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Magical book

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Reviewed: 2020-02-26

This is another one of those books I've listened to and then must buy in print form so I can turn the pages on the story once more. Fascinating story that could awaken even those who have never thought about the life of trees.

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Dedication to finding yourself

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Reviewed: 2020-02-20

Samra’s beautifully told story of finding herself was heartwarming, enlightening and brave. She shows us that standing in our own light can be a form of protest and salvation that can literally save our lives and allow us to live in our own truth.

A spellbinding account of human/nature

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Reviewed: 2020-01-13

There were so many moments in the listening of this book where I gasped, had to hit pause and rewind because I simply didn’t want to miss a single word of Michael Christie’s profoundly beautiful story. I would jot lines of narration or dialogue down, in the hope that such impeccable storytelling and writing will come to me as I work to tell a similar tale. “If only we were like trees. If only we had centuries. Maybe then there’d be time enough for us to mend all the harm we have done.” Does it get any better than that? I think not. Greenwood gets five stars. I will be buying the printed version and will hold it close to my heart and at the side of my desk always.

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  • The Dogs Who Inspired Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Emily Bronte, Emily Dickinson, Edith Wharton, and Virginia Woolf
  • Written by: Maureen Adams
  • Narrated by: Polly Stone

A must-read for every dog lover

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Reviewed: 2020-01-09

Having loved a great dog, it's easy to understand how they can inspire us. These writers however bring this to a new level!

A gift for writers

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Reviewed: 2020-01-09

Amy Tan is generous in sharing how her past has helped shape her stories. Her telling of it is a gift to others who may not see all the stories they have come from.

What a life

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Reviewed: 2020-01-09

Cea Sunrise Person's recounting of her wild upbringing awakens the spirit for freedom and adventure at the same time it makes one cry out for calm and normalcy. Pearson appears to have risen from her unusual and uncertain early life to achieve her dreams. All with bravery and hope. Bravo!

A wonderful surprise

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Reviewed: 2020-01-09

This was my first book by Allan Stratton and I will be reading more. In Chandra the story of the Aids epidemic in Africa became real and she a true hero waging her own war to reclaim and preserve family, decency and hope. A remarkable book.

Small Change could be a smaller story

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Reviewed: 2018-04-16

Small Change held me for the bulk of the story, but sadly, the writer started to lose me with too much repition of themes that had already been well-examined. The writing however is superior, delivering a narrative that wove me in and made me want to write similar stories of the women and relationships in my life. A great effort, albiet one that went on just a bit too much for this reader.

Son of a Trickster holds you for every page

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Reviewed: 2018-04-16

I was caught in the spell of this magical book from start to finish. Rarely have I read a story that wove together so much detail, reality, fantasy and longing page after page. Eden Robinson is a master storyteller. Son of a Trickster is aptly named, drawing on every "trick" a great writer can pull out of their creative toolbox to woo readers to stay on for every minute, every magnificent word of the ride. Bravo!

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Forgiveness took my breath away

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Reviewed: 2018-04-16

The stunning coming together of a number of different but parallel storylines threw open an array of emotions during the reading of this fascinating book. The writing was outstanding, worthy of the out loud gasps that for me, signal a great book. I’m a middle-aged Canadian and did not have any knowledge of the depth of injustices that befell both Canadian-born Japanese citizens or Japanese-held Canadian prisoners of war during WWII. Sakamoto did justice to both of these tragic histories as well as the recurring theme of forgiveness, brought “home” in the telling of his heart-wrenching loss of his mother. We all have much to learn about forgiveness. This book teaches us that and so much more about unconditional love, which begets respect, which then begets hope that all can be forgiven. Thank-you Michael Sakamotofor an amazing and memorable book.

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