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By Jagmeet Singh. 2019
Jagmeet Singh Jimmy Dhaliwal. Every part of Jagmeet Singh's full name reflects a part of his identity. Jagmeet--the intelligent, warm… "friend to the world." Singh--the great grandson of a Punjabi freedom fighter who defended his people against injustice. Jimmy--the kid who grew up on the hardscrabble streets of Windsor. Dhaliwal--the son of immigrants who chanced it and uprooted themselves in Canada for a better life. With wisdom, warmth, and compassion, Love & Courage tells the stories behind each of those names. The son of Indian immigrants, Jagmeet Singh grew up in Windsor, and he learned at an early age that the world was not always be kind. Early experiences with racism and prejudice made Jagmeet question his place in the society around him as he fought on the streets and in the classroom to carve out a safe space for himself. But while the society around him sought to bring him down, Jagmeet's family lifted him up. Whenever Jagmeet returned home bruised or battered by the outside world, his mother repeated the same words: "We are all one. We are all connected." Drawing on his heritage and history, Jagmeet began to see the world through a new lens. To prove to a world that said, again and again, that he didn't have value, Jagmeet worked hard to be the best at everything he did. Martial arts, school, sports--he excelled at everything he tried. Still, he didn't want to simply push past others. He wanted to connect to them. Slowly but surely, Jagmeet learned the truth of his mother's words. As he broke down the barriers around him, Jagmeet came to define his life in two words: love and courage. Bestseller. 2019.
By Ian Hampton. 2018
By Julie L. Schwartz. 2020
Since Joel tackles what happens when the unimaginable loss of a child becomes reality. Julie Schwartz introduces readers to her… son Joel David Schwartz, who lived with Autism Spectrum Disorder and died by accidental overdose at age 25. Joel’s unique cognition created situations where he baffled yet informed; infuriated yet endeared; lost and yet won. His mother describes how Joel was a “charming nerd”, inviting us to get to know him in all his complicated detail. She ultimately asks that we maintain Joel’s memory by finding small ways to be kind, and celebrating our differences instead of finding fault with them.
By Marilyn Elliott, Janet Kitz. 2018
Eric Davidson was a beautiful, fair-haired toddler when the Halifax Explosion struck, killing almost 2,000 people and seriously injuring thousands… of others. Eric lost both eyes-a tragedy that his mother never fully recovered from. Eric, however, was positive and energetic. He also developed a fascination with cars and how they worked, and he later decided, against all likelihood, to become a mechanic. Assisted by his brothers who read to him from manuals, he worked hard, passed examinations, and carved out a decades-long career. Once the subject of a National Film Board documentary, Eric Davidson was, until his death, a much-admired figure in Halifax. Written by his daughter Marilyn, this book gives new insights into the story of the 1917 Halifax Explosion and contains never-before-seen documents and photographs. Winner of the 2019 The Robbie Robertson Dartmouth Book Award (Non-Fiction). 2018.
By Helaine Becker. 2018
You've likely heard of the historic Apollo 13 [mission]. But do you know about the mathematical genius who made sure… that Apollo 13 returned safely home? As a child, Katherine Johnson loved to count. She counted the steps on the road, the number of dishes and spoons she washed in the kitchen sink, everything! Boundless, curious, and excited by calculations, young Katherine longed to know as much as she could about math, about the universe. From Katherine's early beginnings as a gifted student to her heroic accomplishments as a prominent mathematician at NASA, this is the story of a groundbreaking American woman who not only calculated the course of moon landings but, in turn, saved lives and made enormous contributions to history. Grades K-3. 2018.
