter,

288 pages $16.95 TP
ISBN: 0919001882
Book Review
Worlds Elsewhere
by Sheryl Halpern
Persian Postcards, most readable when it's least partisan, could have used more of this -- along with a sense of humour to balance the sense of purpose.
Hemingway The Toronto Years
by William Burrill,

392 pages $25.95 TC
ISBN: 038525489X
Book Review
Earnest Beginnings
by Joel Yanofsky
Although this is "the first critical biography to focus on Ernest Hemingway's four year association with the city of Toronto and the Toronto Star Newspaper," as Burrill points out in his introduction, most of the ground has been covered before.
The Death of Old Man Rice A True Story of Criminal Justice in America
by Martin L. Friedland,

423 pages $19.95 PT
ISBN: 0802079660
Murder at McDonald's The Killers Next Door
by Phonse Jessome,

x, 284 pages $17.95 UN
ISBN: 1551090937
Book Review
Trials and Errors
by Susan Hughes
Martin L. Friedland's new book on real crime, 'The Death of Old Man Rice', offers perceptive insights into jurisprudence, and a narrative line with enough curious twists to delight any novelist.
Capitalism Comes to the Backcountry The Goodyear Invasion of Napanee
by Bryan D. Palmer,

180 pages $35.95 CT
ISBN: 0921284861
Calculated Risk Greed, Politics and the Westray Tragedy
310 pages $26.95
ISBN: 1551090708
Book Review
Jobs at a Price
by Jim Lotz
Jobb has a weakness for journalistic cliches. And his book has a middle-passage problem: the central part tends to be overlong and repetitive. But Calculated Risk brings to life the people of Pictou County, their land and their history.
The First Quarter of the Moon
by Michel Tremblay, Sheila Fischman,

0 pages $18.95 TP
ISBN: 0889223521
Book Review
Caught in Suspension
by Carmelita McGrath
As the novel cuts back and forth between the boys' narratives, Tremblay builds a keen sense of both the bond and the gulf between them.
After the Smoke Cleared
by Jack Kuper,

298 pages $24.95 CT
ISBN: 0773728325
Seeing Canada Whole A Memoir
858 pages $45
ISBN: 1550410695
Book Review
Lives to Remember
by Laura Paquet
Pickersgill has written the "big story"-- Canada's history -- giving comparatively little attention to his feelings about it, while Kuper focuses on his feelings and experience, leaving the reader to relate them to the "big story"-- the Holocaust.
The Book & the Veil Escape from an Istanbul Harem
by Yeshim Ternar, Linda Leith,

184 pages $16.95 TP
ISBN: 1550650491
Book Review
Native and Alien
by Uma Parameswaran
The author explains that she sees the book 'as a symbol of enlightenment, emancipation, and discovery as opposed to the veil as a symbol of rest, resignation, and insight.'
Canadian Internet Handbook 1994 Edition
by Carroll, Broadhead,

Prentice Hall
415 pages $12.95 TP
ISBN: 0133043959
Data Trash The Theory of the Virtual Class
by Arthur Kroker, Michael A. Weinstein,

Saint Martin's Press, Incorporated
160 pages $16.95 TP
ISBN: 031212211X
Book Review
Net Profits
by John Oughton
Now's the time for all concerned users to ensure that the Internet remains truly interactive.
Nostalgia for the Future
by Dale Sproule
William Gibson won't try to predict the future - he's too busy making it happen.
Letters to Editor
Letters to the Editor
Given that we are about to entertain another divisive referendum on the future of Quebec, it is prudent that we not engage in premature, possibly inflammatory speculation on the potential location of the borders of a would-be sovereign Quebec.
Literature on Line
by Douglas Fetherling
Writers and readers are being wired together by yet another Canadian innovation in communications.
Computing Creativity
by Ian Lancashire
Sophisticated new text-analysis programs will make literary criticism a science as well as an art.
Dancing in Chaos
by Jack Ruttan
Yet in the end, the conventional wisdom is right: writing is a solitary occupation. You sit in front of a machine, and it is up to you to make up the words that go into it. Of course, the nature of that machine has changed.
In Memoriam
by Douglas Fetherling
Most of his ideas were first ironed out in the periodical press, another area in which there seemed no limit to his enthusiasm, energy, and integrity.
Grammar Girl
Grammar Girl - You May Be Right
by Rose Thorne
The 'may-might' problem can be solved if you just remember that "Simon says that I may take one baby step" changes to "Simon said that I might take one baby step" in the past.
Up Front
Up Front - A Virtual Experience
by Barbara Carey
My idea of the perfect "home entertainment centre" is a bookshelf, rather than a wall unit stocked with sound and video equipment.
Beautiful Losers
by John Mills
Winning isn't everything; they also serve who stand and are short listed.
Stage Lights
by Katerina Evanova,

203 pages $0 PT
ISBN: 0889625727
The Next Margaret
127 pages $12.95
ISBN: 0889625735
Northwest Terrorstories A Novel
by Liam Kiernan,

pages $6.99 TC
ISBN: 0969706111
Roads to Nowhere A Novel Set in Africa
by Lawrence J. Middleton,

