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A Soldier's Memoir of Sarajevo Under Siege
by Fred Doucette, foreword by Roméo Dallaire
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After suffering gut-wrenching experiences during the Bosnian war, a soldier is left to struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder.

When Canadian soldier Fred Doucette was deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina as a UN peacekeeper in 1995, he had a premonition that this tour of duty would be different. He had been posted to Cyprus in the 1970s and 1980s, b …

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Fairmont Empress, The

Fairmont Empress, The

The First Hundred Years
by Terry Reksten
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Based on archival records, memoirs, reminiscences, newspaper accounts and over a hundred interviews, this book is the first full account of the glorious life and times of one the world’s legendary hotels: Victoria’s Fairmont Empress. Like its famous siblings the Banff Springs Hotel, the Royal York and the Chateau Lake Louise, the Empress, built …

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First Person Queer

First Person Queer

Who We Are (So Far)
edited by Richard Labonté & Lawrence Schimel
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tagged : gay studies, essays, lesbian studies

Winner, Lambda Literary Award, LGBT Anthologies

Winner, Independent Publisher Award (GOLD), Gay/Lesbian

In this amazing, wide-ranging anthology of non-fiction essays, contributors write intimate and honest first-person accounts of queer (gay/lesbian/bisexual/trans) experience: from coming out to "passing" as straight, to the devastation of meth addic …

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Goin' Deep

Goin' Deep

The Life and Times of a CFL Quarterback
by Matt Dunigan & Rick Hansen
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tagged : football, personal memoirs, sports

"Put aside the fact that it ended my playing career, punched holes in my memory and put life as I knew it on indefinite hold, it wasn't that tough a hit."

Thus begins Goin' Deep, Matt Dunigan's gritty, often startling memoir of his 14-year journey as a Canadian Football League quarterback, a career brought to a shattering halt on an afternoon in Ham …

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A Journey to the Northern Ocean

A Journey to the Northern Ocean

The Adventures of Samuel Hearne
by Samuel Hearne, introduction by Ken McGoogan
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Widely recognized as a classic of northern-exploration literature, A Journey to the Northern Ocean is Samuel Hearne's story of his three-year trek to seek a trade route across the Barrens in the Northwest Territories. Hearne was a superb reporter, from his anguished description of the massacre of helpless Eskimos by his Indian companions to his met …

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Tales from the Galley

Tales from the Galley

Stories of the Working Waterfront
by Doreen Armitage
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Doreen Armitage, author of the bestselling From the Wheelhouse: Tugboaters Tell their own Stories, is back with a fresh collection of salty tales from a varied collection of men who earn their living in, on or beside the sea. A former DFO skipper tells a heartrending story of trying to rescue the crew of a fish boat foundering off the west coast of …

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Jedediah Days

Jedediah Days

One Woman's Island Paradise
by Mary Palmer
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British Columbia's Jedediah Island is now a popular marine park, 640 acres of natural splendour tucked in between Texada and Lasqueti islands in the Strait of Georgia. But when Mary Palmer and her husband purchased the island half a century ago, they found out it could be challenging indeed to live in an isolated coastal paradise.

Jedediah Days is a …

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Jack Whyte: Forty Years in Canada

Jack Whyte: Forty Years in Canada

A Memoir
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 more recent 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 th …

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Assorted Candies for the Theatre

Assorted Candies for the Theatre

by Michel Tremblay, translated by Linda Gaboriau
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Assorted Candies for the Theatre is a stage adaptation of Michel Tremblay’s fourth book of autobiographical sketches, Bonbons Assortis / Assorted Candies, offering a rich and colourful cast of characters in this exquisite remembrance of childhood past in Montreal’s Plateau Mont-Royal neighbourhood. Much more than a mere adaptation of a prose me …

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The Lost Coast

The Lost Coast

Salmon, Memory and the Death of Wild Culture
by Tim Bowling
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Grade: 10
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Somewhere between joyous affirmation of British Columbia's splendour and momentous grief for the destruction of a once thriving salmon culture comes the newest work from acclaimed poet and novelist Tim Bowling. The Lost Coast is a lyrical, impassioned lament for the home Bowling once knew and for the river and creatures that continue to haunt his i …

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Topic Sentence

Topic Sentence

A Writer's Education
by Stan Persky
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From the Introduction by Brian Fawcett "A first clue to how this book is going to work lies in the book's title: Topic Sentence. In the title story, written in 1970, Persky took on the two questions that dog every artist in the post-modern: What is the subject matter, and how can it be articulated? Since both questions are unanswerable, Persky twis …

