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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 Morris Gibson. 1986
Warmhearted reminiscences about the trials and rewards of medical life from the Canadian physician and author of "One Man's Medicine".… Gibson regales with vignettes - most humorous and a few poignant. He describes his rambunctious days at medical school in Glasgow, his harrowing World War II service, his practice with his physician wife in the Alberta town of Okotoks, and his teaching at the University of Calgary. 1986.
By Kathryn Magee Labelle. 2013
Situated within the area stretching from Georgian Bay in the north to Lake Simcoe in the east, the Wendat Confederacy… flourished for two hundred years. By the mid-seventeenth century, however, Wendat society was threatened by European disease and Iroquois attacks. This book depicts the creation of a powerful Wendat diaspora in the wake of their dispersal and throughout the latter half of the century. Turning the story of the Wendat conquest on its head, the author demonstrates the resiliency of the Wendat Confederacy and its people. 2013.
By Steven Weinberg. 1992
A winner of the 1979 Nobel Prize for physics explains in lay language the scientific search for a "final theory"… that would unify and explain the physical laws governing the universe. He speculates on the character of that theory and on what it might mean for humankind, including the question, "What about God?" c1992.
By Caroline Knapp. 1996
One woman's struggle to overcome twenty years of "high-functioning" alcoholism. She examines how drinking contributed to her difficulty in dealing… with her parents' deaths and with the discovery of her father's alcoholism. Includes information about alcohol abuse and an alcoholism questionnaire. Bestseller. 1996.
By Thomas Maier. 1998
Biography of the noted and controversial pediatrician Benjamin Spock. Describes his career, liberal stand on issues, and troubled family life.… Also discusses his conversion to a macrobiotic diet, which is reflected in the last edition of his classic "Baby and child care." That edition and this biography were both published in 1998, the year he died. c1998.
By Mary D Leakey. 1984
For more than 30 years, Mary and Louis Leakey shared an archaeological partnership excavating fossil remains in East Africa. This… book recounts their personal and professional alliance and the years following Louis' death. 1984.
By Michael White, John R Gribbin. 1995
An examination of the apparent contradiction between the conventional surface of Charles Darwin's life and the revolutionary implications of his… theories. A committed scientist and respectable Victorian husband and father, he was drawn step by step into publishing The Origin of Species, a book that would earn him both vilification and immortality. Darwin was part of a history of ideas beginning with the ancient Greeks and continuing in the present with the latest breakthroughs in molecular biology. This book explores how Darwin's findings have helped us understand the formation of galaxies, and what relation the theory of natural selection has to the new science of chaos. 1995.
By Arthur Fleischmann, Carly Fleischmann. 2012
At the age of two, Carly Fleischmann was diagnosed with severe autism and an oral motor condition that prevented her… from speaking. Doctors predicted that she would never develop intellectually beyond the abilities of a small child. Although she made some progress after years of intensive behavioural and communication therapy, Carly remained largely unreachable. Then, at age ten, while sitting in her kitchen with her devoted therapist Howie, Carly reached over to the laptop and typed "MEAN," referring to Howie's efforts to get her to do her work for the day. She then went on to further explain her recalcitrant mood by typing "TEETH HURT," much to Howie's astonishment. This was the beginning of Carly's journey toward self-realization. Although Carly still struggles with all the symptoms of autism, she now has regular, witty, and profound conversations on the computer with her family, her therapists, and the thousands of people who follow her via her blog, Facebook, and Twitter. 2012.
By Richard Selzer. 1995
Collection of twenty-four passionate essays and stories from a practicing surgeon, ranging from operating-room dramas to personal portraits. Selzer combines… his surgical experience with a broad knowledge of hospital life and a deep, sympathetic understanding of patients and their families. Some medical topics are harshly described. 1995.
By Gale Warner, David Kreger. 1998
At age thirty in 1990, the author complained of an aching shoulder, and she was surprised when the diagnosis was… lymphoma. Her writing reveals initial optimism about her chances of survival as she embraced a variety of treatments and then her acceptance of her approaching death as new tumours appeared. c1998.
By Lynn Gehl. 2017
Denied her Indigenous status, Lynn Gehl has been fighting her entire life to reclaim mino-pimadiziwin--the good life. Exploring Anishinaabeg philosophy… and Anishinaabeg conceptions of truth, Gehl shows how she came to locate her spirit and decolonize her identity, thereby becoming, in her words, "fully human." Gehl also provides a harsh critique of Canada and takes on important anti-colonial battles, including the land claims process and sex discrimination in the Indian Act. 2017.
By Charlie Angus. 2015
Exposes a system of apartheid in Canada that led to the largest youth-driven human rights movement in the country's history.… The movement was inspired by Shannen Koostachin, a young Cree woman George Stroumboulopoulos named as one of "five teenage girls in history who kicked ass." All Shannen wanted was a decent education. She found an ally in Charlie Angus, who had no idea she was going to change his life and inspire others to change the country. Based on extensive documentation assembled from Freedom of Information requests, Angus establishes a dark, unbroken line that extends from the policies of John A. Macdonald to the government of today. He provides chilling insight into how Canada - through breaches of treaties, broken promises, and callous neglect - deliberately denied First Nations children their basic human rights. 2015.
By Betty Keller. 1984
Seton, a naturalist, artist, writer, lecturer, story-teller, educator and explorer, gained notoriety for his paintings and stories about wolves. Generations… have read his animal stories, "Wild animals I have known." 1984.
By Lisa Yount. 1994
By Elizabeth Brown Pryor. 1987
Clara Barton established the first public school in New Jersey, but she came to prominence for her extraordinary service in… providing medical aid and supplies to Civil War battlefields. She was the founder of the American Red Cross. 1987.
By Laura DeVries. 2011
February 2006. First Nations protesters blocked workers from entering a housing development in southern Ontario, their protest highlighting the issue… of land rights and sparking a series of ongoing events known as the “Caledonia Crisis.” This account of the dispute links the actions of police, officials, and locals to non-Aboriginal discourses about law, landscape, and identity. DeVries encourages non-Aboriginal Canadians to reconsider their assumptions. 2011.
By Timothy Ferris. 1988
Cairns, through the study of the historical record, discusses the desired relation of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples to each other… in Canada. He considers the differences between the assimilationist assumptions of the imperial era and the more recent attempts at nation-to-nation negotiations supported by the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, and contemplates whether either of these approaches can lead to an outcome that will satisfy both sides. 2000.
By Lydia Dotto. 1987
Profiles Canadian astronauts and gives a behind-the-scenes account of their training. Tells of Canadarm's development and examines the potential for… development of Canadian scientific research and industry during the space station era. 1987.