Availability: One good reason : a memoir of addiction and recovery, music and love / Séan McCann with Andrea Aragon
In this heartfelt memoir, singer-songwriter and renowned mental health, addiction, and recovery advocate Séan McCann leaves no stone unturned. He writes of a childhood in Newfoundland indoctrinated in strict Catholic faith, the creation of the band Great Big Sea, his marriage with Aragon, and the battle with alcoholism that nearly cost him everything. McCann offers a memoir of addiction and recovery, of young love and a strained marriage, of reaching international fame and rock bottom.
Availability: Nothing left to lose : an impolite report on the state of freedom in Canada / by Philip Slayton.
Few things are more precious in a democratic society than individual freedom, and few things are easier to take for granted. In this timely, provocative essay, Philip Slayton argues that Canada, in ways large and small, is frittering away the liberties on which a free and open society depends. It is time, writes Slayton, for Canadians to throw off their self-imposed chains, to stand up and fight for what we believe in before we lose our ability to do so.
Availability: Stompin' Tom Connors : the myth and the man : an unauthorized biography / Charlie Rhindress
Stompin' Tom Connors is a legend. There are very few Canadians who don't know the foot-stompin' patriot in the cowboy hat who sang almost exclusively of the country he loved and called home. But there is much more to Tom Connors than "Bud the Spud" and "The Hockey Song." As he made multiple trips across Canada, the country became his home and its people his family. Along the way he developed his musical style and wrote many hits which are still heard across the country.
Availability: Breaking the ocean : race, rebellion, and reconciliation / Annahid Dashtgard.
Annahid Dashtgard was born in 1970s Iran. Her family was forced to flee their homeland, immigrating to a small town in Alberta, Canada. As a young girl, Dashtgard was bullied, shunned, and ostracized by both her peers at school and adults in the community. She introduces a unique perspective on how micro-inequities and broad-scale discrimination result in social trauma and ongoing PTSD and a wake-up call to acknowledge our differences, offering new possibilities for healing and…
Availability: Pourin' down rain : a Black woman claims her place in the Canadian West / Cheryl Foggo.
Pourin' Down Rain is a coming-of-age memoir about growing up in prairie communities with small Black populations. It thematizes the family, civil rights, and the learned art of Black Canadian storytelling. First published in 1990, Pourin' Down Rain was a finalist for the 1990 Alberta Culture Non-Fiction Prize.
Availability: Indigenous relations : insights, tips & suggestions to make reconciliation a reality / Bob Joseph with Cynthia F. Joseph.
Hereditary chief and leading Indigenous relations trainer Bob Joseph offers practical tools that will help you respectfully avoid missteps in your business interactions and personal relationships with Indigenous Peoples. By understanding and respecting cultural differences, you're taking a step toward full reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.
Availability: The forgotten Acadians : ... a story of discovery / by Jude Avery.
Behold a “lost chapter” in Canadian and Maritime history, a story that began with a Mi’kmaq and Basque seasonal presence on the NS Eastern Shore as early as the 16th Century, followed by a permanent settlement of Chezzetcook Acadian families in the latter part of the 18th. The book also contains maps of the three Maritime provinces with locations and descriptions of original and modern Acadian settlements, as well as the impact of the Expulsion on each of the regions/provinces.
Availability: Hiding in plain sight : immigrant women and domestic violence / Wendy Chan.
Hiding in Plain Sight examines the barriers encountered by abused immigrant women across Canada as they seek services and support, and identifies the key challenges for abused immigrant women accessing services as well as the struggles service organizations experience in meeting their needs.
Search Results - too dumb for democracy
David Moscrop asks why we make irrational political decisions. In an era overshadowed by income inequality, environmental catastrophes, terrorism at home and abroad, and the decline of democracy, Moscrop argues that the political decision-making process has never been more important. He examines how our brains, our environment, the media, and institutions influence decision-making, what's going wrong, and how individuals, societies, and institutions can work together to set it right.
Availability: The definitive guide to Canadian distilleries : the portable expert to over 200 distilleries and the spirits they make / Davin De Kergommeaux and Blair Phillips.
Just a decade ago, fewer than a dozen distilleries, concentrated in two provinces, produced almost all the spirits (mainly whisky) made in Canada. Today, there is a movement afoot in Canada's spirits world. There has never been a better selection of rich specialty spirits to tempt the palate and supplement your long-time favourites. Despite flourishing public enthusiasm for Canada's distillers, no one has offered consumers an all-inclusive guide... until now.
Availability: Northern wildflower : a memoir / Catherine Lafferty ; [foreword by Leanne Betasamosake Simpson].
Northern Wildflower is the beautifully written and powerful memoir of Catherine Lafferty. With startling honesty and a distinct, occasionally humorous, voice, Lafferty tells her story of being a Dene woman growing up in a small northern Canadian mining town and her struggles with discrimination, poverty, addiction, love and loss. Lafferty's words bring cultural awareness and relativity to Indigenous and non-Indigenous readers alike, giving insight into the real issues many Indigenous women…
Availability: Disfigured : on fairy tales, disability, and making space / Amanda Leduc.
Amanda Leduc has cerebral palsy and lives in Hamilton, Ontario. In Disfigured, she challenges the ableism of fairy tales and offers new ways to celebrate the magic of all bodies, drawing upon her own personal experience as a disabled person. Disfigured will point the way toward a new world where disability is no longer a punishment or impediment but operates, instead, as a way of centering a protagonist and helping them to cement their own place in a story, and from there, the world.
Availability: They said this would be fun : race, campus life, and growing up / Eternity Martis.
Eternity Martis thought going away to university would help her discover who she really is--to escape her abusive boyfriend, her nerdy reputation, her coddled life with her doting Pakistani grandparents and rebellious mother, and her complicated feelings towards her absent Jamaican father. When she heads out to the predominantly white college town of London, Ontario, Eternity discovers an entitled culture of racism and sexism. What follows is a memoir of struggle as a young woman of colour.
Availability: A paramedic's tales : hilarious, horrible and heartwarming true stories / Graeme Taylor.
Graeme Taylor reveals all--from the humorous to the horrific. Not knowing what's around the bend makes for a fast-paced adventure every time a paramedic goes on duty. Taylor, who worked as a paramedic for twenty-one years in Vancouver's Lower Mainland, the BC Interior and Victoria, shares true stories that are both gritty and uncensored, yet the compassion and courage of co-workers, patients, strangers--and people who had previously threatened to kill our narrator--shines through the gore.
Availability: Feast : recipes and stories from a Canadian road trip / Lindsay Anderson & Dana VanVeller.
Two friends. Five months. One car. Ten provinces. Three territories. Seven islands. Eight ferries. Two flights. One 48-hour train ride. And only one call to CAA. The result: over 100 incredible Canadian recipes from coast to coast and the Great White North. More than 80 contributors - including farmers, grandmothers, First Nations elders, and acclaimed chefs - have shared over 90 of their most beloved regional recipes, with Lindsay and Dana contributing some of their own favourites too.
Availability: Hell's flames to heaven's gate / Jack Fitzgerald.
From Newfoundland's role as a sanctuary for the displaced immigrants of the Irish-Catholic diaspora to a Catholic Bishop's plea to an English monarch, and from the stories of relics and cultural artifacts to the building of the magnificent Basilica-Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, Jack Fitzgerald returns to chronicle the most socially and politically powerful institution in Newfoundland history.