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Champions of Women's Rights

Champions of Women's Rights

Leading Canadian women and their battles for social justice
by Moushumi Chakrabarty
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The stories of Canadian women who challenged the establishment and paved the way for greater equality are compelling. From the mid 1800s to the 1920s when women had few civil rights in Canada, pioneering women activists made their presence strongly felt in political life and achieved important early gains. There were the Famous Five, now honoured …

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Lethal Ladies

Lethal Ladies

Crimes of Passion, Tales of Deceit and Treachery!
by Cheryl MacDonald
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Grace Marks, the Victorian servant who inspired Margaret Atwood's Alias Grace ... Elizabeth Workman, a Sarnia housewife who turned on her abusive husband and paid the price for it ... Evelyn Dick, a glamourous 1940s party girl who Hamiltonians still talk about ... These are just some of the murderers featured in Lethal Ladies, a collection of accou …

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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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Roberta Bondar

Roberta Bondar

The Exceptional Achievements of Canada's first Woman Astronaut
by Joan Dixon
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"The feeling in space flight is like hanging by your heels...with all the blood rushing to your head. ...You feel as though you are at the top of a roller coaster when your stomach feels like it is going to lift off." - Dr. Roberta Bondar. This book will be especially fascinating for all readers interested in: biography or space exploration. From t …

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A War Bride's Story

A War Bride's Story

Risking It All for Love After World War II
by Cynthia Faryon
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Gwendoline Cramer was one of the 48,000 war brides transported to Canada by the Canadian government between 1942 and 1947. Many of them were escorted across the water and handed over to their husbands with nothing more than a handsake and a cookbook. Following her heart to rural Saskatchewan, Gwen felt like a fish out of water. She couldn't milk a …

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Deadly Women of Ontario

Deadly Women of Ontario

Murderous Tales of Deceit and Treachery
by Cheryl MacDonald
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Crimes of passion, brutal slayings, infanticide, and revenge: here are eight gruesome and often tragic stories of women accused of murder. Many are little known or long forgotten, such as Mary Osborn, the first woman to be hanged in Upper Canada, executed for poisoning her disappointing husband. Read about the crimes and subsequent trials of Mary a …

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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.
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Marilyn Bell

Marilyn Bell

The Heart-Stopping Tale of Marilyn's Record-Breaking Swim
by Patrick Tivy
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"'My arms were tired. My legs ached. My stomach hurt in one big awful pain and I couldn't get my breath. I wanted to quit. When it gets to your stomach, marathoners say, you're through.' Marilyn Bell was through - or so it seemed." This book will be especially fascinating for all readers interested in: sport, biography, or sports history. Marilyn B …

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Working Miracles

Working Miracles

The Drama and Pasion of Aimee Semple McPherson
by Judith Robinson
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Devout and charismatic, Aimee Semple McPherson led millions in prayer. A pioneer in female travelling evangelism, McPherson was believed to possess a healing touch. Great masses of the sick and the burdened gathered from far and wide to hear her sermons and perhaps to be cured by the miracle worker. This is the story of one woman's extraordinary li …

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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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Karen Kain

Karen Kain

Canada's Prima Ballerina
by Melanie Jones
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One of Canada's best-loved and most respected dancers, Karen Kain's rise to ballet stardom is an inspirational story of dedication and passion. Now a national treasure, Karen Kain brought Canadian dance to the world's stage in the 1970s. This is a story of artistry and ambition - the joys and the sacrifices of a prima ballerina.

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Sanctuary

Sanctuary

The Story of Naturalist Mary Majka
by Deborah Carr
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Winner, Design Edge Regional Design Award
Shortlisted, Atlantic Independent Booksellers' Choice Award

Authentic. Original. Inimitable. Mary Majka was one of Canada's great pioneering environmentalists. She was best known as a television host, a conservationist, and a driving force behind the internationally acclaimed Marys Point Western Hemispheric …

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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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Rebel Women

Rebel Women

Achievements Beyond the Ordinary
by Linda Kupecek
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Grade: 10
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The women in these stories did the unthinkable for their time: they followed their own paths, flouting convention and daring to break from the traditions of family and marriage. They chose a life outside the norm, a decision for which most paid dearly. Nell Shipman was overlooked because she was not as acquiescent as required; she opened an indepen …

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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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Gumboot Girls

Gumboot Girls

Adventure, Love & Survival on British Columbia's North Coast
edited by Lou Allison, compiled by Jane Wilde
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Forty years ago, droves of young women migrated away from urban settings and settled in rural areas across North America. Many settled on the north coast of British Columbia, on Haida Gwaii or around Prince Rupert. Gumboot Girls tells the stories of thirty-four women, through their own eyes, as they moved from their comfortable city-dwelling surrou …

