“The Great Gould” by Peter Goddard

There have been many books written on Glenn Gould but this one, by the music critic of The Toronto Star and author of a number of musical biographies, brings new light to this complicated genius.

Born in the northern edge of the Beaches neighbourhood in downtown Toronto, Gould happened to live next door to the leading print journalist, Robert Fulford. Fulford watched Gould’s talent bursting forth but also noted the relentless pressure from his mother. Fulford and Gould formed the New Music Associates, a concert series that didn’t last long, unlike Gould’s piano-playing career which took off and had Gould playing in Russia in 1957, all over Europe in 1958 and in a U.S. TV debut in 1960 with the New York Philharmonic under Leonard Bernstein.

In 1955 Gould made his first recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations and this has become one of the greatest recordings in music history. While Gould’s musical career was flourishing, his personal life was not. He lived at home into his thirties, had few friends and one short-lived love affair with a married woman. Goddard notes his loneliness, and difficulty in making and keeping friends. He had many eccentricities in playing, and insisted on using a particular chair with cut-off legs. By 1964 he gave his last public performance in Los Angeles and from then on made recordings only.

They are famous recordings, however. A recent BBC documentary on Gould suggests he may have suffered from Asperger syndrome, or autistic spectrum disorder. This would explain his need to have control of things as well as his intense concentration on what he was doing. Gould died aged 50. He has left the rest of us a wonderful musical legacy.

Reviewed by Anne McDougall

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“Birdcage Walk” by Helen Dunmore

This is another novel by Helen Dunmore, the American writer who has become famous for some fifteen books in which she uses huge canvases of actual history as backdrops to up-close human tragedies. Birdcage Walk is not only her latest book, it is also her last. Dunmore died in the spring of 2017.

Birdcage Walk takes place as the French Revolution is boiling up. It is set, however, in the UK, in the town of Bristol. Here, as elsewhere, England is at the height of the Romantic era and British radicalism. A young bride, Lizzie Fawkes, has grown up in radical circles where each step of the French Revolution is followed with eager idealism. She is married to John Diner Tredevant, however, who is a property developer and heavily invested in Bristol’s property boom. He is looking for money to finance a particularly fine terrace overlooking the city’s two-hundred-foot drop of the Gorge. As the Revolution in France sharpens, the investors are dropping away. John is angry that his wife continues to express her radical views and does not put his business interests first.

This is the story of a marriage and how it struggles to survive against forces far away that it can’t control. Dunmore is highly praised for writing that is both elegant and revealing.

Reviewed by Anne McDougall

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“Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk” by Kathleen Rooney

This is a passionate love letter to the city of New York inspired by the life of an American woman who lived there in the 30’s and became the highest-paid female advertising copywriter in the world

The woman was called Margaret Fishback, and the author of this book bases Lillian Boxfish on her life, but apart from that writes an entirely new novel. Lilian was born in 1926 to a comfortable family living in Washington. She found she could write, and was determined to get to New York and earn her own living that way. Her family helped her initially, and insisted she live in the Christian Women’s Hotel in Midtown, until she could afford her own apartment. It didn’t take very long before Lilian landed a job at R.H. Macy’s writing advertising copy. She was original and witty and very soon earning a top salary. She also wrote poems, funny and charming. Her first book Oh, Do not ask for Promises was a smash hit and sold out, as did all her others up to the last Nobody’s Darling.

Lilian lived in six apartments altogether. She also fell deeply in love with a manager of a department at Macy’s, married and had one son whom she adored always. What distinguished her from other successful New Yorkers was her passion for the city, the actual streets. She walked every day, usually about five miles, on the way to work, at lunch time and in the evening to parties. She felt the street was the source of the latest things humans have invented and she looked for these all the time. She never ran into danger in her walking.

It’s a very original book and a new look at a city many have tried to describe before.

Reviewed by Anne McDougall

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August 2017 Newsletter

July Bestsellers

1. The Witches of New York by Ami McKay
2. Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz
Nutshell by Ian McEwan
Exploring the Capital by Andrew Waldron
5. The Land of Stories: Worlds Collide by Chris Colfer
6. No is Not Enough by Naomi Klein
7. Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood
8. Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave
9. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
House of Spies by Daniel Silva

Greetings Book Lovers!

