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Captain James Cook in Atlantic Canada

Captain James Cook in Atlantic Canada

The adventurer and map maker's formative years
by Jerry Lockett
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The skills, knowledge and experience that took Captain James Cook to the South Seas and around the world seemed to come out of nowhere. In fact, as author Jerry Lockett has discovered, their foundation was laid during the time he spent in Atlantic Canada. His experiences on Canada's east coast and the naval men he met there shaped him to become on …

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The Lady of the Ice

The Lady of the Ice

by James De Mille, introduction by George Parker
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The novel revolves around two sociable junior officers of the British garrison then stationed in Quebec City, who enjoy a lively life of parties and pastimes. Lieutenant Alexander Macrorie, the narrator, rescues a mysterious young lady from the ice floes of the St. Lawrence River. When she disappears his search brings him surprising acquaintances a …

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Pirates of the Atlantic

Pirates of the Atlantic

Robbery, murder and mayhem off the Canadian East Coast
by Dan Conlin
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Pirates have scoured the Atlantic coast from the 15th century to the present day. Separating the myth from reality, author Dan Conlin explains how piracy came to Atlantic Canada from rival European empires who sought to conquer and settle North America.

Through the "Golden Age" of piracy, bands of raiders included Peter Easton, the "King of Pirates, …

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With All Her Might

With All Her Might

The Life of Gertrude Harding, Militant Suffragette
by Gretchen Wilson
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Born in 1889, Gertrude Harding spent a boistrous childhood on a Welsford, New Brunswick, farm. She travelled to Hawaii to live with her sister, and, when her sister moved to London in 1912, Harding went with her. One day, from the top of a London bus, she saw a parade of women carrying large white posters. Attended by a policeman, they walked in si …

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Fighting for Women's Rights

Fighting for Women's Rights

The Extraordinary Adventures of Anna Leonowens
by Moushumi Chakrabarty
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From her time growing up in India and the Royal Court of Siam, Anna (made famous as the "I" in the movie The King and I) developed a fiercely independent nature that she brought with her to North America. As a well-known author, Anna toured America landing in Halifax where she single-handedly created an art school for girls - later to become the No …

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Grey Owl

Grey Owl

The Curious Life of Archie Belaney
by Irene Ternier Gordon
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"He gave his extraordinary genius, his passionate sympathy, his bodily strength, his magnetic personal influence, even his very earnings to the service of animals..." - Lovat Dickson, publisher. This book will be especially fascinating for all readers interested in: biography or animals. Grey Owl was known to millions of people as an outstanding Na …

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Norman Bethune

Norman Bethune

The Incredible Life and Tragic Death of a Revered Canadian Doctor
by Frances Hern
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"Within hours of his arrival, Norman was taken to meet Chairman Mao Zedong. The smiling man grabbed Norman's hands in welcome....The two men talked for hours." This book will be especially fascinating for all readers interested in: history or biography. One of the world's top surgeons, an advocate of democratic medical services, and an internationa …

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Alexander Graham Bell

Alexander Graham Bell

The Spirit of Invention
by Jennifer Groundwater
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In 1876, at only 29 years old, Alexander Graham Bell completed the invention that would turn him into a household name: the telephone. In so doing, he forever changed the way people communicate. But the telephone was just one of the many inventions Bell produced and shared with the world. Driven by a deep curiosity and a keen scientific mind, he wo …

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The Life of a Loyalist

The Life of a Loyalist

A Tale of Survival in Old Nova Scotia
by Cathleen Fillmore
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"It was a dangerous time to be loyal to the Crown. The divisive war had pitted neighbour against neighbour and father against son." This book will be especially fascinating for all readers interested in: history, biography, and life as a Loyalist in the Maritimes. The life of young Christiana Margaret Davis, a Loyalist born in upstate New York, was …

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Great Canadian Love Stories

Great Canadian Love Stories

Romances, Affairs, and Passionate Tales
by Cheryl MacDonald
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From the Irish princess, taken prisoner by pirates, who fell in love with one of her captors and settled in Newfoundland, to the ardent courtship of Alexander Graham Bell and his bride-to-be, Mabel, this book celebrates the passion, the pain, and the romance of Canadian lovers through the ages.

