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By 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 In… the first book to be published in co-operation with Gould's estate, Peter Goddard draws on Gould's unpublished writings, interviews, and never-before-seen photographs to present a startling new portrait of Gould, the man and the musician.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.
By 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.
By 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.
By 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.
By Sharon Butala. 2008
In 1962, Alexandra Wiwcharuk was found murdered on the banks of the Saskatchewan River. Nearly 50 years later, her murder… still haunts Saskatoon residents, especially those who, like Butala, were Alexandra's friends. Compelled by her memories of Alex, Butala returns to that still-unsolved murder, writing an in-depth investigation of the tragic death, a nostalgic coming-of-age story, and an exploration of the nature of good and evil. Some descriptions of sex and violence. 2008.
By 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.
By 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.
By 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.
By 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.
By Declan Hill. 2010
By Dick Lehr. 2009
The Fence documents the true story of a Boston police incident during which an undercover officer was brutally beaten by… fellow officers who mistook him for a murder suspect. Some strong language and some descriptions of violence. c2009.
By 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.
By Adrian Humphreys. 1999
By the time Johnny "Pops" Papalia was gunned down at the age of 73, his massive crime network had earned… him the nickname "Canada's Capone." Filled with tales of extortion, loan sharking, gambling and heroin, this book chronicles the rise and fall of Canada's most successful Mafia don. Some descriptions of violence. 1999.
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.
By John Toland. 2017
John Dillinger's thirteen-month criminal career captured the imagination of Depression-era America and is chronicled here, along with fellow outlaws like… Baby Face Nelson, Bonnie and Clyde, Ma Barker, and Machine Gun Kelly. 2017.
By John Henry Browne. 2016
For the last four decades, Browne has defended the indefensible. From Facebook folk hero the "Barefoot Bandit" Colton Moore, to… Benjamin Ng of the Wah Mee massacre and Kandahar massacre culprit Sergeant Robert Bales, Browne's unceasing advocacy and the daring to take on some of the most unwinnable cases--and nearly win them all--has led 48 Hours' Peter Van Sant to call him "the most famous lawyer in America." But although the Browne that America has come to know cuts a dashing and confident figure, he has forever been haunted by his job as counsel to Ted Bundy, the most infamous serial killer in American history. Browne, a drug- and alcohol-addicted yet wildly successful defense attorney who could never let go of the case that started it all, here asks himself the question others have asked him all along: Does defending evil make you evil too? 2016.
By Lynn Crosbie. 2017
A sustained, confessional new collection of poems that tells the story of Crosbie's father’s battle with frontotemporal dementia and blindness,… following a stroke. The poems chronologically recount the poet’s conversations and time with her father, and capture his still-astonishing means of communicating. The book’s title is his sardonic remark. Crosbie considers dementia to be a symbolic language and as such, similar to poetry. The author’s attempts to understand her father’s distress, pain, fear, and brave love are assisted by her understanding of the “negative capability” required of readers of poetry. 2017.
Reveals how our premiere national publisher, McClelland and Stewart, was eventually sold to Random House, a division of German media… giant Bertelsmann, for a dollar. Drawing on interviews done with those who engineered the deal, and on documents never before revealed, Dewar tells the story of how a savvy businessman, an accountant, a University President, and three major law firms 'danced through the raindrops' to evade a thirty-year-old public policy created to defend Canadian national sovereignty; explores both how the Investment Canada Act was enacted and how it was taken down, piece by piece, deal by deal. 2017.
By David A Wilson. 2000
A look at the way in which people in the past imagined their own future: prophets, self-proclaimed Christs, astrologers, witches,… utopians and economists - all of whom predicted the future, and almost always got it wrong. The author argues that prophecies tell us little or nothing about what will actually happen, but reveal a great deal about the changing hopes, fears, dreams and aspirations that informed the imagination of the past. 2000.