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Parenting Your Parents

Parenting Your Parents

Support Strategies for Meeting the Challenge of Aging in the Family: Second Edition, Revised and Expanded
by Bart J. Mindszenthy & Michael Gordon
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When our parents reach a certain age and have difficulty coping, we find ourselves wondering how to provide them with the kind of love, care, support, and attention they need - just as they have done for us all our lives. Parenting Your Parents shows, through case studies, that you are not alone and offers advice to help you along this difficult bu …

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A Really Good Brown Girl

A Really Good Brown Girl

by Marilyn Dumont, introduction by Lee Maracle
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Grade: 9
tagged : canadian, native american

On the occasion of the press’s 40th anniversary, Brick Books is proud to present the fourth of six new editions of classic books from our back catalogue. This edition of A Really Good Brown Girl features a new Introduction by Lee Maracle, a new Afterword by the author and a new cover and design by the renowned typographer Robert Bringhurst.

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Love Outlandish

Love Outlandish

by Barry Dempster
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A love affair chronicled--from obsession to heartbreak, foolhardiness to faith. In Love Outlandish, Barry Dempster undoes all the clichés that have barnacled our love lives and, with the zest and courage typical of his work, explores their torrents and eddies afresh. As in his previous books, Dempster responds to D.H. Lawrence's plea that we shoul …

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Queen of the Court

Queen of the Court

by Michele Martin Bossley
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Kallana wears the wildest clothes of anyone at her suburban Calgary junior high school. Still, it seems it's not enough to get the attention of her freelance photographer father or her non-kid-friendly mother.
When her dad signs her up for the basketball team after Kallana is sent home from school for wearing "provocative" clothes, she's mortifie …

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Kierkegaard's Romantic Legacy

Kierkegaard's Romantic Legacy

Two Theories of the Self
by Anoop Gupta
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In Kierkegaard's Romantic Legacy, Anoop Gupta develops an original theory of the self based on Kierkegaard's writings. Gupta proceeds by historical exegesis and considers several important ways of thinking about self outside of the natural sciences. His study moves theories of the self from theology toward sociology, from a God-relationship to a s …

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The Tartarus House on Crab

The Tartarus House on Crab

by George Szanto
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Jack Tartarus, a photographer, has returned to his family’s house on Crab, an island off the east coast of Vancouver Island. After mulling it over for ten years, Jack has decided to tear his family’s house down, board-by-board, just as his father built it up. He purchases a wrecking bar. Struggling with the first piece of siding, his wrecking b …

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Suspended

Suspended

by Robert Rayner
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Grade: 4 to 8
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tagged : self-esteem & self-reliance

Fast-paced sports action novels that get kids reading.

Shay and his pal Toby are among the players on the school soccer team who fall foul of the "fair play contract" introduced by the new school administration. After being banned from playing on behalf of the school for the rest of the season, the dismissed players form their own unofficial team -- …

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Scarred

Scarred

by Monique Polak
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Grade: 9 to 12
Reading age: 7 to 10
tagged : self-esteem & self-reliance

Becky was once a promising young skating star, but these days she feels numb, disconnected, and very lonely. The only way she knows to relieve pressure is to cut herself. Will Becky have the strength to save another young athlete who's skating down the same path?

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Klepto

Klepto

by Lori Weber
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Grade: 9 to 12
Reading age: 7 to 10
tagged : drugs, alcohol, substance abuse, self-esteem & self-reliance

It seems like Kat's parents have done little but prepare for her sister Hannah's return since she was sent away to a home for troubled teens. Everyone is determined to find out what went wrong with Hannah and make things right again -- everyone except Kat, that is.
Kat dreads going back to a life dominated by her sister's tantrums and rule-breakin …

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Frank

Frank

The Life and Politics of Frank McKenna
by Philip Lee
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Goose Lane Editions has released a biography that reveals the private world of one of Canada's most fascinating politicians. Years after stepping down as Premier of New Brunswick, Frank McKenna is still on the minds of political watchers across Canada. The question today, however, is will he or won't he get back into the political ring. While the g …

