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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 Lynette Dawn Loeppky. 2014
The memoir tells the story of a young woman who has decided to leave an eight-year relationship. As Lyn begins… to plan her exit, her partner Cecile suddenly falls ill. In a tumultuous drop towards a complicated end, the young woman is forced to become sole caregiver to the woman she had been planning to leave. Set against the "family values" of rural Alberta, this is a story about how we love and why we stay, especially in a time of crisis. 2014.
By Alison Wearing. 2013
Alison Wearing led a carefree childhood until she learned, at the age of 12, that her family was a little… more complex than she had realized. When her father came out of the closet in the 1970s, when homosexuality was still taboo, it was a shock to everyone in the quiet community of Peterborough, Ontario — especially his wife and children. 2013.
By Eric Marcus, Greg Louganis. 1995
By Garrard Conley. 2016
A beautiful, raw and compassionate memoir about identity, love and understanding. The son of a Baptist pastor and deeply embedded… in church life in small town Arkansas, as a young man Garrard Conley was terrified and conflicted about his sexuality. When Garrard was a nineteen-year-old college student, he was outed to his parents, and was forced to make a life-changing decision: either agree to attend a church-supported conversion therapy program that promised to "cure" him of homosexuality; or risk losing family, friends, and the God he had prayed to every day of his life. Through an institutionalized Twelve-Step Program heavy on Bible study, he was supposed to emerge heterosexual, ex-gay, cleansed of impure urges and stronger in his faith in God for his brush with sin. Instead, even when faced with a harrowing and brutal journey, Garrard found the strength and understanding to break out in search of his true self and forgiveness. By confronting his buried past and the burden of a life lived in shadow, Garrard traces the complex relationships among family, faith, and community. At times heart-breaking, at times triumphant, this memoir is a testament to love that survives despite all odds. 2016.
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 Ann Silversides. 2003
Michael Lynch, the central figure of this book, was a long-time gay activist and a dynamic force in organizing an… early response to the AIDS epidemic. Lynch's prescient articles in 'The Body Politic' spoke to the gay communities of Toronto, New York, and San Francisco; his organizing efforts meant change and hope. The author also furnishes a snap-shot history of how the AIDS crisis unfolded and of some of the heroic responses to it, and provides an emphasis on the politics of the gay community's response. Some strong language. 2003.
By Bertrand Hébert, Pat Patterson. 2016
When Pat Patterson was 17 years old, he was asked to leave his home after telling his parents he was… in love... with a man. Moving from Montreal to the United States in the 1960s, barely knowing a word of English, when homophobia was widespread, Pat lived in the super-macho world of pro wrestling. In this memoir, pioneer and creative savant Patterson recalls the trials and tribulations of climbing to the upper ranks of sports-entertainment - as a performer and, later, as a backstage creative force. 2016.
By Jasmin Roy. 2010
Tapette! Moumoune! Osti de fif! Pendant cinq année de sa vie, le jeune Jasmin Roy est victime de violence homophobe… à l'école. Ostracisé, humilié, agressé physiquement par la majorité des élèves, il ne vit pas, il survit. À quarante-quatre ans, l'acteur et animateur décrit sans pudeur l'opression qu'il a subie au primaire et au secondaire, ainsi que les répercussions que celle-ci a eues sur sa vie. Pour la première fois, il parle au public des troubles d'anxiété, de la dépression et de la faible estime de lui-même qu'il a dû surmonter à l'âge adulte, à la suite de ces abus. Vingt-sept années se sont écoulées depuis sa sortie du secondaire et, selon lui, le problème persiste. Plusieurs jeunes âgés entre quinze et vingt-cinq ans livrent, dans cet ouvrage, des témoignages troublants qui confirment que malheureusement, l'homophobie est encore bien présente dans nos écoles. -- 4e de couv.
By Carol Allain. 2008
"La génération Y est issue des années 1980. On dit des jeunes adultes qui la composent qu'ils aiment s'affirmer, se… distinguer et aussi avoir du bon temps. Ils sont parfaitement à l'aise avec les nouveaux médias et les nouvelles technologies, auront probablement voyagé aussi loin que leurs parents avant d'avoir vingt-cinq ans et occuperont vraisemblablement une bonne dizaine d'emplois dans leur vie. Bien souvent, leurs parents (les baby-boomers) ont du mal à les comprendre. L'auteur pose ici un regard comparatif sur cette génération et celles qui l'ont précédée. Il définit les caractéristiques de la génération silencieuse (1900-1945), de celle du baby-boom (1946-1965) et de la génération X (1966-1978), avant de les confronter pour interroger la nature des tensions entre elles et les modes d'accommodement possibles. L'ouvrage met aussi en lumière les jeux de pouvoir, les alliances, les conflits, les glissements de valeurs entre les générations qui forment les strates de notre société, en pleine mutation. Le lecteur est invité à saisir la combinaison unique de curiosité et de diversité, d'originalité et de polyvalence qui caractérise la génération Y. L'auteur, Carol Allain, s'engage à faire surgir de cet ouvrage une réflexion significative qui aidera parents et employeurs à mieux comprendre les Y afin de développer avec eux la meilleure synergie possible." -- 4e de couv.
