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By Sophie Van der Stap. 2015
Sophie is twenty-one when she is diagnosed with a rare, aggressive form of cancer. A striking, fun-loving student, her world… is reduced overnight to the sterile confines of a hospital. But within these walls Sophie discovers a whole new world of white coats, gossiping nurses, and sexy doctors; of shared rooms, hair loss, and eyebrow pencils. As wigs become a crucial part of Sophie's new life, she reclaims a sense of self-expression. Each of Sophie's nine wigs makes her feel stronger and gives her a distinct personality, and that is why each has its own name: Stella, Sue, Daisy, Blondie, Platina, Uma, Pam, Lydia, and Bebé. There's a bit of Sophie in all of them, and they reveal as much as they hide. Sophie is determined to be much more than a cancer patient. 2015.
By Ludger Müller-Wille. 2014
Addressing the enigma of how Franz Boas came to be the central founder of anthropology and a driving force in… the acceptance of science as part of societal life in North America, this exploration breaks through the linguistic and cultural barriers that have prevented scholars from grasping the importance of Boas’ personal background and academic activities as a German Jew. Müller-Wille argues that to fully appreciate Boas’ complete scientific and literary opus and deep emotional and intellectual attachment to the upbringing that shaped his life, it is crucial to become familiar with his publications on Inuit and the Arctic as related to environmental, geographical, and ethnological questions. 2014.
By Susan Stachler, Laura Stachler. 2018
When twenty-two-year-old Susan Stachler was diagnosed with cancer, her mother, Laura, was struck by déjà vu. The same illness that… took her sister's life was threatening to take her daughter's too. Heartbroken but steadfast, Laura pledged to help Susan through the worst of her treatments. When they discovered that Laura's homemade ginger cookies soothed the side effects of Susan's chemotherapy, the mother-daughter duo soon found themselves opening the business "Susansnaps" and sharing their gourmet gingersnaps with the world. 2018.
By Iain Dey, Douglas Buck. 2018
The riveting true story of Dudley Buck - American scientist, government agent, and Cold War hero - whose pioneering work… with computer chips placed him firmly in the sights of the KGB. Douglas Buck was never satisfied with the explanation of his father's death and has spent over twenty years investigating. Armed with this research, journalist Iain Dey tells his story. 2018.
By Alan Edward Nourse. 1986
At age 52, the author was stricken by a massive heart attack while hunting elk. He reveals his torturous recovery… and the strains his illness placed on himself and his family. 1986.
By Barnaby Rogerson. 2006
Within a generation of Muhammad's death, his followers exploded out of Arabia to confront the two great superpowers of the… seventh-century and establish Islam and a new civilization. Coming from small oasis communities of central Arabia, their achievements were immense. Rogerson also identifies the seeds of discord that destroyed the unity of Islam, and traces the roots of the schism between Sunni and Shia Muslims. Some descriptions of violence. 2006. Uniform title: Heirs of the prophet Muhammad
By R. D Lawrence. 1994
R.D. Lawrence is one of Canada's most prolific nature writers, but he had an adventurous life before he came to… Canada. Born in Spain, he enlisted as a Republican soldier in the Spanish Civil War at the age of 15. In 1939, he joined the British Army and fought as a tank gunner at Dunkirk, North Africa, and Normandy. He studied biology in Cambridge after the war, and later moved to Canada, where he resumed field biology in northwestern Ontario, and began his travels and adventures across Canada, which became the subjects of his numerous books. 1994.
By Michael Bliss. 1982
The discovery of insulin in 1922 was one of the most significant medical breakthroughs of the century and one of… the most controversial. Bliss examines the research of, and the rivalry within, the team of Banting, Best, Collip, and Macleod.
With three beautiful children, a new house, and financial security, John and Aileen Crowley had it all until their two… youngest children were diagnosed with Pompe disease and given only months to live. Refusing to accept a death sentence, John quit his job and invested in a biotechnology start-up to find a cure. Battling scientific setbacks, conflict of interest accusations, and business troubles, John and Aileen were tested to their limits as a revolutionary new treatment for the disease was found. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2010.
By Willard Bascom. 1988
This autobiography of the adventurous oceanographer takes him from post-World War II mining engineer days to life at sea, designing,… diving, swimming and snorkeling in quest of knowledge about the ocean depths, and the currents and waveforms that shape the shore. c1988.