575 pages $19.95 TP
ISBN: 0969798504
Minor Assumptions
by Elizabeth Ukrainetz,

144 pages $16.95 PT
ISBN: 1550960628
The Madness of History
by N. J. Dodic,

144 pages $16.95 PT
ISBN: 1550960644
First Novels
Forst Novels - The Last Round-up
by Maureen Garvie
With this column I end my year's stint as Books in Canada's first-novels reviewer, passing the mantle to a new hand.
Days & Nights on the Amazon
by Darlene B. Quaife,

pages $14.95 TP
ISBN: 0888011830
Brief Reviews
Brief Reviews - Fiction
by Virginia Beaton
Although there are moments when magic realism gives this book some shimmer, boredom overtook me long before the end. That old lady river, she just keeps rolling, and rolling, and rolling along.
by Pauline Holdstock,

156 pages $12.95 TP
ISBN: 0888783531
Brief Reviews
Brief Reviews - Fiction
by Eva Tihanyi
The story, set in England in the future after the "Mishap" has wreaked economic and environmental havoc on the planet, centres on 13-year-old Tots and her quest for her identity.
Waiting for Time
by Bernice Morgan,

224 pages $17.95 PT
ISBN: 1550810804
Brief Reviews
Brief Reviews - Fiction
by Robert Ruttan
While not flawless -- occasionally, there is too much told, too much description - - it is a difficult book to put down or stay away from.
Found Treasures Stories by Yiddish Women Writers
by Fred Forman, Sarah Swartz, Margie Wolfe, Irena Klepfisz,

250 pages $18.95 TP
ISBN: 0929005538
Brief Reviews
Brief Reviews - Fiction
by Eva Tihanyi
What stands out most in this book is the authors' indomitable will to life, and the power of their words to evoke it. The biographies, bibliography, and glossary are useful complements to the text, and the introduction is a useful feminist framework.
George Costakis A Russian Life in Art
by Peter Roberts,

224 pages $35 TC
ISBN: 0807613665
Brief Reviews
Brief Reviews - Non-fiction
by Richard Perry
Peter Roberts, himself a former Canadian ambassador to the Soviet Union, has assembled an entertaining, if somewhat chaotic, anecdotal history of this important collector and his equally intriguing milieu.
Naked with Summer in Your Mouth
by Al Purdy,

pages $12.99 PT
ISBN: 077107221X
Brief Reviews
Brief Reviews - Poetry
by Carmelita McGrath
A sombre mood pervades some of this collection, a sense of loss of people who remain dear, a sense of mortality. But there is also humour, especially when Purdy writes about other poets. And always, there is wisdom and balance.
Interpreting Silence
by Rhonda Batchelor,

96 pages $9.95 TP
ISBN: 0888783515
Earth Prime
by Bert Almon,

pages $11.95 TP
ISBN: 0919626696
Naming Poetry
by Elizabeth Kouhi,

pages $10.95 PT
ISBN: 0921254679
Dementia Americana
by Keith Mallard,

108 pages $10.95 TC
ISBN: 0921870280
Selected Poems
by Douglas Fetherling,

132 pages $12.95 PT
ISBN: 1551520133
Brief Reviews
Brief Reviews - Poetry
by Sandra Nicholls
From a moth flying down Kathleen Battle's dress to a woman seen cleaning her ears with a knitting needle in a parking lot, Almon takes us to unexpected places, combining wit, self-awareness, and an encyclopaedic flair for details.
The Reindeer Christmas
by Moe Price, Atsuko Morozumi,

pages $0 TP
ISBN: 0152015701
Lights for Gita
by Rachna Gilmore, Alice Priestley, Alice Priestley,

pages $9.95 TC
ISBN: 0884481506
Milton, My Father's Dog
by Eric Copeland, Eric Copeland,

24 pages $13.95 TC
ISBN: 0887763391
Where Do Snowflakes Go?
by Lyn Cook,

pages $6.95 TP
ISBN: 0920259537
How the Turtle Got Its Shell A Nanabosho Legend
by Joseph McLellan, Rhian Brynjolson,

24 pages $9.95 TC
ISBN: 0921827407
I Promise I'Ll Find You
by Heather P. Ward, Sheila McGraw,

Firefly Books, Limited
24 pages $5.95 PT
ISBN: 1552090949
Children's Books
Children's Books - Picture This
by Robert Priest
The work of Canadian authors and illustrators is everywhere, not just in this country but south of the border and all round the world. Our books -- and thereby our culture -- seem to travel well, and for that we can be happy.
At Large
At Large - Not for Comfort
by Michael Coren
I have said before, in another publication, that if magazine and newspaper columns were CDs they would be tucked away in the Easy Listening section of the music store.
Douglas Fetherling
Douglas Fetherling - Close of Play
by Douglas Fetherling
People around the world had British Empire's pleasures and presumptions, brought to their door, but they also ventured out to play a role in its follies and conceits.
First Novel Award
First Novel Award Shortlist
Charles Foran, Diane Schoemperlen, Shyam Selvadurai, Russell Smith, Cordelia Strube.

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