20 Years of Book Reviews

The reviews below are sorted by:

[Updated: Oct 13, 2014]

Book reviews – The Underground Book Club

  • Feb 1, 2015. Mark Sampson. Sad Peninsula.
  • Jan 31, 2015. Leanne Simpson. Islands of Decolonial Love.
  • Jan 31, 2015. Rae Spoon and Ivan E. Coyote. Gender Failure.
  • Oct 23, 2014. Shawn Syms. Nothing Looks Familiar.
  • Oct 10, 2014. Sheila Heti. How Should A Person Be?
  • Sept 19, 2014. Michelle Berry. Interference.
  • April 13, 2014. Zach Wells. Career Limiting Moves.
  • April 1, 2014. Kerry Clare (ed.). The M Word: Conversations About Motherhood.
  • July 14, 2013. Peter Roman. The Mona Lisa Sacrifice.
  • July 7, 2013. Donald Barthelme. Not-Knowing.
  • July 6, 2013. Sam Lipsyte. The Fun Parts.
  • June 22, 2013. Spencer Gordon. Cosmo.
  • June 9, 2013. Best Canadian Stories 2012.
  • June 3, 2013. Julian Barnes. Levels of Life.
  • June 2, 2013. Primo Levi. The Periodic Table.
  • May 19, 2013. Paul Auster & J.M. Coetzee. Here and Now.
  • August 6, 2012. John Bayley. Widower’s House.
  • August 5, 2012. Shakespeare. Hamlet.
  • May 8, 2012. Eric McCormack. Inspecting the Vaults.
  • April 23, 2012. Derek Hayes. The Maladjusted.
  • March 17, 2012. Russell Wagnersky. Whirl Away.
  • Nov 27, 2011. Diary of a Bad Year by J.M. Coetzee; A Man Without a Country by Kurt Vonnegut; Arguably: Essays by Christopher Hitchens
  • Nov 12, 2011. Steven Heighton. Workbook.
  • Oct 29, 2011. Pretty by Greg Kearney; The Divinity Gene by Matthew J. Trafford; Nothing Could be Further by Tim Conley; Ronald Reagan, My Father by Brian Joseph Davis
  • Oct 10, 2011. Gunmetal Blue by Shane Neilson; Human Happiness by Brian Fawcett
  • Sept 26, 2011. Cigar Box Banjo: Notes on Music and Life by Paul Quarrington; The Perfect Order of Things by David Gilmour; Beauty & Sadness by André Alexis
  • Sept 7, 2011. Clark Blaise. The Meagre Tarmac (Biblioasis, 2011).
  • Sept 5, 2011. Blake Bailey. Cheever: A Life (Knopf, 2009).
  • Sept 3, 2011. Jessica Westhead. And Also Sharks (Cormorant, 2011).
  • Sept 2, 2011. Dimitri Nasrallah. Nico (Esplanade, 2011).
  • June 19, 2011. Wayde Compton. After Canaan (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2010).
  • June 13, 2011. Shane Jones. Light Boxes (Penguin, 2010).
  • May 5, 2011. Re: Reading the Postmodern: Canadian Literature and Criticism After Modernism. Edited by Robert David Stacey (University of Ottawa Press, 2010).
  • April 13, 2011. Maggie Helwig. Girls Fall Down (Coach House, 2008).
  • April 10, 2011. Stacey May Fowles. Be Good (Tightrope Books, 2007).
  • March 10, 2011. Zadie Smith. Changing My Mind: Occasional Essays (2009).
  • March 6, 2011. Amy Lavender Harris. Imagining Toronto (Mansfield Press, 2010).
  • Feb 7, 2011. Dany Laferrière. I am a Japanese Writer (Douglas & MacIntyre, 2010).
  • Feb 2, 2011. W.P. Kinsella. Shoeless Joe Jackson Comes to Iowa (Oberon, 1980), Salvatore Difalco. The Mountie at Niagara Falls (Anvil, 2010), The Journey Prize Anthology #22 (M&S, 2010).
  • Jan 29, 2011. Bruce Serafin. Stardust (New Star, 2007).
  • Jan 23, 2011. Sina Queyras. Unleashed (Book Thug, 2009).
