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By Northrop Frye. 1982
By Deborah Fallows. 2010
Fallows has spent much of her life learning languages and travelling around the world, but nothing prepared her for the… surprises of learning Mandarin, China's most common language. Over time, she realized that her struggles and triumphs with Mandarin provided clues to deciphering the behaviour and habits of its people. As her knowledge increased, bits of the language became windows into understanding romance, humour, protocol, relationships, and the overflowing humanity of modern China. c2010.
By Ian Kerner. 2006
Introduces us to the DSI team, a top-secret unit within the FBI (that's the Federal Bureau of Intimacy) whose sole… mission is to investigate dating dilemmas and equip you with the skills you need so you're never again a dating victim. Through humorous and engaging case studies, you'll read about boyfriends who might be gay, gamers who won't step up to the plate, and wimps who won't go down for the count. 2006.
By Emily Urquhart. 2015
Like any new mother, Emily Urquhart is thrilled when her first child, a daughter, is born. Sadie is healthy and… stunningly beautiful, with snow white hair and fair skin. Even the doctors and nurses can’t help a second look at this magical child. But soon a darker current begins to emerge - something is amiss. After three months of testing, Sadie is diagnosed with a rare genetic condition, albinism. Part memoir, part cultural critique, and part genetic travelogue, "Beyond the Pale" is a brave, intimate investigation into the secret histories that each of us carries in our genes and an inspiring memoir about parenting a child with a disability - and building a better future for that child. 2015.
By Julia Casterton. 2005
This book is a practical guide to creative writing, providing advice on style and form, and help with developing work… to be read or heard and how to get published. Drawing on interviews with other writers, and her own long experience as a poet and tutor, Julia Casterton examines many kinds of writing - autobiography, poetry, dialogue, short stories, writing for screen and longer fiction. 2005.
By Philip Smith. 2001
An overview of contemporary cultural theory, covering the major thinkers - like Foucault, Bourdieu, Habermas and Giddens - and key… concepts of the last century - including symbolic interactionism, structuralism and psychoanalysis. An ideal guide for any student with an interest in the theoretical study of culture and society. 2001.
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 Paul Auster, Pierre Clastres. 1998
A study of surviving members of a dwindling population in the forests of Paraguay, originally published in 1972. Written by… a French anthropologist who lived with this small group in 1963 and 1964, it portrays rituals surrounding birth, initiation, and death, as well as social customs involving food and cannibalism.1998. Uniform title: Chronique des Indiens Guayaki.
By Robertson Davies, J. Madison Davis. 1989
These 28 interviews with Canadian author Robertson Davies were conducted by people such as Peter Gzowski and Robert Fulford between… the years 1963 and 1988. They cover a wide variety of subjects, including religion, sex, magic, and theatre. 1989.
By Heather Mallick. 2007
Heather Mallick is sorely disappointed - the world has not turned out quite the way she had hoped it would.… But rather than retreat from it, she takes the world head on in her columns, cataloguing the many situations and items in our daily lives that we are told we should fear, teaching us how to cope with people we just can't stand, or writing about the valuable life lesson to be learned from one of her childhood heroes: Mrs. Tittlemouse, the original domestic goddess. 2007.
By Michael Wex. 2006
A Yiddish-speaking professor and translator examines the features of Jewish life and faith that contributed to the development of Yiddish… over the past thousand years. Covers subjects such as food, sex, death, kvetching (complaining), and humour to provide the context for understanding colourful Yiddish words, idioms, expressions, and metaphors. 2005.
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 Kim Thúy, Pascal Janovjak. 2011
"Ils se sont rencontrés un soir, dans un hôtel de Monaco. Au petit déjeuner, ils se sont racontés. Et puis… elle est repartie à Montréal, et il a regagné Ramallah. Ce livre est la suite de leur conversation. À toi est composé de récits croisés nés d'un coup de foudre littéraire entre un auteur franco-slovaco-suisse et une auteure québécoise d'origine vietnamienne. Ce dialogue du féminin et du masculin est une invitation au lecteur à partager cet univers intime. On y retrouve le charme poétique qui a passionné les milliers de lecteurs de Ru. Écrits au rythme lent de la mémoire ou au souffle syncopé d'un monde changeant, ces textes racontent les préoccupations du présent, universelles ou personnelles. Attentifs à la sensualité des détails, leurs récits se font écho, s'amplifient, se complètent et vibrent, dans une complicité rare. Leurs mots traversent un océan et six fuseaux horaires, passent par-dessus les murs, les frontières et les différences culturelles, pour dire la beauté du monde et la fragilité de la vie." -- 4e de couv.
By Jack Hodgins. 1993
Describes the problems facing any fiction writer -- including how to make your characters come alive, plot and structure, and… metaphors and symbols -- and shows how some of the best writers have solved them. 1993.
By Chantal Ringuet. 2011
Au début des années 1900, Montréal est, avec New York, l’une des deux capitales du monde yiddish en Amérique du… Nord. Venus des confins de l’empire russe, fuyant les pogroms et les persécutions, des milliers de Juifs ashkénazes arrivent dans le Nouveau Monde, animés par l’espoir d’une vie meilleure. Ces derniers sont alors les dépositaires d’une culture yiddish très vivante qui trouve, à Montréal, un lieu d’expression privilégié. Ce monde n’est plus. Il a disparu, mais il s’est aussi transformé, non sans laisser un héritage le plus souvent méconnuc. Ceci est leur histoire. 2011.
By Albert J Raboteau. 1995
Essays on the religious history of African Americans. Discusses how Christianity was introduced to slaves and eventually became the foundation… for the social and political lives of black Americans. Traces the development of separate churches and the emergence of black liberation theology. c1995.
By Irving Martin Abella. 1990
Examines the hardships and accomplishments of Jews in Canada as well as the organizations that were established to help Jewish… immigrants adapt to this country and its customs. Also looks at the Jewish contributions made to Canada in business, theatre, literature, education and politics. 1990.
By Cassandra Eason. 2001
This text introduces the reader to the enchanting world of these beautiful and powerful creatures. From wood nymphs to Lorelei,… goblins to pixies, Eason explores fascinating fairy myths and legends from around the world, and shows you how to unlock fairy energy and magic for yourself. 2001.
By Chris Cobb. 2004
The inside story of the newspaper war instigated by the arrival of Conrad Black's National Post, as well as a… chronicle of the paper's rise and fall, told by the people who were there. The questionable measures the Post's rivals took to defend their market share are documented, as is a complete history of the Post's creation. The ambition, hubris, intrigue, and even absurdity of the Post's initial owners and policies took it from the most adventurous media project ever undertaken in Canada to perhaps the industry's most spectacular failure. 2004.
By Gwynne Dyer. 2005
A collection of Dyer's writings on the post-September 11 world. He examines how the media skews fact and opinion, provides… incorrect information, and prefers short-term news over the longer perspectives needed to understand what is going on. Combines an examination of how powerful owners mould the agendas of the press with a self-critique of his columns. Some descriptions of violence and some strong language. 2005.