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Give Your Other Vote to the Sister

Give Your Other Vote to the Sister

A Woman's Journey into the Great War
by Debbie Marshall
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"[Marshall's] work in responding to the challenge of exploring a little-known life should be an inspiration to other students of history … people across Canada will find it a pleasant way to become better acquainted with an attractive, interesting and unfamiliar contributor to our history." - Desmond Morton, McGill University

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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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An Unsettled Spirit

An Unsettled Spirit

The Life and Frontier Fiction of Edith Lyttleton (G.B. Lancaster) 1873-1945
edited by Terry Sturm
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Under the name of G.B. Lancaster, Edith Lyttleton wrote over a dozen novels and some 250 short stories, mostly narratives of romance and adventure set in the remote back country of New Zealand, Australia, and Canada. She was New Zealand’s most widely read author overseas in the first half of the twentieth century, reaching millions of readers. Wr …

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Queen of the Hurricanes

Queen of the Hurricanes

The Fearless Elsie MacGill
by Crystal Sissons
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Elsie MacGill achieved many firsts in science and engineering at a time when women were considered to be inferior in the sciences. In 1923, at the age of nineteen, she became the first woman to attend engineering classes at the University of Toronto. She was the first woman in North America to hold a degree in aeronautical engineering and the first …

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The Cougar Lady

The Cougar Lady

Legendary Trapper of Sechelt Inlet
by Rosella Leslie
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Every town has its celebrities, but Sechelt’s own unique and larger-than-life personality is wholesome enough to satisfy all of North America’s appetite for eccentrics. Asta Bergliot Solberg, or “Bergie,” as her friends knew her, lived life on her own terms. She climbed wild mountain trails to hunt for goats, demanded car rides from unsuspe …

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And the River Still Sings

And the River Still Sings

A Wilderness Dweller's Journey
by Chris Czajkowski
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How does one go from English villager to wilderness dweller?

Chris Czajkowski was born and raised at the edge of a large village in England, until she abandoned the company of others to roam the countryside in search of the natural world. As a young adult she studied dairy farming and travelled to Uganda to teach at a farm school. Returning to Engla …

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Edge of the Sound

Edge of the Sound

Memoirs of a West Coast Log Salvager
by Jo Hammond
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When 25-year-old Jo climbed down the ramp of the freighter Canadian Star to set foot in Vancouver, BC, in the summer of 1967, she’d never heard of log salvaging. But within two and a half years, the immigrant from England would quit her teaching job and join forces with one of the most enigmatic salvagers of the Sunshine Coast. Dick and Jo Hammon …

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Atlin's Anguish

Atlin's Anguish

Bush Pilot Theresa Bond and the Crash of Taku Air Flight 2653
by Brendan Lillis
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On September 27, 1986, pilot Theresa Bond and five passengers took off on a routine flight from Atlin, BC, in her beloved de Havilland Beaver. The Taku Air passenger list that day included local politician Al Passarell, his wife, and three of Atlin’s most prominent citizens–including larger-than-life Atlin Inn owner Joe Florence. After an uneve …

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Stella

Stella

Unrepentant Madam
by Linda J. Eversole
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A wealthy madam who was known from San Francisco to Victoria in the early part of the 20th century, Stella Carroll was glamorous, worldly and determined to succeed. Her bordellos were fashionably decorated and patronized by the affluent and the powerful; she offered the best of everything—fine food and wine, cigars, entertainment and, of course, …

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The Fisher Queen

The Fisher Queen

A Deckhand's Tales of the BC Coast
by Sylvia Taylor
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It’s 1981, and Sylvia Taylor has signed on as rookie deckhand on a wallowy 40-foot salmon troller. Looking forward to making money for university, she is determined to master the ins and outs of fishing some of the most dangerous waters in the world: the Graveyard of the Pacific. For four months, she helps navigate the waters off northern Vancouv …

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I Wasn't Always Like This

I Wasn't Always Like This

by Shelley A. Leedahl
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Some people claim they'd like to walk away from their lives -- Shelley A. Leedahl had the nerve to do it. Was it selfishness, or self-preservation?

Drawing upon childhood memories, hikes, road trips, foreign travel, her self-imposed exile to a prairie village, fortuitous meetings with strangers, and her compulsion for starting over, again and again …

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The Remarkable World of Frances Barkley

The Remarkable World of Frances Barkley

1769-1845
by Beth Hill & Cathy Converse
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Frances Barkley was just eighteen when she became the first European woman to set foot on the west coast of North America. After a sheltered upbringing in England, Frances found herself boarding the Imperial Eagle in 1786 to set sail on an adventurous, round-the-world voyage with her husband, Captain Charles William Barkley.

