Category Archives: Book reviews

Book Review: What Happened Here by Bonnie ZoBell

What Happened Here Bonnie ZoBell May 3, 2014 Press 53 ISBN: 978-1-941209-00-4 174 pages US $17.95 Bonnie ZoBell’s debut collection, What Happened Here, is a linked set of ten short stories and a novella. They share a neighbourhood, a history, and … Continue reading

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Two Mini Book Reviews: Great CNF published in 2013

Must be something in the air. In the last few days, several people have asked for suggestions for good nonfiction books. Here are my two favourites from 2013. Everything Rustles (Anvil, 2013), by Jane Silcott  This book was announced yesterday … Continue reading

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“An Evening with Kim Thúy” published in the Maple Tree Literary Supplement

“Ru is a lyrical, poetic and non-linear collection of vignettes, written from the twin viewpoints of the narrator as a ten-year-old and as an adult. A word or an idea from the end of each vignette sparks the beginning of … Continue reading

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Communion, A Culinary Journey through Vietnam: book review

Kim Fay’s Communion, A Culinary Journey through Vietnam, is a book that lives up to its title. The author takes the reader along as she travels Việt Nam from north to south, researching, cooking and tasting along the way. It’s also a … Continue reading

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Cookbook review: Secrets of the Red Lantern: Stories and Vietnamese Recipes from the Heart

Secrets of the Red Lantern: Stories and Vietnamese Recipes from the Heart By Pauline Nguyen, with recipes by Luke Nguyen and Mark Jensen Secrets of the Red Lantern is really two books in one: a memoir and a cookbook. The … Continue reading

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Book Reviews to Come

I’ve been on a book kick lately. Well, I’m always on a book kick, but this one is culinary. I mostly cook Vietnamese food (my husband won’t have it any other way), but I don’t like to cook the same … Continue reading

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Reading the War: Part 2

A reading list and a look at wartime photography (Read part 1 here.) My book review of The Lotus Eaters by Tatjana Soli was published recently by the great folks over at diaCRITICS, an online magazine “covering all things related to … Continue reading

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Reading the American-Vietnamese War, Part 1

A book review, and a website I recently read Tatjana Soli’s The Lotus Eaters and wrote up a review, which you can see over at diaCritics, the blog for the Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network, or DVAN. The diaCRITICS are also the group of … Continue reading

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