Book review: The Shore Girl

By Sarah Dorchak

For her first novel, University of Calgary alumna Fran Kimmel delivers an experimental piece of fiction about the life of Rebee Shore. Rebee is a girl from a fragmented family. Her father’s identity is unknown, her mother’s whereabouts are usually a mystery and her interactions with others are hesitant and wary. From the outset, The… Continue reading Book review: The Shore Girl

Book review: Trifles

By Nhial Tiitmamer

Families new to Canada often experience a disconnect between generations. Parents raised in another country may have difficulties raising their children in a place so unlike their home. Conversely, their children may feel alienated by parents who don’t understand their lives. People who have experienced this disconnect, as well as those who are curious about… Continue reading Book review: Trifles

Whatever You Say I Am: The Life and Times of Eminem

By Andrew Ross

It’s hard to believe, but this biography of Eminem-and it is a biography of Eminem, not Marshall Mathers-is actually a good read. One would think a book so pretentiously titled would be likely to find its place beside the throne, in the position formerly held by the Sears Catalogue. But alas, for Whatever You Say… Continue reading Whatever You Say I Am: The Life and Times of Eminem

Yarr, staying afloat!

By Andrew Ross

Since you’re reading this, odds are you already have some first-hand experience with student debt. If that is the case, you may want to keep reading. Sarah Deveau, a surprisingly well-educated product of this university, as well as a former Gauntleteer, knows a thing or two about student debt. Her new book, Sink or Swim:… Continue reading Yarr, staying afloat!

Who needs food?

By Вen Li

I am not an 18-year-old girl entering university, but it doesn’t take one to recognize the poor quality of this book. Fighting the Freshman Fifteen tries to cover health, nutrition, psychology and cooking in an easy-to-read 180-page literary identity crisis. Redundancy, logical inconsistencies and a lack of focus sabotage a potentially competent book about not… Continue reading Who needs food?

Poetry pot-of-gold

By Вen Li

This Horizon and Beyond doesn’t disappoint as a compendium of great poetry. Canadian author and lawyer Nancy-Gay Rostein offers a thoughtful yet critical view of the world with her particular blend of free and metered verse poetry about topics from her own experiences. Familiar settings and the relative shortness of the poems let casual readers… Continue reading Poetry pot-of-gold

The Stories behind 9-11: Longitudes and Attitudes: Exploring the World After September 11

By Nicole Kobie

Understanding the world before and after September 11 is no easy task. Writers and pundits have struggled to explain the attacks and critique the response; however, few succeed as well as The New York Times’ Thomas L. Friedman. As a foreign affairs columnist, the three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author–including this year’s prize for Commentary–has naturally written… Continue reading The Stories behind 9-11: Longitudes and Attitudes: Exploring the World After September 11

Chuck Palahniuk in the trash

By Jeff Kubik

Give me a non-linear plot. Flash. Give me satire delivered with all the subtlety of silicone breast implants. Flash. Give me Invisible Monsters by Chuck Palahniuk, author of Fight Club. Flash.Jump to the synopsis. Invisible Monsters is about sex, drugs, and identity (no rock and roll, though there is cha-cha music).Shannon McFarland is a model… Continue reading Chuck Palahniuk in the trash