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  • Alfalfa to Ivy

    Alfalfa to Ivy

    Joseph B. Martin traces his climb from a Mennonite farm in the village of Duchess, Alberta to Dean of Harvard Medical School in his memoir, Alfalfa to Ivy. Readers are rewarded with an intimate per...

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  • Man in Blue Pyjamas (The)

    Man in Blue Pyjamas (The)

    From 1986 to 1988 poet and journalist Jalal Barzanji endured imprisonment and torture under Saddam Hussein’s regime because of his literary and journalistic achievements—writing that openly explore...

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  • Leaving Dublin

    Leaving Dublin

    Leaving Dublin: Writing My Way from Ireland to Canada is an engaging and entertaining exploration of a man’s life that begins in middle-class Dublin, includes stints as a travelling musician and br...

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  • The Strength of Women

    The Strength of Women

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    Women are the unsung heroes of their communities, often using minimal resources to challenge oppressive structures and create powerful alternatives in the arts, education, and the workplace. The st...

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  • Champagne and Meatballs

    Champagne and Meatballs

    Active for over forty years with the Communist Party of Canada, Bert Whyte was a journalist, an underground party organizer and soldier during World War II, and a press correspondent in Beijing and...

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  • Roy & Me

    Roy & Me

    Maurice Yacowar challenges genre and form in Roy & Me, a cross between memoir and fiction, truth and distortion. It is the exploration of Yacowar’s relationship with Roy Farran—soldier, politician,...

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  • Bad Medicine

    Bad Medicine

    Early in his career, Judge John Reilly did everything by the book. His jurisdiction included a First Nations community plagued by suicide, addiction, poverty, violence and corruption. He steadily h...

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  • I Once Was A Cowboy

    I Once Was A Cowboy

    I Once Was a Cowboy explores wanderlust, the price of gritty, hard work and the simple beauty of working outdoors and with horses. Art Hagen's story is an intimate portrayal of his years as a ranch...

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  • A Woman of Valour

    A Woman of Valour

    A Woman of Valour is the biography of Marie-Louise Bouchard Labelle, a French-Canadian woman who found love with a priest thirty-three years her senior. Against all social convention, they lived, p...

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  • Under the Holy Lake

    Under the Holy Lake

    A child’s face, a forgotten scent, or a distinctive flavour engages memory and inspires longing. Ken Haigh brings us tantalizingly close to his own vision of longing for a place, a people, a time, ...

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  • Green Heart of the Tree (The)

    Green Heart of the Tree (The)

    Woudstra’s literary essays, rooted in personal experience and travel, are long and loving looks into the mysterious heart of Africa. Her writings explore topics as diverse as volcanic eruptions and...

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  • Bosnia

    Bosnia

    Tensions leading to World War I brewed for years, and were brought to a head by the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand. But who was the assassin? What was his plan? Not many people know the name o...

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  • Letters from the Lost

    Letters from the Lost

    On March 15, 1939, Helen Waldstein’s father snatched his stamped exit visa from a distracted clerk to escape from Prague with his wife and child. As the Nazis closed in on a war-torn Czechoslovakia...

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  • J.B. Harkin

    J.B. Harkin

    Many of Canada’s superb national parks owe their existence to James Bernard Harkin (1875–1955), the first commissioner of Canada’s new Dominion Parks Branch in 1911. Ted Hart follows Harkin’s caree...

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  • A Very Capable Life

    A Very Capable Life

    Written in his mother’s unique voice, John Leigh Walters pushes the boundaries of memoir in A Very Capable Life, the extraordinary journey of a seemingly ordinary woman.Zarah Petri was a child when...

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  • Come Walk with Me

    Come Walk with Me

    A Memoir

    In 1983, the book In Search of April Raintree was published to great acclaim, heralding the voice of an important new writer, Beatrice Mosionier (then Culleton). With honesty and clarity, Mosionier...

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  • C'est le temps d'en parler

    C'est le temps d'en parler

    La biographie de Marie-Louise Bouchard Labelle raconte la vie d'une jeune Canadienne d'humble origine qui tombe en amour avec le curé de son village, et qui en subit les terribles conséquences pour...

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  • In Bed with the Word

    In Bed with the Word

    While reading is a deeply personal activity, paradoxically, it is also fundamentally social and outward-looking. Daniel Coleman, a lifelong reader and professor of literature, combines story with m...

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  • We Are All Treaty People

    We Are All Treaty People

    Prairie Essays

    In his collection of Prairie essays-some of them profoundly personal, some poetic, some political-Roger Epp considers what it means to dwell attentively and responsibly in the rural West. He makes ...

