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By Richard Schickel. 1996
A portrait of the legendary silent film director, whose pioneering efforts set the stage for the modern movie industry. Traces… his childhood on a poor Southern farm, his 1908 entry into films, his meteoric rise to the top of his profession, and his failures and disappointments later in life. 1996.
This book features never-before-seen photos and interviews of the Duke. The legendary icon is made real through vivid anecdotes and… observations from the insiders who worked, gambled, drank, and fought with the outsized personality that was John Wayne. 2009.
By Ronald L Davis. 1998
Biography of movie star John Wayne, who began his Hollywood career as a summer prop mover for actor Tom Mix… at Fox Studios. Wayne was befriended by director John Ford and soon realized that a career as an actor was more interesting than that of the lawyer he had left home to become. After ten years of hard work, Wayne was a popular screen personality. 1998.
By Drew Carey. 1997
Drew Carey writes about beginning his career as a stand-up comic in his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio, and later starring… in The Drew Carey Show. Topics include the problems with censors and what costar Mimi is really like. Strong language and explicit descriptions of sex. c1997.
By Pat Stacy, Beverly Linet. 1983
Frank, bittersweet account of the author's love affair with John Wayne. Stacy went to work as Wayne's personal secretary seven… years prior to his death, and the relationship eventually deepened. She offers a modest, endearing peek inside the life of a legend during his final years. 1983.
By Rachel Manley. 1996
Poet Rachel Manley, granddaughter and daughter of two of Jamaica's national leaders, tells the story of the brilliant, artistic Manley… family, and the house that nurtured them: Drumblair. Winner of the 1997 Governor General's Award for Non-fiction. 1996.
By Donald Shepherd, Dave Grayson, Robert F Slatzer. 1986
John Wayne started his career as a bit player in "B" movies. He went on to become one of the… undisputed stars of Hollywood, despite his many contradictions. He needed the security of a family and adored children but failed three times at marriage. He drank heavily and enjoyed womanising but he did not let it interfere with his work. The lasting impression was of a gentle, honest and outspoken man. 1986.
By John Lithgow. 2011
Autobiography of award-winning TV, stage, and big-screen star John Lithgow (born 1945). Traces the influence of Lithgow’s father, who was… an actor and director himself. Recalls Lithgow’s student days at Harvard and in England, his start in movies, and his life in New York City. Some strong language. 2011.
By Margaret Webster. 1972
The author has performed in the theatre since the age of five when her actress-mother, Dame May Witty, put her… on the stage. This account of her life-long love affair with the entertainment world includes reminiscences of friendships with other stars. 1972.
By Shirley MacLaine. 1970
By Doris Day, Aaron Edward Hotchner. 1988
The actress/singer candidly reminisces about her Pollyanna image, her triumphs and tragedies and her three disastrous marriages. Hotchner includes interviews… with her son Terry Melcher, her mother, her friends and actors James Garner, Jack Lemmon and James Stewart. 1988.
By Martha Harron. 1988
A daughter's humourous and intimate portrait of Don Harron, the actor, comedian, and writer best-known for his character Charlie Farquharson.… Martha describes her father's successful acting career on Broadway and in London's West End after which he returned to Canada. c1988.
By Suzanne Shelton, Ruth St. Denis. 1981
Critical biography of the interpretive dancer from age fourteen, when she launched her untraditional career under the guidance of her… mother, through her death at eighty-nine in 1968. St. Denis is often credited with being the founder of modern dance and influencing generations of performers. 1981.
By David Spade. 2015
Spade takes fans back to his childhood as a wannabe cool younger brother and recounts his excruciating road-tour to fame,… when he was regularly mistaken for a fourteen year-old. He dishes about his time on SNL during the beloved Rock/Sandler/Farley era of the 1990s, and brags about the ridiculous perks that fame has brought into his life, including a crazy assistant who attacked him while he was sleeping, being threatened on the street in Beverley Hills by Eddie Murphy, and being one of the shortest guys at the Playboy mansion. 2015.
Tibor "Max" Eisen was born in Moldava, Czechoslovakia into an Orthodox Jewish family. In the spring of 1944, gendarmes forcibly… removed Eisen and his family from their home. They were brought to a brickyard and eventually loaded onto crowded cattle cars bound for Auschwitz-Birkenau. Winner of Canada Reads 2019. Bestseller. 2016.
By Rachel Giese. 2018
What does it mean to be growing up male right now, when ideas about masculinity are in flux and power… differences between the sexes are shifting? Award-winning Canadian journalist Rachel Giese connects with readers on both sides of the gender divide as she investigates how we can support boys to become their fullest and most honest selves. With empathy and insight, she tells stories of how boys from different races, classes and backgrounds are navigating the transition into manhood. Winner of the 2019 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing. 2018.
By Kamal Al-Solaylee. 2016
Brown is not white. Brown is not black. Brown is an experience, a state of mind. Historically speaking, issues of… race and skin colour have been interpreted along black and white lines, leaving out millions of people whose stories of migration and racial experiences have shaped our modern world. The book takes a global look at the many social, political, economic and personal implications of being a brown-skinned person in the world now. Brown people have emerged as the source of global cheap labour (Hispanics or South Asians) while also coming under scrutiny and suspicion for their culture and faith (Arabs and Muslims). Packed with personal narratives and on-the-street reporting conducted over two years in ten countries from four continents. Winner of the 2016 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing. 2016.
By Larry Verstraete. 2011
A killer has been caught, convicted, and sentenced, the case closed, all in 114 days. No one suspected – least… of all the boy on death row – that it would take almost 50 years for a tiny piece of scientific evidence to answer the question: was he really the murderer? 40 amazing stories of how scientists solve crimes, reveal identities, untangle evidence, and discover the truth. Grades 5-8. Winner of the 2013 Silver Birch Non-Fiction Honour Book Award. 2011.
By Susan Kinsolving. 1999
A finalist for several prestigious American poetry awards presents the first major collection of her work. Her observations offer insights.… In "Dried Butterflies" she describes her reaction to finding shoe boxes of pressed butterflies in her late Aunt Gertrude's closet, for no one knew she collected them. 1999.
By Joseph Medicine Crow, Herman J Viola. 2006
The last traditional Crow chief, Joseph Medicine Crow (born 1913), recalls growing up on a Montana reservation and relates some… of his experiences after leaving it. He describes the four coups - war deeds - that he accomplished in Germany during World War II that entitled him to be chief. Grades 4-7. 2006.