As a child, Simon Jackson found navigating the world of the school playground difficult. He felt most at home in… the woodlands, learning about and photographing wildlife. As a teenager, he became fascinated with spirit bears, a rare subspecies of black bear with creamy white fur. These elusive creatures were losing their habitat to deforestation, and Simon knew he had to do something to protect them. He decided he would become the voice for the spirit bears. But first, he would have to find his own. Carmen Oliver's inspiring true story is based on the early life of Simon Jackson, who founded the Spirit Bear Youth Coalition. On his remarkable journey to protect the spirit bears, he met Dr. Jane Goodall and eventually hiked the Great Bear Rainforest --- the home of these elusive animals. Katy Dockrill's captivating art adds depth and beauty to the story. Photos and additional details about Simon Jackson's life and about spirit bears are included in the end matter. Part of the CitizenKid collection, this book demonstrates how one child can be a voice for change. Simon's story is an excellent example of growth mindset at work, highlighting personal growth and overcoming obstacles through activism. This book can also be used to lead discussions about character education as it relates to courage, resilience and perseverance. In addition, it has strong science curriculum links to the environment, animal habitats and the effects of clear-cutting.
By Aaron Williams. 2017
An enthralling insider-account of how a fire season unfolds. Experienced firefighter Aaron Williams shares what it's like to work sixteen-hour… days in an apocalyptic landscape, where the smoke is so thick your snot runs black and you need to drink ten litres of water a day. Williams chronicles the seasonal existence of a firefighter, all while examining the wider world of firefighting - interweaving the history, mechanics and politics - as well as the micro-world of the small crew who willingly put their lives on the line. 2017.
By Elizabeth MacLeod. 2019
On April 19, 1907, a hundred thousand people lined up to watch the eighth running of the Boston Marathon. At… the start of the race, more than one hundred runners surged forward, and at the end, Tom Longboat won it in an record-breaking four minutes, forty-six seconds. He became the most famous runner in the world, yet faced scrutiny and criticism of every part of his life, from his revolutionary training techniques to his Indigenous heritage. After the peak of his running career, Tom volunteered for military service in World War I. He survived, and faced further challenges upon his return. But Tom Longboat continued to live his life on his own terms, and his legacy as Canada's foremost distance runner continues to be recognized to this day. Grades K-3. 2019.
By Brian Harvey. 2019
An adventure story set against the backdrop of a son trying to understand his fatherAfter a 25-year break from boating,… Brian Harvey circumnavigates Vancouver Island with his wife, his dog, and a box of documents that surfaced after his father’s death. John Harvey was a neurosurgeon, violinist, and photographer who answered his door a decade into retirement to find a sheriff with a summons. It was a malpractice suit, and it did not go well. Dr. Harvey never got over it. The box contained every nurse’s record, doctor’s report, trial transcript, and expert testimony related to the case. Only Brian’s father had read it all — until now.In this beautifully written memoir, Brian Harvey shares how after two months of voyaging with his father’s ghost, he finally finds out what happened in the O.R. that crucial night and why Dr. Harvey felt compelled to fight the excruciating accusations.
By Mark Hasara, Rush Limbaugh. 2017
From a veteran air-refueling expert who flew missions for over two decades during the Cold War, Afghan War, and Iraq… War comes a thrilling eyewitness account of modern warfare, with inspirational stories and moral lessons for people on the battlefield, in boardrooms, and in their everyday lives.Get a glimpse of life in the pilot’s seat and experience modern air warfare directly from a true American hero. Lt. Col Mark Hasara—who has twenty-four years experience in flying missions around the world—provides keen and eye-opening insights on success, failure, and emphasizes the importance of always being willing to learn. He provides twelve essential lessons based on his wartime experience and his own personal photographs from his missions during the Cold War, Gulf War, and Iraq War. With a foreword by #1 New York Times bestselling author and radio host Rush Limbaugh, this is a military memoir not to be missed.
