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Float Like a Butterfly, Drink Mint Tea

Float Like a Butterfly, Drink Mint Tea

How I Quit Everything
by Alex Wood
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A wildly disarming memoir by comedian Alex Wood on how he overcame his multiple addictions.

As an alcoholic, drug-addicted comedian with tendencies to over-indulge and under-achieve since he was a teenager, Alex Wood was on track for to achieve his greatest goals: to die young and drunk. At the age of twenty-eight, feeling desperate in the face of a …

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Travesia

Travesia

A Migrant Girlâ??s Cross-Border Journey
by Michelle Gerster, illustrated by Fiona Dunnett
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age: 12 to 100
Grade: 7 to 17
tagged : girls & women, nonfiction, emigration & immigration, history

A poignant bilingual YA graphic novel about a teenage girlâ??s harrowing experience crossing the Mexico-US border.

This compelling young adult graphic memoir, based on real events, tells the story of Gricelda, a fifteen-year-old Mexican girl who attempts to cross the border into America with her mother and younger brother in search of a better life …

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Bisous and Brioche

Bisous and Brioche

Classic French Recipes and Family Favorites from a Life in France
by Laura Bradbury & Rebecca Wellman
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A book of recipes from the author of the Grape Series memoirs that will transport you to a rustic French cottage surrounded by vineyards, no matter where in the world your kitchen might be.

For years readers of Laura Bradbury's bestselling Grape Series memoirs have been clamouring for the secrets behind all the mouthwatering meals described in the s …

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Balancing Bountiful

Balancing Bountiful

What I Learned about Feminism from My Polygamist Grandmothers
by Mary Jayne Blackmore
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As the daughter of Mormon leader Winston Blackmore, Mary Jayne Blackmore grew up within the closed-off polygamist community of Bountiful, BC. She spent her younger years riding ponies, raising pet lambs and playing in the hay in the Old Barn. Her family's staunch Fundamentalist Mormon faith imposed fanatical doomsday preparation and carried an inst …

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All That Glitters

All That Glitters

A Climber's Journey Through Addiction and Depression
by Margo Talbot
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tagged : mountaineering, sports psychology

World-renowned ice climber Margo Talbot shares her compelling story of healing and self-discovery amid the frozen landscapes of the planet.

Born and raised in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Margo Talbot grew up with a distant mother who “ruled the household with her eyes?; a father who opted to spend much of his time away from home; and four siblings …

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Our Backs Warmed by the Sun

Our Backs Warmed by the Sun

Memories of a Doukhobor Life
by Vera Maloff
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tagged : cultural heritage, social history, post-confederation (1867-)

For many, the Doukhobor story is a sensational one: arson, nudity and civil disobedience once made headlines. But it isn't the whole story. Our Backs Warmed by the Sun: Memories of a Doukhobor Life is an intricately woven, richly textured memoir of a family's determination to live in peace and community in the face of controversy and unrest.

When au …

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Finding Heartstone

Finding Heartstone

A Taste of Wilderness
by Cathy Sosnowsky
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When Cathy Sosnowsky, her husband Woldy, and their little boy Alex first joined the Hemming Bay Community, a cooperative formed to preserve a large piece of wilderness on a remote coastal island of British Columbia, she found the idea of owning part of an island appealing. But the paradise she envisioned reveals itself as a harsh and hostile enviro …

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Kimiko Does Cancer

Kimiko Does Cancer

A Graphic Memoir
text by Kimiko Tobimatsu, illustrated by Keet Geniza
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tagged : biography & memoir, cancer, contemporary women, gay & lesbian

A moving and honest graphic memoir about the unexpected cancer journey of a young, queer, mixed-race woman.

At the age of twenty-five, Kimiko Tobimatsu was a young, queer, mixed-race woman with no history of health problems whose world was turned upside down when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. In an instant, she became immersed in a new and c …

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Buried — Updated Edition

Buried — Updated Edition

by Ken Wylie
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tagged : mountaineering, non-classifiable, winter sports

An unparalleled memoir that grapples with the complex relationships that exist within the mountaineering community and how personal choices can have deep and tragic consequences.