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What the Psychic Told the Pilgrim

What the Psychic Told the Pilgrim

A Midlife Misadventure on Spain's Camino de Santiago de Compostela
by Jane Christmas
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In this wickedly funny account, Jane Christmas describes her pilgrimage along Spain's infamous Camino de Santiago de Compostela in celebration of her fiftieth birthday. Somehow she finds herself leading fourteen squabbling middle-aged women—until she inadvertently loses them and sets out on her own. That is when her real adventure begins, as she …

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Wages

Wages

by John Armstrong
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tagged : editors, journalists, publishers, personal memoirs

John Armstrong has worked as a paperboy, a caddy, and a Bible camp counsellor; as a janitor at the Regal Theatre, a shipper of video porn, and a real live punk rock star. As if those jobs weren't punishment enough, at the tender age of thirty he entered the trenches of journalism. Armstrong's first job — a slave-labour gig shovelling rabbit shit …

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Comfort Food for Breakups

Comfort Food for Breakups

The Memoir of a Hungry Girl
by Marusya Bociurkiw
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Finalist,The Golden Crown Literary Award, Lesbian Short Story Essay Collection
Winner, Independent Publisher Award (SILVER), Autobiography/Memoir
Winner, ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award (GOLD), Autobiography/Memoir
Finalist, Lambda Literary Award, Women's Memoir/Biography
Shortlisted for the Kobzar Literary Award
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True Pleasures

True Pleasures

by Lucinda Holdforth
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Long Labour, A

Long Labour, A

A Dutch Mother's Holocaust Memoir
by Rhodea Shandler
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Grade: 8
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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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One Muddy Hand

One Muddy Hand

Selected Poems
by Earle Birney, edited by Sam Solecki
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Grade: 9
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Earle Birney (1904-1995), the father of modern Canadian poetry, was one of Canada's finest writers and the author of "David," arguably the most popular Canadian poem of all time. One Muddy Hand: Selected Poems features Birney's best work, spanning his entire writing career from 1926 to 1987.

Born in Calgary, Birney grew up in different parts of Alb …

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The Passionate Gardener

The Passionate Gardener

Adventures of an Ardent Green Thumb
by Des Kennedy
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The 13 short pieces featured in Passionate Gardener roam widely and wildly, examining, among other things, common idiosyncrasies and the collective chaos of garden clubs, the host of psychopathologies that afflict "plants people," and obsessive-compulsive behavior such as the chronic moving of plants. This is an irreverent exploration of the fierce …

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Storyteller, The

Storyteller, The

Memory, Secrets, Magic and Lies
by Anna Porter
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Born in 1889, Anna Porter's grandfather, Vili Racz, was a patriot and Olympic athlete, a magician and a lawyer, a publisher and a prisoner, a philanderer and a devoted family man. On long walks through the once-grand European capital of Budapest, in confidences whispered in splendid fin-de-siecle coffee houses, Vili shared his stories of heroes and …

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Hollywood and Me

Hollywood and Me

My Wild Ride through the Golden Age of Television
by Bernie Rothman
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Bernie Rothman wrote popular, classic TV shows like "My Three Sons" and produced career-defining specials for stars like Judy Garland, George Burns, Diana Ross, Burt Reynolds, and Rudolf Nureyev. In this memoir, Rothman wittily describes his dealings with these male and female divas, from witnessing Peggy Lee trashing the Andrews Sisters to draggin …

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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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Addicted

Addicted

Notes from the Belly of the Beast
by Lorna Crozier, edited by Patrick Lane
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With new material from Susan Cheever, Molly Jong-Fast, and Rick Whitaker. What is this craving that overpowers all else? What is it like to be addicted, and what does it take to get straight or sober? In this new and expanded edition of a widely praised collection, an outstanding roster of courageous writers present vivid renderings of the addictio …

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Saltwater City

Saltwater City

Story of Vancouver's Chinese Community
by Paul Yee
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Written by Paul Yee, a third-generation Chinese-Canadian in search of his own roots as well as those of the community, Saltwater City brings the perceptions of a previously diffident community to its own history. A text resonant with often painful first-person recollections combines with 200 photographs, most reproduced for the first time, to form …

