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    Le Bel, Pauline
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    An exhilarating mix of natural history and personal exploration Whale in the Door is a passionate account of a woman’s transformative experience of her adopted home.

    For thousands of years, Howe Sound, an inlet in the Salish Sea provided abundant food, shelter, and stories, for the Squamish Nation. After a century of contamination from pulp mills, a chemical factory, and a copper mine, the Sound, a noisy, stinky, polluted place, contained many biologically dead zones. Marine life was severely diminished. But major efforts by the Squamish Nation, governments, and industry has produced dramatic returns of herring, dolphins, porpoises, orcas, and humpbacks.

    Today, Howe Sound, a spectacular fjord in Vancouver’s backyard, is a popular recreation and tourism destination. The recovery, however, is fragile. The Sound is being inundated with proposals for re-industrialization-a controversial liquid natural gas plant, pipelines, super tankers, a gravel mine on a salmon-bearing estuary, and major residential and commercial developments.

    Pauline Le Bel, a resident of Howe Sound, embarks on a journey of discovery to find out what is special about the Sound, its wild nature and its people, to witness the cultural and spiritual revivals taking place. Her research, her interviews, her travels on the land, the water, the skies of Howe Sound, compel her to abandon antiquated ideas about wilderness and community, and to arrive at a new appreciation for the genius of her home.

    Whale in the Door invites readers into a story of biological resilience as a community struggles to shape a vision for its future.

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    Braverman, Blair
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    By the time Blair Braverman was eighteen, she had left her home in California, moved to arctic Norway to learn to drive sled dogs, and found work as a tour guide on a glacier in Alaska. Determined to carve out a life as a "tough girl"--a young woman who confronts danger without apology--she slowly developed the strength and resilience the landscape demanded of her.

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    Elliott, Steven
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    Steven Elliott presents an explosive look at the chaos of war; the battle for life in its aftermath; a personal encounter with faith, love, tragedy, and renewal; and a confrontation of life's biggest questions.

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    Gabriel, Byrne
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    A highly anticipated memoir by Gabriel Byrne, the award-winning star of over eighty films, Walking with Ghosts is an exquisite portrait of an Irish childhood and a remarkable journey to Hollywood and Broadway success As a young boy growing up on the outskirts of Dublin, Gabriel Byrne sought refuge in a world of imagination among the fields and hills near his home, at the edge of a rapidly encroaching city. Born to working-class parents and the eldest of six children, he harbored a childhood desire to become a priest. When he was eleven years old, Byrne found himself crossing the Irish Sea to join a seminary in England. Four years later, Byrne had been expelled and he quickly returned to his native city. There he took odd jobs as a messenger boy and a factory laborer to get by. In his spare time, he visited the cinema where he could be alone and yet part of a crowd. It was here that he could begin to imagine a life beyond the grey world of sixties Ireland. He reveled in the theater and poetry of Dublin's streets, populated by characters as eccentric and remarkable as any in fiction, those who spin a yarn with acuity and wit. It was a friend who suggested Byrne join an amateur drama group, a decision that would change his life forever and launch him on an extraordinary forty-year career in film and theater. Moving between sensual recollections of childhood in a now almost vanished Ireland and reflections on stardom in Hollywood and on Broadway, Byrne also courageously recounts his battle with addiction and the ambivalence of fame. Walking with Ghosts is by turns hilarious and heartbreaking as well as a lyrical homage to the people and landscapes that ultimately shape our destinies.

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    Young, Neil
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    The perfect gift for music lovers and Neil Young fans, telling the story behind Neil Young's legendary career and his iconic, beloved songs.  “I think I will have to use my time wisely and keep my thoughts straight if I am to succeed and deliver the cargo I so carefully have carried thus far to the outer reaches.”—Neil Young, from Waging Heavy Peace   Legendary singer and songwriter Neil Young’s storied career has spanned over forty years and yielded some of the modern era’s most enduring music. Now for the first time ever, Young reflects upon his life—from his Canadian childhood, to his part in the sixties rock explosion with Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, through his later career with Crazy Horse and numerous private challenges. An instant classic, Waging Heavy Peace is as uncompromising and unforgettable as the man himself.

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    Vachon, Gilbert
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    Ce livre raconte l'histoire d'une mère bienveillante qui, une fois placée en CHSLD, est décédée à la suite de négligence dont elle a été victime, mais aussi d'un fils aimant qui, en plus de l'avoir soutenu jusqu'à la fin, a décidé, par tous les moyens, de rassembler les morceaux du casse-tête afin de comprendre la situation, mais également de rendre justice à sa mère morte dans des circonstances inhabituelles. Ce roman, parfois dénonciateur, parfois inspirant, est basé sur un fait vécu écrit avec le cœur, mais également en toute authenticité et simplicité. Découvrir l'envers de la médaille et tout ce qu'implique certains choix pris dans le passé en CHSLD sur la qualité de vie de nos aînés ne laissera personne indifférent. Ce livre s'adresse à tous ceux et celles qui sont sensibles à la réalité de ceux et celles qui ont construit le Québec, mais surtout aux proches aidants, au personnel du domaine de la santé et aux personnes œuvrant de près ou de loin auprès de cette clientèle, y compris la fonction publique. Tout le monde le sait que l'usure et les rides de leur visage et de leurs mains sont comme une carte géographique qui nous montre les chemins qu'ils ont parcourus au fil du temps. Ensemble, servons-nous de cette histoire pour apprendre de nos erreurs du passé, mais surtout bâtir un avenir meilleur pour que nos sages puissent vivre dans la dignité jusqu'à leur dernier souffle. Un pas à la fois, si la famille, le personnel et le gouvernement travaillent de concert nous pouvons y arriver.

