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The futilitarians: our year of thinking, drinking, grieving, and reading
Par Anne Gisleson. 2017
The Futilitarians is a guide to living curiously and fully and ultimately asks us, "How do we keep moving forward…amid all this loss and threat?" Anne tells us: "One answer is, we do it together." 2017.
The girl in the green sweater: a life in Holocaust's shadow
Par Daniel Paisner, Krystyna Chiger. 2008
In 1943, with Lvov's 150,000 Jews having been exiled, killed, or forced into ghettos and facing extermination, a group of…Polish Jews sought refuge in the city's sewer system. The last surviving member this group, Krystyna Chiger, provides a first-person account of those fourteen months with her family. Also describes Leopold Socha, a Polish Catholic and former thief, who risked his life to help Chiger's underground family survive, bringing them food and supplies. 2009, c2008.
The flower and the nettle: diaries and letters of Anne Morrow Lindbergh, 1936-1939 (A helen And Kurt Wolff Bk.)
Par Anne Morrow Lindbergh. 1976
Covers the European years of the Lindberghs, a period of happiness clouded by accusations of pro-Nazism against Col. Lindbergh. Records…visits with the Bullitts, Kennedys, Lady Astor, George Bernard Shaw, and Gertrude Stein. Sequel to "Locked rooms and open doors" (RC16036). Prequel to "War within and without."
The Hitler I knew: the memoirs of the Third Reich's press chief
Par Otto Dietrich. 2010
When Otto Dietrich was invited in 1933 to become Adolf Hitler's press chief, he accepted with the simple uncritical conviction…that Adolf Hitler was a great man, dedicated to promoting peace and welfare for the German people. At the end of the war, imprisoned and disillusioned, Otto Dietrich sat down to write what he had seen and heard in twelve years of the closest association with Hitler. c2010. Uniform title: 12 Jahre mit Hitler.
The Greek for love: a memoir of Corfu
Par James Chatto. 2005
They arrived as tourists in Corfu, Wendy from Canada and James from England. They enjoyed the sun, an idyllic beach,…olives, fresh apricots and marinated lamb, and long evenings of storytelling at the local taverna. But what captivated James and Wendy was the way the islanders embraced them, and how their deep connection to Corfu and its people sustained them through tragedy just as it had carried them into love. Some strong language. 2005.
The diary of Samuel Pepys: Excerpts
Par Samuel Pepys. 1991
Covers the nine years (1660-1669) during which the author kept his diary. Describes Pepys’ social and domestic life, the plague…of 1665, and London’s great fire of 1666. 1991. Uniform title: Diary.
The diaries of Northrop Frye, 1942-1955 (Collected works of Northrop Frye. book VIII)
Par Northrop Frye, Robert D Denham. 2001
Frye's entries contain self-analysis and self-revelation, as well as humour, dark moods and claustrophobia, and some self-congratulating. They also serve…as a chronicle of Frye's life, as we watch him teach classes, plan his career, record his dreams, register his reactions to the people he meets, and reflect on books, music, movies, and religious and political issues. Some strong language. 2001.
The dream palace of the Arabs: a generation's odyssey
Par Fouad Ajami. 1998
Examines the concepts of secular nationalism and modernity as conceived by Arab intellectuals of Beirut, Baghdad, Damascus, and Cairo. Provides…insights into the Middle East from Arabic sources: fiction, poetry, memoirs, and political commentaries. c1998.
The diary of Ma Yan: the struggles and hopes of a Chinese schoolgirl
Par Lisa Appignanesi, Ma Yan, Pierre Haski. 2005
Ma Yan is a teenager from Ningxia, China, a drought-stricken rural area. Education can be the difference between a life…of crushing poverty and a better future, but money is scarce. Ma Yan's diary chronicles her struggle to escape hardship and bring prosperity to her family, through her persistent, sometimes desperate, attempts to continue her schooling. Grades 4-7 and older readers. 2002, 2004. Uniform title: Journal de Ma Yan.
The cracker queen: a memoir of a jagged, joyful life (Southern voices audio)
Par Lauretta Hannon. 2009
Growing up in Warner Robins, Georgia, with her parents - and their loving but rocky relationship - isn't always easy…for Lauretta. It doesn't help that the rest of her family is a who's who list of misfits and petty criminals. Learning from them and their experiences, Lauretta develops a keen wit and an observant eye, talents she then takes on the road to Savannah and even to Europe. There she encounters even more oddballs and colourful characters - many of whom are profiled here. 2009.