With great wisdom and wi …

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Women of Brave Mettle

Women of Brave Mettle

More Stories of the Cariboo Chilcotin
by Diana French
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In this much-anticipated second volume in the Extraordinary Women Anthology series, Diana French follows up on Gumption and Grit with more stories of the women who have contributed, or who are still contributing, to the vibrant mosaic that is the Cariboo Chilcotin. The area has more than its share of remarkable women, from educators to rodeo stars, …

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Angela James

Angela James

The First Superstar of Canadian Women's Hockey
by Tom Bartsiokas & Corey Long
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Grade: 7 to 8
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Dubbed "the Wayne Gretzky of women's hockey," Angela James became the most dominant female player on the planet from the early 1980s through the mid 1990s. Her rise to hockey stardom, however, was a true long shot. During a difficult childhood plagued by near poverty and familial chaos, hockey was James's escape. Talent and determination eventually …

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Not Done Yet

Not Done Yet

Living Through Breast Cancer
by Laurie Kingston
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Not Done Yet opens a window on one woman's journey through breast cancer treatment, recovery, recurrence, and beyond. When she found a lump in her breast in December 2005, Laurie Kingston was thirty-eight, with an active life, a family, and a demanding job. A diagnosis of breast cancer was nowhere on her radar screen. But when that diagnosis was co …

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Real Justice: Branded a Baby Killer

Real Justice: Branded a Baby Killer

The Story of Tammy Marquardt
by Jasmine D'Costa
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In 1991, nineteen-year-old Tammy Marquardt gave birth to a baby boy, Kenneth. Two years later he was dead. Tammy was convicted of his murder and sent to prison for life. Her conviction hinged largely on the evidence given by Dr. Charles Smith, the pediatric forensic pathologist at Toronto's famed Hospital for Sick Children. At the time, Dr. Smith w …

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C'est le temps d'en parler

C'est le temps d'en parler

L'histoire de Marie-Louise Bouchard Labelle
by Claire Trépanier
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La biographie de Marie-Louise Bouchard Labelle raconte la vie d'une jeune Canadienne d'humble origine qui tombe en amour avec le curé de son village, et qui en subit les terribles conséquences pour le reste de ses jours. L'histoire de cette femme s'étend sur plus d'un siècle (de 1858 à 1973), une période qui voit surgir plusieurs événements …

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June Mickle

June Mickle

One Woman’s Life in the Foothills and Mountains of Western Canada
by Kathy Calvert
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June’s strength of character was forged by living in the wilderness west of Turner Valley as a young girl with her mother and her stepfather, Tip Johnson, a renowned cowboy and horse trainer. She learned early to live in harmony with her environment and became a strongly determined woman capable of meeting the challenges of being an artist, horse …

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Emily Carr

Emily Carr

The Incredible Life and Adventures of a West Coast Artist
by Cat Klerks
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This is the story of a rebellious girl from British Columbia who travelled the world in pursuit of her calling only to find her true inspiration in the Canadian landscape she’d left behind. Both a prolific painter and an accomplished writer, Carr was more comfortable in the raw wilderness than in the tea rooms of London, and more at home with her …

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A Very Capable Life

A Very Capable Life

The Autobiography of Zarah Petri
by John Leigh Walters
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Written in his mother’s unique voice, John Leigh Walters pushes the boundaries of memoir in A Very Capable Life, the extraordinary journey of a seemingly ordinary woman.Zarah Petri was a child when her family left Hungary to establish a new life in Canada in the 1920s. With courage and innovation, Zarah and her family survived the Depression?even …

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Feisty and Fearless

Feisty and Fearless

Glimpses into the Life of Lois M. Wilson
by Janice L. Meighan
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Meet the many sides of Lois M. Wilson: Moderator, senator, minister, mother, chancellor, activist, wife, canoeist, feminist. Feisty and Fearless explores the legacy of an accomplished, vibrant public and religious leader, a woman of firsts who shattered the stained-glass ceiling. With access to Wilson and to her unpublished papers, photographs, and …

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This Place a Stranger

This Place a Stranger

Canadian Women Travelling Alone
edited by Vici Johnstone
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Sometimes tragic, sometimes uproariously funny, This Place a Stranger is a diverse collection of Canadian women writing about their experiences of travelling alone. From the deceptiveness of the everyday to the extremes of geography, weather and violence, these stories go beyond the usual tales of intrepid male explorers and reveal the varied and u …

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Sons and Mothers

Sons and Mothers

Stories from Mennonite Men
edited by Mary Ann Loewen
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In Sons and Mothers, Mennonite men reflect on the women who raised them, showing their mothers' hopes, dreams, and fears, and who they are today. Speaking to the Mennonite community, but drawing on universal themes, this book is a must-read for anyone wishing to delve deeper into this fundamental relationship.