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Baseball Love

Baseball Love

by George Bowering
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Having written books in practically every genre, George Bowering is often introduced as someone who adores baseball, yet ironically he did not begin this book about the game until he was appointed Canada’s first Poet Laureate for 2002–04. This picaresque memoir of a road trip with his fiancée through the storied ballparks of a poet’s youthf …

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To Touch a Dream

A Wilderness Adventure
by Sunny Wright
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This warm-hearted memoir tells the story of the dream of many North Americans: to throw up a dull job and journey into the wilderness to live off the land. Sunny Wright does exactly that when she decides at age twenty-eight to quit working at a "man-sized job for a female wage" in a Vancouver sawmill. With her young daughter Lisa and friend Betty, …

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Kathys Story

Kathys Story

by Kathy Obeirne
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Winging Home

Winging Home

A Palette of Birds
by Harold Rhenisch
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In British Columbia's remote and exotic Cariboo Plateau, "Everything is slow. Everything is happening at the same speed, which is no speed at all." Harold Rhenisch has spent eleven years watching birds every day from his house on the shore of 108 Lake—at this speed, but you wouldn’t know it from reading Winging Home. Known as "one of Canada's m …

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Because We Are Canadians

Because We Are Canadians

A Battlefield Memoir
by Charles Kipp, edited by Pierre Berton, introduction by Lynda Sykes
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This is the story of one man's war -- the memoirs of Sgt. Charles D. Kipp, who served with the Canadian army on active duty in Europe during the bloody days and weeks following D-Day. What makes this work stand out from other Second World War battlefield journals is its unadorned, almost naive sense -- a guileless attention to small details, horrif …

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Diary of a Wilderness Dweller

Diary of a Wilderness Dweller

by Chris Czajkowski
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In the late 1980s, Chris Czajkowski left her truck at the end of a logging road 300 kilometres north of Vancouver and hiked for two days on unmarked wilderness trails to the site of what would become her home. This is her account of building three log cabins, an eco-tourism business and a life beside an unnamed lake 5,000 feet high in the Coast Ran …

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Dead Man in Paradise

Dead Man in Paradise

by J.B. MacKinnon
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At nightfall on June 22, 1965, a soldier walked in from the outskirts of a small town in the Dominican Republic and reported that he had just shot and killed two policemen and an outspoken Canadian Catholic priest. It was the opening scene in a mystery that, forty years later, compels J.B. MacKinnon, a nephew of the murdered missionary, to investig …

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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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Grade: 13 to 16
Reading age: 18 to 21
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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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The Rice Queen Diaries

The Rice Queen Diaries

A Memoir
by Daniel Gawthrop
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In this moving autobiography, Daniel Gawthrop writes about the politics and pleasures of being a self-identified "rice queen": a gay man who is attracted to Asians. Navigating through the urban jungles of Western cities like Vancouver and London, as well as the humid streets of Bangkok and Saigon, Daniel explores the multicultural minefields of sex …

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Flying Crooked

Flying Crooked

A Story of Accepting Cancer
by Jan Michael
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There are many books about the processes people go through when they discover they have cancer. What makes Flying Crooked different is the way in which Jan Michael accepts the disease and its consequences. She continues to enjoy life, refuses radiotherapy, and rejects the idea of even wearing a prosthesis after one of her breasts has been removed. …

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I Married the Klondike

I Married the Klondike

by Laura Beatrice Berton
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In 1907, Laura Beatrice Berton, a 29-year-old kindergarten teacher, left her comfortable life in Toronto Ontario to teach in a Yukon mining town. She fell in love with the North--and with a northerner--and made Dawson City her home for the next 25 years. I Married the Klondike is her classic and enduring memoir.

When she first arrived by steamboat …

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Close Calls on High Walls

Close Calls on High Walls

and other Tales from the Warden Service
by Mike Schintz
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Experience life as a park warden in Canada's national parks with Close Calls on High Walls, a moving memoir from a former warden.