The curious cage: a Shanghai journal, 1941-1945
Par Peggy Abkhazi, S. W Jackman. 1981
While in a Japanese internment camp during World War II, the British author kept a journal which records the routines…of camp life and the variety of ways prisoners coped with their new existence. 1981.
The dark broad seas: memoirs of a sailor (With many voices. #1.)
Par Jeffry V Brock. 1981
The courtship correspondence, 1845-1846: a selection (Oxford letters and memoirs)
Par Robert Browning, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Daniel Karlin. 1989
The love letters of Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett are among the most famous in literary history. Besides the well-known…story of the poets' romance, this clandestine correspondence shows them probing each other's desires in a cerebral, but passionate, courtship. 1989. Uniform title: Correspondence.
The burn journals
Par Brent Runyon. 2008
Fearing expulsion and parental disapproval after lighting a shirt on fire at his school, Brent goes home, soaks his bathrobe…with gasoline, steps into his shower, and strikes a match. Suffering horrific burns, Brent faces a long, painful recovery - both mentally and physically. Junior and Senior High. 2008.
The bite of the mango
Par Mariatu Kamara, Susan McClelland. 2008
Sierra Leone. At the age of 12, Mariatu Kamara was raped by a family friend, then captured by rebels who…cut off her hands. Despite her wounds, Kamara walked out of the bush and sought help, ending up in an amputee camp, where she gave birth to a son who died of malnutrition. When foreign journalists interviewed Kamara in the camp, her story garnered international interest and assistance, which eventually brought her to Toronto. Her autobiography testifies to Kamara's horrific trauma, but with the aim of fostering hope and reconciliation. Winner of the 2011 Red Maple Non-Fiction Award. For junior high and older readers. Some strong language, some descriptions of sex, and some descriptions of violence. c2008.
The best of Crocus Coulee
Par Betty Kilgour. 1986
Betty Kilgour, the "Erma Bombeck of the farm set", lives on a farm in Three Hills, Alberta. Her ability to…see the humour in everyday situations has endeared her to C.B.C. radio listeners and to readers of the Red Deer Advocate to which she contributed a weekly column. This book is a collection of her most popular columns. 1986.
The actual one: how I tried, and failed, to avoid adulthood forever
Par Isy Suttie. 2017
Isy Suttie wakes up one day in her late twenties to discover that the deal she'd struck with her friends,…to put off growing up for as long as possible, had been entirely in her head. Everyone around her is suddenly into mortgages, farmers' markets, and going off the Pill, rather than running naked into the sea or getting hammered in a country pub with eighty-year-old men. After a particularly crushing breakup precipitated by Isy's gifting of a human-size papier-mache penguin to her boyfriend, her dearest friend advises Isy not to worry: the next guy she meets will be The Actual One. Heartened by this promise, Isy decides to keep delaying the onset of adulthood, whether that means standing on the side of a highway in nothing but an old fur coat and sneakers, dating a man who speaks only in rhyme, or conquering her fears of Alpine skiing by wildly overestimating her athletic ability. An ode to the confusing wilderness of your late twenties, alongside a quest for a genuinely good relationship... or at the very least, a good story to tell. 2017.
That mean old yesterday (Griot audio)
Par Stacey Patton. 2008
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Stacey Patton penned this memoir describing her tumultuous childhood growing up first in a state institution and…then in a fractured foster family. She makes a strong case to illustrate how the brutal legacy of slavery continues to affect African-American families today. 2008.
Testaments of honour: personal histories from Canada's war veterans
Par Blake Heathcote. 2002
Veterans of World War II detail their war years to remember and honour lost comrades, and to understand themselves and…be understood by others. These stories have never been publicly released. Some descriptions of violence. 2002.
Tank men: the human story of tanks at war
Par Robert J Kershaw. 2009
Ex-soldier and military historian Robert Kershaw brings to life the grime, the grease and the fury of a tank battle…through the voices of ordinary men and women who lived and fought in those fearsome machines. This text draws on newly researched personal testimony from the crucial battles of the First and Second World Wars. 2009.