Mavericks: An Incorrigible History of Alberta

By Aritha Van Herk

The 5th identify in our provincial histories sequence, Mavericks is an idiosyncratic and episodic historical past of what's arguably Canada's so much unconventional province. From mapmakers to ranchers, Stampede Wrestling to Stockwell Day, acclaimed author Aritha van Herk brings the drama and combative fantastic thing about this irascible province to lovely life.van Herk's portrait of her domestic province embraces all its extremes, from lethal and fabulous climate to dinosaur graveyards, and from oil gushers and geysers to barnstorming social reformers and political haymakers. Bronc-riders of increase and bust, Alberta's everyone is a beguiling mix of opinionated extremists, hardy pioneers and delicate sinners. Alberta is a province that the majority Canadians easily don't comprehend, the province such a lot Canadians like to hate. it's considered as a land of reckless, redneck and ignorant individualists. however it can be the province the place the recognized 5 fought the landmark Person's Case, giving Canadian ladies an identical prestige as males within the eyes of the legislations, a province that really believes in loose speech. Albertans tolerate of their midst humans whose severe perspectives on any demeanour of matters might lead them to outcasts somewhere else. And Albertans perform the creed of western neighbourliness, giving assiduously to charity and constantly lending a hand the place assistance is wanted. they seem to be a difficult, smooth bunch, squinting into the wind of made up our minds distinction. If you're an Albertan, you'll realize your self and your place during this publication. If you're now not an Albertan, this booklet should be an schooling for you. Mavericks will open your eyes to the true Alberta, as she used to be and is.

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A Concise History of Canada (Cambridge Concise Histories)

By Margaret Conrad

Margaret Conrad's heritage of Canada starts off with a problem to its readers. what's Canada? What makes up this varied, complicated, and sometimes contested geographical region? What was once its founding second? And who're its humans? Drawing on her decades of expertise as a pupil, author, and instructor of Canadian heritage, Conrad bargains astute solutions to those tricky questions. starting in Canada's deep earlier with the coming of its Aboriginal peoples, she lines its historical past during the conquest through Europeans, the yankee innovative conflict, and the industrialization of the 19th and 20th centuries, to its filthy rich current. As a social historian, Conrad emphasizes the peoples' heritage: the relationships among Aboriginal and settler, the French and the English, the Catholic and Protestant, and the wealthy and terrible. She writes of the impression of illness, how ladies fared within the early colonies, and of the social ameliorations that came about after the second one global conflict as Canada started to assert itself as an self reliant state. it's this grounded procedure which drives the narrative and makes for compelling analyzing. within the final bankruptcy, the writer explains the social, fiscal, and political upheavals that experience reworked the country during the last 3 many years. regardless of its successes and its recognition as a vacation spot for immigrants from the world over, Canada is still a interestingly reluctant participant at the foreign degree. This clever, concise, and lucid booklet explains simply why that is.

Note: retail PDF; bookmarked, contains TOC.

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The Longer I'm Prime Minister: Stephen Harper and Canada, 2006-

By Paul Wells

The definitive portrait of Stephen Harper in strength through this country's so much trenchant, influential and outstanding political commentator.
     Despite a relentless barrage of shock and disbelief from his detractors, Stephen Harper is on his solution to changing into one in every of Canada's most important major ministers. He has already been in strength longer than Lester B. Pearson and John Diefenbaker. through 2015, and the top of this majority time period, he will have stuck as much as Brian Mulroney. irrespective of the ups and downs, the triumphs and the self-inflicted wounds, Harper has been relocating to construct the Canada he wants--the Canada an important share of Canadian electorate wish or they would not have elected him 3 times. As Wells writes, "He couldn't win elections with no frequent help within the land. . . . which means that Harper has what each winning federal chief has had to live to tell the tale over a protracted stretch of time: a high-quality realizing of Canada."
In The Longer i am best Minister, Paul Wells explores simply what Harper's figuring out of Canada is, and who he speaks for within the nationwide dialog. He explains Harper not just to Harper supporters but additionally to readers who cannot think he's nonetheless Canada's leading minister. during this authoritative, attractive and occasionally deeply serious account of the guy, Paul Wells additionally brings us an illuminating portrait of Canadian democracy: "glorious, a bit dented, and free."

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Letters from the Lost: A Memoir of Discovery (Our Lives: Diary, Memoir, and Letters)

By Helen Waldstein Wilkes

On March 15, 1939, as Hitler's military rolled into Prague, Helen Waldstein's father snatched the final go out visa from a distracted clerk and fled with spouse and baby. in simple terms letters from the remainder of their kin might keep on with because the Nazis closed in. throughout the warfare years, letters stored coming to the southern Ontario farm the place Helen's small kin realized to talk English, to be Canadian farmers, and to overlook they have been Jewish.

Helen didn't discover whilst the letters stopped coming, yet they surfaced intermittently till she could not forget about them anymore. studying the letters replaced every thing. As her earlier refused to maintain silent, Helen the path of letters again to Europe to discover dwelling witnesses of what the letters comparable. She has right here interwoven their tales and her personal in an engrossing narrative of discomfort and rescue, survivor guilt and overcoming hindrances to intergenerational discussion a couple of hectic previous.

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Timbit Nation: A Hitchhiker's View of Canada

By John Stackhouse

After spending years traveling via many of the poorest countries of the area, looking for the people's tale, award-winning journalist and bestselling writer John Stackhouse turns his willing eye towards his personal country.

