For the love of learning

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 A fascinating behind-closed-doors look at the true-life experiences of an elementary school principal, based in Southern Ontario, Canada, and serving a student body of approximately 600 sometimes overwhelmingly-needy students. An instructional leadership champion, longing to support widespread changes in teaching practices that will facilitate critical thinking, interactive learning, and…

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Belly Woman

🌟🌟🌟🌟 A harrowing inside-look at a horrifying pandemic - Ebola in Western Africa in the years 2014 to 2016 - written by a front-line OB-Gyn, doing his part to treat maternity referrals as the world around him dissolves into the chaos of a new emergency. β€œIn the war we knew…

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The Family Outing

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 A complex story of secrets, a memoir spanning decades of searching, as the author, her two siblings and her parents, (each of them, separately and in their own anguished way) navigate a world shrouded in visceral pain and uncertainty - just who, exactly, are they, deep inside - who…

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And Finally

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 A deeply moving exploration of what it feels like to be a former expert medical practitioner - a neuroscientist (now retired), long-versed in the practice of guiding others β€œthrough the landscape of illness” - now facing his own terrifying and potentially-terminal illness. In this work, the author, Dr Henry…

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My First Popsicle

🌟🌟🌟🌟 πŸ’« Heartwarming and cozy, like cocoa before a warm fire, this book explores the random thoughts and musings expressed by a group of actors, creatives, writers, directors and artists, (most of them with only a personal, and not professional, involvement with food) when asked to create an essay for…

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Thirteen ways to smell a tree

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 A sensuous, extravagant look at the bounty of trees, focusing primarily on the aromas and smells they contribute as a (perhaps under-recognized) sumptuous and multi-layered texture to our everyday world. Written with the delicacy and grace of a poet, informed by the science and insight of the biologist he…

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Salamanti

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Salamanti, translated to mean β€œCheers” in Persian, is exactly that - a gorgeous and cheering montage of beautiful recipes, bursting with seasonal flavor, herbs, and vegetables, welcoming the reader into a mouth-watering world of Persian cooking, where each meal is a deeply-rooted communal experience, as much a gateway to…

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I don’t talk to dead bodies

🌟🌟🌟🌟 A compassionate and heart-felt memoir, written by a retired forensic psychiatrist, whose thirty-two year career exposed her to more diversity, challenges, risks, and yes, opportunities, than many of us can even imagine. As a psychiatrist who works with mentally-ill criminals (and not dead bodies, as is a common misconception),…

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The Grove

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟+ A rapturous read, filled with human stories, memories, hopes, dreams and imaginings, and as in the plants so wondrously carried within, this is a book we gardeners (botanists, plant and nature-lovers) must all agree on. A treasure, β€œglossy and its flowers abundant”, - this book is pure goodness for…

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