Just as summer seems to have finally arrived, we find ourselves in the home stretch. With only a month to go before the dreaded “back to school” time hits, it’s more important than ever to show your bookcase some love and squeeze in just a bit more reading-in-the-sun time before we get drawn back into our regular routines.

While we’re all trying to slow things down and really relish those last few hazy days spent by the lake or on the coast, the publishing industry keeps the home fires burning in order to further enrich our sunshine time with great summer reads! Whether your summer days are marked by digging your toes into a wet sandy beach, walking through a city park, or riding a merry-go-round at an amusement park, the one thing guaranteed to make each of those activities even more special is a cup or cone full of ice cream! Always a favourite summer treat, now there’s a way for you to enjoy this delectably creamy confection in book form too! The Ice-Cream Makers by Ernest van der Kwastis a lovely read set in Northern Italy, the fabled birthplace of ice cream. Reminiscent of Fredrik Backman‘s A Man Called Ove, this story is about the struggle that bubbles up within a family when the black sheep announces that he wants to abandon their proud Italian ice cream dynasty to pursue a literary career. Set against a stunning backdrop and full of charming characters and delicious culinary delights, this novel is a treat to read! For the ultimate sensory experience, try reading the book while partaking of your favourite flavour…whether it be butterscotch ripple, strawberry cheesecake, or tiger tail! This novel would also be a great pick for anyone who liked The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais, The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George, or The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce.

Still riding the wave of bestsellers like The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, and Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty, we have a whole new crop of great thrillers and suspenseful novels to tell you about. Debut author Danya Kukafka has joined the ranks of edge-of-your-seat writers with her riveting novel Girl in Snow. Revolving around the death of a beloved high school girl, readers get an inside look at how one tragedy can affect so many different people as the story is told from three unique perspectives – the boyfriend, the jealous classmate, and the investigating officer. If you liked The Party by Robyn Harding, you will definitely enjoy this thriller! While most long-term friendships can weather the storms of life quite nicely, there are times when even the strongest of bonds reach their breaking point. In both The River at Night by Erica Ferencik and The Lying Game by Ruth Ware (the beloved author of last year’s The Woman in Cabin 10), a group of best friends find themselves in impossible and terrifying situations when the people they thought they could depend on most surprise each other by revealing long-held secrets, admitting to old deceptions, and, in some cases, switching life-long allegiances.

As we make our way through life, we spend a lot of time second guessing ourselves and wondering how things might have turned out if other things had or hadn’t happened in a certain way. What if I had made a different choice? What if I had just told the truth? These are just some of the questions woven through the fabric of The Marriage Pact and Truly Madly Guilty, two new novels by Michelle Richmond and Liane Moriarty, respectively. Moriarty introduces us to Sam and Clementine, a lovely young couple who know they can always lean on each other, no matter what. However, when they accept a last-minute invitation to a casual summer barbecue, events are set in motion that neither could have foreseen and that can’t be stopped. Full of glamourous parties, exclusive societies, and a scintillating sense of excitement, Michelle Richmond‘s novel is a fast-paced story about love, promises, and what happens when you join a strict, rule-abiding group called The Pact and then transgress against the powers that be.

Summer holidays often mean long trips in the car or seemingly endless hours spent sitting around the airport. Instead of spending this time typing, tapping, and texting on our cell phones, why not play a word game, learn to read your own palm, or reorganize your purse? These are just a few of the suggested activities in 101 Things To Do Instead Of Playing On Your Phone by Ilka Heinemann. Small and compact itself, this cheeky yet useful book is the perfect thing to turn to when you want a distraction that doesn’t depend on WiFi or battery power – no recharge required! As lovers of the written word, one thing that we can never get enough of are books about sayings, languages, and jargon. Luckily, we very seldom have to endure a whole publishing season without a new book like this landing on our shelves. Vulgar Tongues by Max Decharne is a sharp and witty trip through the history of slang. From the prostitutes of Elizabethan England, to World War II flying aces, to the centuries-long history of Masonic lodges around the world, this book explores the changing meaning of words like punk, geek, fly, and square. If you’ve always wanted to know what flap dragons and ale passion mean, this is the book for you!

