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An Arctic Man

An Arctic Man

The classic account of sixty-five years in Canada's North
by Ernie Lyall, introduction by William L. Lyall
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Ernie Lyall was born in Labrador in 1910 and joined the Hudson's Bay Company at a time when it was expanding its presence in the Eastern Arctic. He spent many years as a front-line player with the company, building stores and developing trade with the local people. He became part of the Inuit community by marrying an Inuk and together with his wif …

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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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Abode of Love

Abode of Love

Growing Up in a Messianic Cult
by Kate Barlow
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When Kate Barlow was a little girl, she moved with her mother and her older sisters to a ramshackle English mansion. They were not alone on the once-grand estate, surrounded as they were by twenty eccentric, elderly women, one of whom was her grandmother...or was she?

This remarkable memoir is the true story of life inside "The A," the infamous Agap …

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Different Minds

Different Minds

Living with Alzheimer Disease
by Lorna Drew & Leo Ferrari
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Lorna Drew thought her partner was carrying his absent-minded professor status too far, until, two years ago, he was diagnosed with Alzheimer Disease. A thoughtful memoir and a wide-ranging handbook, Different Minds is an illuminating side-by-side account of life with Alzheimer Disease. Prepared with the assistance of the Alzheimer Society of New B …

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Bittersweet

Bittersweet

Confessions of a Twice-Married Man
by Philip Lee
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Sometimes the life we have constructed needs to fall apart before we can begin the process of making something better. After his first marriage ended, Philip Lee found himself living with his younger brother in an old fisherman's house by the sea, trying to restore some order to the wreckage of his life. It was a dark year of rain-bucket showers, b …

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My Life

My Life

by Sofia Andreevna Tolstaya, edited by Andrew Donskov, translated by John Woodsworth & Arkadi Klioutchanski
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The Modern Language Association (MLA) awarded the Lois Roth Award to John Woodsworth and Arkadi Klioutchanski of the University of Ottawa’s Slavic Research Group for their translation of Sofia Andreevna Tolstaya’s My Life memoirs.

My Life was selected among the top 100 non-fiction works of 2010 by The Globe and Mail.
It has also won an honourab …

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Wild Apples

Wild Apples

Field Notes from a River Farm
by Wayne Curtis
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There is a dreamlike quality to many of the stories in this new collection from Wayne Curtis. In Wild Apples, he returns to familiar themes of love and longing, and the push-pull emotions which inevitably accompany any attempt to break free of the ties that bind. Simple pleasures abound in these evocative stories, be it fishing on the river, gather …

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Campie

Campie

by Barbara Stewart
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Bankrupt, homeless and with only an old Toyota Tercel to her name, Barbara Stewart has taken a job as a camp attendant at Trinidad 11, an oil-rig camp in northwestern Alberta. She was told it’s a “dry” camp—good news for a person hoping to stay sober—but she soon finds out this isn’t true. During the day, she mops floors, scrubs bathroo …

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Broken Circle

Broken Circle

The Dark Legacy of Indian Residential Schools
by Theodore Fontaine
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“Too many survivors of Canada’s Indian residential schools live to forget. Theodore Fontaine writes to remember." - Hana Gartner, CBC's The Fifth Estate

Now an approved curriculum resource for grade 9–12 students in British Columbia and Manitoba.

Theodore (Ted) Fontaine lost his family and freedom just after his seventh birthday, when his pare …

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Denny's Trek

Denny's Trek

A Mountie's Memoir of the March West
by Cecil E. Denny
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Like many other pioneering North West Mounted Police officers, Cecil Denny was a colourful, independent man with a career full of conquest and controversy. He and his comrades played key roles in the taming of Canada's wild and woolly west, and in this compilation of selected writings from his books The Law Marches West and The Riders of the Plains …

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Chilcotin Yarns

Chilcotin Yarns

by Bruce Watt
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Getting three trucks and two horses stuck in the mud on "a good road" into BC's wild, remote interior was just the start of Bruce Watt's hilarious adventures—and it was his honeymoon, too. When the newly married Watt moved there in 1948 to take up ranching, he was a just a kid in his early 20s. He and his wife fell in love with Big Creek, three h …

