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Why the Characters from All My Puny Sorrows Will Make an Impression on Your Heart

  You know what will happen when you read Miriam Toews new novel, All My Puny Sorrows? You will cry and then, you’ll laugh. Known for her insightful and memorizing novels, All My Puny Sorrows tells the story of two sisters, one of which is desperately trying to save her sister from committing suicide. It [...]

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Guest Post from Terry Fallis: 5 Reasons You Should Read Tragedy in the Commons by Alison Loat and Michael MacMillan

  Terry Fallis stopped by Retreat to share five reasons you should read, Tragedy in the Commons: Former Members of Parliament Speak Out About Canada’s Failing Democracy by Alison Loat and Michael MacMillan. Fixing Our Democracy: The Free Ride is Over Even though I once made my living as a political staffer in Ottawa, I’m not happy [...]

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Sea of Shadows by Kelley Armstrong

   Those of you who are Kelley Armstrong fans know that she can write no wrong. Adult supernatural, teen fiction or even mystery. Kelley puts her signature style in everything she writes. And we love it all!   It will be no surprise, then that Sea of Shadows–the first book in her new young adult The [...]

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Guest Post: Claire Battershill Celebrates Circus with Letterpress Bookmarks

  Claire Battershill stopped by Retreat to share a look at creating letterpress printing. She created unique bookmarks to celebrate her new book, Circus. A dazzling collection of award-winning stories with the emotional punch, sharp wit, and disarming charm of Rebecca Lee, Karen Russell, Neil Smith, and Jessica Grant. We’re giving away 10 homemade bookmarks [...]

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Why You Need to Drop Everything and Read Medicine Walk by Richard Wagamese

  I was going to start this post with… You need to drop everything and read Medicine Walk by Richard Wagamese because, it’s a beautiful and heart-wrenching read! But I realize you might need some more context than just my word, so I’m going to share some of the reasons why I think you really [...]

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Guest Post: Eva Stachniak – What do the memoirs of Catherine the Great reveal?

  We’re the second stop on the Empress of the Night blog tour (be sure to check out the image below for where it’s headed for the rest of the week). Many of you have been waiting with baited breath to get your hands on the new book from #1 bestselling author Eva Stachniak. Empress of [...]

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The Age is Worth the Wait

  Nancy Lee’s debut novel, The Age, comes 12 years after her stunning short story collection, Dead Girls. And it’s been hotly anticipated in that decade. We’re here to tell you that it was worth the wait. As her editor Ellen Seligman said at a toast for the lovely author earlier this week: Nancy Lee [...]

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Spring Break: Books for Your Beach Bag

We know it’s cold and dreary out, but for some of you, the sunshine isn’t too long away. March Break is right around the corner and if you’re like me, you’re picturing your toes in the sand and a book by your side. Here are some great book suggestions that we think make the perfect [...]

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Short Story Collections for Non Short Story Readers

  It feels like there’s been a lot of talk lately about short stories. With Alice Munro winning the Nobel Prize and the sad passing of incomprable short story author Mavis Gallant, perhaps the short story is due for its 15 minutes in the media. But maybe we can extend those 15 minutes. The short [...]

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9 Books That Will Require Kleenex

  A good book can sometimes lead to a good cathartic cry. This was the definitely the case when I picked up Anna Hope’s debut novel, Wake. I don’t know if I’ve cried that hard ever. It’s included in the list below, along with eight other books that will require a whole box of Kleenex. [...]

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