  • Jan 5, 2011. Shane Neilson. Complete Physical (Porcupine’s Quill, 2010).
  • Dec 22, 2010. Cormac McCarthy. Blood Meridian or the Evening Redness in the West (1985).
  • Nov 20, 2010. Jim Smith. Back Off, Assassin! New and Selected Poems (Mansfield Press, 2009), Patrick Lane. Witness: Selected Poems 1962-2010 (Harbour, 2010).
  • Nov 11, 2010. Matt Lennox. Men of Salt, Men of Earth (Oberon, 2009).
  • Sept 6, 2010. David Adams Richards of the Miramichi: A Biographical Introduction by Tony Tremblay (UTP, 2010).
  • Aug 29, 2010. Darwin’s Barstards: Astounding Tales from Tomorrow, selected and edited by Zsuzsi Gartner (Douglas & McIntryre, 2010).
  • Aug 17, 2010. Kenneth Sherman. What the Furies Bring (Porcupine’s Quill, 2009).
  • July 29, 2010. Diana Fitzgerald Bryden. No Place Strange (Key Porter, 2009).
  • July 19, 2010. Jessica Grant. Come, Thou Tortoise (Vintage Canada, 2009).
  • June 5, 2010. Peter Darbyshire. The Warhol Gang (Harper Collins, 2010).
  • April 25, 2010. David Solway. Director’s Cut (Porcupine’s Quill, 2003), Carmine Starnino. A Lover’s Quarrel (Porcupine’s Quill, 2004), Philip Marchand. Ripostes (Porcupine’s Quill, 1998).
  • Dec 20, 2009. Lisa Moore. February.
  • Oct 25, 2009. Richard Van Camp. The Moon of Letting Go (Enfield & Wizenty, 2009).
  • Sept 4, 2009. Zoe Whittall. Bottle Rocket Hearts (Comorant, 2007).
  • Sept 4, 2009. John Goldbach. Selected Blackouts (Insomniac Press, 2009).
  • July 24, 2009. Margaret Christakos. Sooner (Coach House Books, 2005).
  • July 11, 2009. Alexandra Leggat. Animal (Anvil Press, 2009).
  • July 5, 2009. Terry Griggs. Thought You Were Dead (Biblioasis, 2009).
  • June 21, 2009. James Salter. A Sport and a Pastime (Farrer, Straus and Giroux, 1967).
  • June 12, 2009. Tish Cohen. Inside Out Girl (Harper Collins, 2008).
  • May 26, 2009. Stuart Ross. Buying Cigarettes for the Dog (Freehand Books, 2009).
  • May 16, 2009. John Metcalf. Shut Up He Explained: A Literary Memoir Vol. II (Biblioasis, 2007), An Aesthetic derground: A Literary Memoir (Thomas Allen, 2003), Kicking Against The Pricks (ECW, 1982).
  • May 10, 2009. Roy MacSkimming. The Perilous Trade (M&S, 2003, 2007).
  • April 28, 2009. Marianne Apostolides. Swim (Book Thug, 2009).
  • March 19, 2009. Richard Yates. Revolutionary Road (1961).
  • Feb 22, 2009. Christopher Paul Curtis. Elijah of Buxton (Scholastic, 2007).
  • Feb 7, 2009. Clark Blaise. Selected Essays (Biblioasis, 2008).
  • Jan 22, 2009. Guy Vanderhaughe. Man Descending (Macmillian, 1982; Stoddart, 1992).
  • Jan 3, 2009. Rebecca Rosenblum.Once (Biblioasis, 2008).
  • Dec 14, 2008. Andrew Steinmetz. Eva’s Threepenny Theatre (Gaspereau, 2008),
  • Oct 3, 2008. Sky Gilbert. Brother Dumb (ECW, 2007).
  • Sept 1, 2008. Jonathan Bennett. Entitlement (ECW, 2008).
  • Aug 30, 2008. Jailbreaks: 99 Canadian Sonnets, edited by Zachariah Wells (Bibiloasis, 2008).
  • Aug 10, 2008. Charles Foran. Join the Revolution, Comrade: Journeys and Essays (Biblioasis, 2008).
  • June 28, 2008. Rawi Hage. De Niro’s Game (2006).
  • June 21, 2008. Richard Ford. Wildlife (1990).
  • June 8, 2008. J.M. Coetzee. Inner Workings: Essays 2000-2005.