By Daniel Mendelsohn, Pierre Guglielmina. 2009
Dans Les Disparus, Daniel Mendelsohn partait en quête de l'histoire de sa famille ; avec L'Étreinte fugitive, il s'est livré… à une quête infiniment plus intime. De l'écriture rhapsodique et classique qui est la sienne, il fait revivre son enfance entre sa mère, l'institutrice , la toute-belle, et son père, le mathématicien , celui qui répare, construit et se collette aux choses ; une enfance peuplée d'êtres, frères et soeurs, parents juifs âgés, avec, au centre, son grand-père, ce dandy mystérieux et raconteur d'histoires. C'est pendant ses années d'étudiant dans l'exotique Sud américain que le jeune homme se découvre une passion jumelée pour les langues anciennes et les beaux garçons. Dès lors, la recherche de la grammaire de son identité , de ce que veut dire être un homme, suivra des méandres surprenants, bouleversants. Car, lorsqu'une amie lui propose d'incarner une figure paternelle auprès de l'enfant qu'elle porte, il accepte et se prend à s'attacher si fort à lui qu'il va, petit à petit, partager sa vie entre Chelsea, le quartier où vivent les garçons de New York, et la banlieue où habitent son amie et leur petit garçon. -- 4e de couv. Titre uniforme: The elusive embrace.
By Kamal Al-Solaylee. 2012
As a gay man living in an intolerant Middle East, Al-Solaylee escaped first to England and eventually to Canada, where… he became a journalist and academic. While he was enjoying the cultural and personal freedoms of life in the West, his once-liberal family slowly fell into the hard-line interpretations of Islam that were sweeping large parts of the Arab-Muslim world in the 1980s and 1990s. The differences between his life and theirs were brought into sharp relief by the 2011 revolution in Egypt and the civil war in Yemen. Bestseller. Canada Reads 2015. 2012.
By Dale Peck. 2015
Novelist and critic Dale Peck's latest work - part memoir, part extended essay - is a foray into what the… author calls "the second half of the first half AIDS epidemic," i.e., the period between 1987, when the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP) was founded, and 1996, when the advent of combination therapy transformed AIDS from a virtual death sentence into a chronic manageable illness. 2015.
By Ivan E Coyote. 2016
A memoir told in stories, about how Coyote learned to embrace their tomboy past while carving out a space for… those of us who don't fit neatly into boxes or identities or labels. Ivan writes about their years as a young butch, dealing with new infatuations and old baggage, and life as a gender-box-defying adult, in which they offer advice to young people while seeking guidance from others. (And for tomboys in training, there are even directions on building your very own unicorn trap.) Recounts Ivan's past as a diffident yet free-spirited tomboy, and maps their journey through treacherous gender landscapes and a maze of labels that don't quite stick, to a place of self-acceptance and an authentic and personal strength. 2016.
By Shoba Narayan. 2018
When Shoba Narayan, a writer and cookbook author who had lived for years in Manhattan, moves back to Bangalore with… her family, she befriends the milk lady, from whom she buys fresh milk every day. These two women from very different backgrounds bond over not only cows, considered holy in India, but also family, food, and life. After Narayan agrees to buy her milk lady a new cow (she needs one and Narayan can afford it, so why not?), they set off looking for just the right cow. What was at first a simple economic transaction becomes something much more complicated, though never without a hint of slapstick. 2018.
By Peter Gajdics. 2017
Author Peter Gajdics spent six years in a bizarre form of conversion therapy that attempted to “cure” him of his… homosexuality. Kept with other patients in a cult-like home in British Columbia, Canada, Gajdics was under the authority of a rogue psychiatrist who controlled his patients, in part, by creating and exploiting a false sense of family. Juxtaposed against his parents’ tormented past--his mother’s incarceration and escape from a communist concentration camp in post-World War II Yugoslavia, and his father’s upbringing as an orphan in war-torn Hungary--Gajdics explores the universal themes of childhood trauma, oppression, and intergenerational pain. 2017.
By Peter Shinkle. 2018
This Cold War narrative takes listeners from top secret Cabinet Room meetings to exclusive social clubs, and into the pages… of a powerful man's intimate diary to bring new dimension to our understanding of the inner workings of the Eisenhower White House. 2018.
By Lise Weil. 2018
When Lise Weil came out in 1976, lesbian desire was the pulsing center of an entire way of life, a… culture, a movement. The air throbbed with possibility. But after fifteen years of torrid but ultimately failed relationships, Weil had to admit that desire was also a conduit for childhood wounds--and it tended to trump love, over and over again. When a friend invited her to attend a Zen retreat in the mid-'80s, she was desperate enough to say yes. Her first day of sitting zazen was mostly hell--but, smitten with the (female) roshi, she stuck with it. Ultimately, the dive into Zen practice became a turning point in her quest for love. 2018.
By Benjamin Woo. 2018
Comic book superheroes, fantasy kingdoms, and futuristic starships have become inescapable features of today’s pop-culture landscape, and the people we… used to deride as “nerds” or “geeks” have ridden their popularity and visibility to mainstream recognition. Yet these conventionalized representations of geek culture typically ignore the real people who have invested time and resources to make it what it is. Woo recentres our understanding of geek culture on the everyday lives of its participants, drawing on fieldwork in comic book shops, game stores, and conventions. He shows how geek culture is a set of interconnected social practices that are associated with popular media and argues that typical depictions of mass-mediated entertainment as something that isolates and pacifies its audiences are flawed because they do not account for the conversations, relationships, communities, and identities that are created by engaging with the products of mass culture. 2018. "What is a nerd?" -- Talk nerdy to me: the meaning of geek culture -- Taking geek culture seriously: a practice-theoretic account -- Values and virtues: what is best in life? -- Careers: boldly going on -- Making communities from mass culture -- Institutions: building worlds between production and consumption -- The limits of participation -- The geek, the bad, and the ugly --
The last whalers: three years in the far Pacific with a courageous tribe and a vanishing way of life
By Doug Bock Clark. 2019
Journalist Doug Bock Clark tells the stunning inside story of the Lamalerans, an ancient tribe of 1,500 hunter-gatherers who live… on a volcanic island so remote it is known by other Indonesians as "The Land Left Behind." They have survived for centuries by taking whales with bamboo harpoons, but now are being pushed toward collapse by the encroachment of the modern world. 2019.