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By Elizabeth MacLeod, Maia Faddoul. 2020
This timely and relevant collection of fascinating stories about groundbreaking Canadian women, present and past, offers an inspiring, one-of-a-kind look…at Canadian history. Canadian women have long been trailblazers, creating art, making discoveries and setting records --- and often battling incredible odds and discrimination in the process. Here, award-winning children's writer Elizabeth MacLeod presents biographies of more than one hundred of these remarkable women, from the famous, such as Margaret Atwood, to the lesser known, such as multi-award-winning mathematician Karen Yeats. There are stories of activists and architects, engineers and explorers, poets and politicians and so many more. Each category pairs a historical groundbreaker with a present-day woman making her mark in that same field. Included are stories of Indigenous women, immigrants, women with disabilities and women from the LGBTQ+ community. Together, they tell the story of Canada. And together they offer a vision of what's possible, to inspire all children to blaze trails of their own. This unique look at Canadian history is engagingly written with a storyteller's touch, making this a book that will be read for both research and pleasure. Organized by profession, it includes women in science, the arts, sports, politics, activism, law, business and more. The clean, modern design, along with the color portraits of each woman by Maia Faddoul, make the pages accessible and inviting. This excellent resource for social studies lessons also contains a time line of significant dates in Canadian women's history, a list of author's sources, further resources and an index.
By France Gauthier. 2017
" Ma belle amie Anne-Marie est décédée le 20 août 2016. " C'est ce que nous annonce d'entrée de jeu…l'auteure et conférencière France Gauthier dans ce témoignage sensible et sincère. D'une plume inspirée, elle y raconte les trois dernières semaines de vie de son amie et " jumelle d'âme " Anne-Marie Séguin, qu'elle a accompagnée dans son chemin vers le grand passage. Ponctué de moments forts, touchants et parfois troublants, le récit aborde la mort (et la vie?!) de façon lumineuse, sans peur ni tabous, afin d'inspirer ceux qui tiennent la main d'un être cher qui s'apprête à traverser le voile. Ni elle ni moi ne savions dans quelle expérience transcendante nous plongions, sans autre outil que notre foi en la Vie, ici, comme ailleurs. 2017.
By René Homier-Roy, Marc-André Lussier. 2018
Personne n'a accompagné le développement de la culture québécoise comme lui. Depuis cinquante ans, René Homier-Roy en a été le…témoin privilégié, le critique implacable, le défenseur enthousiaste. Personne n'a comme lui conquis les sommets de la presse écrite, de la télévision et de la radio, où il nous a accompagnés, conseillés, mis en garde et divertis. Pendant toutes ces années, nous l'avons suivi avec passion et il nous a vus grandir. Pour la première fois, il a accepté de parler, de se raconter, mais surtout de raconter le monde de la culture et des médias, où il a tout vu, tout connu. Il a choisi d'ouvrir sa mémoire au critique de cinéma Marc-André Lussier, mais c'est sa voix et son regard que nous retrouvons, toujours aussi justes, francs, colorés. Au fil des pages, nous découvrons le visage d'un homme discret malgré les apparences, chez qui l'humour et l'autodérision sont au fond des signes de politesse d'un cœur qui a beaucoup aimé. 2018.
By Corinne De Vailly, Laïla Héloua. 2020
Les parcours personnels et professionnels de dix hommes contemporains, des gars passionnés qui ont fait leur marque dans différents domaines,…sont autant de modèles qui démontrent aux jeunes qu'il est possible d'atteindre leurs objectifs et de réaliser leurs rêves peu importe leurs origines culturelles ou sociales. Ces portraits inspirants sont aussi la preuve que tout est possible.
By Jesse Thistle. 2019
Abandoned by his parents as a toddler, Jesse Thistle briefly found himself in the foster-care system with his two brothers,…cut off from all they had known. Eventually the children landed in the home of their paternal grandparents, but their tough-love attitudes meant conflicts became commonplace. And the ghost of Jesse's drug-addicted father haunted the halls of the house and the memories of every family member. Struggling, Jesse succumbed to a self-destructive cycle of drug and alcohol addiction and petty crime, spending more than a decade on and off the streets, often homeless. One day, he finally realized he would die unless he turned his life around. 2019.
By Sara Quin. 2019
High School is the revelatory and unique coming-of-age story of Sara and Tegan Quin, identical twins from Calgary, Alberta, growing…up in the height of grunge and rave culture in the 90s, well before they became the celebrated musicians and global LGBTQ icons we know today. While grappling with their identity and sexuality, often alone, they also faced academic meltdown, their parents' divorce, and the looming pressure of what might come after high school. Written in alternating chapters from both Tegan's point of view and Sara's, the book is a raw account of the drugs, alcohol, love, music, and friendship they explored in their formative years. A transcendent story of first loves and first songs, it captures the tangle of discordant and parallel memories of two sisters who grew up in distinct ways even as they lived just down the hall from one another. 2019.
