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Par Peter Goddard. 2017
Considered one of the most influential musicians and cultural figures of his time, Glenn Gould remains a fascinating figure. In…the first book to be published in co-operation with Gould's estate, Peter Goddard draws on Gould's unpublished writings, interviews, and never-before-seen photographs to present a startling new portrait of Gould, the man and the musician. Presents a deep and nuanced study of Gould's life with unmatched candour and clarity. Inside is a love letter Gould wrote but never sent (he later revised it again and again); the text of a speech that Gould gave to a group of children about life and childhood; and portions of Glenn Gould: hysteric return, a never-before-seen radio script in which Gould imagines his return to the concert stage and all it would have entailed. 2017.
Par Ted Barris. 2014
On the night of March 24, 1944, eighty airmen crawled through a 400-foot-long tunnel, code-named "Harry," and dashed from Stalag…Luft III, the infamous WWII German POW camp. It became known as The Great Escape. The breakout had taken a year to plan, involved 2,000 POWs, and prompted a massive manhunt across occupied Europe. All but three escapees were recaptured, and on Hitler’s orders, fifty were murdered. The author recounts this battle of wits and determination through the voices of those involved, assembles original interviews, memoirs, letters and diaries to reconstruct the Great Escape’s untold story. Bestseller. 2014.
Par Helen Humphreys. 2017
Delving deep into the storied past of the apple in North America, Humphreys explores the intricate link between agriculture, settlement,…and human relationships. She brings light to such varied topics as how the apple first came across the Atlantic Ocean with a relatively unknown Quaker woman long before the more famed “Johnny Appleseed”; how bountiful Indigenous orchards were targeted to be taken over or eradicated by white settlers and their armies; how the once-17,000 varietals of apple cultivated were catalogued by watercolour artists from the United States’ Department of Pomology; how apples wove into the life and poetry of Robert Frost; and how Humphreys’ own curiosity was piqued by the Winter Pear Pearmain, believed to be the world’s best tasting apple, which she found growing beside an abandoned cottage not far from her home. 2017.
Par Rosemary Sexton. 1993
Portrayal of Toronto's wealthy women who organize lavish charity balls. Sexton, who was the society columnist for the "Globe and…Mail" from 1988 to 1993, describes the women's organizational skills for the balls and their talent for gossip and backbiting. 1993.
Par Rachael Preston. 2016
The boathouse community along the shores of Dundas Marsh has come under siege, and young Egypt Fisher is faced with…the prospect of losing her home. Members of Hamilton’s City Beautiful Movement have planned a new bridge through their neighbourhood and the boathouses are being destroyed, their owners relocated. Soon, however, it’s clear that politicians and gentrification aren’t the only threats to Egypt’s paradise. At first Egypt is thrilled to have her family reunited when her father, Ray, suddenly returns after a mysterious six-year absence. But Ray Fisher has demons, and his wife, Laura, has secrets. Together, they turn the Fisher house into an emotional tinderbox, and when handsome Matt Oakes drifts into town, he could be just the spark to ignite it. 2016.
Par Bob Duff. 2017
2017-18 marks the hundredth anniversary of the birth of the National Hockey League. But the league almost didn't survive its…first year. Duff chronicles the trials and tribulations of that first season, and tells the story of that first generation of hockey heroes who lent their names to the game they loved, and helped to make it great. 2017.
Par Donna Thomson. 2014
Donna Thomson’s life was forever changed when her son Nicholas was born with cerebral palsy. A former actor, director, and…teacher, Donna became his primary caregiver and embarked on a second career as a disability activist, author, and consultant. Thomson vividly describes her experience in treading delicately through daily care, emergencies, and medical bureaucracy as she and her family cope with her son’s condition while maintaining value and dignity (for Nicholas, too). She demonstrates the vital contribution that people with disabilities make to our society and addresses the ethics and economics of giving and receiving care. 2014.
Par Daniel L Roberts. 2006
Visually impaired educator and musician offers a month-by-month guide to coping with this progressive retinal disease and related conditions. Discusses…causes and characteristics, strategies for slowing its progression, and treatment options. Covers lifestyle issues such as traveling, staying healthy, combating boredom and depression, and navigating daily tasks. Includes resources. 2006.