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Jack Whyte

Jack Whyte

Forty Years in Canada
by Jack Whyte
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Best known for his original series of Arthurian novels, A Dream of Eagles (called The Camulod Chronicles in the US), and his Knights Templar trilogy, Jack Whyte has authored 10 international bestsellers in the past 15 years. Jack's imagination and his passion for observing human nature shine through in both his prose and his verse in this uniquely …

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Within the Barbed Wire Fence

Within the Barbed Wire Fence

A Japanese Man's Account of his Internment in Canada
by Takeo Ujo Nakano, foreword by Leatrice M. Willson Chan
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Takeo Nakano immigrated to Canada from Japan in 1920, later marrying and starting a family in his adopted homeland. Takeo's passion was poetry, and he cultivated the exquisite form known as tanka.

Then came the Second World War. Takeo Nakano was one of thousands of Japanese men forcibly separated from his family in 1942 and interned in labour camps …

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Shelter From the Storm

Shelter From the Storm

A Sailor's Life of Havens, High Seas, and Discovery
by June Cameron
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Buying Saffron, a 24-foot racing sailboat, was an act of desperation meant to help single parent June Cameron and her youngest son validate themselves. It did that and more. A friend persuaded June to race the boat, and over the next decade June, either solo or with her all-female crew, competed in BC's major sailing races, taking home a lot of the …

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Once Upon a Time

Once Upon a Time

My Life With Children's Books
by Sheila Egoff
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In Once Upon a Time: My Life with Children's Books Sheila Egoff tells the story of her working life, from her early voracious reading, through all her significant contributions to libraries in Canada and to our national understanding of our own literature for children. She brings both a critical eye and a personal touch to this book, which reads as …

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Never Shoot a Stampede Queen

Never Shoot a Stampede Queen

A Rookie Reporter in the Cariboo
by Mark Leiren-Young
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Winner of the 2009 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour

The cops wanted to shoot me, my bosses thought I was a Bolshevik, and a local lawyer warned me that some people I was writing about might try to test the strength of my skull with a steel pipe. What more could any young reporter hope for from his first real job?

The night Mark Leiren-Young drove …

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Below the Bridge

Below the Bridge

Memories of the Southside, St. John's
by Helen Fogwill Porter
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A colourful memoir of growing up on the south side of St. John’s, Newfoundland, in the 1940s and 1950s. Porter brings to life the lost community of her childhood, and introduces us to the vibrant characters who lived there.

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Mulligan's Stew

Mulligan's Stew

My Life . . . So Far
by Terry David Mulligan, with Glen Schaefer
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Veteran broadcaster Terry David Mulligan takes readers on a galloping romp down the roads he’s travelled, from busting bad guys as a Mountie to spinning records as a DJ to sampling fine wines around the world. He reminisces about growing up in the North Vancouver neighbourhood known as Skunk Hollow, and about the hard price he paid to leave the M …

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My Journey with Jake

My Journey with Jake

A Memoir of Parenting and Disability, 4th Edition
by Miriam Edelson
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Jake is celebrating his tenth birthday. That’s a remarkable feat, because at birth he was given only three years to live. Miriam Edelson is his mother, a dedicated fighter for Jake and families in similar situations. Edelson poses some tough questions: How do parents cope with a child who has special needs? Are we failing, as a society, to care f …

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The Small Nouns Crying Faith

The Small Nouns Crying Faith

by Phil Hall
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The first word in this new collection by Phil Hall is "raw" and the last word is "blurtip." Between these, many nouns cry faith within a hook-less framework that sings in chorus while undermining such standard forms & tropes as "the memoir," "genealogy" and "the shepherd's calendar." With a rural pen, these poems talk frogs, carrots, local noises, …

