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Summer Reading: Linwood Barclay

Last summer, a girlfriend of mine mentioned that she’d just read a book by Linwood Barclay and my curiosity was instantly piqued. Growing up, my mom always read Barclay’s column in the Toronto Star and many a night, over family dinner, she’d read his column to us. The columns I remember were humorous and anecdotal, […] Read more…

Reading Now: Testimony

I read Anita Shreve’s The Pilot’s Wife (Little, Brown and Company, 2001) 12 years ago. I enjoyed it enough and it put Anita Shreve on my radar. But in the years to come, none of the reviews of her new books enticed me enough to read them. Recently, I read a review of her book […] Read more…

Reading Now: Sutton

I just finished reading Pulitzer Prize winner J.R. Moehringer’s book Sutton (Hyperion, 2012) about bank robber Willie Sutton. Sutton (1901-1980) had an impressive 40-year career as one of America’s most notorious bank robbers. Starting in the 1920s, Sutton robbed an estimated 100 banks, with a cash grab exceeding about $2 million. But, despite his talent […] Read more…

Reading Now: The Dinner

This book was recommended to me by a friend. I read the back cover and was instantly intrigued. Two couples meet for dinner and while things start innocently enough, you know trouble’s brewing … and not just because the back cover tells you so. You can feel this story simmering and while you don’t know […] Read more…

Reading Now: Midnight’s Children

Fifteen years ago, my girlfriends and I started a book club. All avid readers, it was the perfect excuse for regular get-togethers that involved book discussions, tea and quality time together. Our book club lasted 10 years before we broke up – marriage, kids, fulltime jobs … all these things added up to mean that […] Read more…

50 best girlfriend getaways

Welcome back, dear readers. As I mentioned yesterday, I’m not traveling at the moment. I’m just spending some quality time at home with friends and family, working and trying to stay dry … it rained mercilessly today. On or off the road, my goal is to share ideas with you that will help you travel […] Read more…