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By Ann Walsh. 2001
Fourteen stories about Canadian history, each focussing on a "first" - the first meeting between natives and Europeans; the first… elections in which women were allowed to vote; an account of the first "Home Children" sent to Canada during the nineteenth century, supposedly for a better life, but often to work in slave-labour conditions. Includes additional accounts to provide historical context for each story, which cover the period from the mid-seventeenth century to the 1930s, as seen through the eyes of some of its youngest participants. Grades 4-7. 2001.
By Peter C Newman. 1985
By John DeMont. 2009
Describes how Nova Scotia (especially Cape Breton) has been fundamentally shaped by the coal industry, with a combination of family,… natural, social and labour history. While much of the book is about broken promises from governments and businessmen to the people who sometimes squandered their health or lost their lives in the mines, and who fought in violent labour disputes, DeMont also covers tales of miners - his own descendants among them - that provide glimpses into the joys and hardships of their lives. Some strong language. 2009.
By Linden MacIntyre. 2006
Linden MacIntyre remembers the day construction started on the Canso Causeway, which would link his Cape Breton village with the… mainland. With its grand promises of jobs and riches and progress, the building of the causeway also became a personal icon for MacIntyre, the road that would bring him closer to the father who was always away. His memoir is a coming-of-age story, a portrait of a vanishing way of life, and a reflection on fathers and sons. Some descriptions of violence and some strong language. 2006.
By Roy MacGregor. 2015
From the earliest explorers on the Columbia River in BC to a doomed expedition of voyageurs up the Nile to… rescue Khartoum; from the author's family roots deep in the Algonquin wilderness to modern families who have canoed across the country, this is a celebration of the essential and enduring love affair Canadians have with our first and still favourite means of getting around. Famous paddlers have been so enchanted with the canoe that one swore God made Canada as the perfect country in which to paddle it. Drawing on MacGregor's own decades spent whenever possible with a paddle in his hand, this is a story of high adventure on white water and the sweetest peace in nature's quietest corners, from the author best able to tell it. Bestseller. 2015.
By John Boyko. 2013
Historian John Boyko makes a compelling argument that Confederation occurred when and as it did largely because of the pressures… of the U.S. Civil War. Many readers will be shocked by Canada's deep connection to the war - Canadians fought in every major battle, supplied arms to the South, and many key Confederate meetings took place on Canadian soil. Boyko gives Americans a new understanding of the North American context of the war, and also shows how the political climate of the time created a more unified Canada, one that was able to successfully oppose American expansion. 2013.
By Kevin Major. 2001
Newfoundland author Major tells the history of his province with tales of lost Beothuk fishers and hunters, Leif Eriksson and… his Viking colonists, waters teaming with fish, and hardy European settlers who made the Rock their home. Some of the stories verge on the fanciful and fantastic, including those about the earliest purported visitors. Major also captures the rowdy days of the 1700s when schools, doctors, and roads were nonexistent and corrupt, often-drunk British admirals dispensed frontier justice. 2001.
By Wilfred Thesiger. 1984
Thesiger, the son of a British diplomat, was born in a mud hut in Addis Ababa in 1910. This is… the account of his travels from 1945 to 1950 during which he lived among the Bedouins and traversed the "Empty Quarter", a vast, arid desert. 1984.
By M. G Vassanji. 2008
Author M. G. Vassanji was born in Africa, where his Indian grandparents had settled, and his relationship to India had… been complex and contradictory. Vassanji describes his many visits to India, encompassing bustling cities, quiet landscapes, fantastic stories and fascinating characters, in this his part travelogue and description, part history and meditation, and above all a quest for a lost homeland. Some descriptions of violence. Winner of the 2009 Governor General's Literary Award for non-fiction. Canada Reads 2012. 2008.
By Jane Urquhart. 2016
For Canada's 150th birthday, Urquhart chooses 50 Canadian objects and weaves a rich and surprising narrative that speaks to our… collective experience as a nation. The fifty artifacts range from a Nobel Peace Prize medal, a literary cherry tree, a royal cowcatcher, a Beothuk legging, a famous skull and an iconic artist’s shoe, as well as an Innu tea doll, a Sikh RCMP turban, a Cree basket, a Massey-Harris tractor and a hanging rope. Bestseller. 2016.