By Homer H Hickam. 2000
This sequel to Rocket Boys continues the author's reminiscences with his senior year in high school in Coalwood, a West… Virginia mining town, in 1959. Hickam describes misfortunes in the community, their repercussions within his family, and his teenage problems with girls. 2000.
By Ayaan Hirsi Ali. 2007
Raised a Muslim but increasingly outraged by her religion's hostility towards women, Ayaan Hirsi Ali has now become one of… today's most talked-about, admired and controversial political figures because of her desire to free women from an oppressive Muslim culture. This collection of essays brings together some of her most passionate and compelling writing on a wide range of issues concerning Islam. Drawing on her own first-hand experience and cultural background, she assesses the role of women in Islam both in practice and in theory; the rights of the individual; fanaticism; and Western policies towards immigrant communities. The Caged Virgin is an important addition to the ongoing debate about the 'clash of civilizations' and marks the debut of a writer and activist destined to be one of the key international figures of the early twenty-first century. 2007. Uniform title: De maagdenkooi.
Twenty-three-year old Cleo Koff, a forensic anthropologist, was one of sixteen scientists chosen to go to Rwanda in 1996 to… find evidence of genocide and crimes against humanity. Her job was to discover who the victims were and how they had been killed. Koff also describes similar missions to Bosnia, Croatia, and Kosovo. Some violence. 2004.
By David Rains Wallace. 1999
Account of the historical feud between two nineteenth-century American paleontologists -Othniel Charles Marsh and Edward Drinker Cope. After the Civil… War both men amassed large collections of dinosaur bones discovered in the West, but their intense rivalry led to muckraking and scandal rather than scientific cooperation. 1999.
By Ian Brown. 2009
Walker Brown was born with a genetic mutation so rare that perhaps 300 people around the world also live with… it. Walker turned twelve in 2008, but he weighs only 54 pounds, is still in diapers, can't speak and needs to wear special cuffs on his arms so that he can't continually hit himself. Expanded from Brown's Globe and Mail series about Walker, he sets out to discover his son. Some strong language. Canada Reads 2012. 2009.
By Martha Barnette. 1987
The family of the second artificial heart recipient tells the dramatic story of their participation in an extraordinary medical experiment.… Details the day-to-day events, including post-operative setbacks, unrelenting scrutiny by the press, confrontations with the surgeon, and their own struggle to cope. 1987.
By Tracy Kidder, Daniel Poliquin. 2011
C'est à l'école de médecine que Paul Farmer a découvert sa vocation: soigner les maladies infectieuses et apporter les fabuleuses… ressources de la médecine moderne à ceux qui en ont le plus besoin. Son histoire nous amène de Harvard jusqu'en Haïti, en passant par le Pérou, Cuba, la Russie. On y voit Paul Farmer transformer les mentalités pour les plier à son intime conviction selon laquelle l'humanité est la seule nation. 2011, c2003. Titre uniforme: Mountains beyond mountains.
By Stephen G Bloom. 2018
Inez Burns was adored by the desperate women who sought her out--and loathed by the power-hungry men who plotted to… destroy her. During a time when women risked their lives with predatory practitioners lurking in back alleys, Inez and her team of women, clad in crisp, white nurse's uniforms, worked night and day in her elegantly appointed clinic, performing fifty thousand of the safest, most hygienic abortions available during a time when even the richest wives, Hollywood stars, and mistresses had few options when they found themselves with an unwanted pregnancy. 2018.
By Christine Hyung-Oak Lee. 2017
Christine Hyung-Oak Lee woke up with a headache on New Year's Eve 2006. By that afternoon, she saw the world--quite… literally--upside down. By New Year's Day, she was unable to form a coherent sentence. And after hours in the ER, days in the hospital, and multiple questions and tests, she learned that she had had a stroke. For months, Lee outsourced her memories to her notebook. In a precise and captivating narrative, Lee navigates fearlessly between chronologies, weaving her childhood humiliations and joys together with the story of the early days of her marriage; and then later, in painstaking, painful, and unflinching detail, her stroke and every upset, temporary or permanent, that it causes. Lee processes her stroke and illuminates the connection between memory and identity in an honest, meditative, and truly funny manner, utterly devoid of self-pity. And as she recovers, she begins to realize that this unexpected and devastating event provides a catalyst for coming to terms with her true self. 2017.
By John E Mack, Rita S Rogers. 1988
Internationally known child psychologist Rita Rogers grew up in Romania, the daughter of a prominent Jewish family. Her idyllic childhood… came to an abrupt end with the arrival of Nazi troops. 1988.