In our cherished children’s section, we are so excited to finally have Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli on our shelves! Inspiring children of all ages to dream big and never give up, this wonderful book features 100 mini biographies of great women throughout history. In what other book could you find Elizabeth I, Amelia Earhart, Serena Williams, Cleopatra, Jane Goodall, and Malala Yousafzai sitting shoulder to shoulder? In a similar vein, but slightly more focused, is the newest book by Rachel Ignotofsky. Women in Sports is a beautiful illustrated collection of stories about 50 women from sports history who persevered against the odds to achieve their dreams. Like Ignotofsky‘s previous publication, Women in Science, this book is ideal for older children and adults alike.

Whether it’s for bedtime or an evening around the campfire, there are some adorable children’s picture books trickling into the store that are sure to become instant classics! Nothing Rhymes with Orange by Adam Rex is a hilarious book of fruit-based rhymes where every fruit gets their moment in the sun except Orange. While grapes in capes and bananas in cabanas frolic throughout the book as the rhymes get more and more ludicrous, Orange wanders around wondering if there will ever be a rhyme for him. Linda Ravin Lodding‘s new book, Little Red Riding Sheep, has a similar feel when the narrator, later revealed to be a water buffalo named Eugene, keeps getting interrupted by a sheep who wants to be the star of the story. Children will love how Arnold the sheep keeps making suggestions and changes to the story until it doesn’t resemble the well known fairy tale at all. Charming and ridiculous, You Must Bring a Hat by Simon Philip, has become an immediate staff favourite! Full of bizarre creatures, colourful illustrations, and the most preposterous list of birthday party rules we’ve ever heard, once you reach the last page, the only thing you’ll want to do is go back to the beginning and read it all over again. For the knitters, sewing masters, and crafters among us, Julie Kraulis has written a lovely book all about fabric and patterns. A Pattern for Pepper is a sweet story about a little girl going out to get a new dress made for a special occasion. As she browses in the dress shop, Pepper learns all about the history of different prints and fabrics, who traditionally wore them, and why they were designed the way they were. In the end, she manages to find her perfect pattern – one that’s just as unique and beautiful as she is.

As always, there are lots of new releases to look forward to over the coming weeks. Here are just a few that we’re eager to get our hands on: The Last Tudor by Philippa Gregory (August 8), The Only Cafe by Linden MacIntyre(August 8), A Stranger in the House by Shari Lapena (August 15), Glass Houses by Louise Penny (August 29), Dog Man: A Tale of Two Kitties by Dav Pilkey (August 29), and The Winnowing by Vikki Vansickle (September 1).

There are few things we love more than curling up with a good book regardless of the season, but there’s something special about the books we read over the summer. They take trips with us, shade our faces when we read in the sun, don’t get fussed if they’re accidentally left out in the rain, and let us drift off when the hammock we’re reading in starts to feel just a little too comfortable. They thrill us, distract us, and give us pleasant dreams during a season when we traditionally like to sit back, relax, and let everything slide just a little bit. So, whatever your tastes or leanings, be sure you have the perfect kind of paper companion to see you through the home stretch of the sunniest season of the year!

Happy Reading!

— The Staff at Books on Beechwood

Fall Lineup for Titles@Table40

That’s right! Our ever-popular dinner series is back! With a few slight changes and a brand new crop of great Canadian authors for you to wine and dine with, we hope to make your dining experience with us even better than before. We are so looking forward to once again joining forces with our wonderful neighbours at The Fraser Cafe to bring you enjoyable evenings of great food, good drink, and fascinating authors!

Here’s how it works:
The evening starts at 5:30pm with dinner, followed by the author presentation and book signing. Tickets must be purchased in advance at the bookstore. The non-refundable cost is $60.00 which includes the cost of the meal (a set menu of three courses with a vegetarian option), tax and tip. All beverages are extra and will be charged at the end of the evening. The Fraser Cafe can accommodate all special dietary needs if informed in advance.

Call or visit us to purchase your tickets today!
Books on Beechwood
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Ottawa author France Itani is helping us kick off event season with her new novel That’s My Baby. Picking up on the story threads which began in Deafening and continued in Tell, this new book follows eighteen year old Hanora, a young woman who, having just discovered that she was adopted as a baby, sets off to discover the mystery of her roots on the eve of the Second World War.

