Poe For Your Problems by Catherine Baab-Muguira

"Uncommon Advice from History's Least Likely Self-Help Guru." I was in my early teens when I first read Poe, which seems to be about the average time to start reading him. My copy of his stories had beautiful illustrations by Arthur Rackham, if I remember correctly, and I loved his dark stories of madness, horror …

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Battle For The Big Top by Les Standiford

"PT Barnum, James Bailey, John Ringling, and the Death-Defying Saga of the American Circus". There's just something about the circus, isn't there? I love books set in or that are about the circus. They always have an element of hard scrabble lives and magic. I think I'm not the only one. Everyone has heard of …

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Extraordinary Canadians: Stories From The Heart Of Our Nation by Peter Mansbridge with Mark Bulgutch

Extraordinary Canadians is a series of interviews written in the first person, so that reading it feels like each interviewee telling their own story to the reader. The authors names might sound familiar: Mansbridge is the former anchor of The National and Bulgutch was a producer at CBC. I was curious about this book and …

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She Come By It Natural: Dolly Parton and the Women Who Lived Her Songs by Sarah Smarsh

I love Dolly Parton. She's such an original and such a bright spark of honesty and kindness. She's funny, she's smart, she makes fun of herself and handles it brilliantly when others make fun of her. She never talks badly about others and has even been known to offer a helping hand to people who …

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Big Friendship: How We Keep Each Other Close by Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman

With the way the world is today, friendship is more important than ever, helping us through and keeping us sane, giving us the emotional support. I felt like this book would be a good one to read and share with you all right now, so I took it on without realising that it was written …

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Marmee And Louisa: The Untold Story Of Lousia May Alcott and her Mother by Eva LaPlante

When I was growing up, I think every girl was given a copy of Little Women, Louisa May Alcotts 1868 book about four sisters coming of age under their Mother or Marmee's care and wisdom during the Civil War. It was a huge best seller in it's own era and remains a classic beloved by …

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Book Trend: Women Self-Publishing Stories of Abusive Childhoods.

I get a lot of emails from various writers and publishers asking me to talk about their book on my blog, and I noticed an interesting trend in my inbox recently. I've had quite a few requests from self published female authors who've written books about growing up in abusive homes or about the stories …

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The Art Of Being A Woman by Patricia Volk

In this book, Patricia Volk writes about her mother and about what she taught her about being a woman. But Patricia felt liberated when she read a biography about Italian fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli, and the way she approached womanhood, feeling like she was being opened up to another way of being. It's partly a …

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