 

On January 20, 2003, at 10:45 a.m., a massive avalanche released from Tumbledown Mountain in the Selkirk Range of British Columbia. Tonnes of snow carried 13 members of tw …

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Grandfathered

Grandfathered

Dispatches from the Trenches of Modern Grandparenthood
by Ian Haysom
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tagged : personal memoirs, marriage & family, essays

A sharp, funny, heartfelt memoir by a career-driven baby boomer who enters semi-retirement and explores the joys, challenges, and never-ending surprises of being a "young" granddad.

One summer, shortly after taking a step back from an illustrious journalism career, Ian Haysom found himself in charge of his first grandchild, Mayana, who was three at …

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A Story of Karma

A Story of Karma

Finding Love and Truth in the Lost Valley of the Himalaya
by Michael Schauch
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tagged : essays & travelogues, adventure, adventurers & explorers

A deeply personal travel memoir that combines alpine adventure, family connections, and spiritual encounters in two very different worlds: a Himalayan village and Vancouver, Canada.

In 2012, Michael Schauch and his wife, Chantal, undertook an expedition deep in the Himalaya of northern Nepal, into a remote valley that had been closed off to outsider …

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Small Courage

Small Courage

A Queer Memoir of Finding Love and Conceiving Family
by Jane Byers
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tagged : non-classifiable, lgbt, adoption & fostering

Rarely do we know what life will hold. When starting the adoption process, Jane Byers and her wife could not have predicted the illuminating and challenging experience of living for two weeks with the Evangelical Christian foster parents of their soon-to-be adopted twins. Parenthood becomes even more daunting when homophobia threatens their beginni …

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Our Trip Around the World

Our Trip Around the World

by Renate Belczyk
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tagged : essays & travelogues, personal memoirs, adventurers & explorers

A spirited 1950s travelogue that takes the reader around the world during a time when two independent young women travelling alone was considered almost revolutionary.

Renate Belczyk was born in Dresden, Germany, in 1932. When she was three years old her family moved to Berlin, where they settled into a small apartment building on the outskirts of t …

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Gilly the Ghillie

Gilly the Ghillie

More Chronicles of a West Coast Fishing Guide
by David Giblin
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tagged : cultural, ethnic & regional, fishing, personal memoirs

Tall tales of coastal adventures, colourful locals, privileged tourists, and elusive fish abound in this hilariously offbeat sequel to The Codfish Dream.

"David Giblin is a marvellous storyteller."—Ian Ferguson, author of The Survival Guide to British Columbia

David Giblin's stint as a seasonal salmon fishing guide on Stuart Island provides a seemi …

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Dispatches from Ray's Planet

Dispatches from Ray's Planet

A Journey through Autism
by Claire Finlayson
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tagged : personal memoirs, autism spectrum disorders, siblings

As a child, Claire's big brother Ray was always bright and inquisitive, but as the two became teenagers, Ray struggled to acquire the social skills that came more easily to others. Claire tried to help, pointing out (after Ray's many "bloopers") what he should or shouldn't have said or done. Ray insisted that he wasn't the problem--"On my planet... …

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Hammer & Nail

Hammer & Nail

Notes of a Journeywoman
by Kate Braid
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tagged : essays, women authors, feminism & feminist theory

In 1977, Kate Braid began work as one of the first women to stumble (literally) into construction. Since then, feminism, the MeToo movement, pay equity legislation and other efforts have led to more women in a wider variety of careers. Yet, the number of women in blue-collar trades has barely shifted--from three percent to a mere four.

In Journeywom …

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Render

Render

by Sachiko Murakami
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tagged : canadian, women authors, death

Searing, intimate poems that render a history of trauma, addiction, and recovery through dreams and waking experience.

Render (v.tr.): to submit, as for consideration; to give or make available; to give what is due or owed; to give in return, or retribution; to surrender; to yield. To represent; to perform an interpretation of; to arrange. To expres …

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Free to a Good Home

Free to a Good Home

With Room for Improvement
by Jules Torti, foreword by Jann Arden
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tagged : women, personal memoirs, lgbt

The German word zugunruhe translates as the “stirring before moving.” It’s used to describe birds and herds of animals, like wildebeests, before the great migration. Though Jules Torti is neither German nor a wildebeest, she understands this marrow-deep anxiousness all too well; she is just someone looking for a home.

