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By Pierre Berton. 1973
By John Sewell. 2002
This book introduces Toronto's greatest spaces, from architectural jewels to buildings that were witness to some of the city's most… important moments. Former mayor John Sewell takes us on a tour of the Toronto places every citizen and visitor should see, such as Osgoode Hall, the old Don Jail, and the Chapel of St. James-the-Less. 2002.
By Judith Flanders. 2017
Nearly everything you know about Christmas is wrong. Do you think the proclaimed war on Christmas is a recent occurrence?… Do you think Santa is Dutch, or that his red suit was brought to you courtesy of Coca-Cola? Or are you merely dreaming of a Christmas like the one you used to know? You aren't alone: thirty years after the first recorded Christmas, a fourth-century archbishop was already complaining that his flock was spending the day dancing and feasting, not in religious observance. By 1616, the playwright Ben Jonson was nostalgically reminiscing about the vastly better Christmases in the old days. Some traditions of Christmas are relatively new--who would have thought gift-wrap was a novelty of the twentieth century? That the first holiday parade was neither at Macy's, nor even in the United States? Other elements, however, have been around for a surprisingly long time. The first known gag holiday giftbook, The Boghouse Miscellany, was advertised in the 1760s, while in 1805, the leaders of the Lewis and Clark expedition exchanged--what else?--presents of underwear and socks. Christmas is different things to different people: a religious festival for some, a family celebration for others, or perhaps simply a time of seasonal eating and drinking. In Christmas: A Biography, historian Judith Flanders casts a sharp eye over the myths, legends, and history that make up the holiday to show us the season as it really is, but rarely how it is understood. 2017. Feast of the circumcision or Holy Name of Jesus -- Twelfth Night -- Epiphany -- Candlemas -- Lady day -- Midsummer -- Michaelmas -- All Saints' Day -- All Souls' Day -- St Martin -- St. Nicholas -- St Lucy of Syracuse -- St Thomas the Apostle -- Christmas day -- St Stephen -- St John the Evangelist -- Feast of the Holy Innocents -- Sylvester.
By Cary Fagan. 1990
This personal portrait of a city in upheaval shows a polarized social structure which characterizes the new Toronto. The author… shows a city divided into the powerful and the powerless, the outrageous and the outraged. 1990.
By Hugh Gregory Gallagher, Geoffrey C Ward. 1998
The author presents journal entries, essays, and speeches. Gallagher was a college student of twenty when he almost died of… polio. As an influential Senate aide and lobbyist in Washington, D.C., he was instrumental in passing the Architectural Barriers Act of 1968. 1998.
By Norman Levine. 1993
In 1956 writer Norman Levine, seven years an expatriate in England, returned for an unsentimental journey through his homeland. Drawn… toward the bottom rungs of Canadian society - the beer parlours, the bunkhouses filled with immigrant miners, the cheap flophouses - he wrote an account so bitter that it didn't find a Canadian publisher for more than 20 years. Levine, now considered one of Canada's finest short story writers, maintains "my writing starts with this book." 1993, c1958.
By Paul H St. Pierre. 1990
By Mark Abley. 1986
By Roy MacGregor. 2007
MacGregor has travelled this vast country in pursuit of the often elusive national identity. Against the backdrop of pivotal events,… and in a sparking blend of historical, anecdotal, and reflective writing, he captures essential truths about who we are and what makes us tick. Some descriptions of sex. 2007.
By Daniel Tammet. 2006
This unique first-person account offers a window into the mind of a high-functioning, 27-year-old British autistic savant with Asperger's syndrome.… Tammet's ability to think abstractly, deviate from routine, and empathize, interact and communicate with others is impaired, yet he's capable of incredible feats of memorization and mental calculation. Besides being able to effortlessly multiply and divide huge sums in his head with the speed and accuracy of a computer, he learned Icelandic in a single week and recited the number pi up to the 22,514th digit. Tammet traces his life from a frustrating, withdrawn childhood and adolescence to his adult achievements. Bestseller. 2006.