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One Woman's War

One Woman's War

A Canadian Reporter with the Free French
by Gladys Arnold
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This is a story not of military campaigns and grand strategy, but the joys and sorrows of life on a more intimate battlefield--the battlefield of the French resistance.
Born and raised in Saskatchewan, Gladys Arnold was sent to Paris by Canadian Press in October 1939, and was the only Canadian reporter to experience the invasion of France by the G …

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The Last of the Beothuk

The Last of the Beothuk

A Canadian Tragedy
by Whitby, Barbara
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The arrival of Europeans in the New World forever changed the fate of the Beothuk. As more settlers arrived, the Beothuk were forced inland. They were tracked, abducted, and even murdered. Their plight was epitomized by the tragic story of Shanawdithit - the last of the Beothuk.

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Drawn to Sea

Drawn to Sea

Paintbrush to Chainsaw—Carving Out a Life on BC’s Rugged Raincoast
by Yvonne Maximchuk
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In the early 1980s, Yvonne Maximchuk, a single mother of two, was living in Whiterock, BC, and making a living as a working artist and art instructor. Then she fell in love with Albert, a crab fisherman who fished the waters of Boundary Bay. Drawn to his seemingly idyllic life and her desire for connection with the natural world, Yvonne and her chi …

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The House With the Broken Two

The House With the Broken Two

A Birthmother Remembers
by Myrl Coulter
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Winner, SFU Writer's Studio's First Book Competition (2010)

Winner, Canadian Authors Association Exporting Alberta Award (2011)

Unmarried and pregnant in 1968 Winnipeg, teenager Myrl Coulter found herself at a loss. Unable (and perhaps unwilling) to support her child, Myrl’s parents forced her to give the baby up for adoption. After being sent to a …

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Xwelíqwiya

Xwelíqwiya

The Life of a Stó:lo Matriarch
by Rena Point Bolton & Richard Daly
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Xwelíqwiya is the life story of Rena Point Bolton, a Stó:lo matriarch, artist, and craftswoman. Proceeding by way of conversational vignettes, the beginning chapters recount Point Bolton's early years on the banks of the Fraser River during the Depression. While at the time the Stó:lo, or Xwélmexw, as they call themselves today, kept secret the …

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Journeywoman

Journeywoman

Swinging a Hammer in a Man's World
by Kate Braid
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Since women started working in the trades in the 1970s, very little has been published about their experiences. In this provocative and important book, Kate Braid tells the story of how she became a carpenter in the face of skepticism and discouragement.

In 1977 when Braid was broke and out of work, her male friends encouraged her to apply as a labo …

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Drugstore Cowgirl

Drugstore Cowgirl

Adventures in the Cariboo-Chilcotin
by Patricia Joy MacKay
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In 1964, Patricia MacKay immigrated to Canada from England in search of the wild-open lands and cowboy culture that captivated her as a child. In the 1960s, the Wild West was still alive and kicking in the Cariboo-Chilcotin, although it had been tamed—a little. Old-time hospitality and helping anyone in need was the acknowledged way of life.

Pat l …

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Phenomenal Female Entrepreneurs

Phenomenal Female Entrepreneurs

by Jill Bryant
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This collection of biographies profiles ten creative business leaders who have proven that entrepreneurial women can not only succeed in business, they can also bring about positive change. Against all odds, African-American Madam C.J. Walker, born in 1867, became a self-made millionaire who promoted civil rights and opposed racism. Designer Doroth …

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Terrific Women Teachers

Terrific Women Teachers

by Helen Wolfe
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Grade: 4 to 8
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The most memorable teachers are often our role models, who taught by example. Terrific Women Teachers, the seventeenth installment in Second Story Press’ Women’s Hall of Fame Series, captures the lives of ten inspirational women who will energize educators and students alike. These women fought for better educational systems and believed everyo …

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Dazzling Women Designers

Dazzling Women Designers

by Jill Bryant
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Grade: 4 to 8
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The work of women designers touches every part of our lives. In the 1920s British furniture designer and architect Eileen Gray developed ideas for homes that still seem modern today. From chairs made of steel tubes to bare-basic rooms, she created an entirely new look. American Suzanne E. Vanderbilt was one of the first women to design cars for Gen …

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