Date: Sunday, September 10
Time: 5:30pm
Place: Table 40, 7 Springfield Road (next to The Fraser Cafe)

For a taste of Newfoundland culture and storytelling, Wayne Johnston will be paying us a visit to talk about First Light, Last Snow which is being touted as “an epic family mystery with a powerful, surprise ending.”  When Ned Vatcher returns home from school one day to find his parents gone without a trace, his life becomes defined by his need to uncover the mystery behind the Vanished Vatchers.

Date: Wednesday, October 11
Time: 5:30pm
Place: Table 40, 7 Springfield Road (next to The Fraser Cafe)

Get a dose of funny when Terry Mosher comes by to talk about his new book From Trudeau to Trudeau. This compilation of fifty years worth of cartoons from The Montreal Gazette is full of celebrated victories, elusive dreams, and skewered politicians, all in classic Aislin style!

Date: Sunday, October 22
Time: 5:30pm
Place: Table 40, 7 Springfield Road (next to The Fraser Cafe)

Tickets for all of these dinner events are available now through the bookstore.

Be sure to buy yours early as they tend to go quite quickly!

Fall 2017 Book Club List

September The Witches of New York by Ami McKay

Session 1: Wednesday, September 13 at 7:30pm

Session 2: Wednesday, September 27 at 7:30pm

October: Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood

Session 1: Wednesday, October 11 at 7:30pm

Session 2: Wednesday, October 25 at 7:30pm

November: Crying for the Moon by Mary Walsh

Session 1: Wednesday, November 8 at 7:30pm

Session 2: Wednesday, November 29 at 7:30pm

Attendees only need to attend one session per month and can select whichever date is most convenient for them. New members are always welcome.

For more information or to join the Book Club, give us a call at 613-742-5030 or send us an e-mail at staff@booksonbeechwood.ca

The Book Club will be taking a break after May for the summer. Keep an eye on our website for the club’s return in September for the fall session.

Happy Reading!

“A Distant View of Everything” by Alexander McCall Smith

With Canada on the brink of having its first female astronaut Governor General, it seems a good time to review the new book by Alexander McCall Smith in his beloved Isabel Dalhousie series.

Called A Distant View of Everything, this novel watches Isabel’s struggle with a match-making problem while simultaneously trying to coax her first-born to accept his newborn baby brother and attempting to edit her own publication on philosophical questions – her area of expertise. She does manage thanks to her own kindness and common sense, and the help of her adoring husband, a young musician.

Alexander McCall Smith has built up a number of series of books starting with the No.1 Ladies Detective Agency, as well as stand-alone books. They have been translated into more than forty languages and are best-sellers world-wide.  He makes his home in Edinburgh.

Entertainment Weekly calls him genial and wise. You put down his books feeling not only entertained, but reassured and content. This one is no exception.

Reviewed by Anne McDougall

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July 2017 Newsletter

June Bestsellers

1. An ABC of Ottawa by Miriam Bloom
2. From Trudeau to Trudeau by Terry Mosher
3. No is Not Enough by Naomi Klein
4. The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy
5. The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry
6. Nutshell by Ian McEwan
7. Faithful by Janet Uren and Glenn Lockwood
8. Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz
9. Exploring the Capital by Andrew Waldron
10. Court of Lions by Jane Johnson

Greetings Book Lovers!

Hopefully you all survived the torrential rain that marked this year’s Canada Day and that you managed to have a fun-filled holiday regardless of the weather. Although the official day has come and gone, the rest of the year will continue to be marked by exciting happenings and neat events celebrating our country’s past, present and future. To keep that patriotic glow going or maybe in the quest to learn something about our country that you didn’t know before, check out some of our favourite Canada-themed reads of the year so far: Exploring the Capital by Andrew WaldronYou Might Be From Canada If… by Michael de AdderI Am Canada by Heather PattersonThe Great Canadian Bucket List by Robin EsrockNow You Know Canada by Doug Lennox25 Places in Canada Every Family Should Visit by Jody RobbinsCanada ABC by Paul CovelloSurviving Canada by Myra TaitThis is That: Travel Guide to Canada by Peter Oldring, Chris Kelly, and Pat Kelly.