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Accro d’la planche

Accro d’la planche

(Skate Freak)
by Lesley Choyce
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tagged : skateboarding, self-esteem & self-reliance

Dorf a toujours été fidèle à sa devise : « Si ça en vaut la peine, fais-le. Si ça n'en vaut pas la peine, fais-le quand même. » Mais il a déménagé à la ville et le terrain est différent. Il ne peut plus faire rouler sa planche oû bon lui semble et il a de la difficulté à s'intégrer à sa nouvelle école. Ses tricks audacieux lui a …

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Jake Reynolds

Jake Reynolds

Chicken or Eagle?
by Sara Leach
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Grade: 4 to 7
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tagged : wolves & coyotes, self-esteem & self-reliance, survival stories

Eleven-year-old Jake Reynolds wants to save seal pups from the talons of bald eagles, protect his little sister Sierra and confront the wolf he is sure stalks Hidalgo Island. But his best friend Emily calls him a chicken, comforts Sierra when she falls and doesn't believe the wolf exists. Even as Jake hears howling in the night, part of him hopes E …

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The Mountain That Walked

The Mountain That Walked

by Katherine Holubitsky
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Grade: 4 to 7
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tagged : orphans & foster homes, post-confederation (1867-), friendship

The year is 1903, and Charlie Sutherland, a sixteen-year-old orphan, is on the run. Three years earlier, he was sent by Dr. Barnardo’s Home in England to work on the remote Alberta homestead of Albert and Buck Brooks. Charlie has been treated poorly by the two brothers, but he has endured. However, when Albert dies under curious circumstances, an …

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Scum

Scum

by James Dekker
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Grade: 8 to 12
Reading age: 12 to 18
tagged : law & crime, mysteries & detective stories, general (see also headings under social themes)

Megan’s brother, Danny, is dead. Killed in an apparent robbery in a bar. It seems like a terrible but simple case of mistaken identity, of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. But as the truth comes out, Megan realizes that Danny was “known to the police.” He was in much deeper than she realized, and the police are not motivated to sol …

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Addison Addley and the Things That Aren't There

Addison Addley and the Things That Aren't There

by Melody McMillian
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Grade: 4 to 7
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tagged : science & technology, self-esteem & self-reliance, school & education

Addison Addley hates math. He hates public speaking too. Actually, he hates anything that involves work, but he only has a couple of weeks to write and memorize his grade five speech. The problem is, he can’t think of a single topic. When he finally comes up with an excellent idea for a speech, it almost writes itself, but it's his poor math skil …

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Bronc Busters and Hay Sloops

Bronc Busters and Hay Sloops

Ranching in the West in the Early 20th Century
by Ken Mather
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Grade: 11
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Bronc Busters and Hay Sloops tells the story of ranching in the West from the beginning of the Great War until 1960. Cowboy soldiers, bronc busters, First Nations, upper-crust Englishmen and the strong, capable women of ranching country . . . theirs are the stories told in this book. Some of these characters are larger than life, such as:

  • Joe Cou …
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Crossing the Swell

Crossing the Swell

An Atlantic Journey by Rowboat
by Tori Holmes & Paul Gleeson
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Acting on self-assured determination and an ever-growing sense of adventure, Tori Holmes, a 21-year-old from Alberta, Canada, and Paul Gleeson, a 29-year-old financial advisor from Limerick, Ireland, embraced the dream of rowing a tiny boat across the vastness of the Atlantic Ocean in the 2005/06 Trans-Atlantic Race. Of course, neither of the young …

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The Mommiad

The Mommiad

by Sky Gilbert
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Poetic and heartfelt, The Mommiad chronicles the relationship between a mother and her son, the ups and downs they shared, and the toll that alcohol and dementia would eventually take on Patricia Tucker Gilbert's life. Intimate and affirming, Sky Gilbert confirms the bond he shared with his mother, both in his own voice and through the voice of his …

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The Undergardeners

The Undergardeners

by Desmond Ellis
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Grade: 4 to 7
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tagged : fantasy & magic, self-esteem & self-reliance

Mouse is small for his age and tired of being teased about it. Then one night he discovers, much to his surprise and delight that he fits perfectly (well, almost perfectly) into the Undergarden, a subterranean world beneath his backyard. Mouse befriends the Undergardeners and helps them keep their existence safe from the dangerous world uptop. All …

