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Vanessa Ratjen

AuRoaring Reviews columnist Vanessa Ratjen is a reader and a writer. She's done both in Nova Scotia, the Yukon, and on Vancouver Island, where she currently resides in a yurt.


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Issue: 2017-12-06, Credit: Amazon.ca

A boy is born, unbreathing, the umbilical cord wrapped around his neck. With his first croak of life, his mother sighs in relief. But after this early brush with death, her intuition warns her that “winter” will arrive prematurely in her son’s life.. more

Dec 6, 2017 12:00 AM Literature 2 Comments

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Issue: 2017-10-25, PHOTO: Amazon.ca

There’s no need to be a closet comic nerd anymore. The genre has exploded into accepted popularity over the last 10 years and it’s definitely something worth openly celebrating. If you’re like me, however, and relatively new to the scene, you... more

Oct 25, 2017 12:00 AM Literature

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Issue: 2017-09-06, PHOTO: amazon.ca

In the aftermath of getting kicked out by his wife, Jack Vesoovian begins a cross-country search for his missing friend, Petronius Totem. But there’s nothing straightforward about finding anyone in a world where a multi-national fibre optic... more

Sep 6, 2017 12:00 AM Literature

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Issue: 2017-08-30, PHOTO: Amazon.com

Every summer, Rose and her family pack up and head to their cottage in Awago Beach. There, the long days melt into lake swims and beach fires, counting stars, five-cent candies, watching movies and running around with her summer-sister, Windy. more

Aug 30, 2017 12:00 AM Literature

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Issue: 2017-08-02, PHOTO: Amazon.com

Henry is an introvert. He leads a fairly simple and solitary existence; works at a mechanic garage for wages and collects bones to assemble into bird skeletons for fun. He lives alone, quietly playing different supporting roles for the few people... more

Aug 2, 2017 12:00 AM Literature

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Of course there are many books on plant identification, but finding one specific to your climate and region is, well, essential. A time-tested book is Edible and Medicinal Plants of Canada by Andy Mackinnon (2009) – and there’s a whole related series more

Jul 26, 2017 12:00 AM Wild Harvest

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Issue: 2017-07-19, PHOTO: Harbour Publishing

Alert: For the dog lovers out there! Patient, boisterous, loyal and stubborn, every dog has a singular personality with a combination of unique traits; but there are certain qualities — like good with people, comfortable in the wild, can carry a... more

Jul 19, 2017 12:00 AM Literature

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Issue: 2017-06-28, PHOTO: Pixabay

It’s no secret the demands of modern western cultures are increasingly detrimental to our natural environment and swiftly changing the social fabric of our communities. And change is constant. more

Jun 28, 2017 12:00 AM Literature

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Issue: 2017-06-14, PHOTO: Amazon.com

Bordering on a genre of its own, Susan Musgrave’s cookbook-cum-community memoir, A Taste of Haida Gwaii is filled with the author’s joyful confidence in the unpredictable nature of things. But that’s simply one of its many charms. Musgrave lives... more

Jun 14, 2017 12:00 AM Literature

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Issue: 2017-06-07, PHOTO: House of Anansi Press

A vicious attack leaves two girls hospitalized. Their families, reeling, draw together, looking for answers. In her arresting debut novel, The Break, author Katherena Vermette, a Metis writer from Treaty One territory, weaves together the stories... more

Jun 7, 2017 12:00 AM Literature

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Issue: 2017-05-31, PHOTO: Pixabay

Often touted as a fairytale for adults, Alaska author Eowyn Ivey’s debut novel, The Snow Child, is a vividly depicted story about the heartache of life’s trials and the healing we are capable of. Set against the backdrop of 1920s Alaskan frontier... more

May 31, 2017 12:00 AM Literature 1 Comments

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Issue: 2017-05-17, PHOTO: Amazon.ca

Rumbling with dark humour, real life and bewitching characters, Eden Robinson’s latest novel, Son of a Trickster, is a confident coming-of-age story with a beautifully rhythmic cadence. Set in Kitimat, British Columbia, which is the town adjacent... more

May 17, 2017 12:00 AM Literature