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The Driving Force

Val’s Book Reviews The Driving Force The Famous Five: Canada’s Crusaders for Women’s Rights by Barbara Smith Victoria: Heritage House, 2019 $9.95 / 9781772032338 In this very important book, Barbara Smith tells the in-depth stories of five women — Emily Murphy, Nellie McClung, Louise McKinney, Irene Parlby and Henrietta Muir Edwards — who collectively changed …

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Terminal City Spooks

Val’s Book Reviews Terminal City Spooks Vancouver’s Most Haunted: Supernatural Encounters in BC’s Terminal City by Ian Gibbs Victoria: TouchWood Editions, 2021 $20.00 / 9781771513180 Ian Gibbs, who has spent years collecting and sharing ghost stories as a Ghostly Walk tour guide in Victoria, British Columbia, has done another impressive job in his second book …

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A Naval Labour of Love

Val’s Book Reviews A naval labour of love Dutchy’s Diaries: Life as a Canadian Naval Officer in His Own Words, 1916-1929 by John Crispo Inglis “Dutchy” Edwards, edited by Helen Edwards [Victoria]: Helen Edwards, 2020 $29.50  /  9780969728252 Helen Edwards, a well-known heritage professional researcher in Victoria, has achieved a work of immense importance to naval …

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Under Russian occupation

Val’s Book Reviews Under Russian occupation My Long List of Impossible Things by Michelle Barker Toronto: Annick Press, 2020 $12.95 / 9781773213644 Reviewed by Valerie Green This book is possibly one of the best Second World War books out there right now for Young Adults and is especially pertinent in view of current world events. My …

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Return of the sea otter

Val’s Book Reviews Return of the sea otter Sea Otters: A Survival Story by Isabelle Groc with forewords by Dame Judi Dench & David F. Mills Victoria: Orca Books, 2020 $24.95 / 9781459817371 Reviewed by Valerie Green Sea Otters: A Survival story by Isabelle Groc is a delightful wildlife book for all ages. Author Isabelle Groc has …

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Trauma, work, love

Val’s Book Reviews Trauma, work, love Forest Green by Kate Pullinger Toronto: Penguin Random House Canada (Anchor Canada), 2020 $19.95 / 9780385683067 Reviewed by Valerie Green In her novel Forest Green, author Kate Pullinger has produced a powerful portrayal of a man at various stages of his life from childhood to old age. Her protagonist, Arthur Lunn, is …

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