As we settle ourselves into the slower rhythms of the summer, it’s always a good idea to have a healthy stack of books to hand. That way, when you find yourself suddenly lounging in a hammock in the shade of a mighty oak or reclining with a cold one on the dock by the lake, you’ll have a quiet and willing friend to keep you company. Taylor Jenkins Reid has given us a real treat of a read in a The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. Following the colourful and intriguing life story of aging and reclusive Hollywood star, Evelyn Hugo, this novel will take you completely out of yourself and transport you to a world full of lights that shine, affairs that simultaneously build and break, and ambitions that must be fed. Hot on the heels of her supremely successful novel, The Little Paris Bookshop, Nina George‘s newest novel, The Little French Bistro, has just hit our shelves and is already proving to be a staff favourite. Full of the same warmth and charm as it’s predecessor, this new story takes readers to Brittany where our protagonist, Marianne, flirts with new life paths and a possible future she could never have imagined. If you enjoyed The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman, keep riding that thematic train and take a chance (and another trip back in time) with The Lightkeeper’s Daughters by Jean E. Pendziwol. When Elizabeth, a resident at The Boreal Retirement Home, discovers her late father’s journals from when he was the lighthouse keeper on Lake Superior, she decides it’s time to delve in to her own family’s past to solve one of the great mysteries of her childhood. The House at the Edge of Night by Catherine Banner is a wonderful family saga that spans almost a century. Set on the enchanting Italian island of Castellamare, readers will be drawn into a world of love stories, family secrets, and tales of sacrifice and revenge, all while being befriended by unforgettable characters and completely mesmerized by the stunning locale.

If you want to add a little more grit to your summer, try one of these great new reads: The Force by Don Winslow – a tension-filled stunner of a story full of greed, corruption, and redemption; Be Ready for the Lightning by Grace O’Connell – this novel of psychological suspense is intriguing, fast-paced, and will really make you stop and think; The Party by Robyn Harding – at once shocking and heart-stopping, this intense novel illustrates the best and worst of human nature and what can happen to a family when tragedy strikes; Persons Unknown by Susie Steiner – this second book in the Manon Bradshaw mystery finds our determined detective five months pregnant and thrown into a murder investigation that makes her question how well she knows her own family; The Child by Fiona Barton –  a chilling mystery surrounding the discovery of a child-sized skeleton in the foundations of an upper-class London house.

Is hitting the open road on your summer agenda this year? If so, start your road trip off right with a detailed study of John Catucci‘s new book You Gotta Go Here! Featuring over 300 hidden gems and hometown favourites from across Canada, the USA, and Europe, with this book as your guide, you will never go hungry when the rubber to the road. Dion Leonard, an Australian ultra marathon runner now living in Edinburgh, Scotland, has just published the most heart-warming dog book of the year to date, hands down! Finding Gobi is his story of crossing paths with Gobi, a stray dog, while running in a 155 mile race through China’s Gobi Desert. As he ran through unforgiving mountains, isolated villages, and punishing dunes, Gobi kept pace with him, raised his spirits, and slowly melting his heart. It’s a lovely story for any dog lover in your life! From the many-faceted, multi-talented author of Once Upon a Time in Russia and The 37th Parallel, comes a brand new and slightly quirky science book perfect for anyone fascinated by DNA, ancient species, or the scientific concepts that inspired Michael Crichton‘s Jurassic ParkWoolly by Ben Mezrich is a dramatic narrative of true events pertaining to the discovery, extraction, and attempted splicing of Woolly Mammoth DNA. Long extinct, but endlessly fascinating, the Woolly Mammoth is a true giant of history. This book is extremely readable and is bound to fascinate scientists and hobbyists alike.

A new book can provide hours of entertainment for children of all ages. They’re especially useful when taking family holidays when loving siblings confined in a small space seem more interested in poking at each other than playing a civilized game of “I spy with my little eye.” So, here are a few new titles it might be good to have nearby when the sound of silence is all you want to hear from the kids in the back seat. J.D. Rinehart has just released his newest fantasy adventure novel for children called A Kingdom Rises. As the third book in the Crown of Three Series, this new novel continues the story of triplets Tarlan, Gulph, and Elodie and their quest to fulfill an ancient prophecy in a land rife with magic, danger, and deceit. The previous books in the series are Crown of Three and The Lost Realm. On a much smaller scale, but with no less heart, The Tiny Hero of Ferny Creek Library by Canadian author Linda Bailey is a wonderful, whimsical story of bravery and determination. Eddie is a tiny green bug who lives behind the chalkboard in a fourth grade classroom with his parents, his 53 siblings, and his Aunt Min. When his beloved aunt goes missing on a trip to the library, Eddie sets out to find her and discovers that the substitute librarian is planning on shutting the library for good! Full of bravery and heart, this story of the little bug who loves books is a real winner!

