Patrin by Theresa Kishkan

patrin-kishkanNever before has a book—much less a literary novella—had such an impact on my sense of place. Patrin’s European travels as a young woman, her homecoming to Victoria, and then her journey to find traces of her family and heritage in Czechoslovakia simultaneously conjured within me an intense wanderlust, a fierce sense of belonging, and an acute yearning for home. Not only that, it made me thankful for the strong relationships I have with my family—especially my grandparents—and grateful that I have never had to question where I come from (something that I’ve never had cause to consider). Packaged in a gorgeously crafted narrative that often reads more like poetry than prose, this little tale will stay with me for much longer than the ninety minutes it took for me to absorb.

No. 11 on my challenge, though technically it was a gift. Good thing, too, because I don’t know that I’d be able to return it. This one has found a forever home on my shelf.

Stolen review: It’s Only the Himalayas

I told my friend Michelle (hi, Michelle!) that she had to read S. Bedford‘s It’s Only the Himalayas: And Other Tales of Miscalculation from an Overconfident Backpacker. I badgered her about it for months leading up to its release. Really talked it up. She’s a busy mom of two tiny wee people, so she’s lucky if she has time to read the shampoo bottle, but I promised her that she’d like it and basically strong-armed her into it. Thank the sweet lord baby J I was right (I mean… I knew I would be). Here is her Amazon review:

FiveStars A travel memoir that never bores

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Free book alert!

At work, to celebrate the release of our spring titles, we’re giving away five copies of each. The first wave will be going out soon, so click on the photos below to enter to win by March 30.16.

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Behold: TouchWood Editions and Brindle & Glass books for spring 2016.

The End of the Alphabet by CS Richardson

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I don’t know that I could ever say it better than The Calgary Herald did: “Nothing less than gorgeous … Evocative and unforgettable, it manages to arouse both a longing for travel and a longing for home … It is beautiful. Both inside and out.”

No. 16 on my challenge, in the sense that I went searching on a cousin’s bookshelves to find something to fulfill this entry and found this incredible little book.