TDR book reviews (by book publication date)

  • 2008. Stephen Henighan. The Afterlife of Culture.
  • 2008. Nathan Whitlock. A Week of This.
  • 2007. David Gilmour. Film Club.
  • 2007. Christian McPherson. Six Ways to Sunday.
  • 2007. Brian Tucker. Big White Knuckles.
  • 2006. Bono: In conversation with Michka Assayas.
  • 2006. John Updike. Terrorist.
  • 2006. Max and Monique Nemni. Young Trudeau: 1919-1944: Son of Quebec, Father of Canada.
  • 2006. Moosecall #3: Big Game, Small Stories.
  • 2006. Laura Hird. Hope and Other Urban Tales.
  • 2006. Kenneth J. Harvey. Inside.
  • 2006. Tim Conley. Whatever Happens.
  • 2006. Matthew Firth. Suburban Pornography.
  • 2006. Richard Ford. The Lay of the Land.
  • 2005. Philip David Alexander. The Next Rainy Day.
  • 2005. Craig Davidson. Rust and Bone.
  • 2005. Goran Simic. Yesterday’s People.
  • 2005. uTOpia: Towards a New Toronto.
  • 2004. Douglas Glover. The Enamoured Knight.
  • 2004. The Art of Desire: The Fiction of Douglas Glover. Ed., Bruce Stone.
  • 2004. Jaspreet Singh. 17 Tomatoes.
  • 2004. Gary Barwin. Doctor Weep and Other Strange Teeth.
  • 2004. Coming Attractions 04, featuring Neil Smith, Maureen Bilerman, Jaspreet Singh.
  • 2004. Douglas Glover. The South Will Rise at Noon.
  • 2004. James Grainger. The Long Slide.
  • 2004. Greg Kearney. Mommy, Daddy, Baby.
  • 2004. John Lavery. You, Kwaznievski, You Piss Me Off.
  • 2003. Ray Robertson. Mental Hygiene: Essays on Writers and Writing.
  • 2003. Andy Brown. I Can See You Being Invisible.
  • 2003. Jim Christy. Tight Like That.
  • 2003. J.J. Steinfeld. Curiosity to Satisfy and Fear to Placate.
  • 2003. John Gould. Kilter: 55 fictions.
  • 2003. Stuart Ross. Hey, Crumbling Balcony.
  • 2002. Peter Darbyshire. Please.
  • 2002. Anne Denoon Backflip.
  • 2002. Will Ferguson. Happiness.
  • 2002. Marilyn Gear Pilling. The Roseate Spoonbill of Happiness.
  • 2002. Grunt & Groan: The New Fiction Anthology of Work & Sex.
  • 2002. Sean Johnston. A Day Does Not Go By.
  • 2002. Catherine Kidd. Sea Peach.
  • 2002. Lisa Moore. Open.
  • 2002. Mordecai Richler. The Acrobats.
  • 2002. Rod Schumacher. Habits and Love.
  • 2002. Mary Chan. The Fifth Girl.
  • 2002. Hawksley Workman. Hawksley Burns for Isadora.
  • 2002. Mark Anthony Jarman. Ireland’s Eye.
  • 2001. Matt Cohen. Typing: A Life in 26 Keys & Uncommon Ground: A Celebration of Matt Cohen (2002).
  • 2001. George Elliott Clarke. Blue.
  • 2001. Haruki Murakami. Sputnik Sweetheart.
  • 2001. Hal Niezviecki. Ditch.
  • 2001. Sheila Heti. The Middle Stories.
  • 2001. Matthew Firth. Can You Take Me There, Now?
  • 2001. Mark Doyon. Bonneville.
  • 2001. Douglas Glover. The Life and Times of Captain N.
  • 2001. Terence M. Green. St. Patrick’s Bed.
  • 2001. Michael Redhill. Martin Sloane.
  • 2001. Ribsauce: a cd/anthology of words by women.
  • 2001. Leon Rooke. Painting the Dog.
  • 2001. George Murray. The Cottage Builder’s Letter.
  • 2000. Michael Twist. Highs & Lows: A Personal Approach to Living with Diabetes.
  • 2000. Unheard of…. (CD anthology).
  • 2000. Shelagh M. Rowan-Legg. Nitty Gritty: The Film Noir Poems.
  • 2000. Alexandra Leggat. Pull Gently, Tear Here.
  • 2000. Douglas Glover. 16 Categories of Desire.
  • 2000. Terence M. Green. Shadow of Ashland.
  • 2000. John Lavery. Very Good Butter.
  • 2000. The Paris Connection. Anthology.
  • 2000. Jason Gallagher. Three chapbooks & if I could be a bird I’d be a cat.
  • 2000. Penn Kemp. On Our Own Spoke (CD).
  • 2000. Hopi Martin. Harvest.
  • 2000. rob mclennan. Bagne or Criteria for Heaven.
  • 1999. rob mclennan. Bury me deep in the green wood.
  • 1999. rob mclennan. The Richard Brautigan Ahhhhhhhh.
  • 1999. Terence Young. The Island in Winter.
  • 1999. Clarence Bolt. Does Canada Matter? Liberalism and the Illusion of Sovereignty.
  • 1999. Robert Fulford. The Triumph of Narrative.
  • 1999. Peter Jaeger. ABC of Reading TRG.
  • 1999. Jennifer LoveGrove. The Scorpion Wife.
  • 1999. Turn of the Story: Canadian Short Fiction on the Eve of the Millennium.
  • 1999. Brian Panhuyzen. Death of the Moon.
  • 1999. Natalee Caple. The Plight of Happy People in an Ordinary World.
  • 1999. Lynn Crosbie. Dorothy L’Amour: A Novel.
  • 1999. Monica S. Kuebler. Legacy (and other short fiction).
  • 1999. Clive Doucet. Looking for Henry.
  • 1999. A.D. Peterkin. The Bald-Headed Hermit & the Artichoke: An Erotic Thesaurus.
  • 1999. Evelyn Lau. Choose Me.
  • 1999. Russell Smith. Young Men.
  • 1999. Tony Burgess. Caesarea.
  • 1999. T. Anders Carson. Stain (CD).
  • 1998. Tony Burgess. Pontypool Changes Everything.
  • 1998. Natalee Caple. The Heart is Its Own Reason.
  • 1998. Lynn Coady. Strange Heaven.
  • 1998. Michael Holmes. 21 Hotels.
  • 1998. Michael Ignatieff. Isaiah Berlin: A Life.
  • 1998. Mark Anthony Jarman. New Orleans is Sinking.
  • 1997. Mark Anthony Jarman. Salvage King, Ya!: A Herky-Jerky Picaresque.
  • 1997. T. Anders Carson. Salt Pork and Sunsets.
  • 1991. Don DeLillo. Mau II.
  • 1987. Saul Bellow. More Die of Heartache.