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Canada's Rumrunners

Canada's Rumrunners

Incredible Adventures and Exploits During Canada's Illicit Liquor Trade
by Art Montague
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"...despite flying bullets and cannon shots, Ben had his crew hastily tossing evidence over the side of the boat. Bullet-riddled, the Maritimas finally came to a stop, but even then, the crew continued to throw the beer overboard." This book will be especially fascinating for all readers interested in: the history of crime or prohibition. It is saf …

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Niagara Daredevils

Niagara Daredevils

Thrills and Spills over Niagara Falls
by Cheryl MacDonald
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"Blondin's daring and cool demeanour made him an instant celebrity - on one [tightrope crossing, he carried a small cook stove, stopped midway, fried up two omelettes, and lowered them to spectators aboard the Maid of the Mist." This book will be especially fascinating for all readers interested in: history, or adventure. From swimmers and jumpers, …

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Laura Secord

Laura Secord

The Heroic Adventures of a Canadian Legend
by Cheryl MacDonald
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During the War of 1812, Canadian and British forces battled against the United States with great determination. Many of these soldiers displayed incredible bravery in the face of the enemy. The most legendary act, however, was performed by a civilian woman. This is the story of Laura Secord, a devoted wife and mother, who risked life and limb to wa …

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Master and Madman

Master and Madman

The Surprising Rise and Disastrous Fall of the Hon Anthony Lockwood RN
by Peter Thomas & Nicholas Tracy
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Shortlisted, Democracy 250 Atlantic Book Award for Historical Writing

Despite the coming social reforms undertaken at home, the world of the Georgian British Empire was nothing if not class-conscious and leery of outsiders. But Anthony Lockwood, with no known certain record of his parentage and whose first appearance in history is his signing onto t …

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A People on the Move

A People on the Move

The Métis of the Western Plains
by Irene Ternier Gordon
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The blossoming of Métis society and culture in the 19th century marked a fascinating and colourful era in western Canadian history. Drawing from journals and contemporary sources, Irene Ternier Gordon presents a vivid account of Métis life in the area that is now Saskatchewan and Alberta. Here are the stories of the masters of the plains—Métis …

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Yip Sang

Yip Sang

and the First Chinese Canadians
by Frances Hern
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During the second half of the 19th century, thousands of Chinese men arrived on the west coast of North America, seeking to escape poverty and make their fortunes in the goldfields or working on the railroads. Among them was 36-year-old Yip Sang, a native of Guangdong province in southeast China, who arrived in Vancouver in 1881 after failing to st …

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The Crested Seas

The Crested Seas

by Arthur Hunt Chute, introduction by Gerald Hallowell
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Johnnie Angus grew up around fishermen and fishing vessels and, like other young men in Judique, on Cape Breton's southwest shore, he always dreamed of going to sea. When he and his companion Louis, "a Gaelic-speaking negro," get trapped "accidentally" aboard his uncle's schooner in the harbour at Port Hood, their hair-raising and daring adventures …

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The Curse of Flowervilla

The Curse of Flowervilla

by Anastasia English
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A captivating, multi-generational tale of romance, betrayal, and mystery, set in a picturesque Newfoundland fishing community.

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Native Chiefs and Famous Mv©tis

Native Chiefs and Famous Mv©tis

Leadership and Bravery in the Canadian West
by Holly Quan
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These inspiring true stories illuminate the courage and wisdom of five 19th-century Native leaders and famous Métis who fought against impossible odds to preserve the culture and rights of their people. The visionary Cree leader Big Bear sought peace and a better life, only to be hunted mercilessly and imprisoned unjustly. Jerry Potts, the legenda …

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Einstein's Gift

Einstein's Gift

by Vern Thiessen
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Einstein’s Gift follows the life and work of Nobel laureate Dr. Fritz Haber, a man who risked everything for a country that never accepted him. Haber, a chemist who worked hard to enhance life, discovered too late that when his knowledge was put in the hands of the wrong people, millions would die and that his efforts to serve humanity were futil …

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To Be a Cowboy

To Be a Cowboy

Oliver Christensen's Story
by Barbara Holliday, as told by Oliver Christensen
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During a time of two world wars and a sluggish world economy, many Northern Europeans left their homelands to build the American and Canadian West with dreams of abundance and new life. Spanning a period from the late 1800s to the mid-1900s, To Be a Cowboy recounts the dreams and realities of a father and a son.