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Unruly Penelopes and the Ghosts

Unruly Penelopes and the Ghosts

Narratives of English Canada
edited by Eva Darias-Beautell
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This collection of essays studies the cultural and literary contexts of narrative texts produced in English Canada over the last forty years. It takes as its starting point the nationalist movement of the 1960s and 70s, when the supposed absence or weakness of a national sense became the touchstone for official discourses on the cultural identity …

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The Dream Where the Losers Go

The Dream Where the Losers Go

by Beth Goobie
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Reading age: 12 to 18
tagged : suicide, magical realism, sexual abuse

No one knows why she hurt herself, least of all Skey. After five long months in treatment for self-destructive behavior, Skey continues to dream of dark tunnels with mysterious designs carved into their stone walls, a place where she is safe and alone. Then she encounters another dreamer, a boy her own age, dreaming the same dream, wandering the sa …

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The Path to Ardroe

The Path to Ardroe

by John Lent
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The Path to Ardroe is an exploration of friendship and its limits, life changes, and the challenges and aspirations of writers. Peter Chisholm wrestles with his craft just as his writer friend Rick Connelly does; so too does the novice Melissa, the daughter of their friends Ronnie and Carol. Trapped by his own deceptions, Peter finds himself at for …

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A Crowbar in the Buddhist Garden

A Crowbar in the Buddhist Garden

by Stephen Reid
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Stephen Reid has grown old in prison and seen more than his share of its solitude, its vicious cycles, and its subculture relationships. He has participated in the economics of contraband, the incredible escapes, the intimacies of torture, the miscarriages of justice, and witnessed the innocent souls whose childhood destinies doomed them to prison …

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Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned

Stories for a Working Life
by Farkas, Paul
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There are numerous “how to” books aimed at providing assistance to young people beginning their careers or established professionals looking to make transitions. This is not one of them. Rather than outlining how to work for a specific company, Lessons Learned: Stories for a Working Life is intended to draw out what is truly significant — the …

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Cosmographia

Cosmographia

a Post-Lucretian Faux Micro Epic
by Michael Boughn
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Butt out, Dante. Move over, Milton. Piss off, Pound. Outta the way, Olson. Here comes Cosmographia – a post-Lucretian faux micro-epic, the latest ground breaking incursion into the ever popular spectacle of the Epic Poem. Tracking the classic epic journey through the unfolding cosmos toward home, though occasionally disoriented by milling cows wi …

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In the Belly of Oz

In the Belly of Oz

by Kay, Tarzan
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tagged : personal memoirs, essays & travelogues, australia & oceania

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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Deathbed Dimes

Deathbed Dimes

by Zener, Naomi Elana
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Deathbed Dimes exposes the reality that if you can outlive your relatives, friends, and sometimes even strangers, your odds of hitting the inheritance jackpot are better than playing the lottery.

Joely Zeller is a beautiful and ambitious 32-year-old attorney who is the only daughter of a Hollywood film royal. She’s determined to build a successful …

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Black Teeth

Black Teeth

And Other North End Souvenirs
by Ryszard Dubanski
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Black Teeth is a compelling collection of linked stories that explore growing up in Winnipeg's famously multicultural North End through its 1960s Golden Age and beyond, examining the strange dual legacy of that experience. While urban ethnic mixes and immigrant populations shift over time and place, every city has its foreign part, that transition …

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Life Experience Coolant

Life Experience Coolant

by Colin Fulton
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Life Experience Coolant is a collection of four long poems informed by artistic isolation, directionless reading, and the avoidance mechanisms that make poetry simultaneously possible and impossible at our current cultural velocity. Using methodologies of textual appropriation, collage, rehistoricization and self-sufficent rhetoricality, Life Exper …

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Enter the Raccoon

Enter the Raccoon

by Beatriz Hausner
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Enter the Raccoon documents a love affair between a woman and a raccoon. They are a couple that loves without preconceptions, whose being together eschews all limits until their beliefs in the self are put to the test. Their story unfolds each time one surrenders to the other in a sometimes melancholic and cruel, other times joyful, even ecstatic e …

