For four generations, Russ & Daughters has been the only surviving appetizing store in New York’s Lower East Side selling Jewish deli appetizers. A testimony to the changes of the neighbourhood, the store’s cast of characters include Lobster the strong armed fish salesman, counter staff preaching for Jews for Jesus, and gefilte tofu. A book which is a delicious romp into history.
If Rob Ford is politician who strove to be mayor and won, but became an international late-night clown, Jón Gnarr is the anti-thesis, a clown who ran as a joke, but then shockingly won the mayorship of Reykjavik.NDG City Councillor Peter McQueen reviews How I Became the Mayor of a Large City in Iceland and Changed the World.
There isn’t a hint of social realism or documentary in the collection. Ms. Rutenberg’s travels were clearly motivated by the search for startling images. Nor is there a trace of cliché. Even the much-photographed Percé Rock looks fresh, shot from a distance across textured strips of ice and open water, against a background of a cement-coloured sky and a few lonely clouds.
Instead of focussing on Gandhi’s role in the Indian Independence Movement, Gandhi en guise d’autobiographie delves into his spiritual life, his search for truth, and fight against hatred. Gandhi in his own words if he were alive.
The PQ’S Charte des valeurs may be dead, but its origins aren’t. L’Urgence de penser is a collection of essays written mostly by sovereignists opposed to the charter.
Magic, myth and history are interwoven in a tapestry of predominantly female voices, in the story the story of a US Virgin Islands sea captain, his tantalizing daughter, his pregnant social climbing wife, and his equally pregnant oseah mistress.
Two stories. Two surges of awareness. Two changes of direction. Two young adults somewhat lost in a life they are subjected to rather than one they choose to live.
In her politically audacious My October, Claire Holden Rothman crawls under rugs most of us in this province have left untouched, and the dust she stirs up is impressive.
A modern Québecois twist on going back to the land, La déesse des mouches à feu is set in Chicoutimi-Nord, a place populated by skaters, grunge kids and the fireflies, the popular high school girls. Catherine is determined, through drugs, sex, and rock and roll, to be a firefly.
Set in Montreal circa 1878, Portrait of a Scandal retells of an abortion, a suicide, a courtroom thriller and a story of forbidden love that threw anglo high society upside down.
From Calcutta-born Amitav Ghosh to South Africa’s Nobel-winning J.M. Coetzee, and with a brief excursion through Orhan Pamuk’s Istanbul… Can’t travel this summer? But you can.
Flitting from parties to jobs they dislike and on to potential art happenings, New Tab’s 20-something Montreal creative class ends up with more beer than poetry.
In Getting Waisted, serial dieter Monica Parker turns being fat in a thin world into one riotous memoir and tell-all confession, with self-acceptance as the ultimate prize.
Romance, cold war espionage, New York in the Roaring Twenties and even French Montreal all linger in the background of Sean Michaels’ debut novel about Russian inventor Lev Termen.
Hailed as a post-apocalyptic mind-fuck, Fire in the Unnameable Country is a post 9/11 Muslim’s account of imaginary boundaries, surveillance, and an altered reality.