Sunday, March 28, 2010

Nice Recovery by Susan Juby

I read two books last week. Here's the first one. (Reviewing the second on t'other blog.) It's a memoir by one of my favourite Canadian authors and writer-buddies, Susan Juby, whom I've featured before on this site. She's a hilarious comic writer who, like all great comics, touches on the pain and the dark. In this book she details her own pain and dark, the story of her life as a young alcoholic 'with a minor drug addiction on the side.' She is so brave and honest about the nightmare of those years that you just want her to get well. And thankfully - is this a spoiler? - she does! It's a great read for any age, though you will, of course, be tempted to hand it to the nearest young 'drinky pants' you know and are worried about. Here's her website:

Thursday, March 18, 2010

The Book of Dreams

The paperback edition of The Book of Dreams (revised edition) is now out in America and It's another beautiful shiny edition published by Harry N Abrams Inc, New York. Here's what the American Library Association's Booklist said: "a satisfying conclusion to a fascinating romantic series steeped in folklore and archetypal questions of identity, love, family, and shared connections across time and cultures." Thank you, Booklist.