 

The mountains beckon from behind their mantle of clouds.... So pick up your pack and take the Alpenstock in hand. Who knows, in one of those quiet valleys we may even find those candle-flame blazes, where that old Guard …

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Windshift Line, The

Windshift Line, The

A Father and Daughter's Story
by Rita Moir
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In this beautifully written and deeply moving book, Rita Moir draws strength from her father's words as she deals with a relationship with an abusive man, the challenges of living on her own in the country, and the disappointment of another thwarted romance. In turn, she offers the same strength to her father when he must confront his own illness, …

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Confessions of a Small Press Racketeer

Confessions of a Small Press Racketeer

by Stuart Ross
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Best Books of 2005, Ottawa Xpress

Writer's Trust of Canada's "Warm Weather Reads Recommended by Writers" list (recommended by Robert Hough)

Confessions of a Small Press Racketeer is equal parts literary memoir, advice for the emerging writer, and reckless tirade. Ross has been active in the Canadian literary underground for a quarter of a century: he …

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Italy Out of Hand

Italy Out of Hand

A Capricious History
by Barbara Hodgson
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Italy out of Hand is not a traditional guidebook with hotel addresses and hours of operation. Rather, it is an idiosyncratic tour of a sometimes overwhelming and extravagant country. Seething below Italy's wonderfully civilized surface is a mass of macabre stories, salacious goings-on, and decidedly strange personalities and bizarre behavior. There …

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Paddling to Where I Stand

Paddling to Where I Stand

Agnes Alfred, Qwiqwasutinuxw Noblewoman
edited by Martine J. Reid & Daisy Sewid-Smith
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Grade: 17
tagged : native american studies, folklore & mythology, women

The first-ever biography written about a woman of the Northwest Coast's Kwakwakawakw people, Paddling to Where I Stand presents the memoirs of Agnes Alfred (c.1890-1992), a non-literate noble Qwiqwasutinuxw woman of the Kwakwakawakw Nation and one of the last great storytellers among her peers in the classic oral tradition. Agnes Alfred documents t …

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I am a Red Dress

I am a Red Dress

Incantations on a Grandmother, a Mother, and a Daughter
by Anna Camilleri
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In I Am a Red Dress, acclaimed writer and performer Anna Camilleri confronts the ghosts of her past as she seeks to find her rightful place in the world. Part memoir, part storytelling, Anna writes with passion and conviction about family and identity, and how the wounds of personal history can be healed through the imagination.

These eloquent stori …

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Rafe

Rafe

A Memoir
by Rafe Mair
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For much of the legendary BC politician-cum-hotliner's career, calling him a socialist would have risked a scorching riposte if not a punch in the nose, but in his latest book that is the label he gives himself. Has the old warrior gone over to the other side? Well, not exactly. Rafe Mair has dominated the British Columbia airwaves for years, pulli …

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Some Night My Prince Will Come

Some Night My Prince Will Come

by Michel Tremblay, translated by Sheila Fischman
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An evening at the opera spills out onto the street and into an odyssey through Montreal by night. The narrator, both innocent and cynical, rushes headlong down what appears to be the road to ruin?or perhaps merely to the loss of his virginity. We follow him from a café called El Cortijo (spanish for a country house with a farm building attached) t …

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The Last Voyage of the Loch Ryan

The Last Voyage of the Loch Ryan

by Andrew Struthers
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Evicted from his Tofino pyramid for the last time, writer Andrew Struthers has the solution: buy an old fishing boat going cheap via the federal government's Mifflin Plan. He takes up residence onboard with his nine-year-old daughter Pasheabel, and his perennial housing problems are solved. Or are they? The Last Voyage of the Loch Ryan picks up whe …

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The Greenpeace to Amchitka

The Greenpeace to Amchitka

An Environmental Odyssey
by Robert Hunter, photographs by Robert Keziere
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Greenpeace is known around the world for its activism and education surrounding environmental and biodiversity issues. With a presence in more than forty countries across Europe, the Americas, Asia, and the Pacific, Greenpeace is undoubtedly a dominant force in the realm of environmental activism. This is the story of how Greenpeace came to be.

In S …

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Last Heathen, The

Last Heathen, The

Encounters with Ghosts and Ancestors in Melanesia
by Charles Montgomery
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In 1892, the Bishop of Tasmania set sail for Melanesia with the intent of rescuing islanders from lives of fear, black magic and cannibalism. Over 100 years later, his great grandson, Charles Montgomery, followed the bishop's route through the South Pacific, seeking out the spirits and myths his missionary forebear had sought to destroy.

 

Montgomery …

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Mr. Nasty

Mr. Nasty

by Cameron White
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From humble beginnings in East London to the murky world of heroin addiction and murderous gangs, Cameron White takes us on his trip through his drug-dealing life.

p class=""book_description"">He fell afoul of notorious London criminals and was forced to flee to North America; he climbed aboard a cocaine-fueled roller coaster that had him dealing w …

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