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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 Peter Goddard. 2017
Considered one of the most influential musicians and cultural figures of his time, Glenn Gould remains a fascinating figure. In… the first book to be published in co-operation with Gould's estate, Peter Goddard draws on Gould's unpublished writings, interviews, and never-before-seen photographs to present a startling new portrait of Gould, the man and the musician. Presents a deep and nuanced study of Gould's life with unmatched candour and clarity. Inside is a love letter Gould wrote but never sent (he later revised it again and again); the text of a speech that Gould gave to a group of children about life and childhood; and portions of Glenn Gould: hysteric return, a never-before-seen radio script in which Gould imagines his return to the concert stage and all it would have entailed. 2017.
By George O'Brien. 2006
Georgetown University professor George O'Brien provides the biographical background of the four masters of Irish literature and an in-depth analysis… of their greatest works. O'Brien discusses the very qualities that set these works apart and the "Irishness" that characterizes each of them. 2006.
By David Dilks. 2005
Winston Churchill's connection with Canada ("the Great Dominion", as he called it) spanned more than half a century: at Winnipeg… he heard the news of Queen Victoria's death, in Ottawa in the dark days of 1941 he proclaimed his confidence in victory, and in 1952 had to concede that the result of victory had been far less satisfying than he had wished. No other Commonwealth country sparked such detailed knowledge or lifelong interest. 2005.
By J. L Granatstein. 1993
Granatstein's study of life at the top during the Second World War centres on the most senior ranks in the… Canadian Army. Men like Andrew McNaughton, Harold Crerar, Thomas Burns and Guy Simonds had not only to win military campaigns, but also command the sympathies of bureaucrats and powerful politicians. None, however, forgot they were fighting a war, and that their decisions directly affected the lives of Canadian soldiers. 1993.
By David Lewis. 1981
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 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.
By Anna Grigor'evna Snitkina Dostoevskaia, Beatrice Stillman. 1975
The second wife of the great man of Russian letters gives a thorough first-hand account of his life and character,… from the time of their first meeting in 1866 to his death in 1881. Translation of "Vospominaniia". 1975. Uniform title: Vospominaniia.
By Robert Clark. 2017
In his thirty years in the Canadian prison system, Robert Clark rose from student volunteer to deputy warden. He worked… with some of Canada's most dangerous and notorious prisoners, including Paul Bernardo and Tyrone Conn. He dealt with escapes, lockdowns, prisoner murders, prisoner suicides, and a riot. But he also arranged ice-hockey games in a maximum-security institution, sat in a darkened gym watching movies with three hundred inmates, took parolees sightseeing, and consoled victims of violent crimes. He has managed cellblocks, been a parole officer, and investigated staff corruption. He challenges head-on the popular belief that a "tough-on-crime" approach makes prisons and communities safer, arguing instead for humane treatment and rehabilitation, and wades into the controversy about long-term solitary confinement. 2017.
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 Vernon Scannell. 1992
The author recalls his childhood and early manhood, culminating in his joining the army in 1940. He explores the relationship… between himself, his siblings and his sadistic and probably psychotic father, set against a vivid backdrop of Britain between the wars. 1992.
By Morris Gibson. 1986
Warmhearted reminiscences about the trials and rewards of medical life from the Canadian physician and author of "One Man's Medicine".… Gibson regales with vignettes - most humorous and a few poignant. He describes his rambunctious days at medical school in Glasgow, his harrowing World War II service, his practice with his physician wife in the Alberta town of Okotoks, and his teaching at the University of Calgary. 1986.
By David Sinclair. 1984
The bold, unscrupulous ventures of John Jacob Astor into fur trading and Manhattan real estate made him wealthy. The author… follows the rise of the family's fortune and influence in the 19th century to the decline of the Astors in the 20th century. 1984.
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 Ian Bell. 1993
A nonliterary account of the prolific author. In poor health throughout his life, Stevenson evaded the careers his father encouraged,… instead travelling in search of healthful climates and writing of adventure and action. He married the controversial Fanny Osbourne, who both cared for and dominated him. 1993.
By E. K Caldwell. 1999
Interviews with Native American artists, activists, and writers. Topics range from singer-songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie's consideration of the uses of computer… technology for tribal people, to activist Dino Butler's reflections on his personal and political evolution from hatred toward healing. Also discusses the appropriation of spiritual objects and beliefs by New Age practitioners. Some strong language. 1999.
By Peter Stursberg. 1976