By John Ivison. 2019
Canadians are very divided about their chameleon prime minister. Is Justin Trudeau a transformative prime minister, or does he just…play one on television? When he entered politics, he came across as a frivolous person with no fixed principles. Now, he presents himself as a conviction politician. Is he real or phony? What motivated his metamorphosis--belief or opportunism? More prosaically, he appears a man of good intentions but in 2019, he will be judged on results. And those results have been disappointing for many, even in his own party. The ballooning deficit, the Trans Mountain Pipeline, his disastrous trip to India, the carbon tax, and many other miscalculations have done him and his party no favours. And while the Liberals concluded a new trade deal with the United States and Mexico, there are still many Canadians dissatisfied with the terms. As political columnist for the National Post since 2003 and Ottawa bureau chief for Postmedia for the past three years, John Ivison has watched Trudeau evolve as a politician and leader at home and abroad. He first interviewed him in 2006 and has sat down on a number of occasions since. It has been a fascinating transition that has not been fully captured by any writer. This book will trace the palimpsest of the man, now barely visible beneath the talking points, virtue signalling, and polished trappings of office. Ivison concludes that he has always been manipulative--good at understanding the feelings of others and playing on them. It has made him a formidable politician but one who may yet be undone by raising the bar too high; by promising to transform a country that was designed to withstand change. 2019.
By Kelly S. Thompson. 2019
At eighteen years old, Kelly Thompson enlisted in the Canadian Armed Forces. Despite growing up in a military family --…she would, in fact, be a fourth-generation soldier -- she couldn't shake the feeling that she didn't belong. From the moment she arrives for basic training at a Quebec military base, a young woman more interested in writing than weaponry, she quickly realizes that her conception of what being a soldier means, forged from a desire to serve her country after the 9/11 attacks, isn't entirely accurate. A career as a female officer will involve navigating a masculinized culture and coming to grips with her burgeoning feminism. In this compulsively readable memoir, Thompson writes with wit and honesty about her own development as a woman and a soldier, unsparingly highlighting truths about her time in the military. In sharply crafted prose, she chronicles the frequent sexism and misogyny she encounters both in training and later in the workplace, and explores her own feelings of pride and loyalty to the Forces, and a family legacy of PTSD, all while searching for an artistic identity in a career that demands conformity. When she sustains a career-altering injury, Thompson fearlessly re-examines her identity as a soldier. 2019.
By Dorothy Ellen Palmer. 2019
Born with congenital anomalies in both feet, then called birth defects, Dorothy Ellen Palmer was adopted as a toddler by…a wounded 1950s family who had no idea how to handle the tangled complexities of adoption and disability. From repeated childhood surgeries to an activist awakening at university to decades as a feminist teacher, mom, improv coach and unionist, she tried to hide being different. But now, standing proud with her walker, she's sharing her journey. Navigating abandonment, abuse and ableism, she finds her birth parents and a new chosen family in the disability community. 2019.
By Raffi. 1998
By Denise Filiatrault, Danièle Lorain. 2017
Denise Filiatrault n'a assurément besoin d'aucune présentation, puisqu'elle marque le paysage culturel québécois depuis sept décennies. Très longtemps chanteuse dans…les cabarets, comédienne à la télévision et au cinéma, actrice au théâtre, metteure en scène, travailleuse acharnée et femme de tête créative à la personnalité flamboyante, elle raconte enfin son histoire, écrite en collaboration avec sa fille Danièle. Elle nous offre un regard privilégié sur l'univers du show-business au Québec, à travers les différentes étapes de sa carrière et surtout à travers les époques. 2017.
By Jean-Yves Girard, Claudette Dion. 2017
Ce livre donne la parole à une femme authentique, sereine, pétillante et attachante qui sait son privilège de s'appeler Dion,…tout en portant fièrement son prénom. Avec humour et tendresse, elle révèle ce que c'est que d'être la soeur de... Entre une mère très médiatisée et une petite soeur devenue mégastar, au milieu de treize frères et soeurs, Claudette a su trouver sa place au soleil. 2017.
By Gabrielle Lebeau. 2017
Cette biographie vous invite à la découverte du petit bum de la rue Sanguinet, fasciné par Anthony Quinn et le…docteur Chénier, qui décide à sept ans d'être chanteur. Ces pages vous entraînent sous les néons de la polyvalente Gérard-Filion, où la créativité de l'adolescent se déploie, puis au Patriote, dont il devient le chansonnier attitré à dix-sept ans. A Paris avec ses chansonniers, à Los Angeles et ses couleurs psychédéliques, à Londres et ses Wailers, où le hippie aux cheveux longs vit, intense et libre, au rythme de ses rêves, mais longtemps déchiré entre partir et rester, révolte et amour, poésie et rock. Ce livre est un hymne au " réchappé " du Bas de la ville, au " Ti-Claude " du trucker, au Dubois de tous les Québécois. 2017.