Otto Christensen came to North Ameri …

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Two Blackbirds

Two Blackbirds

by Garry Ryan
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The fires of the Second World War are beginning to burn down, but legendary Canadian aviatrix Sharon Lacey is not out of danger just yet. Complications enter the young ace's life as deep-seated racial and class prejudice, potential fifth columnists and even her own killer code of honour threaten her hard-fought reputation, while a new and wonderful …

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Sophie, In Shadow

Sophie, In Shadow

by Eileen Kernaghan
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Grade: 9 to 12
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It’s 1914. Sixteen year old Sophie Pritchard, orphaned two years earlier by the sinking of the SS Titanic, is about to begin a new life in the unfamiliar world of British India. For Sophie, still devastated by her parents’ death, India proves a dangerously unsettling environment. Are her terrifying experiences in Kali’s temple and the Park St …

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A Halifax Boyhood

A Halifax Boyhood

Growing up on the city's outskirts in the 1940s and 50s
by Malcolm MacLeod, with William D. Naftel
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Anyone who grew up in the late 1940s and 50s will recognize themselves and their experiences in this story of a Halifax boyhood. Whether its the thrill of skating while holding someones hand for the first time, waiting for a Saturday matinee in the raucous din of a movie theatre full of kids, or exploring a building left temporarily unsupervised, …

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The Third Riel Conspiracy

The Third Riel Conspiracy

by Stephen Legault
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It is the spring of 1885 and the Northwest Rebellion has broken out. Amid the chaos of the Battle of Batoche, a grisly act leaves Reuben Wake dead. A Metis man is arrested for the crime, but he claims innocence. When Durrant Wallace, sergeant in the North West Mounted Police, begins his own investigation into the man’s possible motives, he learns …

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Portrait of a Scandal

Portrait of a Scandal

The Abortion Trial of Robert Notman
by Elaine Kalman Naves
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In the winter of 1868 a name Montreal society associated with art, good breeding, and culture became fodder for scandal mongers. The Notman name, synonymous with fine photography, was suddenly making headlines featuring the words "abortion" and "suicide." A dozen years earlier, two brothers fled their native Scotland . They were attracted to Montre …

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The Wolsenburg Clock

The Wolsenburg Clock

by Jay Ruzesky
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In his debut novel, The Wolsenburg Clock, Vancouver Island poet Jay Ruzesky sets out to tell the multi-century history of an astronomical clock in a small Austrian city. The clock is a mechanical marvel for its time, viewed in much the same way as we treat current 3-D wonders like Avatar. As the hours and minutes tick by, the movement of the planet …

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The Gunner

The Gunner

by Paul Almond
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Eric Alford's safe and romantic life on the peaceful Gaspe Coast is shattered by his decision to follow his elder brother John (the Pilgrim and The Chaplain) into the 1914-18 cataclysm of death and destruction known as the "Great War for Civilisation". By his thundering Howitzer, Gunner Alford assaults the Hun through every major Canadian battle of …

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Bittersweet Passage

Bittersweet Passage

Redress and the Japanese Canadian Experience
by Maryka Omatsu
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Maryka Omatsu’s family was among those whose lives were shattered and properties taken by the Canadian government’s harsh and racist actions against Japanese Canadians during the Second World War. Bittersweet Passage is a moving account of the Japanese Canadian struggle to come to terms with a painful history. It is also the story of the author …

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Alequiers

Alequiers

The History of a Homestead
by Mike Schintz
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"The sky had become overcast again, and the tops of the hills showed vaguely in the dusk: grey snow against grey sky, adding to the sense of desolation. To the southeast, where the trail winds its way toward Longview and the prairie, I could just make out the corner of the hill from which the lights of home were first visible on a winter night. Wha …

