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By Frederick Douglass, Normand Baillargeon, Chantal Santerre. 2006
"Être d'exception au parcours d'une adversité extrême, noir américain le plus célèbre de son temps, Frederick Douglass nous livre ses… mémoires, un texte qui s'impose comme l'un des plus beaux hymnes à la liberté qui soit. Dans cet ouvrage écrit en 1845, et dont Lux Éditeur a offert la première traduction vers le français en 2005, Douglass fait le récit de la vie d'esclave qui fut la sienne, de sa naissance, en 1818, dans une plantation du Maryland, jusqu'à son évasion en 1838, qui lui permit de se réfugier dans le Nord des États-Unis. S'imposant par des qualités intellectuelles et morales hors du commun, il y devint rapidement une figure éminente et respectée du mouvement pour l'abolition de l'esclavage, auquel il consacra toutes ses énergies. Dans ses mémoires, Douglass y raconte sa vie d'esclave, son émancipation, physique et intellectuelle, mais aussi comment, ayant appris à lire, il s'engagea avec ces puissantes armes que sont la lecture et l'écriture sur la route de la liberté. [...]" -- 4e de couv. Titre uniforme: Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass, an american slave, written by himself.
By Joyce Carol Oates. 2011
Prolific author Oates details the unexpected death of Ray Smith, her husband of forty-six years, and her bereavement experience. Relates… an overnight hospital stay that became a death vigil and discusses her struggle to face widowhood, her insomnia and reliance on prescription drugs, and the solace of her friendships. 2011.
By Arthur Ross. 2010
Le groupe, né à Dublin, au début des années 1980, a une longévité exceptionnelle due, en partie, à la présence… charismatique de son chanteur et leader, Bono. Une biographie pour tout savoir des 30 ans de carrière de l'un des plus grands groupes de rock du monde. 2010.
By Darrel McLeod. 2018
Growing up in the tiny village of Smith, Alberta, Darrel J. McLeod was surrounded by his Cree family's history. In… shifting and unpredictable stories, his mother, Bertha, shared narratives of their culture, their family and the cruelty that she and her sisters endured in residential school. Darrel was comforted by her presence and that of his many siblings and cousins, the smells of moose stew and wild peppermint tea, and his deep love of the landscape. Bertha taught him to be fiercely proud of his heritage and to listen to the birds that would return to watch over and guide him at key junctures of his life. However, in a spiral of events, Darrel's mother turned wild and unstable, and their home life became chaotic. Sweet and innocent by nature, Darrel struggled to maintain his grades and pursue an interest in music while changing homes many times, witnessing violence, caring for his younger siblings and suffering abuse at the hands of his surrogate father. Meanwhile, his older brother's gender transition provoked Darrel to deeply question his own sexual identity. Winner of the 2018 Governor General’s Award for Non-fiction. 2018.
By Lindsay Wong. 2018
A young woman comes of age in a dysfunctional Asian family whose members blamed their woes on ghosts and demons… when in fact they should have been on anti-psychotic meds. Lindsay Wong grew up with a paranoid schizophrenic grandmother and a mother who was deeply afraid of the "woo-woo"-Chinese ghosts who come to visit in times of personal turmoil. From a young age, she witnessed the woo-woo's sinister effects; at the age of six, she found herself living in the food court of her suburban mall, which her mother saw as a safe haven because they could hide there from dead people, and on a camping trip, her mother tried to light Lindsay's foot on fire to rid her of the woo-woo. The eccentricities take a dark turn, however, when her aunt, suffering from a psychotic breakdown, holds the city of Vancouver hostage for eight hours when she threatens to jump off a bridge. And when Lindsay herself starts to experience symptoms of the woo-woo herself, she wonders whether she will suffer the same fate as her family. On one hand a witty and touching memoir about the Asian immigrant experience, and on the other a harrowing and honest depiction of the vagaries of mental illness, 'The Woo-Woo' is a gut-wrenching and beguiling manual for surviving family, and oneself. Bestseller. Canada Reads 2019. Winner of the 2019 Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize. 2018.