Free to a Good Home is ev …

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Wild Fierce Life

Wild Fierce Life

Dangerous Moments on the Outer Coast
by Joanna Streetly
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Wild Fierce Life is a heart-stopping collection of true stories from the Pacific Coast that build a vivid portrait of life on the continental edge and one woman’s evolving place within it.

Author Joanna Streetly arrived on the west coast of Vancouver Island when she was nineteen, and soon adapted to the challenges of working on boats of all sorts, …

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Bootstraps Need Boots

Bootstraps Need Boots

One Tory’s Lonely Fight to End Poverty in Canada
by Hugh Segal
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tagged : political, canadian, social policy

For more than four decades, Hugh Segal has been one of the leading voices of progressive conservatism in Canada. A self-described Red Tory warrior who disdains “bootstrap” approaches to poverty, he has always promoted policies, especially a basic annual income, to help the most economically vulnerable. Why would a life-long Tory support somethi …

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Show Me the Honey

Show Me the Honey

Adventures of an Accidental Apiarist
narrator Dave Doroghy
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A lighthearted, self-deprecating account of one fledgling beekeeper’s misadventures. With wit and warning in equal measure, this informative, refreshingly honest narrative will resonate with any new beekeeper.

When Dave Doroghy’s sister gave him 15,000 honey bees as a Christmas gift, his practical knowledge of beekeeping would have fit on the p …

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The Smallest Objective

The Smallest Objective

by Sharon Kirsch
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From the author of What Species of Creatures, Sharon Kirsch, comes The Smallest Objective, an intricate and melancholy personal memoir about a daughter's last days with her mother, the hidden recesses of family history, and the treasures that the past can bring in the face of a difficult present.

Having moved her elderly mother into a care home, the …

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A Quiet Roar

A Quiet Roar

Living with Multiple Sclerosis
by Heidi Redl
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tagged : women, personal memoirs, people with disabilities

The devastating diagnosis of an incurable, debilitating disease does not ordinarily form the starting point of a triumphant story. This, however, is a triumphant story. Heidi Redl was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2004 and immediately chose to fight the disease with the only tools available to her: sheer stubbornness and courage.

Growing up o …

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The Home Stretch

The Home Stretch

A Father, a Son, and All the Things They Never Talk About
by George K. Ilsley
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tagged : eldercare, family relationships, gerontology, personal memoirs

A moving, honest memoir about a man who returns to his rural hometown to take care of his cranky elderly father.

George K. Ilsley explores his complex relationship with his aging father in this candid memoir full of sharp emotion and disarming humour. George's father is ninety-one years old, a widower, and fiercely independent; an avid gardener, he' …

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Itineraries

Itineraries

An Intellectual Odyssey
by Philip Resnick
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In writing Itineraries, Philip Resnick has focused on a number of influences and currents that have shaped his intellectual life. It begins with his early years, growing up Jewish in Montreal and his subsequent break with organized religion. This is followed by his encounters with nationalism - Québécois, Canadian, Catalan, and that of a number o …

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Just One More Drive

Just One More Drive

the true story of a stuttering homosexual and his race car
by Robert James O?Brien
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This honest, uplifting and painfully funny memoir is about love, soapboxes and why you should never lie on national TV. It's the story of how the Beast, a BMW E30 M3 Sport Evolution, almost killed Robert but ended up saving his life.
From his father, Robert developed a passion for all things automotive as he grew up in Dublin, a painfully shy, lo …

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The Shoe Boy

The Shoe Boy

A Trapline Memoir
by Duncan McCue
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At the age of seventeen, an Anishinabe boy who was raised in the south joined a James Bay Cree family in a one-room hunting cabin in the isolated wilderness of northern Quebec. Reflecting on his search for his own personal identity, that kid – Duncan McCue – takes us on an evocative exploration of the teenage years and the culture shock he expe …

