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Has Your Book Club Discussed Death Yet?

Has Your Book Club Discussed Death Yet?

  A few of us in the office were discussing the reality tv show Long Island Medium the other day, and had an animated debate over whether it’s all fake or true (it’s totally true!). It struck me that the topic of death and what happens afterward always brings up some really good discussion, and [...]

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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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Five Books About Antarctica

   We asked author Maria Mutch about her selected reading list that help guide and shape her new book, Know the Night. There is nothing like reading about Antarctica in winter to gain a little perspective on the weather. There is the added advantage that the reading also contains elements of the fantastic. The experience [...]

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9 Books About Publishing

  There’s something so validating about seeing your career choice reflected back to you in your favourite medium. That’s probably why we love books about the publishing industry so much. Well, that and the fact that they are great books in their own right. 1. The Accident by Chris Pavone As dawn approaches in New [...]

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Spring Break: Armchair Travel Books

  Are you, like me, spending the March Break time at home? Forced to see the Facebook photos from friends who’ve travelled to the beach or the ski hill. Well, turn off your computers (after you read this, of course) and open a book. These books are guaranteed to make you forget you’re not out travelling the world [...]

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Books We Can’t Wait For You To Read in March!

  It’s almost time for March break and you know what that means: reading time! At least that’s what we’re wishing for you. So let us tell you which books will be new in stores to curl up with. You might have heard us talking about some of these on Twitter, or Goodreads, but here [...]

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Books We Can’t Wait For You To Read in February!

  There are so many great books coming in 2014. It all started in January, but the trend continues into February, too! We wanted to share some of the ones we’re particularly excited about with you. You might have heard us talking about some of these on Twitter, or Goodreads, but here are our recommendations [...]

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The Best Books About New Beginnings and Second Chances

  It’s a New Year, a time for new beginnings, a time for looking back on the previous year and taking stock. That got me thinking about new beginnings in books. Characters who get a second chance, who get to do things over and over until they get them right, or who just one day, [...]

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Books We Can’t Wait For You To Read in January!

  There are so many great books coming in 2014. And it all starts in January! We wanted to share some of the ones we’re particularly excited about with you. You might have heard us talking about some of these on Twitter, or Goodreads, but here are our recommendations for 7 cool books in stores [...]

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12 Books You Should Be Asking For This Holiday Season

If you’re at an age that exceeds 18 years old, you might get stumped when people ask you the question, “what would you like for Christmas?” Mind you, I’ve got some very practical gifts this way… socks, underwear, a toaster. But if you’re in the mood for treating yourself this holiday season, we’ve got 12 [...]

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