By Katie Davis, Beth Clark. 2011
What would cause an eighteen-year-old senior class president and homecoming queen from Nashville Tennessee to disappoint her parents… by forgoing college break her little brother s heart lose all but a handful of her friends because the rest of them think she has gone off the deep end and break up with the love of her life all so she could move to Uganda where she knew only one person but didn t know any of the language A passion to make a difference Katie Davis left over Christmas break her senior year for a short mission trip to Uganda and her life was turned completely inside out She found herself so moved by the people and children of Uganda that she knew her calling was to return and care for them She has given up a relatively comfortable life--at a young age--to care for the less fortunate of this world She was so moved by the need she witnessed she s centered her life around meeting that need Katie a charismatic and articulate young woman is in the process of adopting 13 children in Uganda and she completely trusts God for daily provision for her and her family Despite the rough conditions in which Katie lives she has found a life of service to God to be one of great joy Katie s children bring constant delight and help her help others by welcoming whoever comes to their door As the challenges grow so does Katie s faith and her certainty that what she s doing in Uganda one person at a time will have far-reaching rewards It isn t the life she planned but it is the life she loves To further her reach into the needs of Ugandans Katie established Amazima Ministries The ministry matches orphaned children with sponsors worldwide Each sponsor s 300 year provides schooling school supplies three hot meals a day minor medical care and spiritual encouragement Katie expected to have forty children in the program she had signed up 150 by January 2008 today it sponsors over 400 Another aspect of the ministry is a feeding program created for the displaced Karamojong people--Uganda s poorest citizens The program feeds lunch to over 1200 children Monday-Friday and sends them home with a plate of food it also offers basic medical care Bible study and general health training Katie avis now 22 is more than fascinating she s inspiring as she has wholeheartedly answered the call to serve
Riveting, novelistic, and startlingly candid, John T. Halliday's combat memoir begins in 1970, when Halliday has just landed in the… middle of the Vietnam War, primed to begin his assignment with the 606th Special Operations Squadron. But there's a catch: He's stationed in a kind of no-man's-land. No one on his base flies with ID, patches, or rank. Even as Richard Nixon firmly denies reporters' charges that the United States has forces in Laos, Halliday realizes that from his base in Thailand, he will be flying top-secret, black-ops night missions over the Laotian Ho Chi Minh Trail. A naive yet thoughtful twenty-four-year-old, Halliday was utterly unprepared for the horrors of war. On his first mission, Halliday's C-123 aircraft dodges more than a thousand antiaircraft shells, and that is just the beginning. Nothing is as he expected -- not the operations, not the way his shell-shocked fellow pilots look and act, and certainly not the squadron's daredevil, seat-of-one's-pants approach to piloting. But before long, Halliday has become one of those seasoned and shell-shocked pilots, and finds himself in a desperate search for a way to elude certain death. Using frank, true-to-life dialogue, potent imagery, and classic 1970s song lyrics, Halliday deftly describes the fraught Laotian skies and re-creates his struggle to navigate the frustrating Air Force bureaucracy, the deprivations of a remote base far from home and his young wife, and his fight to preserve his sanity. The resulting nonfiction narrative vividly captures not only the intricate, distorted culture of war but also the essence of the Vietnam veteran's experience of this troubled era. A powerhouse fusion of pathos and humor, brutal realism and intimate reflection, Flying Through Midnight is a landmark contribution to war literature, revealing previously top-secret intelligence on the 606th's night missions. Fast-paced, thrilling, and bitingly intelligent, Halliday illuminates it all: the heart-pounding air battles, the close friendships, the crippling fear, and the astonishing final escape that made the telling of it possible.
By Dan Rottenberg. 2014
"Albert M. Greenfield (1887-1967), an ambitious immigrant outsider, was courted for his business acumen by mayors, senators, governors, and presidents,… including Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman. As this feisty Russian Jew built a business empire that encompassed real estate, stores (including Bonwit Teller and Tiffany's), hotels (including the Ben Franklin and the Bellevue-Stratford), banks, newspapers, transportation companies, and even the Loft Candy Corporation, he challenged the entrenched business elite. Greenfield was also instrumental in bringing both major political conventions to Philadelphia in 1948. In The Outsider, veteran journalist and best-selling author Dan Rottenberg deftly chronicles the astonishing rises, falls, and countless reinventions of this savvy businessman. Greenfield's power allowed him to cross social, religious, and ethnic boundaries with impunity. He alarmed Philadelphia's conservative business and social leaders-Christians and Jews alike-some of whom plotted his downfall. In this engaging account of Greenfield's fascinating life, Rottenberg demonstrates the extent to which one uniquely brilliant and energetic man pushed the boundaries of society's limitations on individual potential. The Outsider provides a microcosmic look at three twentieth-century upheavals: the rise of Jews as a crucial American business force, the decline of America's Protestant establishment, and the transformation of American cities"--
By Antoine de Saint. 2002
Recipient of the Grand Prix of the Académie Française, Wind, Sand and Stars captures the grandeur, danger, and isolation of… flight. Its exciting account of air adventure, combined with lyrical prose and the spirit of a philosopher, makes it one of the most popular works ever written about flying. Translated by Lewis Galantière.
