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Facing Ali by Stephen Brunt
Facing Ali : 15 Fighters / 15 Stories

Muhammad Ali. Legend. Loudmouth. Poet. Phony. Sinner. Saint. He is all of these things and none of them. Millions of words have been written about the boxer, and yet for all we know about his career, his women, his arrogance, and his illness, he will always be something of a mythic figure: we’ll never really know the true measure of the man... Read more review!

-Reviewed by N. McArdle
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South of Broad by Pat Conroy
South of Broad by Pat Conroy

An excellent read! This gripping story features well-developed and heart-warming characters and an engaging plot. Conroy is a talented writer; I highly recommend this book without hesitation!

-Reviewed by K. O'Grady
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Reaper Man by Terry Pratchett
Reaper Man by Terry Pratchett

What happens when Death is given a pink slip? Find out in this witty account that lives up to Terry Pratchett's usual standard of laugh out loud moments from an author with a bizarre imagination. Couldn't put it down.

-Reviewed by N. Warmerdam
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The Birth House by Ami McKay
The Birth House by Ami McKay

This is a beautifully written, interesting historical read. Dora Rare, a young girl in Nova Scotia in the early 1900s, becomes an apprentice to the town’s midwife Miss Babineau. Dora will take over Miss Babineau’s practice when she retires, so she must learn all that she can about the birthing process, including local traditions and lore. Trouble starts when a new doctor in town tries to educate the local women on the advantages of hospital births. The Birth house is a powerful coming of age story, full of wisdom, tradition, and lore.

-Reviewed by P. Weigelin
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Lamb: the Gospel According to Biff by Christopher Moore
Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore

The fantastical tale is woven by the newly resurrected Levi, nicknamed Biff, childhood friend of none other than Joshua bar Joseph, known around the world as Jesus Christ. Risen to write his own account of the life of the Saviour, this novel seeks to fill in the empty years of unmentioned childhood, adolescence and add a new point of view to the gospels, already well known.

Though satirical and humorous, numerous genuine historical facts are blended with just enough fanciful storytelling to build a tale that delights, yet also humbles in a unique aspect: rather than detract and parody the widely revered scriptures, it brings to light new ideas and a brave new facet to the historical figure of Jesus, namely his humanity. While other books have sought to unravel, and somewhat undermine, the history of the church, at no point does this novel act so. Instead, it highlights the struggle and trials of a man, born to a gruesome task he does not understand or even feel worthy of, while maintaining the innocence and perfection of the prophesied Messiah. In describing 'Joshua' as a man, it explores the best humanity has to offer, in spite of incredible circumstances, with the levity and good humour only Christopher Moore can exude.

As stated in the closing of this book, Mr. Moore also seeks to answer an age old, spiritual question that has plagued theologians for years. Namely, 'what if Jesus knew kung fu'?

-Reviewed by W. Brash
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Belong to Me by Marisa de los Santos
Belong to Me by Marisa de los Santos

The cover of this book attracted me, shiny Wellington boots perched on a clean floor. The different colours spoke of happiness with children and I wanted a distraction from Paris 1919. Belong to Me is a novel about suburbia with the neighbourly friendships which develop into romantic entanglements, conflict, and community support around the death of a mother with young children. Throughout the novel, a young adolescent male searches for his father in the company of his brilliant and estranged friends. He emerges as the healthiest and most interesting character as he supports his female pyschiatrically disabled friend, and falls in love with another.

This novel is, as Doyne Ahern, Chair of the Board, would say, Chewing Gum for the Eyes. Easy to read, no mental gymnastics, or major emotional angst. Just a delightful experience of distraction on the couch.

-Reviewed by M. Perryman
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Something from the Nightside by Simon R. Green
Something from the Nightside by Simon R. Green

John Taylor, a private eye with the reputation of being able to find anything regardless of whether it wants to be found, has just gotten a case worth a lot of money. Some snob business woman’s daughter has run off. Or has she? To find her, Taylor will have to travel into his own past, and return to the place he vowed never to revisit: Nightside, his birthplace, home, and Hell.

The dark heart of London no one knows or wants to know about, where anything can be bought, sold…or taken. A city of perpetual twilight, stretching on forever in the space of a few alleys, at the edge of Reality. In Nightside, nightmares and dreams abound here, and miracles can happen. And something evil waits for Taylor, ready to welcome him home. With Shotgun Suzie, mercenary for hire, and Razor Eddie, Punk God of the Straight Razor, a thug-turned-demi-god of divine vengeance, Taylor might just make it out alive.

-Reviewed by W. Brash
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Cry No More by Linda Howard
Cry No More by Linda Howard

Fueled by an obsession to fil the void in other people’s lives, Milla Edge finds lost children – all the while trying to outrun the brutal emotions stemming from a tragedy in her past.

Milla Edge lives in Mexico, where her doctor husband David is posted. She has just given birth to her first child and is basking in a maternal glow when Justin is stolen literally out of her arms with chilling efficiency. A decade later, Milla is divorced from David and has become the devoted head of an organization called Finders.

This book will make you laugh and cry.

-Reviewed by D. Spittler
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Not Wanted on the Voyage by Timothy Findley
Not Wanted on the Voyage by Timothy Findley

In August 2008, The Bonnechere Book Babes (the library's book club) read and discussed Not Wanted on the Voyage by Timothy Findley. The unanimous conclusion was that we don't care if we're not wanted on the voyage because it's not a voyage we want any part of!

We found the book to be very strange, disjointed at times, disturbing most of the time and, despite Mr. Findley status as famed Canadian author, not well written! (please don't hurt us...we're just stating our thoughts!) We thought there were a lot of loose ends that we would have liked to be further developed.

The general consensus is that we would not recommend this book to anyone and can't understand how it was on 2007's Canada Reads program!

-Reviewed by The Bonnechere Book Babes
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