By Derek Lundy. 2010
Setting out on his motorcycle and considering the post-9/11 American passion with security, Lundy took a firsthand look at the… US/Mexican and the US/Canadian borders. "The periphery of a place can tell us a great deal about its heartland; along the edge of a nation's territory, its real prejudices, fears and obsessions - but also its virtues - irrepressibly bubble up as its people confront the 'other' whom they admire, or fear, or hold in contempt, and know little about". Some descriptions of violence and some strong language. 2010.
By Anthea Courtenay, Rachel Pinney, Mimi Schlachter. 1983
Psychiatrist Pinney, therapist to Bobby, an autistic child, undertook an unorthodox form of treatment consisting of sessions in which Bobby… chose the activities. This led to difficult and comic situations as Bobby chose to navigate every elevator he could find. 1983.
By Richard M Cohen. 2003
Emmy Award-winning television news producer and journalist chronicles his battle with multiple sclerosis and colon cancer. While detailing his vision… loss and other symptoms, Cohen's frank account is "not about suffering" but about "surviving and flourishing, rising above fear and self-doubt" with the support of his wife and children. Bestseller. 2003.
By Will Ferguson. 2004
The author has spent the past three years criss-crossing Canada, from Cape Spear on the coast of Newfoundland to the… sun-dappled streets of Olde Victoria. He weaves his own experiences into those of the larger Canadian narrative. What he discovers along the way is that Canada is not so much a country as a collection of outposts - not only geographically, but culturally and linguistically. Some strong language. Winner of the 2005 Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal. 2004.
By Ian Wilson, Sally Wilson. 1992
By Jan Wong. 2017
Jan Wong knows food is better when shared, so when she set out to write a book about home cooking… in France, Italy, and China, she asked her 22-year-old son, Sam, to join her. While he wasn't keen on spending excessive time with his mom, he dreamed of becoming a chef. Ultimately, it was an opportunity he couldn't pass up. On their journey, Jan and Sam live and cook with locals, seeing how globalization is changing food, families, and cultures. In southeast France, they move in with a family sheltering undocumented migrants. From Bernadette, the housekeeper, they learn classic French family fare such as blanquette de veau. In a hamlet in the heart of Italy's Slow Food country, the locals teach them how to make authentic spaghetti alle vongole and a proper risotto with leeks. In Shanghai, they cook firecracker chicken and scallion pancakes with the nouveaux riches and their migrant maids, who are part of the biggest demographic shift in world history. Along the way, mother and son explore their sometimes-fraught relationship, uniting--and occasionally clashing--over their mutual love of cooking. 2017.
By Jonathan Waterman. 2001
Jonathan Waterman's 2,200-mile journey across the roof of North America, during 1997-1999, took him through Inuit communities from Alaska to… Nunavut. He offers first-hand observations of their life, language, and beliefs, their reactions to modernization, their treatment by whites, and the unemployment, suicide, spousal abuse, and addiction that is prevalent among them. Waterman looks into a past of environmental destruction, government cover-ups, and explorers as the Inuit stand on the brink of a more hopeful, independent future. Some strong language and some descriptions of violence. 2001.
By Margaret Webb. 2008
On this cross-Canada odyssey, Webb introduces readers to great farmers in every province or, as she calls them, chefs of… the soil and the sea, tractor-seat philosophers, or poet biologists. Her stories of the challenges they face growing food are inspiring and touching, and will make you laugh - and hungry. Stories about the passionate, driven people who farm and produce food in our country make for a powerful manifesto for eating Canadian. 2009.
By David McFadden. 2003
Taking an erratic route through Newfoundland, David McFadden introduces the island that can't be found simply in the landscape, but… rather in the people and their stories. He accomplishes this through conversations with local people and journeys to out-of-the-way places. 2003.
By Peter McFarlane, Wayne Haimila. 1999
From the cockpit of a single engine Cessna Peter McFarlane and Wayne Haimila trace the ancient routes of westward moving… European settlers. They discuss how those places looked then and how they look now, and tell the story from the perspective of the native peoples the Europeans encountered. 1999.