Book reviews (by periodical publication date)

  • June 2014. Canadian Notes & Queries. Lisa Moore. Caught.
  • October 22, 2013. Music & Literature. Douglas Glover. Savage Love.
  • October 2013. Quill & Quire. Cynthia Flood. Red Girl Rat Boy.
  • September 2013. Quill & Quire. Melia McClure. The Delphi Room.
  • Aug 12, 2013. The Winnipeg Review. Paulo da Costa’s The Green and Purple Skin of the World; Collette Maitland’s Keeping the Peace
  • October 2011. Quill and Quire. Guy Vanderhaeghe. A Good Man.
  • September 26, 2011. The Winnipeg Review. Lynn Coady. The Antagonist.
  • August 1, 2011. Numero Cinq. Craig Seligman. Sontag & Kael: Opposites Attract Me (Counterpoint, 2004).
  • Spring 2011. Coastlands: Maritime Policy Review. Tony Tremblay. David Adams of the Miramichi.
  • October 2010. Quill & Quire. Trevor Clark. Love on the Killing Floor. Now or Never.
  • September 2010. Quill and Quire. Rudy Wiebe. Collected Stories: 1955-2010. U of Alberta Press.
  • July 2010. Quill and Quire. Jim Christy. Real Gone. Quattro Books.
  • May 2010. Quill and Quire. Ryan Knighton. C’mon Papa: Dispatches from a Dad in the Dark. Knopf.
  • April 2010. Quill and Quire. Jack Hodgins. The Invention of the World. Ronsdale Press. The Master of Happy Endings. Thomas Allen.
  • Jan/Feb 2010. Quill and Quire. Ryan Turner. What We’re Made Of. Oberon.
  • Sept 2001. Quill and Quire. Memos to the Prime Minister: What Canada Could Be in the 21st Century. Ed., Harvey Schachter. John Wiley & Sons.
  • July 2001. Quill and Quire. Arthur Bishop. Unsung Courage: 20 Stories of Canadian Valour & Sacrifice. HarperCollins.
  • June 2001. Quill and Quire. Janice MacDonald. Sticks and Stones: A Randy Craig Mystery. Turnstone.
  • April 2001. Quill and Quire. Barry K. Wilson. Benedict Arnold: A Traitor in Our Midst. McGill-Queen’s UP.
  • Feb 2001. Quill and Quire. John Farrow. Ice Lake. HarperCollins.
  • Dec 2000. Quill and Quire. Josef Skvorecky. When Eve Was Naked. Key Porter.
  • Oct 2000. Quill and Quire. James Kostelniuk. Wolves Among Sheep: The True Story of Murder in a Jehovah’s Witness Community. HarperCollins.
  • August 2000. Quill and Quire. Fighting for Canada: Seven Battles, 1758-1945. Ed., Donald E. Graves. Robin Brass Studio.
  • May 2000. Quill and Quire. Mark Anthony Jarman. 19 Knives. Anansi.
  • April 2000. Quill and Quire. Barbara Lampert. A Message for Mr. Lazarus. Cormorant.
  • Feb 2000. Quill and Quire. Michael Holmes. Watermelon Row. Arsenal Pulp Press.
  • Jan 2000. Mike Barnes. Aquarium. Porcupine’s Quill.
  • Nov 1999. Quill and Quire. Barbara and Ormond Mitchell. W.O.: The Life of W.O. Mitchell, Beginnings to Who Has Seen the Wind. M&S.
  • Sept 1999. Quill and Quire. George Bowering. Egotists and Autocrats: The Prime Ministers of Canada. Penguin.
  • July 1999. Quill and Quire. Karen Dubinsky. The Second Greatest Disappointment: Honeymooning and Tourism at Niagara Falls. Between the Lines.