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  • Pathologies

    Pathologies

    In these fifteen searingly honest personal essays, debut author Susan Olding takes us on an unforgettable journey into the complex heart of being human. Each essay dissects an aspect of Olding's li...

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  • Gifted to Learn

    Gifted to Learn

    In 1960s Regina, when racial discrimination often went unchallenged, and the education system needed visionary reform, Gloria Mehlmann struggled to embrace her Cree/Saulteaux identity and sustain h...

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  • Outrider of Empire

    Outrider of Empire

    A dreamer of dreams, an adventurer, and a man of many ideas, Roger Pocock was an inveterate, world-ranging traveler who lived the life that all adventurous boys desire. He listened with wonder to t...

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  • Northern Rover

    Northern Rover

    From 1919 to 1970, Olaf Hanson was a trapper, fur trader, prospector, game guardian, fisherman, and road blasting expert in northeastern Saskatchewan. He told his life story to popular Saskatchewan...

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  • Weasel Tail

    Weasel Tail

    Peigan elders Joe and Josephine Crowshoe belonged to a generation still bright with the traditional knowledge and deep memories of their grandparents. They lived under a paternalistic government sy...

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  • Bronze Inside and Out

    Bronze Inside and Out

    "More than any other book that I can think of, Bronze Inside and Out puts a human face on Western art - indeed, all art. It invites us to ponder the very nature of the creative process." - From the...

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  • Ordinary Genius (The)

    Ordinary Genius (The)

    The development of agriculture in Alberta owes much to Arnold W. Platt, who set out to plant a seed of positive change. Whether as a plant breeder, an organizer for the Farmers’ Union of Alberta, o...

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  • Growing Up Hockey

    Growing Up Hockey

    If only an honest book can live, as Emerson said, then Growing Up Hockey is immortal. It's the story of everyone who plays or cares about the game. It's warm reading for a cold night. Or any night....

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  • Missing Pieces

    Missing Pieces

    "Her story adds to the growing literature related to individual life stories of Holocaust survivors. There is much we can learn from her book." - Benjamin Schlesinger, Professor Emeritus, Universit...

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  • Give Your Other Vote to the Sister

    Give Your Other Vote to the Sister

    "[Marshall's] work in responding to the challenge of exploring a little-known life should be an inspiration to other students of history … people across Canada will find it a pleasant way to become...

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  • Medicine and Duty

    Medicine and Duty

    "The story of the individual always grips us - it is why biography remains so popular. But in Medicine and Duty we receive a double serving: the story of Medical Officer Captain Harold W. McGill co...

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  • Morningstar

    Morningstar

    A Warrior's Spirit

    Morningstar Mercredi was born and lived in the north – Fort Chipewayan and Fort McMurray in Alberta, Uranium City in Saskatchewan, and a number of small communities. Sexually abused from an early...

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  • Mapper of Mountains

    Mapper of Mountains

    Mapper of Mountains follows the career of Dominion Land Surveyor Morrison Parsons Bridgland, who provided the first detailed maps of many regions of the Canadian Rockies. Between 1902 and 1930, thi...

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  • Beyond the Hippocratic Oath

    Beyond the Hippocratic Oath

    A pioneer in kidney transplantation in Canada in the late 1950s, Dr. John Dossetor was faced with making many ethical decisions in his ground-breaking research and practice in nephrology so it was ...

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  • The Honourable Member for Vegreville

    The Honourable Member for Vegreville

    Translated from personal memoirs and diaries, this is a compelling story of Anthony Hlynka, the only sitting Member of Parliament of Ukrainian origin from 1940 to 1945. Representing the constituenc...

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  • Staying Human Through the Holocaust

    Staying Human Through the Holocaust

    Teréz Mózes was born in Romania in 1919 to a stable and loving family. Her idyllic life would eventually be shattered by the upheavals of the Second World War as the Nazis systematically undertook ...

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  • First Nations Hockey Players

    First Nations Hockey Players

    The book describes the many First Nations hockey players, from the first, Fred Saskamoose, through other great Inuit, Ojibwa, Mohawk, Metis, Mi'kmaq and Cree players.

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  • To Be a Cowboy

    To Be a Cowboy

    During a time of two world wars and a sluggish world economy, many Northern Europeans left their homelands to build the American and Canadian West with dreams of abundance and new life. Spanning a ...

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  • Eugene A. Forsey

    Eugene A. Forsey

    In this unusual biography of one of Canada's most well-known public figures, author Frank Milligan traces the intellectual foundations on which Eugene Forsey's world-view was constructed. Starting ...

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  • Jemmy Jock Bird

    Jemmy Jock Bird

    Jemmy Jock Bird, the son of a Cree woman and an English trader employed by the Hudson's Bay Company, has become part of the mythology of the mountain man era. In this creative non-fiction account, ...

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