May 11, 2013

Book Feature: A Good Home: A Memoir by Cynthia Reyes

Title: A Good Home: A Memoir by Cynthia Reyes
Paperback: 324 pages
Publisher: BPS Books (May 6, 2013)

Publisher description: "A Good Home is a profoundly emotional book about the author’s early life in rural Jamaica, her move to urban North America, and her trips back home, all told through vivid descriptions of the unique homes she has lived in — from a tiny pink house in Jamaica and a mountainside cabin near Vancouver to the historic Victorian farmhouse she lives in today, surrounded by neighbors who share spicy Malaysian noodles and seafood, Greek pastries and roast lamb, and Italian tomato sauce and wine (really strong wine).

 Full of lovingly drawn characters and vividly described places, A Good Home takes the reader through deeply moving stories of marriage, children, the death of parents, and an accident that takes its high-flying author down a humbling notch. Its pages sparkle with stories and reflections on home as: A foundation on which to build connections with children, relatives, and friends A place to celebrate the joys of elegant design, overflowing gardens (except for the wisteria vine, which cannot be coaxed into blooming), and the sharing of good food.

A wise teacher, showing us who we really were — and who we really are. When this brave, clear-eyed, and honest book returns, full circle, to the way it began, readers will want to read it all over again." (from amazon)

About the author: Cynthia Reyes has published non-fiction stories in Arabella Magazine, one of the fastest-growing magazines in the United States and Canada, as well as in the Globe and Mail and Toronto Life. Reyes is a former journalist and executive producer with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. More than a hundred episodes of her programs have appeared on network television. She is the winner of national and international awards and acclaim for her work as a television producer, project leader, and public speaker, including the Children’s Broadcast Institute Award and the Crystal Award for Outstanding Achievement in Film and Television.


  1. A Good Home sounds like a good read, I like the Jamaica setting.

  2. I like the idea of Jamaica setting as as the setting as well. Great presentation, Harvee!

  3. This sounds like it would be a good read on so many levels. Enjoyed your review of it.

    Thoughts in Progress


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