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Secession/Insecession

Secession/Insecession

by Chus Pato & Erin Moure
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Secession / Insecession is a homage to the acts of reading, writing and translating poetry. In it, Chus Pato’s Galician biopoetics of poet and nation, Secession – translated by Erín Moure – joins Moure’s Canadian translational biopoetics, Insecession. To Pato, the poem is an insurrection against normalized language; to Moure, translation i …

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An Inside Look at External Affairs During the Trudeau Years

An Inside Look at External Affairs During the Trudeau Years

The Memoirs of Mark MacGuigan
by Mark MacGuigan, edited by Whitney Lackenbauer, foreword by Paul C. Martin
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"Between these covers, you will read about the life of an individual - Mark MacGuigan - who dedicated his life to bettering Canada…. From his fascination with the law to his interest in politics and international affairs, Mark made a lasting impact on virtually every area to which he turned his efforts." - Paul C. Martin, from the Foreword

Mark Ma …

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Looking for Country

Looking for Country

A Norwegian Immigrant's Alberta Memoir
by Ellenor Ranghild Merriken, edited by Janice Dickin
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"Looking for Country" refers to the thought process of animals bent on escape. A stampeding herd, or a spooked horse running away with its rider, may be described as "looking for country." It could also be applied to this memoir in another sense -- immigrants were looking for land, a piece of new country, and, perhaps, an escape from their old coun …

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A Baltic Odyssey

A Baltic Odyssey

War and Survival
by Jurgen von Rosen & Martha von Rosen, edited by Elvi Whittaker
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Baroness Martha von Rosen, a Baltic German aristocrat, and her memories of the last year of the Second World War and the diary of her late husband, Baron Jürgen von Rosen, taken prisoner by the Allied forces during the war, together pay homage to the assertion that history can be a decidedly individual event.

Martha von Rosen has written a moving …

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Ghost Pine: All Stories True

Ghost Pine: All Stories True

by Jeff Miller
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Ghost Pine: All Stories True offers thirteen years worth of sparkling true stories from the life of author Jeff Miller, compiling the best of his long-running zine. From his youth in suburban Ottawa in the late 1990s, to travels across Canada and North America and his current home in Montreal, Miller’s stories are equal measures funny and sad, no …

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Long Labour, A

Long Labour, A

A Dutch Mother's Holocaust Memoir
by Rhodea Shandler
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In this unusual Holocaust memoir, Rhodea Shandler gives a woman's view of life under the Nazis in Holland. She begins by describing her early life in a closely knit Jewish family in northern Holland. There was anti-Semitism, she explains, but it was of a low level, and the Jews with their strong ties to community managed to live relatively normal l …

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In the Belly of Oz

In the Belly of Oz

by Kay, Tarzan
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At first you will think this book is a travel memoir about Australia, and so it may surprise you when it reveals itself as a tale of self-discovery and personal awakening. These twists are revealed when the subject turns to dropping out of law school, flirting with anorexia and getting dumped by a string of wildly inappropriate men. Hold steady whe …

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More Than a Mountain

More Than a Mountain

One Woman's Everest
by TA Loeffler
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Writing with remarkable openness and passion, T.A. Loeffler recounts her powerful story of preparing for, and attempting to scale, the mighty summit of Mount Everest. With gripping descriptions and spectacular photos, she invites readers into the extreme world of high-altitude climbing

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Rosina, the Midwife

Rosina, the Midwife

by Jessica Kluthe
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tagged : personal memoirs, cultural heritage, women's studies, women

Finalist for a 2014 Alberta Literary Award

Between 1870 and 1970, 26 million Italians left their homeland and travelled to places like Canada, Australia and the United States, in search of work. Many of them never returned to Italy. Against this historic backdrop comes the story of Rosina, a Calabrian matriarch, who worked as a midwife in an area wh …

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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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Betrayal

Betrayal

Agricultural Politics in the Fifties
by Herbert Schulz
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Herbert Schulz gives us an inside''s account of the hardscrabble and often heartless prairie farm politics of the 1950s. The son of a CCF member, Schulz was an early organizer for the Manitoba Federation of Agriculture and later an executive in the Grandview Pool Elevator Association. His compelling memoir offers many humorous and poignant anecdote …

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Birding with Yeats

Birding with Yeats

A Mother's Memoir
by Lynn Thomson
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A delicately rendered memoir on motherhood, family, and the beauty of the natural world.