Here are a few more recent arrivals that have already wormed their way into our hearts: Polly MacCauley’s Finest Divinest Woolliest Gift of All by Sheree Fitch – a beautifully illustrated story about knitters, weavers, and makers that will delight children and adults alike; Old Hat by Emily Gravett – this adorable story finds Harbert always one step behind the latest fashion trends in hats no matter how hard he tries until, one day, he decides to forgo hats altogether and starts a new trend of his own; The Lines We Cross by Randa Abdel-Fattah – a great YA book about two teens caught up in their parents’ world of judgement and prejudice who need to decide where they’re going to align themselves when the lines get drawn in the sand; Welcome to the Slipstream by Natalka Burian – just when Van starts to get settled into her new life in Las Vegas, she’s forced to pull up roots yet again in order to chase her mother to Arizona in an attempt to save her from joining a sketchy self-help cult.

The books just keep pouring in at the store, so keep your eyes peeled for some of these upcoming releases: The Land of Stories: Worlds Collide by Chris Colfer (July 11), Everything All At Once by Bill Nye (July 11), The Lying Game by Ruth Ware (July 25), Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty (July 25), I Love My Purse by Belle DeMont (July 30), A Nest of Vipers by Andrea Camilleri (August 1), and The Only Cafe by Linden MacIntyre (August 8).

Whether they’re playing the role of silent companions, peace makers, summertime teachers, or partners in crime, books are always going to be your safest bet. So, no matter where this summer takes you, be sure to make a trip (or two) to the bookstore to stock up on great reads to carry you through.

Happy Reading Everyone!

— The Staff at Books on Beechwood

Marilyn Sargeant Signing

Join us on Saturday, July 8 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm for Marilyn Sargeant‘s signing of her collection of poetry Carbon is Yellow.

Check out this review by Anna Grace:

“In her debut collection of poetry, Marilyn Sargeant, a contemplative and introspective writer, as well as light-hearted and playful in her verses, presents her readers with both narrative and lyrical poetry that is innocent and explorative, as well as dark and brooding—touching upon topics which have stood the test of time in their truth and importance for contemporary audiences.  Her narrator observes all that is around her, often in wonderment.  Her gaze at the universe as she experiences it translates directly to her pen as though her eyes were an all-seeing lens—taking everything in.

Life experiences, real or imagined, blend seamlessly with Marilyn Sargeant’s observations and more troubling accounts of society gone awry.  Ms. Sargeant asks us to question our own behaviours, beliefs, and our treatment of the environment—particularly our natural world, which she reveres in a way that is akin to some of the great Romantics.

Venturing deeper into human experience, the poet explores themes such as mortality and inner conflict, speaking plainly and simply, yet without sacrificing depth.  She asks us to look beyond the surface and to examine the layers of our understanding(s) of the way things are, and perhaps the way they could be.

Further, Ms. Sargeant’s metaphor of rooms is threaded throughout her collection.  She likens a waiting room to society’s shifts and changes—not always for the better, mind you—the rooms representing a glimpse of modern life.  She reminds us that life is an aggregation of moments, beautiful and painful, all of which make up our “rooms.”  The nostalgia of past seasons, the familiar landscapes and soft breezes of our youth, the cages in which we are trapped in our dark hours—these “rooms” are explored elegantly by Ms. Sargeant’s nimble and clever narrator.  And, there is just enough spice to keep the reader on his or her toes.

Throughout her collection, Ms. Sargeant articulates what it means to investigate our external and internal worlds—our waiting rooms.  She has created a volume of finely crafted poetry which speaks to all of us, and which extends her (his) stories into our own.  We can relate since, in so many ways, we share the same room.  Visitors may come and go, but our room remains ours to tend to, to care for, and to appreciate in all its beauty and simplicity.”

— Anna Grace, B.A.H. Eng. Lit., M.Ed.