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By Robert Clark. 2017
In his thirty years in the Canadian prison system, Robert Clark rose from student volunteer to deputy warden. He worked… with some of Canada's most dangerous and notorious prisoners, including Paul Bernardo and Tyrone Conn. He dealt with escapes, lockdowns, prisoner murders, prisoner suicides, and a riot. But he also arranged ice-hockey games in a maximum-security institution, sat in a darkened gym watching movies with three hundred inmates, took parolees sightseeing, and consoled victims of violent crimes. He has managed cellblocks, been a parole officer, and investigated staff corruption. He challenges head-on the popular belief that a "tough-on-crime" approach makes prisons and communities safer, arguing instead for humane treatment and rehabilitation, and wades into the controversy about long-term solitary confinement. 2017.
By Richard Foot. 2013
In the early hours of January 12, 2008, seven members of a high school basketball team and their coach's wife… died instantly when their school van collided with a tractor trailer. The accident forever shattered the lives of eight families and their community. In the weeks that followed two women who lost their sons forged a bond. Ana Acevedo and Isabelle Hains were transformed by their grief into unlikely agents of courage and change. This book follows Isabelle and Ana’s long journey through the legal system that made it safer for children to travel to extracurricular activities in New Brunswick and across the country. c2013.
By Andy MacDonald. 1978
By Elly Danica. 1988
The author graphically describes the humiliation and terrible pain she suffered as a victim of incest. She endured verbal abuse,… beatings and degradation as her father sold her services to strange men, and forced her to pose and perform in his pornographic photo studio. Strong language and extreme descriptions of sex and violence. 1990, c1988.
By Gary Paulsen. 1993
The author of many young adult books, including "Nightjohn", recounts his life to the age of nine, 1939-1948. He tells… how he and his mother waited for his soldier father in Chicago, then joined him in the Philippines. Presents a child's view of his mother's pluck and easy virtue and of the realities of war. 1993.
By Rachel Manley. 1996
Poet Rachel Manley, granddaughter and daughter of two of Jamaica's national leaders, tells the story of the brilliant, artistic Manley… family, and the house that nurtured them: Drumblair. Winner of the 1997 Governor General's Award for Non-fiction. 1996.
By Dave Barry. 1998
Florida columnist and author focuses his humour on the aging of baby boomers. He gives highlights of each of the… "formative boomer years" from 1947, when he was born, to 1974. Barry grumbles about such issues as failing eyesight, retirement planning, and not being "hip" anymore. Bestseller. 1998.
By Alexandra Fuller. 2001
Fuller's recollections of growing up white in civil-war-torn Rhodesia in the 1970s. She recounts her family's tragedies, including the deaths… of children and the dispossession of their home, and their struggles with racism, revolutionary politics, and survival. Strong language. Bestseller. 2001.
By Jacki Lyden. 1997
In this memoir Jacki Lyden recalls her mother's first nervous breakdown, when she imagined that she was the queen of… Sheba and had bequeathed Mesopotamia to her daughter. While her mother journeyed through manic-depressive states, Jacki became a foreign correspondent and travelled to actual faraway places. Some strong language. 1997.
By Patrick O'Sullivan. 2015
A story about abuse, but also a story of triumph, as O'Sullivan revisits the ghosts of his past. He gives… readers a disturbing account of 10 years of ever escalating physical abuse and emotional cruelty at the hands of his father. When Patrick proved more skilled than other 8-year-olds, John O'Sullivan decided to dedicate his life to turning his son into the hockey player he had always dreamed of becoming. John O'Sullivan was the over-involved parent. Few had an idea of the dysfunction and violence at the O'Sullivans' home. Bestseller. 2015.
By Norman Ollestad. 2009
Norman Ollestad was thrust into the world of surfing and competitive downhill skiing at a very young age by the… father he idolized. Resentful of a childhood lost to his father's reckless and demanding adventures, young Ollestad was often paralyzed by fear. In February 1979, just as he was reaping the rewards of his training, a chartered plane carrying Norman, his father, and his father's girlfriend crashed in the mountains and was suspended at eight thousand feet, engulfed in a blizzard. Norman's father was dead, and the grief-stricken eleven-year old had to descend the mountain alone through snow and ice, without any gear. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2009.
By Germaine Greer. 1989
The author's father returned from World War II a cold and vacant man. Driven to know if this man had… loved her once, feminist Germaine Greer followed a trail of false leads and outright lies to learn the truth about him. 1992.
By Kate Lines. 2015
A criminal profiler, former Chief Superintendent of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), recounts her remarkable story using pivotal cases she… worked on during the course of her career. Always taking care not to aggrandize in any way the notorious criminals whose names we know all too well, Kate knows that it is much more important to focus on the courage of the victims and their families. Bestseller. 2015.
Memoirs, anecdotes and tales from all walks of life - from the proud fisherman to the humble academic - which… reflect the way of life peculiar to the Atlantic seaboard. 1979. (Canada's Atlantic Folklore and Folklife series ; 2)
By Charles W Colson. 1976
2005. Borel and her French-born hotelier father set out on a French wine safari - she desired a deeper connection… to her father, but was also seeking escape from both the aftermath of a breakup and a car accident. The trip's early stages were strained by travel sickness and father-daughter bickering. Eventually, despite the buried secrets and intense emotions, her wine-tasting experiences led Borel to genuine breakthroughs, bringing about a change in her relationship with her father. Descriptions of sex and violence, explicit strong language. 2009.
By David Macfarlane. 1991
In a series of short vignettes about the Goodyear family in Newfoundland, the author provides a humorous and poignant biography.… In doing so, he also gives an insight into people who live in one of Canada's unique maritime provinces. 1991. Uniform title: Danger tree
By Sherrill MacLaren. 1986
Six M.I.T. students figured out how to beat the casinos and managed to get away with more than three million… dollars in less than two years' time by playing the blackjack tables. Includes an explanation of how card counting is done. 2002.
By Da Chen. 1999
Born in southern China in 1962, the now-American author describes growing up in a once-prominent family that fell out of… favour under the Mao regime. When citizens were unexpectedly allowed to compete for college acceptance, the sixteen-year-old truant and his farmer brother studied nonstop for months. Some strong language. 1999.