Par Charles Montpetit. 1995
A collection of true stories, written by some of Canada's best writers, about "the first time" -- their first sexual…encounter. The writers include Brian Doyle, W.P. Kinsella, and Julie Lawson. Descriptions of sex. Junior high and older. 1995.
Par Timothy C Winegard. 2016
Oil is the source of wealth and economic opportunity. Oil is also the root source of global conflict, toxicity and…economic disparity. The author argues that beginning with the First World War, oil became the preeminent commodity to safeguard national security and promote domestic prosperity. For the first time in history, territory was specifically conquered to possess oil fields and resources; vital cogs in the continuation of the industrialized warfare of the twentieth century. 2016.
The love story of rodeo promoter Guy Weadick and trick roper Flores LaDue began among the rough-and-tumble vaudevillians who preserved…the frontier way of life in the first Wild West shows. Their love endured through North American performances in the small-time and big-time circuits, to the audiences of Europe, and culminated in 1912 with the most spectacular of accomplishments - the establishment of the greatest outdoor show on earth, the Calgary Stampede. c2011.
Par Gerald W Hankins. 1994
Biography of Art Jenkyns, who founded Operation Eyesight Universal, a Calgary-based organization which provides eye-care programs in developing countries. Since…it began in the early 1960s, OEU has helped to restore sight to over 1.3 million people and provided eye-care to millions more. 1994.
Par Declan Hill. 2010
Par Peter Gzowski. 1994
Peter Gzowski offers more letters and stories sent to his CBC Radio program, "Morningside." The selections include everything from memories…of Christmas to Sarah Binks to thoughts from the Arctic. 1994. Uniform title: Morningside (Radio program).
Par Johanna Skibsrud. 2016
In this collection of poems, the author asks: is our world really what it appears to be? How do we…shape it through language? And if language can create our world, can it also transform or destroy it? She brings us to the edges of dreams and waking. With lines that are searching, but spacious, she deftly turns over ideas of perception and reality, inviting us to join her as she releases the abstract figure from its painting, or brings the poet in from the wilderness. 2016.
Par Barry M Gough. 2014
Born in Connecticut in 1739, Peter Pond volunteered for the colonial Connecticut and New York regiments that fought against the…French for control of North America. Soon after, drawn by the promise of wealth and adventure, Pond paddled into the wild territory of the Indians to the west with only a canoe, some trade goods and a few French Canadians to aid him. What he returned with is the stuff of legend. 2014.
Par Andrew Nikiforuk. 2012
A radical analysis of our master-and-slave relationship to energy and a call for change. Nikiforuk makes a comparison between slavery…and fossil fuels. Like slaveholders, we feel entitled to surplus energy and rationalize inequality, even barbarity, to get it. But endless growth is an illusion, and now that half of the world's oil has been burned, our energy slaves are becoming more expensive by the day. What we need, the author argues, is a radical new emancipation movement. c2012.
Par Michael Harris. 2014
Only one generation in history (ours) will experience life both with and without the internet. For everyone who follows us,…online life will simply be the air they breathe. Today, we revel in ubiquitous information and constant connection, rarely stopping to consider the implications for our logged-on lives. The author chronicles this massive shift, exploring what we've gained and lost in the bargain. He argues that our greatest loss has been that of absence itself -- of silence, wonder and solitude. Winner of the 2014 Governor General’s Award for Non-fiction. 2014.
Par Gary H Cassel, Michael D Billig, Harry G Randall. 1998
Two ophthalmologists and an optometrist provide an "owner's manual for your eyes." They describe vision changes that occur over time…and health problems that affect the ability to see. Topics include coping with low vision, eye trauma and emergencies, glaucoma, cataracts, and age-related macular degeneration. 1998.
Before Owen Wister's publication of "The Virginian" in 1902, the image of the cowboy was essentially that of the dime…novel. This book details the evidence that Everett Johnson, a cowboy from Virginia who had been a friend of Wister's in Wyoming in the 1880s, was the initial and prime inspiration for Wister's cowboy. 2015.