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Sick In The Head: Conversations About Life and Comedy by Judd Apatow binds together interviews that Mr. Apatow conducted over the course of his life. At 15, a young Judd Apatow, was already enamoured with the comedy world. Using a strategy that a fellow classmate at his high school radio station had used to meet …
The reason I chose to read Losing The Signal: The Spectacular Rise and Fall of BlackBerry by Jacquie McNish and Sean Silcoff was not just about learning what happened to BlackBerry but what happened to a community. BlackBerry was the heart of the Waterloo Tech community and the co-CEOs Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie revered …
Thanks to Christian, a long time reader who offered to do a guest post, he has a great blog where he does rants on his point of view on the recent news that comes out of the various newspapers each day.  Which makes me think- there is always two sides to every story. Ok so …
A Beautiful Mind is gone.  The world will not be the same. On May 23, 2015, John Forbes Nash Jr and his wife Alicia were killed in a car accident. If you are looking for grisly details of their passing you won’t find them here. I don’t scrutinize death, I only celebrate the life that is …
The Truth According to Us I had read The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, by Annie Barrows, and her aunt Mary Ann Shaffer back in 2009. I also read the Ivy and Bean series with my daughter that Annie Barrows does with Sophie Blackall. But when the new Annie Barrows book The Truth According …
I want you to think about a time when you had a really bad headache.  A headache so bad that you couldn’t get out of bed and you truly felt that your head was going to explode.  Now take that headache and put the pressure on the inside of your skull, in the lining of …
The art of improvement. With all the self-helps books out there you would think there would be a ‘magic’ button to fix all the blogging woes you might have.  Unfortunately, it’s not that simple.  For a writing blog which you want to take to the next level, it all seems rather… challenging. It’s time to …
Robert Harris is well known for his books of historical-fiction. His latest, from 2013, An Officer and a Spy is the true story of how a Jewish-French officer, Alfred Dreyfus is convicted, falsely as it turns out, of being a double-agent for the Germans around the turn of the 20th century.  This is a good read …
Two history books I highly recommend by the author Daniel Yergin, are The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money, and Power, and The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World. The books were written some twenty years apart, but should be read as a series. The Prize: The Epic Quest for …
Contrary to popular opinion Canadian history is not dull. Case in point: Champlain’s Dream, by David Hackett Fischer. This award-winning, non-fiction book is an exhaustively researched, yet highly readable account of Canada’s earliest years, as recounted through the valorous and indefatigable exploits of its father, Samuel de Champlain.  It has the charm of a writer …
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