By Gretchen Roedde. 2018
In underserved areas of Canada, the communities themselves can be one of the strongest parts of the health care team.… Dr. Gretchen Roedde, a physician who has been working in northern Ontario since the late 1970s, shows how local communities play a major role in responding to illness, birth, and death, making each more meaningful and bearable. She recounts stories from her long career, from working with a Cree community to develop a medical dictionary in their own language and training community-based health workers to delivering Amish babies in her house and conducting a house call with a priest to minister to a dying French-Canadian woman. In Roedde's stories, the boundaries between physician and community are redrawn, strengthening the capacity to care for those close by, in a hopeful and powerful example for the rest of the world. 2018.
By Erin Davis. 2019
On the morning of May 11, 2015, Erin Davis, one of Canada's most beloved radio personalities, suffered a devastating blow… when her daughter Lauren, who had marked a joyous Mother's Day with her husband and young son only hours before, failed to awaken to her baby's cries. Thus began Erin's journey of grieving out loud with her family, friends and listeners, and of demonstrating by example how to pick up and keep going after suffering the worst loss a parent can endure. 2019.
By S. A. Tolstai︠a︡. 2010
Tolstaya paints an intimate and honest portrait of her husband's character, setting forth new details about his life to which… she alone was privy. She describes her extensive correspondence with many prominent figures in Russian and Western society, making My Life a unique account of late-19th- and early-20th-century Russia, with its cast of characters ranging from peasants to the Tsar himself. Her engaging narrative reveals not only her significant contributions to her husband's work but also her considerable talent as an author in her own right. 2010.
By Leo Tolstoy. 2017
Lev Nikolaevich wrote approximately 10,000 letters over his lifetime -- 840 of these addressed to his wife. Letters written by… (or to) Sofia Andreevna over her lifetime also numbered in the thousands. When Tolstaya published Lev Nikolaevich's letters to her, she declined to include any of her 644 letters to her husband. The absence of half their correspondence obscured the underlying significance of many of his comments to her and occasionally led the reader to wrong conclusions. The current volume, in presenting a constantly unfolding dialogue between the Tolstoy-Tolstaya couple -- mostly for the first time in English translation -- offers unique insights into the minds of two fascinating individuals over the 48-year period of their conjugal life. Includes a foreword by Vladimir Il'ich Tolstoy (Lev Tolstoy's great-great-grandson), introduction, maps, genealogy, as well as eleven additional letters by Sofia Andreevna Tolstaya published here for the very first time in either Russian or English translation. 2017.
By Nadia L. Hohn. 2019
A biography of the Underground Railroad conductor depicts her early life as a slave, her dedication to helping others escape… from slavery, and her life after the Civil War. Grades K-3. 2019.
By Jack Knox. 2018
From author and columnist Jack Knox comes a new collection of unforgettable true stories about the people who shape the… unique culture of Vancouver Island and its surrounding areas. Full of humanity, heart, and sometimes humour, he celebrates ordinary people who have extraordinary stories to tell. From Alban Michael, the last person on Earth to speak Nuchatlaht, to Diana Deans, the Port Angeles customs inspector who caught the Millennium Bomber, to Victoria's Rudi Hoenson, who survived a Japanese labour camp and the atomic bomb at Nagasaki to become one of the happiest souls you'll ever meet, the people in this fascinating volume represent all walks of life. Elders, heroes, criminals, and oddballs are all worthy subjects in the world of Jack Knox. 2018.
By Tracy Kasaboski. 2018
In the 1840s, a young cowkeeper and his wife arrive in London, England, having walked from coastal Wales with their… cattle. They hope to escape poverty, but instead they plunge deeper into it, and the family, ensconced in one of London's "black holes," remains mired there for generations. Nearly a hundred years later, their great-granddaughter finds herself in an altogether different London, in southern Ontario. In the book Kristen den Hartog and Tracy Kasaboski trace their ancestors' path to Canada, using a single family's saga to give meaningful context to a fascinating period in history--Victorian and then Edwardian England, the First World War and the Depression. 2018.
