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BC books either written by or about women.
Gerry, Get Your Gun

Gerry, Get Your Gun

The Legendary Life of Hunting Guide Gerry Bracewell
by Gerry Bracewell
edition:Paperback
tagged : women

GERRY, GET YOUR GUN packs the wallop of a .30-30 rifle. Legendary hunting guide Gerry Bracewell recounts tales of extraordinary toughness and perseverance in the untamed Chilcotin. Born in 1922, in Northern Alberta, Gerry Bracewell spent much of her early life on the family farm. But Gerry's dream was to live in the mountains of BC, and when she left home at sixteen she had little understanding of the adventures that awaited her. She worked for a short time short time in Vancouver as agoverness, …

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For Your Own Good

For Your Own Good

by Leah Horlick
edition:Paperback
tagged : lgbt

In the canon of contemporary feminist and lesbian poetry, FOR YOUR OWN GOOD breaks silence. A fictionalized autobiography, the poems in this collection illustrate the narrator's survival of a domestic and sexual violence in a lesbian relationship. There is magic in this work: the symbolism of the Tarot and the roots of Jewish heritage, but also the magic that is at the heart of transformation and survival. These poems are acutely painful, rooted in singular and firsthand experiences. But Horlick …

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The Average Height of Flight

The Average Height of Flight

by Beth Kope
edition:Paperback
tagged : canadian

The poems in AVERAGE HEIGHT OF FLIGHT are founded in the landscape of coastal BC, built on the losses within the narrator's life in counterpoint to her walks in the natural world. In forests with her dog, along watersheds and hill climbs, Beth Kope goes off trail to find inspiration and time for meditation. She observes as the landscapes change with storms blowing through, absorbs the names of plants, finds sustained comfort whatever the season: crisp, clear days, rain is fine, or thesnowthat re …

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This Place A Stranger

This Place A Stranger

Canadian Women Travelling Alone
edited by Vici Johnstone
edition:Paperback
also available: eBook
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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 unique circumstances in which women travellers find themselves when "going solo."

For one woman, the allure of a multiday hike on a "congenial trail" be …

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Silenced

Silenced

The Untold Story of the Fight for Equality in the RCMP
by Bonnie Reilly Schmidt
edition:Paperback
tagged : women's studies

When thirty-two women were hired as mounted police officers in 1974, it was a media sensation. After all, these were not the brawny heroes of Canadian history, or the dashing and handsome Mounties portrayed in over two hundred Hollywood movies. Women were thought to be afraid of guns and incapable of protecting themselves. Training officers at the RCMP's academy wondered if the women were capable. Could they march? Could they lift weights? Would they cry? The original uniform (pumps, a pillbox h …

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Silenced

Silenced

The Untold Story of the Fight for Equality in the RCMP
by Bonnie Reilly Schmidt
edition:eBook
tagged : post-confederation (1867-), women, law enforcement

When thirty-two women were hired as mounted police officers in 1974, it was a media sensation. After all, these were not the brawny heroes of Canadian history, or the dashing and handsome Mounties portrayed in over two hundred Hollywood movies. Women were thought to be afraid of guns and incapable of protecting themselves. Training officers at the RCMP’s academy wondered if the women were capable. Could they march? Could they lift weights? Would they cry? The original uniform (pumps, a pillbox …

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Sonia

The Life of Bohemian Rancher and Painter Sonia Cornwall, 1919-2006
by Sheryl Salloum
edition:Paperback
tagged : contemporary (1945-)

After Sonia Cornwall's father died in 1939, her mother inherited the Onward Ranch and a huge debt. To make the ranch viable, a twenty-year-old Sonia traded paintbrush for pitchfork, labouring alongside the male ranch hands. But after marrying Hugh Cornwall in 1947, Sonia had time for painting once again. She learned techniques from some of Canada's most celebrated artists who came to visit the Onward Ranch, and later her home at the Jones Ranch, from Peter Aspell, Mollly Bobak and Jack Hardman t …

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Chautauqua Serenade

Chautauqua Serenade

Violinist Ruth Bowers on Tour, 1910-1912
by Jay Sherwood
edition:Paperback
tagged : entertainment & performing arts

Ruth Bowers had a dream of becoming a professional violinist. In 1910, when traditional careers for women included nursing or teaching, Ruth joined the chautauqua and lyceum tour circuit and hit the road. In the first part of the twentieth century, these popular tours brought music, education and entertainment to millions of people in rural North America. But chautauquas and lyceums also provided employment and fame for many female lecturers and performers. At a time when women did not even have …

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