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Par Sophie Van der Stap. 2015
Sophie is twenty-one when she is diagnosed with a rare, aggressive form of cancer. A striking, fun-loving student, her world…is reduced overnight to the sterile confines of a hospital. But within these walls Sophie discovers a whole new world of white coats, gossiping nurses, and sexy doctors; of shared rooms, hair loss, and eyebrow pencils. As wigs become a crucial part of Sophie's new life, she reclaims a sense of self-expression. Each of Sophie's nine wigs makes her feel stronger and gives her a distinct personality, and that is why each has its own name: Stella, Sue, Daisy, Blondie, Platina, Uma, Pam, Lydia, and Bebé. There's a bit of Sophie in all of them, and they reveal as much as they hide. Sophie is determined to be much more than a cancer patient. 2015.
Par Ludger Müller-Wille. 2014
Addressing the enigma of how Franz Boas came to be the central founder of anthropology and a driving force in…the acceptance of science as part of societal life in North America, this exploration breaks through the linguistic and cultural barriers that have prevented scholars from grasping the importance of Boas’ personal background and academic activities as a German Jew. Müller-Wille argues that to fully appreciate Boas’ complete scientific and literary opus and deep emotional and intellectual attachment to the upbringing that shaped his life, it is crucial to become familiar with his publications on Inuit and the Arctic as related to environmental, geographical, and ethnological questions. 2014.
Par Ivan Aleksandrovich Goncharov. 1987
The 19th century Russian author's account of an 1852-1853 journey from St. Petersburg around the Cape of Good Hope, up…to Japan on the frigate "Pallada", concluding with an overland trek across Siberia. c1987. Uniform title: Fregat "Pallada".
Par Jane Poulson. 2002
Autobiography of Dr. Jane Poulson, the first blind person in Canada to become a practising doctor. Poulson suffered from diabetes…and because of the disease, lost her sight and then experienced severe heart problems. Nonetheless she was an extremely accomplished doctor, published widely in leading medical journals, and showed great courage and endurance to all who knew her. She wrote this book during the last two years of her life. 2002.
Par Brian J Harvey. 2008
A biologist searches for a solution that will save many fish species from life-threatening dams. His adventures take him from…a fisheries patrol boat on the Fraser River to the great Tsukiji fish market in Japan, with stops in the Philippines, Thailand, and assorted South American countries. Portrays fishermen, fish farmers, and even fish cops in a new light, as well as scientists, shysters, and some very drunk, hairy Brazilian men in thongs. Some strong language, some descriptions of sex, and some descriptions of violence. c2008.
Par Victoria Griffith. 2012
Par Susan Stachler, Laura Stachler. 2018
When twenty-two-year-old Susan Stachler was diagnosed with cancer, her mother, Laura, was struck by déjà vu. The same illness that…took her sister's life was threatening to take her daughter's too. Heartbroken but steadfast, Laura pledged to help Susan through the worst of her treatments. When they discovered that Laura's homemade ginger cookies soothed the side effects of Susan's chemotherapy, the mother-daughter duo soon found themselves opening the business "Susansnaps" and sharing their gourmet gingersnaps with the world. 2018.
The cryotron files: the untold story of Dudley Buck, Cold War computer scientist and microchip pioneer
Par Iain Dey, Douglas Buck. 2018
The riveting true story of Dudley Buck - American scientist, government agent, and Cold War hero - whose pioneering work…with computer chips placed him firmly in the sights of the KGB. Douglas Buck was never satisfied with the explanation of his father's death and has spent over twenty years investigating. Armed with this research, journalist Iain Dey tells his story. 2018.
Par Alan Edward Nourse. 1986
At age 52, the author was stricken by a massive heart attack while hunting elk. He reveals his torturous recovery…and the strains his illness placed on himself and his family. 1986.
Par Jerry Kobalenko. 2002
Ellesmere Island lays a mere 450 miles from the North Pole and has the highest peaks in the Western Hemisphere…east of the Rockies. For more than a decade, Kobalenko has traced the routes of explorers and Inuits, and broken many new trails across the frozen terrain of Ellesmere Island. He investigates the motives and mistakes of the island's first explorers, searches for clues to the mysterious disappearance of scientist-explorer Dr. Hans Kruger and the murder of an Inuit guide. 2002.
Par Peter Levi. 1981
Greece as seen through the eyes of a sensitive traveller - English classicist, archaeologist, and former Jesuit priest, whose poetic…observations about the land and its people are interspersed with personal narrative. c1981.
Par Paul Theroux. 1992
Renowned travel writer Theroux embarks on an exotic exploration of the Pacific Islands. From New Zealand to Hawaii, with stops…in New Guinea, Fiji, Samoa and others, he explores the lush landscapes, encounters unique wildlife, and lives among the fascinating peoples who have made Oceania their home. c1992.
Par Ross A Slotten. 2004
Physician traces the life of nineteenth-century British naturalist and explorer Alfred Wallace (1823-1913), a colleague of Charles Darwin. Examines Wallace's…lower-class background, self-education, and socialist views. Discusses his acceptance of spiritualism, environmentalism, and other ideologies scientists typically avoided. Also covers his research travels into dangerous tropical jungles. 2004.
Par R. D Lawrence. 1994
R.D. Lawrence is one of Canada's most prolific nature writers, but he had an adventurous life before he came to…Canada. Born in Spain, he enlisted as a Republican soldier in the Spanish Civil War at the age of 15. In 1939, he joined the British Army and fought as a tank gunner at Dunkirk, North Africa, and Normandy. He studied biology in Cambridge after the war, and later moved to Canada, where he resumed field biology in northwestern Ontario, and began his travels and adventures across Canada, which became the subjects of his numerous books. 1994.
Par Ted Simon. 1997
The author recounts his 1500 mile journey, much of it on foot, through Eastern Germany, Poland, Russia, Ukraine, and Romania,…making personal connections with people in the turbulent region, and learning more about himself and his parents who had escaped from there years before. 1997.
Par Nathan Aaseng. 1987
Par Michael Bliss. 1982
The discovery of insulin in 1922 was one of the most significant medical breakthroughs of the century and one of…the most controversial. Bliss examines the research of, and the rivalry within, the team of Banting, Best, Collip, and Macleod.
Par Charles Wilkins. 1998
The author travelled over three-thousand kilometres in Canada in order to get the inside story on life with a travelling…circus. He vividly describes the seductive freedoms and horrific risks of traditional circus life. He also shares the lives of the circus performers and their motivations for becoming a member of a travelling troupe. 1998.
With three beautiful children, a new house, and financial security, John and Aileen Crowley had it all until their two…youngest children were diagnosed with Pompe disease and given only months to live. Refusing to accept a death sentence, John quit his job and invested in a biotechnology start-up to find a cure. Battling scientific setbacks, conflict of interest accusations, and business troubles, John and Aileen were tested to their limits as a revolutionary new treatment for the disease was found. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2010.
Par Willard Bascom. 1988
This autobiography of the adventurous oceanographer takes him from post-World War II mining engineer days to life at sea, designing,…diving, swimming and snorkeling in quest of knowledge about the ocean depths, and the currents and waveforms that shape the shore. c1988.