By Richard Morenus. 2015
The author was a businessman from New York who got tired of the Big City life and was… unhappy for some time He decided to move as far away from that environment Taking only his dog some gear and an open heart he travelled to Canada During this trip he found an island of epic beauty and decided to purchase it His story tells of his difficulty trying to adapt to such the harsh environment The local population were Native Americans who gave him the name Crazy White Man for making the changes that he did Dick Morenus New York radio and magazine writer took to the Ontario bush country to shed his ulcers After writing this hilarious account of his six-year transition from tenderfoot to woodsman-guide he returned to city life to teach write and lecture CHICAGO TRIBUNE -- As a story of the indomitable spirit of men and women pitted against the overwhelming forces of nature Crazy-White-Man is an inspiring one as a tale of pure adventure it will be hard to put down a book that is a little classic of the rugged life CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR -- one of the best tales of escape from city pressures It is a vivid close-up of the Ontario bush--written down with the vividness and gaiety of a man who knew he was free NEW YORK TIMES -- Respect for Mr Morenus courage and hardihood grows with every page we read it emerges as a valuable addition to the small number of books about the Canadian bush COLORADO SPRINGS FREE PRESS -- Anyone from young to old who has wanted to toss the soft life of today into the discard and live as our ancestors did will enjoy this book To those who have lived under frontier conditions it will be equally refreshing--and that cannot be said for many of this type
By Helen Thorpe. 2017
From an award-winning, “meticulously observant” (The New Yorker) writer comes a powerful and moving account of how refugee teenagers at… a Denver public high school learn English and become Americans.The Newcomers follows the lives of twenty-two immigrant teenagers throughout the course of the 2015-2016 school year as they land at South High School in Denver, Colorado, in an English Language Acquisition class created specifically for them. Speaking no English, unfamiliar with American culture, their stories are poignant and remarkable as they face the enormous challenge of adapting. These newcomers, from fourteen to nineteen years old, come from nations convulsed by drought or famine or war. Many come directly from refugee camps, after experiencing dire forms of cataclysm. Some arrive alone, having left or lost every other member of their original family. At the center of The Newcomers is Mr. Williams, the dedicated and endlessly resourceful teacher of South’s very beginner English Language Acquisition class. If Mr. Williams does his job right, the newcomers will leave his class at the end of the school year with basic English skills and new confidence, their foundation for becoming Americans and finding a place in their new home. With the US at a political crossroads around questions of immigration, multiculturalism, and America’s role on the global stage, Helen Thorpe presents a fresh and nuanced perspective. The Newcomers is a transformative take on these timely, important issues.
By Gare Joyce. 2017
An in-depth and behind-the-scenes look at how Auston Matthews and a gang of talented young hockey players are breaking from… Toronto s troubled sporting past and rekindling the city s love for its team Auston Matthews made history on October 12 2016 by becoming the first player in the modern game to score four goals in his NHL debut It was a momentous occasion for the talented young All-Star but it was equally important for his newly adopted city and its storied century-old team That night marked the dawn of a new era for the Toronto Maple Leafs The team had a long and colourful history and it had always been foundational to the city s image But years of losing seasons had tarnished the team s reputation and left even the most diehard fans questioning their loyalty It seemed that each passing year brought more of the same more mediocrity more heartbreak more disappointment But the team s management had a plan one that would take them where others feared to go a total rebuild Piece by piece they were assembling a group of young talented players who would reshape the team With the arrival of Auston Matthews the team s first overall draft pick in over twenty years it seemed that the Leafs were ready to break with their past Young Leafs follows the team through that remarkable season tracing the divergent journeys of the players leading up to their unlikely campaign Matthews the prodigy with the unorthodox path to the NHL Marner the baby-faced talent with immense skill and an infectious energy Nylander the son of a former hockey professional now looking to make his own mark Reilly the youngster with the mind of a general Kadri the maturing leader once billed as the team s saviour As the ups and downs of the season unfold the team tries to overcome the ghosts of its past and write a new future one that is far from certain Can a group of precocious kids bond together and become winners Will they be able to carry the hopes of a city Most important will Toronto finally have a reason to believe again
By Dean King. 2001
A revealing and insightful look at one of the modern world's most acclaimed historical novelistsPatrick O'Brian was well into his… seventies when the world fell in love with his greatest creation: the maritime adventures of Royal Navy Captain Jack Aubrey and ship's surgeon Stephen Maturin. But despite his fame, little detail was available about the life of the reclusive author, whose mysterious past King uncovers in this groundbreaking biography. King traces O'Brian's personal history, beginning as a London-born Protestant named Richard Patrick Russ, to his tortured relationship with his first wife and child, to his emergence from World War II with the entirely new identity under which he would publish twenty volumes in the Aubrey-Maturin series. What King unearths is a life no less thrilling than the seafaring world of O'Brian's imagination.