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I Don't Know How to Behave

I Don't Know How to Behave

by Michael Blouin
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I Don't Know How To Behave combines the true story of Canadian daredevil and stunt driver Ken Carter (1938-1983) with imagined biographical elements from the lives of Canadian film director Bruce Mcdonald and Canadian poet Gillian Sze. Along the way, this quintessential Canadian story crashes head first into many related things, from screenplay the …

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No-Nonsense Guide to Democracy, 2nd edition

No-Nonsense Guide to Democracy, 2nd edition

by Richard Swift
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In this updated edition of the No-Nonsense Guide to Democracy, Richard Swift explores how democracy has been constricted and deformed by economic power-brokers and a self-serving political class from Birmingham to Bangalore.

The book includes chapter-length discussions of topics such as the economic meltdown, Barack Obama, eco-democracy, democratizi …

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Rediscovering the British World

Rediscovering the British World

edited by Phillip Buckner, contributions by Patrick H. Brennan; Phillip Bucker; James Belich; Paul Pickering; Douglas Lorimer; Bettina Bradburry; Adele Perry; R. Douglas Francis; Frank Bongiorno; Paul Ward; Jeffrey Grey; John Lambert; Satadru Sen; Wendy Webster; R. Scott Sheffield; David Lowe; Stuart Macintyre; Elizabeth Elbourne; Catherine Hall & Stuart Ward
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Rediscovering the British World is one part of an ongoing attempt to approach British Imperial history from a different viewpoint, placing the colonies of settlement at the centre. Editors Phillip Buckner and Douglas Francis have included nineteen essays from expert scholars in the field, which cover a broad range of cultural, social, and intellect …

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The Terracotta Army

The Terracotta Army

by Gary Geddes
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In 1985, Gary Geddes won the Commonwealth Poetry Prize, Americas Region, for The Terracotta Army, a brilliant sequence of his Chinese sonnets. The nine-couplet poems were inspired by his 1981 visit to the archaeological site in China where more than 8,000 individually sculpted, life-sized soldiers and horses were interred in the third century to ac …

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Light Light

Light Light

by Julie Joosten
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Shortlisted for the 2014 Governor General's Award for Poetry

Shortlisted for the 2014 Gerald Lampert Memorial Award for Poetry.

Moving from the Enlightenment science of natural history to the contemporary science of global warming, Light Light is a provocative engagement with the technologies and languages that shape discourses of knowing. It bridges …

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Invisible Dogs

Invisible Dogs

by Barry Dempster
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Virtuosic poems tracking two intertwined themes: the breakdown of an obsessive love affair and the vicissitudes of middle age.

Invisible Dogs, Dempster's fourteenth collection, is a complex but deeply coherent hymn to the difficult business of staying alive. This is a book for when it hurts so bad you hope you'll die and are afraid you won't—not b …

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New Tab

New Tab

by Guillaume Morissette
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Set in Montreal, New Tab spans a year in the life of a twenty-six year old videogame designer as he attempts to reset his life, in the process chronicling with humor disillusion, boredom, self-destruction, Facebook chats, Concordia University, bilingualism, good parties, bad parties, a backyard cinema, social anxiety and running a possibly illegal …

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The Summer of Apartment X

The Summer of Apartment X

by Lesley Choyce
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Lesley Choyce's novella The Summer of Apartment X is a beach book for grownups who remember how they got that way. Fred Winger and his two buddies, Richard and Brian, intend to take the beach resort town by storm. It's the fateful summer between high school and university, early 1970s version. Equipped with two barely mobile cars and a seized-up MG …

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More Heat Than Light?

More Heat Than Light?

Sex-difference Science and the Study of Language
by Deborah Cameron
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In the Sedgewick lecture for 2012, Professor Deborah Cameron investigates the age-old question of whether men and women are different kinds of beings, both physically and intellectually. She begins by noting that in the 19th century that most writers saw men as being intellectually superior to women in their use of language. But she also observes t …

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Saying When

Saying When

How to Quit Drinking or Cut Down
by Martha Sanchez-Craig
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People often recognize that their drinking is causing problems in their lives long before they are ready to seek help. Knowing that there is a problem can be a good first step to cutting back or quitting drinking, but it can be hard to know what further steps to take to make changes and stick to them.