Most those that commute throughout Canada commence their trip at both finish of an impressively lengthy strand of nationwide road. yet Stackhouse, thumb out and knapsack in hand, chooses Saint John, New Brunswick, as a launching aspect, the place his ancestors arrived within the past due 18th century as refugees of the Loyalist uprising. From there he heads east to Newfoundland, north into Labrador and instantly west to Vancouver Island, curious to find how Canada has replaced in his lifetime -- because the creation of the superhighway, an international tradition and continental economic system have taken carry. Is Canada able to final a special nation?

Following the path of the explorers, Stackhouse endures rain, insects and gale-force winds, but additionally meets a few extraordinary personalities, every one with their very own interesting anecdotes and infrequently remarkable social and political statement in addition. as soon as and for all they dispel the parable that Canadians are a bland and complacent lot. considering a Timbit in a Tim Hortons at the street -- a very Canadian event -- leads Stackhouse to mirror on our ultimate differences from our neighbour to the south. americans can have perfected the doughnut as a fast-food staple, however it took Canadians to determine the best way to really take advantage of the hole.

A wry and perceptive examine our state within the current, Timbit country has the entire necessities of
good commute literature: a solid of colorful characters, humorous, informative writing, and a panorama of large beauty.

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Dream Chasers: An Inspector Green Mystery

By Barbara Fradkin

A seventeen-year-old units out to fulfill her mystery lover via an Ottawa waterfall. 3 days later, her physique washes up within the shallows. the general public fears a sexual predator is at the unfastened, yet Inspector eco-friendly suspects a extra own connection. His look for solutions attracts him into the area of elite younger athletes, medicinal drugs and teen sexuality. Then a social employee who is familiar with an excessive amount of disappears, and blood is located in the home of a celebrity with NHL clients. except eco-friendly can get to the bottom of the reality, what number others can pay the final word cost for a tender mans goals?

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Frommer's Montreal and Quebec City (Frommer's Color Complete)

  • This e-book beneficial properties thousands of full-color images to convey this cultural mecca to shiny life.
  • Completely up-to-date each year, Frommer's Montréal & Québec City gains featureseverything you must understand to enjoythe attractions and studies that watch for you in of North America's so much romantic cities.
  • Our writer hits all of the highlights, from Vieux-Montréal to Quebéc's attention-grabbing Musée de l. a. Civilisation. She's looked at all of the top lodges and eating places in individual, and gives authoritative, candid studies that can assist you locate the alternatives that fit your tastes and budget.
  • You'll additionally get up to the moment assurance of purchasing and nightlife; unique strolling excursions; exact local maps; recommendation on making plans a profitable family members holiday; and aspect journeys to the Laurentians, Cantons-de-l'Est, Ile d'Orléans, Montmorency Falls, Ste-Anne-de-Beaupré, Parc Mont Ste-Anne, and valuable & top Charlevoix.
  • Frommer's Montréal & Québec City additionally incorporates a colour fold-out map.

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Prairie: A Natural History

By Candace Savage

Thorough, particular, and scientifically updated, Prairie: A average History offers a finished, nontechnical consultant to the biology and ecology of the prairies, or the nice Plains grasslands of North the US. This version has been up-to-date to incorporate new information regarding declining fowl species, more desirable defense of bison, the influence of industrialization at the prairies, and the impact of the rise in coyote numbers on purple foxes and rapid foxes, between different subject matters. The booklet additionally comprises a wholly new preface.

Extending from Alberta south to the Mississippi River, the prairies are one of the biggest ecosystems in North the United States. till lately, they have been additionally one of many richest and most luxurious usual grasslands on this planet. this present day, notwithstanding, they're one of the so much altered environments on the earth. however, Candace calls the prairies a panorama of hope-a position that has skilled the onslaught of modernization but nonetheless conjures up us with its splendor.

Throughout the ebook, striking full-color photos and chic black-and-white line drawings illustrate the wonder and variety of the North American heartland. either an authoritative reference and an easy-to-read advisor, Prairie: A ordinary History is a needs to for someone who desires to recognize extra in regards to the astounding common number of the prairies.

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Curling For Dummies

By Bob Weeks

With the wintry weather 2006 Olympics bringing Canada our first gold medal in curling, the sport's acceptance is at an all-time excessive during this nation, and its foreign presence is growing to be. within the 5 years because the ebook of the 1st version of Curling For Dummies, Canadian attendance at curling tournaments and viewership of televised curling has skyrocketed. Twenty new international locations have joined the realm Curling Federation.
Curling’s profile isn't the single factor that's replaced because the first variation used to be released — so too have the game's ideas, gear, and approach. Profiles of avid gamers, listings of tv assurance and occasions, and noteworthy curling photographs additionally must be up-to-date for the second one variation. because the so much entire and updated ebook on hand, Curling For Dummies will stay the final word curling e-book, for lovers, gamers, and coaches.

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Lucy Maud Montgomery: The Gift of Wings

Mary Henley Rubio has spent over 20 years studying Montgomery’s existence, and has prepare a accomplished and penetrating photograph of this Canadian literary icon, ready in wealthy social context. broad interviews with those who knew Montgomery – her son, maids, neighbors, kin, all now deceased – are just a part of the fabric accumulated in a trip to appreciate Montgomery that took Rubio to Poland and the highlands of Scotland.

From Montgomery’s it appears idyllic early life in Prince Edward Island to her passion-filled early life and younger maturity, to her felony fights as world-famous writer, to her shattering reports with motherhood and as spouse to a deeply guy, this interesting, intimate narrative of her lifestyles will have interaction and delight.

From the Hardcover edition.

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