By Rachel Martinez, Anna McGarrigle, Jane McGarrigle. 2016
" Anna et Jane McGarrigle, les sœurs de Kate, tantes de Rufus et de Martha Wainwright, racontent l'histoire de la…famille de musiciens la plus talentueuse qui soit : un clan qui rythme nos vies depuis cinquante ans. Évoquant les aventures de leurs ancêtres entre Saint John (N.-B.) et Montréal, elles se remémorent leur enfance à Saint-Sauveur et leur adolescence tumultueuse dans le Québec des années 1950. Elles nous entraînent à Montréal, New York, San Francisco, sur les scènes bigarrées de la musique folk des années 1960 ; pour aboutir à l'inoubliable duo formé par Kate et Anna. Aussi hommage à Kate, décédée en 2010, l'ouvrage permet de cerner la personnalité de cette artiste exceptionnelle. Émaillé de chansons et de photos, ce récit prolonge l'œuvre de ces femmes libres. " -- 4e de couv. Titre uniforme: Mountain city girls.
By Dan Bigras. 2017
Avec 'Le Temps des seigneurs', Dan Bigras offre le récit cru, touchant et passionnant de ces vues sur le monde…qui ont fait de lui le porte-parole des oubliés, des brisés. Façonné dans la violence et la douleur, mais aussi dans l'amour, c'est avec tendresse qu'il retrace le fil de son long chemin vers la réconciliation. 2017.
By Charlotte Gray. 2019
On an island paradise in 1943, Sir Harry Oakes, gold mining tycoon, philanthropist and "richest man in the Empire," was…murdered. The news of his death surged across the English-speaking world, from London, the Imperial centre, to the remote Canadian mining town of Kirkland Lake, in the Northern Ontario bush. The murder became celebrated as "the crime of the century." The layers of mystery deepened as the involvement of Oakes' son-in-law, Count Alfred de Marigny, came quickly to be questioned, as did the odd machinations of the Governor of the Bahamas, the former King Edward VIII. Despite a sensational trial, no murderer was ever convicted. Rumours were unrelenting about Oakes' missing fortune, and fascination with the Oakes story has persisted for decades. Award-winning biographer and popular historian Charlotte Gray explores, for the first time, the life of the man behind the scandal, a man who was both reviled and admired - from his early, hardscrabble days of mining exploration, to his explosion of wealth, to his grandiose gestures of philanthropy. And Gray brings fresh eyes to the bungled investigation and shocking trial in the remote colonial island streets, proposing an overlooked suspect in this long cold case. 2019.
By Ami McKay. 2019
The story of Ami McKay's connection to a genetic disorder called Lynch syndrome begins over seventy years before she was…born and long before scientists discovered DNA. In 1895 her great-great aunt, Pauline Gross, a seamstress in Ann Arbor, Michigan, confided to a pathology professor at the local university that she expected to die young, like so many others in her family. Rather than dismiss her fears, the pathologist chose to enlist Pauline in the careful tracking of those in her family tree who had died of cancer. Pauline's premonition proved true--she died at 46--but because of her efforts, her family (who the pathologist dubbed 'Family G') would become the longest and most detailed cancer genealogy ever studied in the world. A century after Pauline's confession, researchers would identify the genetic mutation responsible for the family's woes. Now known as Lynch syndrome, the genetic condition predisposes its carriers to several types of cancer, including colorectal, endometrial, ovarian and pancreatic. In 2001, as a young mother with two sons and a keen interest in survival, Ami McKay was among the first to be tested for Lynch syndrome. She had a feeling she'd test positive: her mother's side of the family was riddled with early deaths and her own mother was being treated for the disease. When the test proved her fears true, she began living in "an unsettling state between wellness and cancer," and she's been there ever since. 2019.
By Marilyn Elliott, Janet Kitz. 2018
Eric Davidson was a beautiful, fair-haired toddler when the Halifax Explosion struck, killing almost 2,000 people and seriously injuring thousands…of others. Eric lost both eyes-a tragedy that his mother never fully recovered from. Eric, however, was positive and energetic. He also developed a fascination with cars and how they worked, and he later decided, against all likelihood, to become a mechanic. Assisted by his brothers who read to him from manuals, he worked hard, passed examinations, and carved out a decades-long career. Once the subject of a National Film Board documentary, Eric Davidson was, until his death, a much-admired figure in Halifax. Written by his daughter Marilyn, this book gives new insights into the story of the 1917 Halifax Explosion and contains never-before-seen documents and photographs. Winner of the 2019 The Robbie Robertson Dartmouth Book Award (Non-Fiction). 2018.