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Par George O'Brien. 2006
Georgetown University professor George O'Brien provides the biographical background of the four masters of Irish literature and an in-depth analysis…of their greatest works. O'Brien discusses the very qualities that set these works apart and the "Irishness" that characterizes each of them. 2006.
Par Piers Dudgeon. 1997
Catherine Cookson's first novel, "Kate Hannigan", was published in 1950. The novel represented the author's triumph over unhappiness - within…its pages she was exorcising her own demons. Piers Dudgeon unlocks her complex character using her many books as a key and explores with Catherine herself the tortured drama of her personal life and its resolution. 1997.
Par Jeffrey Meyers. 2009
Dual biographies of playwright Arthur Miller (1915-2005) and actress Marilyn Monroe (1926-1962). Traces the couple's disparate family backgrounds and 1956…marriage. Describes Monroe's role as Miller's muse but posits that her psychological problems and feelings of inadequacy led to their divorce after five years. Some descriptions of sex. 2009.
Par David Gilmour. 2007
The true story of author Gilmour's decision to let his 16-year-old son drop out of high school, on the condition…that the boy agree to watch three films a week with him. Examines how those years changed both their lives. From French New Wave and Kurosawa to De Palma, film noir, and Billy Wilder, Gilmour describes key moments in each film, as he teaches his son about life and the vagaries of growing up through the power of the movies. Strong language and descriptions of sex. Canada Reads 2012. 2007.
Par Hala Jaber. 2009
Jaber, a Lebanese-British foreign correspondent, describes covering the Gulf War and her personal engagement with an Iraqi family caught in…the crossfire. Reporting on the American invasion of Iraq in 2003, Jaber took up the cause of hospitalized children wounded in the bombing, and helped start a fund to provide them with better medical attention and supplies. In particular, she learned the extraordinary story of two orphans and decided to adopt them. Some descriptions of violence. 2009.
The fellowship: the literary lives of the Inklings : J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Owen Barfield, Charles Williams
Par Philip Zaleski, Carol Zaleski. 2015
Par Bruce Hutchison. 1976
This is the 1970s autobiography of the journalist and historian whose life and writing influenced many Canadians. British Columbia-raised, his…life spanned some formative years of the province's political history. As a journalist he met and wrote about many prime ministers, and became recognized as an influential thinker. 1976.
Par Robertson Davies, Judith Skelton Grant. 1979
Par Stephen Calloway, David Colvin. 1997
Oscar Wilde was a central figure of the fin de siecle, and, in his own words, "a man who stood…in symbolic relation to his times." He rose to fame in the 1880s and had the world at his feet in the 1890s. It all went wrong when following his love-affair with Lord Alfred Douglas he was persecuted by Douglas' father and sentenced to two years in jail for homosexuality. He spent the last years of his life surrounded by a handful of loyal friends in France but shunned by those who had been his followers in his days of glory. 1997.
Par Nadine Gordimer, Stephen Clingman. 1988
This personal history of 27 years, 1959 to 1986, of Afrikaner domination in South Africa charts the response of novelist…Nadine Gordimer to the crisis of apartheid and the struggle of the blacks to free themselves. 1988.
Par Anchee Min. 2013
Traces the author's journey from the painful deprivations of her homeland to the sudden bounty of the United States, where…she endured five jobs, crime, and a painful marriage before the birth of a daughter inspired her writing career. 2013.
Par Maya Angelou. 1986
The fourth part of an autobiography of Maya Angelou. Maya becomes immersed in the world of black writers and artists…in Harlem, working in the civil rights movement with Martin Luther King. Sequel to “Singin’ and swingin’ and gettin’ merry like Christmas”, followed by “All God’s children need travelling shoes“. 1986.
Par George Bowering, Jean Baird. 2009
When Jean Baird's daughter, Bronwyn, died suddenly, Jean's instinct was to turn to books. Although she found that the thoughts…of counsellors, psychologists, and self-help gurus were some help, the works that truly did were by literary writers, largely from the UK and the US. Jean and her husband George Bowering found little from Canadian writers on the subject, and this anthology of original pieces attempts to fill that gap. c2009.
Par George Fetherling. 1998
During his 60 year career, George Woodcock published nearly 150 books, including "Anarchism" and "The crystal spirit," a study of…George Orwell. He arrived in Canada from Britain in his late thirties and eventually settled in Vancouver. Here his motivation for immigrating, and for giving himself a new personality when he did, are explained in depth using his own papers and interviews with his associates and colleagues. 1998.
Par Kristin Kimball. 2010
Single, thirtysomething, working as a writer in New York, Kimball was beginning to feel a sense of longing for family…and home, and when she interviewed a dynamic young farmer, her world changed. Smitten, she moved to five hundred acres near Lake Champlain to start Essex Farm. This chronicle of the first year describes how she and her future husband grew everything needed to feed their community. Some descriptions of violence and some strong language. 2010.
Par Kyoko Mori. 1995
Mori tells how she fled Japan for America when she was twenty, escaping cruel treatment by her father and harsh…memories of the place where her mother committed suicide. Thirteen years later, she returns to explore her homeland, reunites with relatives, and comes to terms with her tortured relationship with her father. 1995.
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.
Par Martin Booth. 1997
Biography of the Scottish author best known for his fictional detective, Sherlock Holmes. Discusses various aspects of this Victorian gentleman's…life and interests. Knighted for patriotism, Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) was a medical doctor, war correspondent, cricket player, political activist, family man, and a devout spiritualist. 2000, c1997.
Par Joan Bodger. 2000
Gestalt therapist, story-teller, teacher, writer, children's book editor, director of the first Headstart Program in New York State, Joan Bodger…is a woman whose life has always been intertwined with stories. Her biography depicts how a life -- and a century -- can be shaped and given meaning by personal mythology, how the power of stories can repair a shattered life. While describing her own life she also includes sharp observations of the nuances of class, racial prejudice, and regional and national differences. Some strong language. 2000.
Par Richard Adams. 1990
As a child, the author of "Watership down" was greatly influenced by his father, an amateur naturalist. World War II…interrupted Richard's studies at Oxford University and altered his idyllic life. c1990.