By Desmond Morton, J. L Granatstein. 1989
While Canadian soldiers fought and died in World War II, Canada itself was changing. Ottawa was forced to turn to… the United States for economic and strategic aid; women entered the work force; industry boomed; and old traditions and loyalties were swept away. 1989.
By John Ralston Saul. 2008
In this vision of Canada, Saul unveils 3 founding myths: he argues that the famous "peace, order, and good government"… that supposedly defines Canada is a distortion of the country's true nature. He describes Canada as a Métis nation, heavily influenced and shaped by aboriginal ideas. Lastly, he believes that Canada has a colonial non-intellectual business elite that doesn't believe in Canada. c2008.
By Michael Harris. 1995
One week after his wife plunged to her death from a 17th-floor balcony, Patrick Kelly was vacationing in Hawaii with… his lover. The author tells of how Kelly changed from an RCMP undercover drug agent to smuggler and suspected fraud artist. Kelly was eventually convicted of the murder of his wife. 1995.
By Sandra Gwyn. 1984
A compelling account of private life in the age of Macdonald and Laurier. The author has used personal letters, diaries,… scrapbooks, memoirs and social columns. 1984 Governor General's Award winner. c1984.
By Eddie Goldenberg. 2006
As Jean Chrétien's right-hand man for thirty years in Ministries all over Ottawa, Eddie Goldenberg got to know how things… worked in politics - especially from 1993 to 2003, when he was Senior Policy Advisor to the Prime Minister. For example, during Paul Martin's years at Finance, Eddie was the go-between who linked Chrétien and Martin, who were for much of the time barely on speaking terms. Part political science textbook, part memoir, Goldenberg's work is a sometimes brutally honest look at the way the federal government really operates. 2006.
By Pierre Berton. 1991
In the summer of 1897, two ships carrying more than a tonne of gold apiece sailed from the Yukon to… civilization. The world went mad. By the winter of 1897-1898, more than one hundred thousand men and women had ventured to the Yukon to strike it rich. Pierre Berton tells how these gold-seekers made it through the frozen White and Chilkoot Passes, how they built an armada of boats to take them to the gold-fields, and what happened to them along the way. Grades 5-8. 1991.
By Sherry B Ortner. 1999
For more than a century, climbers from around the world have journeyed to test themselves on Everest's treacherous slopes, enlisting… the expert aid of the Sherpas who live in the area. Drawing on years of field research in the Himalayas, renowned anthropologist Sherry Ortner presents a compelling account of the evolving relationship between the mountaineers and the Sherpas, a relationship of mutual dependence and cultural conflict played out in an environment of mortal risk. 1999.
By Paul Chiasson. 2006
2002. Architect Paul Chiasson climbed a mountain on Cape Breton and found an old wide, well-made road, once flanked by… walls. After two years of study, he believed that these ruins were originally built by the Chinese, as part of a large colony that thrived on Canadian shores well before the European Age of Discovery. Chiasson addresses how the colony was abandoned and forgotten except in the storytelling and culture of the Mi'kmaq, whose written language, clothing, technical knowledge, religious beliefs and legends expose deep cultural roots in China. 2006.
By Gwynne Dyer. 2004
The history and nature of war shows that it has remained unchanged as an act of mass violence, applied against… an enemy so that he will do what you want. But the collapse of the Iron Curtain has forced a re-examination: can we move beyond it through open access to the channels of mass communication? And if terrorism is a red herring designed to preserve the military status quo, are our traditional military structures still relevant? Descriptions of violence. Some strong language. 2004, c1985.
By Vincent Lam. 2011
Tommy Douglas was a prairie politician who believed in democratic socialism and the crucial role of civil rights. Douglas, a… championship boxer and Baptist minister, later exchanged his pulpit for politics, sitting as a federal MP and then serving for 17 years as premier of Saskatchewan, where he introduced the universal health-insurance system that would eventually be adopted across Canada. As leader of the national NDP, he was a staunch advocate of programs such as the Canada Pension Plan. 2011.