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The Reckoning of Boston Jim

The Reckoning of Boston Jim

by Claire Mulligan
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The colony of British Columbia, 1863. Boston Jim Milroy, a lone trapper and trader with an eidetic memory and a tragic unreckoned past, has become obsessed with reciprocating a seemingly minor kindness from the loquacious Dora Hume, a settler in the Cowichan Valley of Vancouver Island. Dora's kindness and her life story both haunt Boston Jim, and …

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A Changed Heart

A Changed Heart

by May Agnes Fleming, introduction by Bonnie Huskins
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Romance, suspense, and murder provide the backdrop for this Gothic novel set in mid-Victorian Saint John, New Brunswick, by 19th-century writer May Agnes Fleming. A dashing British military officer makes a splash in local society, but a clique of young socialites in the booming colonial town soon find out that there is more to Captain Cavendish tha …

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A Thoroughly Wicked Woman

A Thoroughly Wicked Woman

Murder, Perjury and Trial by Newspaper
by Betty Keller
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On a foggy evening in November 1905, 48-year-old Thomas Jackson returned to his home on Melville Street in Vancouver after nine months of prospecting north of the Skeena. Jackson was happy because he had made an important gold strike. Four days later he was dead from strychnine poisoning. Any of the other four people living in the house on Melville …

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The Wolves at Evelyn

The Wolves at Evelyn

Journeys through a Dark Century
by Harold Rhenisch
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At once a memoir, a work of philosophy, a story of European immigration to Canada's dark places of the earth, and an exploration of the roots and effects of colonialism, The Wolves At Evelyn: Journeys Through a Dark Century is a stylistic and rhetorical tour de force from one of Canada's master prose stylists.

Dissident communists fleeing 1920s Germ …

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Searching for Billie

Searching for Billie

by Freda Jackson
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Jane Priddle, a proper young Englishwoman, has lived a sheltered, genteel life. In 1897, she is offered a life-changing opportunity: she will travel to Canada's northwest frontier to search for young Billie Thomm.

Surviving in the gutters of London, England, Billie had acquired the cunning of someone twice his 15 years, but a moment of desperation a …

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A Man Called Moses

A Man Called Moses

by Bill Gallaher
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“The Black Barber of Barkerville,” as Wellington Delaney Moses was known, came to British Columbia from San Francisco, looking for a new home and a place of peace. He was among the first black people to arrive in B.C., hoping that the colony, with its Creole governor, James Douglas, would offer a more tolerant and welcoming frontier than had Ca …

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The Promise

The Promise

Love, Loyalty & the Lure of Gold
by Bill Gallaher
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It was 1862 and the Cariboo Gold Rush was in full swing. Sophia Cameron, the Beauty of Barkerville, lay dying of typhoid when her husband, John Cariboo Cameron, made one last promise to his fading young wife. The Promise is a compelling story of a great love and an epic struggle to honour a dying wife's final request: to take her body home to easte …

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Three Against the Wilderness

Three Against the Wilderness

by Eric Collier
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Timeless tales about wilderness living.

 

Eric Collier's riveting recollections about the 26 years that he, his wife Lillian and son Veasy spent homesteading in the isolated Chilcotin wilderness made for an international bestseller and one of the most famous books ever written about British Columbia.

 

In the early 1930s, Collier and his family moved t …

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The Tinsmith

The Tinsmith

by Tim Bowling
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Grade: 11
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Finalist for the 2012 Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize

During the bloodiest single-day battle in American history, Anson Baird, a surgeon for the Union Army, is on the front line tending to the wounded. As the number of casualties rises, a mysterious soldier named John comes to Anson's aid. Deeply affected by the man's selfless actions, Anson soo …

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The Horseman's Last Call

The Horseman's Last Call

A Wild Jack Strong Story
by Bill Gallaher
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The Horseman’s Last Call presents the closing chapters in the life of Wild Jack Strong. The story opens with Jack content on the ranch he had always dreamed of, with a loving wife and an adopted son. His good friend Jim Spencer and Jim’s family live just down the road, so life couldn’t be better.

