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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 Anne Gisleson. 2017
The Futilitarians is a guide to living curiously and fully and ultimately asks us, "How do we keep moving forward… amid all this loss and threat?" Anne tells us: "One answer is, we do it together." 2017.
By Rosemary Sexton. 1993
Portrayal of Toronto's wealthy women who organize lavish charity balls. Sexton, who was the society columnist for the "Globe and… Mail" from 1988 to 1993, describes the women's organizational skills for the balls and their talent for gossip and backbiting. 1993.
By Richard Foot. 2013
In the early hours of January 12, 2008, seven members of a high school basketball team and their coach's wife… died instantly when their school van collided with a tractor trailer. The accident forever shattered the lives of eight families and their community. In the weeks that followed two women who lost their sons forged a bond. Ana Acevedo and Isabelle Hains were transformed by their grief into unlikely agents of courage and change. This book follows Isabelle and Ana’s long journey through the legal system that made it safer for children to travel to extracurricular activities in New Brunswick and across the country. c2013.
By Andy MacDonald. 1978
By Elly Danica. 1988
The author graphically describes the humiliation and terrible pain she suffered as a victim of incest. She endured verbal abuse,… beatings and degradation as her father sold her services to strange men, and forced her to pose and perform in his pornographic photo studio. Strong language and extreme descriptions of sex and violence. 1990, c1988.
By Benazir Bhutto. 1989
The daughter of the only popular leader Pakistan has ever produced - President Bhutto, achieved a princess-like status by becoming… Pakistan's first woman Prime Minister. This autobiography describes her upbringing in one of Pakistan's richest families, and her subsequent politicisation and arrest after her father's death, including nearly five years spent in detention. 1989.
By Elizabeth Gilbert. 2007
Elizabeth Gilbert, in her thirties, settles into a large a house with a husband who wants to start a family.… But she doesn't want any of it. A bitter divorce and a turbulent love affair later, she emerges battered and determined to find what she's missing. So she begins her quest. In Rome, she indulges herself and gains nearly two stone. In India, she finds enlightenment through scrubbing temple floors. Finally in Bali, a toothless medicine man reveals a new path to peace, leaving her ready to love again. 2007.
By Waris Dirie, Cathleen Miller. 1998
Autobiography of a Somali woman's journey from nomadic tribal life to a career as a fashion model in London and… to the post of special ambassador at the United Nations. Dirie recounts her personal experience with female genital mutilation that began with circumcision at age five. 1998.
By Gary Paulsen. 1993
The author of many young adult books, including "Nightjohn", recounts his life to the age of nine, 1939-1948. He tells… how he and his mother waited for his soldier father in Chicago, then joined him in the Philippines. Presents a child's view of his mother's pluck and easy virtue and of the realities of war. 1993.
By Carol Shields, Marjorie May Anderson, Catherine Shields. 2003
By Carol Shields, Marjorie May Anderson. 2001
Carol Shields and Marjorie Anderson asked other women authors to write about the experiences that had amazed them, disappointed them,… or which they had been unprepared for. This collection of diverse, often tender, and sometimes disturbing writings breaks the silences that women still keep. 2001.
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 Andrew Morton. 1992
Morton uses information from undisclosed sources and Diana's family and friends for this portrait of the Princess of Wales, beginning… with her childhood. Morton believes that Diana is an unhappy woman, trapped in a loveless marriage, who distrusts everyone around her, but who is coming to terms with her life -- changing from victim to victor. Bestseller 1992.
By Jowita Bydlowska. 2013
Her trips to liquor stores are in-and-out missions. Perhaps she's being paranoid, but she thinks people tend to notice the… stroller. Walking home, she stays behind buildings, in alleyways, taking discreet sips from a bottle stored in the diaper bag. She's become a villain: a mother who drinks; a mother who endangers her child. She drinks to forget this. And then the trouble really starts. Includes strong language. 2013.
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 Stephen Birmingham. 1981
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 Alexandra Fuller. 2001
Fuller's recollections of growing up white in civil-war-torn Rhodesia in the 1970s. She recounts her family's tragedies, including the deaths… of children and the dispossession of their home, and their struggles with racism, revolutionary politics, and survival. Strong language. Bestseller. 2001.