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Review: Lightness (La Légèreté)

Title: Lightness (La Légèreté)
Author
: Catherine Meurisse
Publisher: Europe Comics
Release Date: June 20th 2018
Pages: 136
Genre(s): Graphic novel, Nonfiction
Source: Netgalley
Purchase: The Book Depository

In the aftermath of the murderous attack on the Charlie Hebdo offices on January 7, 2015, cartoonist Catherine Meurisse struggles with the trauma of losing her friends and looks for a way to move forward with her life and her art. She soon enters a dissociative state where she loses her memories, especially those associated with esthetic experiences. This leads her on a quest to seek beauty and lightness in the world around her with the help of guiding lights including Proust, Stendhal, Baudelaire, and two provocative graffiti artists. Throughout the book, Meurisse uses her limber cartooning and dynamic writing to weave a tapestry raw emotion of philosophical reflection all laced with a dark strain of wry humor.

Netgalley provided me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review. Lightness (Original: La Légèreté) is a graphic novel written and drawn by Catherine Meurisse, one of the cartoonists at Charlie Hebdo who survived the terrorist attack in 2015.Continue reading

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Review: A Daughter’s Deadly Deception

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Title: A Daughter’s Deadly Deception: The Jennifer Pan Story
Author: Jeremy Grimaldi
Publisher: Dundurn
Release Date: November 12th 2016
Pages: 336
Genre(s): Nonfiction, Crime
Source: Netgalley
Purchase: The Book Depository

❝ From the outside looking in, Jennifer Pan seemed like a model daughter living a perfect life. The ideal child, the one her immigrant parents saw, was studying to become a pharmacist at the University of Toronto. But there was a dark, deceptive side to the angelic young woman.

In reality, Jennifer spent her days in the arms of her high school sweetheart, Daniel. In an attempt to lead the life she dreamed of, she would do almost anything: lie about her whereabouts, forge school documents, and invent fake jobs and a fictitious apartment. For many years she led this double life. But when her father discovered her web of lies, his ultimatum was severe. And so, too, was her revenge: a plan that culminated in cold-blooded murder. And it almost worked, except for one bad shot..

Netgalley provided me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review. A Daughter’s Deadly Deception is a great read if you want to gain more insight into the Jennifer Pan case, which is both horrifying and intriguing. Continue reading

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Review: Zone 22

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Title: Zone 22
Author: Tig Hague
Publisher: Michael Joseph
Release Date: 2008
Pages: 391
Genre(s): Nonfiction, Biography
Purchase: The Book Depository

❝ When Tig Hague kissed goodbye to his girlfriend Lucy, he was already thinking of his return. The couple were going house-hunting, looking for their first home together. Tig was only going to be gone a few days on a routine business trip – the annual highlight of an otherwise unglamorous job working on the Russian desk of a London bank.
But just hours later something went wrong at Moscow airport. Very wrong.

Misunderstanding a request from customs for a backhander to speed his progress into the country, Tig was pulled to one side to have his bag searched. A deliberate inconvenience, he thought.

But Tig’s world was about to implode with dizzying, terrifying speed. A tiny lump of hashish, nothing more than detritus from a recent stag weekend, was discovered in the pocket of an old pair of jeans. Too small to warrant anything more than a slapped wrist back home, he hadn’t even known it was there.

The thing about Zone 22 is that it isn’t a great book, but it does tell a very interesting and horrifying story. It is a true story about a British man who ends up in a gulag-like camp in Russia.Continue reading