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A Place in Mind: Designing Cities for the 21st Century, Revised Edition by Avi Friedman

When I first received this book from Montreal’s Vehicule Press, I really didn’t think it would appeal to me. After all, I am not much of an architecture “enthusiast” and the reminiscences of a world-travelling architect came across as a bit pompous (I plead ignorance to reading any of Mr Friedman’s previous books or knowledge of his fine reputation). Nevertheless, I resolved to give the book a chance and cracked the cover of A Place in Mind.… Continue reading

Something of Me by Paul O’Neill

I had a difficult time deciding between 3 stars and 4 for this book at Goodreads. Perhaps 3.5? At any rate, I enjoyed reading this book more than I thought I would, which is always a nice surprise. I had never heard of Paul O’Neill before receiving this review copy, but after finishing the book, Mr. O’Neill comes across as a genuinely likeable man, something well attested to by thoughts from Edward Roberts (who wrote the foreword), his writing assistant Myra Colborne and finally, his niece Rene to whom he bequeathed his unfinished memoirs from which this book has resulted.… Continue reading

Confessions of a Mountie by Frank Pitts

Subtitled Behind the Red Serge, retired RCMP Officer Frank Pitts, a veteran of 32 years with the Mounties, tells his story in dramatic fashion in this 2016 Flanker Press publication. Born in the small community of Freshwater, Bell Island Newfoundland, Frank joined the force in 1981 and had twelve different posting assignments, from the west coast to the east, where is now retired, living in Newfoundland and Labrador.… Continue reading

Travels with Farley by Claire Mowat

can be great fun to read, or they can be boringly self-indulgent. It all depends on the memoirist. In Claire Mowat’s Travels with Farley (2015 Pottersfield Press), we have a surprisingly candid, friendly and concise memoirist as the late Canadian author Farley Mowat’s wife takes us through a whirlwind tour of their years together from 1969 to about 1976, shortly after they left Newfoundland and to the time they settled in Cape Breton.… Continue reading