By Andrew Wilson. 2015
The first definitive biography of the iconic, notoriously private British fashion designer Alexander McQueen explores the connections between his dark… work and even darker life.When forty-year-old Alexander McQueen committed suicide in February 2010, a shocked world mourned the loss. McQueen had risen from humble beginnings as the son of an East London taxi driver to scale the heights of fame, fortune, and glamour. He designed clothes for the world's most beautiful women and royalty, most famously the Duchess of Cambridge, who wore a McQueen dress on her wedding day. He created a multimillion-dollar luxury brand that became a favorite with celebrities including Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell. But behind the confident facade and bad-boy image, lay a sensitive soul who struggled to survive in the ruthless world of fashion. As the pressures of work intensified, McQueen became increasingly dependent on the drugs that contributed to his tragic end. Meanwhile, in his private life, his failure to find lasting love in a string of boyfriends only added to his despair. And then there were the dark secrets that haunted his sleep... A modern-day fairy tale infused with the darkness of a Greek tragedy, Alexander McQueen tells the complete sensational story, and includes never-before-seen photos. Those closest to the designer--his family, friends, and lovers--have spoken for the first time about the man they knew, a fragmented individual, a lost boy who battled to gain entry into a world that ultimately destroyed him. "There's blood beneath every layer of skin," McQueen once said. Andrew Wilson's biography, filled with groundbreaking material, dispels myths, corrects inaccuracies, and offers new insights into McQueen's private life and the source of his creative genius.
By Anjelica Huston. 2014
Following her extraordinary Vanity Fair evocative The New York Times … magically beautiful The Boston Globe gorgeously written O The Oprah Magazine coming-of-age memoir Academy Award-winning actress Anjelica Huston writes about her relationship with Jack Nicholson her rise to stardom her work with the greatest directors in Hollywood her love affair with her husband and much more Anjelica Huston was twenty-nine years old and trying to create a place for herself as an actress in Hollywood when the director Tony Richardson said to her Poor little you So much talent and so little to show for it You re never going to do anything with your life Tony had a singsong voice like one of his own parrots but there was no mistaking the edge Perhaps you re right I answered Inside I was thinking Watch me In A Story Lately Told Anjelica Huston described her enchanted childhood in Ireland and her glamorous but troubled late teens in London That memoir of her early years ended when Anjelica stepped into Hollywood In Watch Me Huston tells the story of falling in love with Jack Nicholson and her adventurous turbulent high-profile spirited seventeen-year relationship with him and his intoxicating circle of friends She writes about learning the art and craft of acting about her Academy Award-winning portrayal of Maerose Prizzi in Prizzi s Honor about her roles as Morticia Addams in the Addams Family films Etheline Tenenbaum in The Royal Tenenbaums and Lilly Dillon in The Grifters and about her collaborations with many great directors including Woody Allen Wes Anderson Bob Rafelson Francis Ford Coppola and Stephen Frears She movingly and beautifully writes about the death of her father the legendary director John Huston and her marriage to sculptor Robert Graham She is candid mischievous warm passionate funny and a superb storyteller