  • April 1999. Quill and Quire. Cary Fagan. Felix Roth. Stoddart.
  • Feb 1999. Quill and Quire. John Farrow. City of Ice. HarperCollins.
  • 1998/99. Paragraph #25. Hal Niedzviecki. Smell It. Coach House.
  • 1998/99. Paragraph #25. Stan Rogal. Restless. Insomniac.
  • 1998. Paragraph #23. Sandra Birdsell. The Two-Headed Calf. M&S.
  • 1997. Paragraph #22. Barry Kennedy. Through the Nightfall. Doubleday.
  • 1997. Paragraph #21. Eye wuz here. Ed., Shannon Cooley. Douglas & McIntyre.
  • 1997. Paragraph #20. Ken Sparling. Dad Says He Saw You at the Mall. Knopf.
  • 1996. Paragraph #19. Alan Cumyn. Between Families and the Sky. Goose Lane.
  • 1996. Paragraph #17. Robert MacLean. Home from the Party. Ronsdale.
  • 1996. Paragraph #17. D.H. Toole. Moonlit Days & Nights. Cormorant.
  • Oct 1996. Id Magazine. Robert Bly. The Sibling Society. Addison-Wesley. Marion Woodman & Elinor Dickson. Dancing in the Flames: The Dark Goddess in the Transformation of Consciousness. Knopf.
  • July 1996. Id Magazine. Stephane Bourguignon. Sandman Blues. Stoddart.
  • Aug 19, 1995. KW Record. Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Of Love & Other Demons. Knopf.
  • Aug 1995. Id Magazine. Beds and Shotguns. desire high heels red wine. Ed., Mike O’Connor. Insomniac Press.
  • July 29, 1995. KW Record. Philip Zeigler. London at War. Knopf.
  • July 8, 1995. KW Record. Dennis E. Bolen. Stand in Hell. Random House.
  • June 3, 1995. KW Record. Tom Flannagan. Waiting for the Wave: The Reform Party and Preston Manning. Stoddart. Trevor Harrison. Of Passionate Intensity: Right-Wing Populism and the Reform Party of Canada. U of Toronto Press.
  • June 1995. Id Magazine. Richard Wright. The Age of Longing. HarperCollins.
  • April 29, 1995. KW Record. Ivan Klima. Waiting for the Dark, Waiting for the Light. Grove Press.
  • April 22, 1995. KW Record. Sister Souljah. No Disrespect. Random House.
  • April 1995. Id Magazine. Charles Foran. The Last House of Ulster: A Family in Belfast. Harper Collins.
  • March 1995. Id Magazine. Dany Laferriere. Why Must a Black Writer Write About Sex?. Dining with a Dictator. Coach House.
  • Feb 18, 1995. KW Record. Jean Rouard. Of Illustrious Men. Fitzhenry & Whiteside.
  • Feb 1995. Id Magazine. Daniel Jones. The People One Knows. Mercury.
  • Jan 28, 1994. Imprint. Nino Ricci. In a Glass House. M&S.
  • June 26, 1992. Imprint. Toni Morrison. Jazz. Knopf.
  • May 29, 1992. Imprint. Rosemary Sullivan. By Heart: Elizabeth Smart, A Life. Penguin Books.
  • May 1, 1992. Imprint. Nino Ricci. Lives of the Saints. Cormorant.
  • Jan 10, 1992. Imprint. Douglas Coupland. Generation X. St. Martin’s Press.
  • Jan 10, 1992. Imprint. David Gilmour. How Boys See Girls. Random House.
  • Sept 27, 1991. Imprint. Milan Kundera. Immortality. Grove Press.

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