In fall 2007, Lynn Thomson experiences a huge life shift. Her teenage son, Yeats, is just beginning high school. Yeats has always struggled against the system, against the pressure to conform. He is a poet at heart: acutely sensitive, highly intelligent, and sol …

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You're In Canada Now . . .

You're In Canada Now . . .

A Memoir of Sorts
by Susan Musgrave
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Evocative and superbly rakish, these essays are a generous diagnosis of the often offbeat worlds of family, writing, travel, sex and death as interpreted through the real life adventures of Susan Musgrave. Equally at home recounting the lore of her outlaw husband Stephen Reid, or interpreting the arcane rituals of her teenage girls, Musgrave brings …

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Thinking Union

Thinking Union

Activism and Education in Canada's Labour Movement
by D'Arcy Martin
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Over the past seventeen years, trade union educator D’Arcy Martin has conducted hundreds of courses for Canadian workers. He has learned that there are people?”conscious romantics”?who dream of a more egalitarian world while confronting the obstacles that stand in the way of building it. This book provides a refreshing personal account of uni …

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Looking Back

Looking Back

Canadian Women's Prairie Memoirs and Intersections of Culture, History, and Identity
by S. Leigh Matthews PhD
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When we think about women settlers on the Prairies, our notions tend to veer between the nostalgic image of the "cheerful helpmate" and the grim deprivation of the "reluctant immigrant." In this ground-breaking new study, Leigh Matthews shows how a critical approach to the life-writing of individual prairie women can broaden and deepen our understa …

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As I Remember Them

As I Remember Them

Childhood in Quebec and Why We Came West
by Jeanne-Elise Olsen, edited by G. Lorraine Ouellett & Ian Adam
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Originally written in the early 1970s, As I Remember Them is based on Jeanne-Elise Olsen's extraordinary recall of her childhood and youth spent in an isolated part of the Laurentians in the Lièvre River Valley in the early twentieth century.

Jeanne was the daughter of a Roman Catholic priest who was excommunicated from the Church because he marrie …

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No One Awaiting Me

No One Awaiting Me

Two Brothers Defy Death During the Holocaust in Romania
by Joil Alpern
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Here is the riveting account of two orphaned brothers whose unshakeable courage enable them to survive the still rarely told horrors of the Holocaust in Romania. As Jews were expelled from Bukovina and Bessarabia to Transnistria, young Joil and Avrum witnessed the cruel destruction of their own parents and many others. But underlying the author's u …

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Mendel's Children

Mendel's Children

A Family Chronicle
by Cherie Smith
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Through a unique combination of biography, memoir, and autobiography, Cherie Smith traces four generations of her immigrant family and, in doing so, charts the very course of Russian-Jewish immigration to the Canadian prairies over the last one hundred years.

The story begins in the shtetles of Poland and Latvia in the 1890s and follows an often wil …

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Lucky Dog

Lucky Dog

How Being a Veterinarian Saved My Life
by Sarah Boston
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Lucky Dog is a hilarious and heartwarming memoir by a renowned veterinary oncologist who tells us what we can learn about health care and ourselves from our most beloved pets.

What happens when a veterinary surgical oncologist (laymen’s term: cancer surgery doctor) thinks she has cancer herself? Enter Sarah Boston: a vet who suspects a suspicious …

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Mary Seacole

Mary Seacole

The Making of the Myth
by Lynn McDonald
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Mary Seacole: The Making of the Myth is the first book to challenge the popular misconceptions that surround Mary Seacole’s iconic status as a “pioneer nurse” and battlefield heroine, intended, by some, to replace Florence Nightingale in those roles. McDonald masterfully disentangles reality from the myths, both those that exaggerate Seacole …

