Thriving in a 24-7 World

January 29, 2016 9:53 am

We all know what it’s like to live in a 24-7 world. The portability of our cellphones and laptops allow us to communicate at any time, anywhere. What we aren’t taught is how to handle this constant pressure technology puts on us when we are demanded to stay constantly up […]

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Review: A Neurosurgeon’s Challenge

December 16, 2015 10:11 am

Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death and Brain Surgery Henry Marsh St Martin’s Press, New York, 2014. Reviewed By Don MacLean Consider, if you will, the delicate surgical task of removing a pineocytoma, which is defined as “an uncommon, slow growing tumour of the pineal gland.” The patient is […]

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Book Review: The Gospel Truth

November 5, 2015 12:05 pm
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In the opening chapter of Caroline Pignat’s latest Governor General’s Award Winner, The Gospel Truth, 16 year-old Phoebe steals a half-dead yellow bird from the jaws of her plantation’s predatory cat, Rufus. Phoebe locks the bird up, and although she feels bad for containing a creature that was meant to […]

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Family Ties

July 6, 2015 12:30 pm

A review of Sugar in the Blood: A Family’s Story of Slavery and Empire by Andrea Stuart Family trees are all the rage. Part of their appeal is surely the element of surprise. The deeper one digs, the more likely a discovery that the tree’s roots twist and shoot in […]

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The Rhythms of Life

June 10, 2015 1:00 pm
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Family Furnishings: Selected Short Stories 1995 – 2014 Alice Munro Reviewed by Don MacLean May 2015 The short story can sometimes seem in jeopardy of being forgotten if not dismissed. This danger is not at all due to a dearth of this particular form of storytelling. Countless are written and many […]

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Summer Reading Guide

May 21, 2015 2:20 pm

The summer sun is shining and that means it’s time to relax! Why not grab a book and a blanket and head to the nearest park to enjoy some outdoor reading? OLM has the best reads for you and the family! From food and romance to astronomy and zombies, there […]

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Must Read: The Thin Black Line by Simon Gervais

April 9, 2015 10:03 am
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Prepare for a whirlwind of a read. Simon Gervais’ newly released debut novel The Thin Black Line, is a must-read thriller based right here in Canada’s capital city. A first time novelist, Gervais delivers a heart-pumping, nerve-racking story with a climactic ending you won’t see coming. In The Thin Black […]

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Learning How to Die – Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End

December 4, 2014 9:59 am
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In his latest thoughtful, moving book Being Mortal: Medicine And What Matters in the End the doctor and writer Atul Gawande tells the achingly sad story of Sara. In the prime of life and while pregnant with her first child, Sara was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. Doctors induced labour […]

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Into the Blizzard: Walking the Fields of the Newfoundland Dead

November 10, 2014 2:59 pm

In October 1914, 537 young men from Newfoundland boarded the Florizel, the ship that would sail them across the Atlantic and towards the battle shores of Europe. The Great War had started in August of that year and Newfoundland’s governor had offered England this small contingent of soldiers. As a […]

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Whip Smart: Lola Montez Conquers the Spaniards

October 22, 2014 11:35 am

Whip Smart: Lola Montez Conquers the Spaniards, the first of the Whip Smart series by Montreal-based Kit Brennan, is an exciting page-turner transporting readers back to the Victorian era of 1842. Loosely based on the real-life adventures of Lola Montez, a notorious bad-girl of the era, Brennan fills in the […]

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Food Frenzy in the Capital

October 16, 2014 11:59 am
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When the average Canadian thinks of Ottawa, they think of the national hub of power and politics. However, our great city is more than just that. Don Chow and Jennifer Lim’s new book Ottawa Food: A Hungry Capital is a feast for your eyes. In it, they explore all things […]

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Fall Reading List

October 15, 2014 2:04 pm

It is hard to beat a cool fall afternoon spent cozying up on the couch with a hot tea and a must-read. That is why OLM is bringing you its fall reading list. Choose from a variety of sci-fi to romance, or challenge yourself to read them all (more time […]

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Music Meets Medicine: Allison’s Brain

October 14, 2014 2:47 pm
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Robert McMechan and his wife Allison Woyiwada recently released Allison’s Brain, a book they wrote together. It is the story of Allison’s medical journey, from diagnosis to recovery. Woyiwada was diagnosed with a large brain aneurysm in 2011. In a surgery that followed, the aneurysm was clipped. After the procedure, […]

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OLM Book Review: Half Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan

May 15, 2014 1:51 pm

Author Esi Edugyan’s eloquent prose pays a worthy homage to the blues, as it is often considered the simplest yet most difficult music to play. The beginning of World War Two has The Hot Time Swingers on the run. This Blues band, along with their prodigy trumpet player, Hieronymus Falk […]

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Fake It Til You Make It: Perfecting Life’s Performances

March 11, 2014 2:54 pm

Self-help books are sold on the promise that they can fill the gaps between who we are and who we want to be. Who are we really though, but actors?  If “all the world is a stage,” as Shakespeare famously wrote, then stage fright can be a real problem. This […]

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Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?

February 12, 2014 4:34 pm

The Lowland Jhumpa Lahiri Knopf Publishing, Toronto, 2013, 340pp. Reviewed by Don MacLean February 2014.     A scene in the early pages of Jhumpa Lahiri’s marvelous novel The Lowland is formative for the story’s two main characters. Suhhash and Udayan are young brothers, separated by only 15 months, growing up […]

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Family Ties

January 15, 2014 9:08 am

 Sugar in the Blood: A Family’s Story of Slavery and Empire Vintage Books, 2012, 353pp. By Andrea Stuart Reviewed by Don MacLean Family trees are all the rage. Part of their appeal is surely the element of surprise. The deeper one digs, the more likely a discovery that the tree’s […]

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