By Gabrielle Giasson-Dulude. 2017
Cet essai cherche dans l'œuvre mimée d'Étienne Decroux les héritages d'une parole qui s'habite et prend racine dans son mutisme,… considérant que toute voix origine du silence des corps. L'ouvrage approche la transmission dans le travail artistique et intellectuel sous la forme de reprises et de répétitions, des tentatives réitérées d'approcher la matière depuis le silence, l'échec - quand on chante parce qu'on ne peut rien faire d'autre. C'est aussi une ode à la part du feu dans la transmission. La voix nous manque, nous manquons de voix, la vie manque à nos voix, nous manquons à notre vie; nous ne savons pas comment le dire. [...] Certains textes, certaines démarches artistiques creusent des trous, transmettent le feu au corps, remuent les champs et les lacs qui appartiennent à ceux-là dont le mouvement s'arrête dans un confort statique qui ankylose l'esprit. Ceux-là sont les assis, nous les retrouvons partout dehors; aussi, en nous-mêmes. 2017.
By Becky Livingston. 2018
In 2010 a brain tumour took the life of Becky Livingston's daughter, Rachel. Twenty-three years old and an avid traveller,… it was her dying wish to keep traveling. Eighteen months later, still reeling from her loss, Livingston sets off overseas, alone, untethered, and determined to continue her daughter's journey. She felt certain that seeing the world through Rachel's eyes would bring her some peace. In her suitcase-Rachel's ashes, heavy but compact travelled with her. With no agenda or timeline, Livingston travelled the world for twenty-six months-Italy, Switzerland, Spain, Australia, India, England, Ireland and North America-leaving her daughter's ashes wherever she went. It was a ritual. Merging her daughter's soul with the elements, Livingston gradually finds points of belonging for them both. 2018.
By Caelum Vatnsdal. 2018
A biography of beloved American movie actor Dick Miller. Miller's fantastically storied life, the legendary people with whom he has… worked and played, the times in which he's lived and the fascinating environments of both Broadway and Hollywood over the past seventy years are all thoroughly and engagingly explored. The result of both extensive interviews and exhaustive research, this is at once story of how an unassuming guy stumbled into acting and became cult royalty, an epic love story of a man and his wife, a parallel story of an actor and his director (Corman), and a secret history of Hollywood. Referred to by Roger Corman as the "best actor in Hollywood", a favourite character actor of Quentin Tarantino, and in the words of Jonathan Demme, "a first-rate actor who makes any scene he's in better," Miller's particular magic continues to work itself on Hollywood elite and movie buffs alike. 2018.
By Jane Readfern-Gray. 2016
What happens when you wake up one morning to find you can no longer see? How do you deal with… the stark reality of realising that all the things you could do yesterday, you can no longer do today? From the poignant to the humorous, this is Jane Readfern-Gray's story. 2016.
By Cathy Rentzenbrink. 2016
In the summer of 1990, two weeks before his GCSE results, which turned out to be the best in his… school, Cathy Rentzenbrink's brother Matty was knocked down by a car on the way home from a night out, suffering serious head injuries. He was left in a permanent vegetative state. Over the following years, Cathy and her parents took care of Matty but there came a point at which it seemed the best thing they could do for Matty, and for themselves, was let him go. Cathy describes the unimaginable pain of losing her brother and the decision that changed her family's lives forever. 2016.
By Matthew Qvortrup. 2016
Angela Merkel has transformed German and European politics. Yet she may be the least understood ruler in the world. Her… government's hard approach to the crisis in Greece has seen her receive mass criticism worldwide and could well determine the future of the European Union. Based on more than 10 years of study and original archival research, this title offers an account of the influences that shaped the life of Angela Merkel. 2016.
By Mike D. 2018
Formed as a New York City hardcore band in 1981, Beastie Boys followed a path to global hip hop superstardom.… Here is their story, told for the first time in the words of the band. Adam "ADROCK" Horovitz and Michael "Mike D" Diamond reveal their transition from teenage punks to budding rappers through their evolution as musicians and social activists over the course of their albums; and more. The band has had an inescapable and indelible influence on popular culture, and their book exhibits a style as distinctive and eclectic as a Beastie Boys album. Bestseller. 2018.
By Ian Hampton. 2018