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No Easy Ride

No Easy Ride

Reflections on My Life in the RCMP
by Ian Parsons
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On July 3, 1961, Ian Parsons reported to RCMP Depot Division in Regina as a raw recruit. It was the beginning of a 33-year adventure that took him from Newfoundland to Vancouver Island and many points between. By the time he retired with the rank of inspector, Parsons had a policeman’s trunk full of colourful stories and insightful observations t …

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My Name is Lola

My Name is Lola

by Lola Rozsa & Susie Sparks
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This book contains the collected memories of Lola Rozsa - of her life and service to her family, her church, and her community as she and her husband, Ted, made their way from the tiny towns of the Depression-era, dust bowl southern plains to the burgeoning oil fields of Alberta in 1949. As Ted struggled to build his first seismic company, Lola rai …

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With Heart and Soul

With Heart and Soul

Calgary's Italian Community
by Antonella Fanella
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With Heart and Soul goes beyond the normal treatment of causes and consequences of immigration and focuses on the ways in which 'Old World' cultural traits were transformed and altered as immigrants encountered an urban, industrial (and, at times, hostile) new environment.

Based on forty-eight in-depth interviews with first-generation Italian immig …

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Hearts and Minds

Hearts and Minds

Canadian Romance at the Dawn of the Modern Era, 1900-1930
by Dan Azoulay
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What was romance like for Canadians a century ago? What qualities did marriageable men and women look for in prospective mates? How did they find suitable partners in difficult circumstances such as frontier isolation and parental disapproval, and, when they did, how did courtship proceed in the immediate post-Victorian era, when traditional romant …

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Writing the West Coast

Writing the West Coast

edited by Christine Lowther
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This collection of over thirty essays by both well-known and emerging writers explores what it means to “be at home” on Canada’s West Coast. Here the rainforest and the wild, stormy cost dominate one’s sense of identity, a humbling perspective shared in memoirs by individuals who come to see themselves as part of a larger ecological communi …

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No Time to Mourn

No Time to Mourn

by Leon Kahn
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Growing up Jewish in the little town, or shtetl, of Eisiskes near the Polish-Lithuanian border, Leon Kahn experienced a peaceful childhood until September 1, 1939 when Hitler’s forces attacked Poland. Only sixteen years of age, Kahn watched as the women and children of his community were herded into a gravel pit and murdered.Realizing that to sta …

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The Red Album

The Red Album

by Stephen Collis
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In the tradition of Borges, Nabakov, and Bolaño, The Red Album is a work of fiction that questions historical authenticity and authority. Divided into two parts, the book begins with an edited and footnoted narrative of dubious origins. In the second part, a section of "documents" (including essays, memoirs, a short play and a filmography) shed li …

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Text Me, Love Mom

Text Me, Love Mom

Two Girls, Two Boys, One Empty Nest
by Candace Allan
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In an age where our kids are helicopter parented and bubble wrapped, this mother of four isn't looking forward to her four talented, artistic children leaving the family home. Bubble after protective bubble bursts as her troupe queues up and flies off to distant places. Candace Allan attempts to iparent from afar through sometimes turbulent, someti …

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Medicine and Duty

Medicine and Duty

The World War I Memoir of Captain Harold W. McGill, Medical Officer, 31st Battalion C.E.F.
edited by Marjorie Barron N, foreword by Patrick Brennan
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"The story of the individual always grips us - it is why biography remains so popular. But in Medicine and Duty we receive a double serving: the story of Medical Officer Captain Harold W. McGill coupled with the story of the many men who served in the 31st Battalion and what they together managed to achieve against such long odds." - Patrick Brenna …

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Staying Human Through the Holocaust

Staying Human Through the Holocaust

by Teréz Mózes, edited and translated by Maureen Wise & Oren Hercz, translated by Audrey Demarcisco
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Teréz Mózes was born in Romania in 1919 to a stable and loving family. Her idyllic life would eventually be shattered by the upheavals of the Second World War as the Nazis systematically undertook the destruction of the Jewish race.

Starting with the insidious and menacing anti-Jewish laws and continuing with resettlement into cramped ghettos and …

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