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The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls is the harrowing story of Walls' impoverished childhood and feckless yet intellectually gifted parents. Although incredibly sad in parts, the Walls offspring have agency, but not all of them are able to escape their dysfunctional past.
Aya de Youpogon (volume 5): This is a six-part graphic novel about Aya and her friends living in a suburb of Abdijan in the 1970s. The entire series with its beautiful watercolour frames and highly addictive storyline will leave you combing the shelves of your local bookstore for the next installment.
The Guardian, "The Lost Art of Editing:" For all of you out there who actually notice typos in books (I know a few who even notice them in foreign languages), this article is about the wordsmith who makes the writer look even better. However, a lot more money today is being put into marketing and sales rather than on the subtleties of language. Pam, you'll love this.
If you're still euphoric about the revolution in Egypt, you may want to read about Asmaa Mahfouz, the young woman whose video is largely credited with rallying Egyptians to demonstrate in the streets of Cairo and the group she belongs to, the April 6 Youth Movement, which has been laying the foundation for the recent uprising for three years.
Other book reviews:
The Social Media Survival Guide by Deltina Hay
The Birth House by Ami McKay
The Best Laid Plans by Terry Fallis
The Bone Cage by Angie Abdou
Unless by Carol Shields
Essex County by Jeff Lemire