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Panegyric

Panegyric

by Logan Macnair
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When underachieving writer Larry Mann is granted the lucrative opportunity to ghostwrite the memoirs of the notorious and eccentric businessman-turned-politician Maxime Montblanc, he accepts immediately, tantalized by the financial benefits he’s promised. However, as the two men begin to learn about and confide in one another, hints of their past …

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You Suck, Sir

You Suck, Sir

Chronicles of a High School English Teacher and the Smartass Students Who Schooled Him
by Paul Bae
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By the creator/co-creator of the podcasts The Black Tapes and The Big Loop: reading between the lines of the hilarious conversations between a teacher and his students.

Before he became a famous stand-up comedian and podcast creator, Paul Bae taught English in Vancouver's largest public school. One day during his student-teaching practicum, he assig …

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What the Mouth Wants

What the Mouth Wants

A Memoir of Food, Love and Belonging
by Monica Meneghetti
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This mouthwatering, intimate, and sensual memoir traces Monica Meneghetti’s unique life journey through her relationship with food, family and love. As the youngest child of a traditional Italian-Catholic immigrant family, Monica learns the intimacy of the dinner table and the ritual of meals, along with the requirements of conformity both at the …

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Voice in the Wild

Voice in the Wild

by Laurie Sarkadi
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After plans to live in Africa shatter, young journalist Laurie Sarkadi moves to the Subarctic city of Yellowknife seeking wilderness and adventure. She covers the changing socio-political worlds of Dene and Inuit in the late ‘80s—catching glimpses of their traditional, animal-dependent ways—before settling into her own off-grid existence in t …

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Imprint

Imprint

A Memoir of Trauma in the Third Generation
by Claire Sicherman
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Imprint is a profound and courageous exploration of trauma, family, and the importance of breaking silence and telling stories. This book is a fresh and startling combination of history and personal revelation.

When her son almost died at birth and her grandmother passed away, something inside of Claire Sicherman snapped. Her body, which had always …

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my yt mama

my yt mama

by Mercedes Eng
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In the follow-up to her BC Book Prize-winning book of poetry, Prison Industrial Complex Explodes, Mercedes Eng continues her poetic investigation of racism and colonialism in Canada, weaponizing the language of the nation-state against itself in the service of social justice. my yt mama is a collection of poems that considers historic and contempor …

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Rain City

Rain City

Vancouver Essays
by John Moore
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BC Bestseller! From its Coast Mountain skyline to its seedy waterfront tattoo parlors, from the private downtown booze-cans of the city's business elite and the Faux Chateau enclave of Whistler, to the riot-shaken streets of the early Sixties and the history of pipe bomb attacks in the city, Moore has been there, done that. He's been a graveyard sh …

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My Art Is Killing Me and Other Poems

My Art Is Killing Me and Other Poems

by Amber Dawn
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In her novels, poetry, and prose, Amber Dawn has written eloquently on queer femme sexuality, individual and systemic trauma, and sex work justice, themes drawn from her own lived experience and revealed most notably in her award-winning memoir How Poetry Saved My Life.

In this, her second poetry collection, Amber Dawn takes stock of the costs of co …

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Maison Rouge

Maison Rouge

Memories of a Childhood in War
by Liliane Leila Juma
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age: 13 to 16
Grade: 8 to 11
tagged : historical, military & wars, africa

Leila Liliane Juma was 16 years old when her family home in the Democratic Republic of the Congo was destroyed by rebel soldiers. In this gut-wretching memoir, she gives an account of her life before and after her family was torn apart by the twin nightmares of civil war and invasion. Sincere and revealing, it gives a moving account of a young girl …

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North of Familiar

North of Familiar

A Woman's Story of Homesteading and Adventure in the Canadian Wilderness
by Terry Milos
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In 1974, Terry Milos moved to rural northern Canada to pursue her dream of homesteading. Following the seventies trend of the back-to-the-landers, she and her partner left the city life for what they imagined would be a simpler existence. Sometimes humorous and often insightful, North of Familiar is the story of a woman who learned to hunt, fish an …

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