However, things take an unwanted turn when war …

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Stony Point

Stony Point

by S. Noél McKay
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Stony Point tells the story of a woman who succeeds in doing things at a time when custom restricts her from doing anything. In 1903, shortly after the Frank slide, a newspaper reporter vanishes from a mining town in the Crowsnest Pass. Lucille travels to Stony Point in search of her sister's husband. She finds a town under the heel of a ruthless m …

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This Godforsaken Place

This Godforsaken Place

by Cinda Gault
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The year is 1885 and Abigail Peacock is resisting what seems to be an inevitable future—a sensible career as a teacher and marriage to the earnestly attentive local storeowner.

But then she buys a rifle, and everything changes.

This Godforsaken Place is the absorbing tale of one tenacious woman’s journey set against the dramatic backdrop of the …

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The Hero

The Hero

by Paul Almond
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Eric Alford, one of the brave but shell-shocked soldiers of WWI, sets out during Canada's Great Depression to find his British sweetheart. He ends up in Australia, where he finally wins ordination as a clergyman. After an emotionally fraught round the world trip, he arrives home in Quebec only to find his traumas growing worse. He continues to batt …

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Trail to the Interior

Trail to the Interior

by R. M. Patterson
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Reliving the adventures of past explorers.

Trail to the Interior is R. M. Patterson's rich account of exploration and personal adventure in the Cassiar district of British Columbia. The trail is the historic track from Wrangell, Alaska, along the Stikine and Dease rivers and across the height of the land into the valleys of the Liard and the Mackenz …

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Passage on the Cardena

Passage on the Cardena

by Mel Dagg
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In the summer of 1930, fifteen-year-old Matthew Clayton's mother dies, leaving him alone in Vancouver. Using the Union Steamship ticket she gave him, he sets out in search of his father, who is logging somewhere on the rugged West Coast. Matt boards the SS Cardena and begins an incredible voyage up the Inside Passage and through the isolated coasta …

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The Judge and the Lady

The Judge and the Lady

by Marlyn Horsdal
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When the beautiful and flirtatious Eleanor Wentworth is sent away from London in 1870 for her scandalous behaviour, she arrives, angry and rebellious, in Victoria, a town that falls far below her expectations of society. Soon, however, she is befriended by Celia Turner, the freethinking young wife of a conservative minister, and unlikely though it …

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High Rider

High Rider

by Bill Gallaher
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Winner of a 2016 Independent Publisher Book Award

Born a slave on a rice plantation in South Carolina, John Ware (1845–1905) became one of the most successful independent ranchers in southern Alberta through the sheer force of his will and through his incredible skill at the cowboy trade.

This fascinating historical novel details his adventures, as …

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Last Airlift

Last Airlift

A Vietnamese Orphan’s Rescue from War  
by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch
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Last Airlift is the true story of the last Canadian airlift operation that left Saigon and arrived in Toronto on April 13, 1975. Son Thi Anh Tuyet was one of 57 babies and children on that flight. Based on personal interviews and enhanced with archive photos, Tuyet's story of the Siagon orphanage and her flight to Canada is an emotional and suspens …

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The Iron Bridge

The Iron Bridge

by Anton Piatigorsky
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Shortlisted, Danuta Gleed Literary Award

In a bold, brilliant collection of stories, Dora Award-winning playwright Anton Piatigorsky delivers a superbly inspired inquiry into the early lives of the 20th century's most notorious tyrants. In The Iron Bridge, he is unafraid to push at the boundaries of the unexpected as he breathes fictionalized life i …

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Sheilagh's Brush

Sheilagh's Brush

by Maura Hanrahan
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WINNER OF THE 2011 IPPY BRONZE MEDAL FOR REGIONAL FICTION

"Maura Hanrahan writes powerfully of the pain and joy of motherhood and ultimately delivers a mighty portrait of women’s lives writ large across the blue of sea and sky. I read it in great gulps. ”—Erica Eisdorfer, author of The Wet Nurse’s Tale

On the cusp of the Depression, Sheilagh …

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