Saying When presents a step-by-step program to h …

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The Lost Letters

The Lost Letters

by Catherine Greenwood
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Atmospherically light and stylistically expansive – poems that regard our givens as a gift.

Don McKay's description of The Pearl King and Other Poems, Catherine Greenwood's wonderful first book, also apply to The Lost Letters: 'With discerning wit and a large range of styles and voices, she holds up each subject for contemplation as though it were …

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Svoboda

Svoboda

by Bill Stenson
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"Toil and Peaceful Life" is the axiom that lies at the heart of Doukobor spiritual, personal, and community values. These values have always been, and continue to be, integral to the people who belong to this historically rich and vibrant community. During particular periods of their history, certain groups of Doukobors seemed to have carved a path …

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South of Elfrida

South of Elfrida

by Holley Rubinsky
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The nature of relationships is skilfully illuminated in this collection of stories by award-winning author Holley Rubinsky. South of Elfrida delves into the lives of those coming face to face with personal truths that require resilience, humour and the ability to change.

With a clear eye for the complexities of the human heart, Rubinsky’s stories …

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You Must Work Harder to Write Poetry of Excellence

You Must Work Harder to Write Poetry of Excellence

Craft Discourse and the Common Reader in Canadian Poetry Book Reviews
by Donato Mancini
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While Canadian poetic practices have steadily pluralised since the early 1960s, the poetry review has remained stubbornly constant. You Must Work Harder to Write Poetry of Excellence is a critical, and at times hilarious survey of reviews of innovative Canadian poetry in English since 1961. What is at stake in the reviewing of poetry? What fantasie …

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Home/Bodies

Home/Bodies

Geographies of Self, Place, and Space
edited by Wendy Schissel
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With Home/Bodies, Wendy Schissel brings together a diverse range of voices which explore the concepts of home, gender, and identity. The metaphorical geographies of bodies, places, and spaces are the backdrop for such topics as: transgendered identities; young people and sexual health; kinetic art and disability; adolescent girls and consumer socie …

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Flyways

Flyways

by Devin Krukoff
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Devin Krukoff’s delicate balancing of hyperbole and psychological realism is the book’s greatest achievement. Flyways is thematically reminiscent of Zsuzsi Gartner’s All the Anxious Girls on Earth, but without the moral didacticism. While Krukoff’s stories share Gartner’s sense of humour, they elicit the reader’s sympathy rather than co …

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The Letters of Vincent van Gogh

The Letters of Vincent van Gogh

A Critical Study
by Patrick Grant
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When he died at the age of thirty-seven, Vincent van Gogh left a legacy of over two thousand artworks, for which he is now justly famous. But van Gogh was also a prodigious writer of letters—more than eight hundred of them, addressed to his parents, to friends such as Paul Gauguin, and, above all, to his brother Theo. His letters have long been a …

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Song of the Taxidermist

Song of the Taxidermist

by Aurian Haller
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There's something fresh and fantastic in Aurian Haller's view of the world. In Song of the Taxidermist, he demonstrates both a fascination and unease with the independence of the body — its resistance to the self's colonizing imperative.

Employing a powerful visual and intellectual imagination, a camera and a roving curiosity, he investigates the …

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Foucault and the Indefinite Work of Freedom

Foucault and the Indefinite Work of Freedom

by Réal Fillion
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This work underscores the need to examine history philosophically, not only to better appreciate how it unfolds and relates to our own unfolding lives, but to better appreciate our free engagement in this changing world. Linking a conception of ourselves as free beings to the historical process was of central importance to the classical speculative …

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a thin line between

a thin line between

by Wanda Praamsma
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In what can be described as a verse-novel for its lyricism and rhythmic structure, Wanda Praamsma crafts a story that transcends geographic boundaries and time periods, by weaving together lives from her own family's past, including her poet-grandfather and sculptor-uncle. Subtle in its life lessons, a thin line between  works at 'peeling away the …

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