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    Sarkadi, Laurie
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    After plans to live in Africa shatter, young journalist Laurie Sarkadi moves to the Subarctic city of Yellowknife seeking wilderness and adventure. She covers the changing socio-political worlds of Dene and Inuit in the late ‘80s—catching glimpses of their traditional, animal-dependent ways—before settling into her own off-grid existence in the boreal forest. There, she experiences motherhood and its remarkable synchronicities with the lives of caribou, dragonflies and other creatures.

    As a mother, and as a journalist, Sarkadi speaks up for abused women and children, creating controversies that entangle her in long, legal battles. When she looks to animals and the natural world for solace, she encounters magic. Lessons from the natural world arrive weekly, if not daily: black bears roam her dreams, as well as her deck, teaching introspection; wolves inspire her to persevere.

    This evocative memoir explores a more than two-decade long physical and spiritual journey into the wild spaces of northern Canada, around the globe and deep within.

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    Bastien, Judith
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    Ce livre raconte mon histoire, celle d'une fille atteinte d'Ostéogénèse Imparfaite. On dit que j'ai écrit une histoire de détermination et de persévérance empreinte d'humour et de dignité. Si me raconter aide une seule personne à avancer dans la vie, alors ce travail n'aura pas été en vain. « Nous, les gens dits sans handicap, devrions tous faire la lecture de ce genre de témoignage, ne serait-ce que pour vraiment réaliser que les gestes que nous posons au quotidien peuvent tellement avoir une signification différente, tout dépendant notre état. Et pour ceux qui vivent avec un handicap, la lecture de ce vécu ne peut être qu'inspirante. » Linda Plouffe.

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    Renaud, Daniel
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    Dans sa cellule du pénitencier à sécurité maximale de Florence au Colorado, où il a été détenu durant plus de cinq ans de l'été 2007 à octobre 2012, l'ancien parrain de la mafia montréalaise Vito Rizzuto ruminait deux desseins : venger le meurtre de son fils Nicolo et reprendre sa place au sommet de la pyramide du crime organisé au Québec. Au coeur de sa vengeance, qu'il a commencé à assouvir avant même son retour à Montréal, à l'automne 2012, une liste de personnes à abattre. Grâce à des informations et des témoignages inédits, LA CHUTE DU DERNIER PARRAIN relate la fin du règne de Vito Rizzuto, de l'enquête Colisée à sa mort soudaine en décembre 2013, en passant par ses craintes envers la justice américaine, sa fuite temporaire à Cuba, son arrestation, son extradition, sa détention aux États-Unis, son retour dans le sang et la reprise éphémère de sa couronne. Cinq ans après son décès, des questions demeurent. Y aura-t-il un autre parrain à Montréal un jour ? Y aura-t-il encore une mafia italienne telle qu'on l'a toujours connue ?.

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    Del Rey, Lana
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    THE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED SPOKEN WORD POETRY COLLECTION FROM LANA DEL REY, VIOLET BENT BACKWARDS OVER THE GRASS " Violet Bent Backwards Over the Grass is the title poem of the book and the first poem I wrote of many. Some of which came to me in their entirety, which I dictated and then typed out, and some that I worked laboriously picking apart each word to make the perfect poem. They are eclectic and honest and not trying to be anything other than what they are and for that reason I'm proud of them, especially because the spirit in which they were written was very authentic." — Lana Del Rey Lana Del Rey brings her breathtaking poetry to life in an unprecedented audiobook. In this stunning spoken word performance, Lana Del Rey reads fourteen poems from her debut book Violet Bent Backwards Over the Grass accompanied by music from Grammy Award–winning musician Jack Antonoff. Lana's debut book solidifies her further as "the essential writer of her times" ( The Atlantic ). This audiobook features Lana reading select poems from the book, including LA Who Am I to Love You?, The Land of 1,000 Fires, Past the Bushes Cypress Thriving, Never to Heaven, Tessa DiPietro, Happy, and several others. The result is an extraordinary poetic landscape that reflects the unguarded spirit of its creator.

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    Toomey, Craig
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    In 1960, Montreal stock broker John Dobson launched an informal investment club with a close group of friends and associates, including future prime minister John Turner. His Formula Growth Fund would go on to become one of North America's most successful investment funds, consistently outperforming the Dow Jones Industrial Average and attracting the likes of legendary investor Sir John Templeton. Up and to the Right tells the story behind John Dobson's investment success as well as his many contributions to entrepreneurial education. Craig Toomey provides valuable insight into Dobson's unconventional but disciplined investment approach, his uncanny ability to predict winning stocks, and his unwavering faith in the market despite its many ups and downs. Coinciding with the sixtieth anniversary of the Formula Growth Fund, this revised edition brings the company's story up to 2019, presenting new material and case studies and describing recent developments, including how Formula Growth tripled its assets under management to $1.5 billion through the launch of a successful hedge fund platform and expansion into Asia. Based on interviews with Dobson as well as with dozens of members of his extensive network of friends, colleagues, and investment professionals, Up and to the Right is a fascinating story about a great Canadian who believed deeply in self-reliance and free enterprise as well as the value of friendship, pursuing one's passions, and working for the greater good.

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    Doyle, Glennon
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    #1  NEW YORK TIMES  BESTSELLER ; “Packed with incredible insight about what it means to be a woman today.”—Reese Witherspoon (Reese’s Book Club x Hello Sunshine Book Pick) In her most revealing and powerful memoir yet, the activist, speaker, bestselling author, and “patron saint of female empowerment” ( People ) explores the joy and peace we discover when we stop striving to meet others’ expectations and start trusting the voice deep within us. NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY O: The Oprah Magazine ;  The Washington Post ; Cosmopolitan ;  Marie Claire  ; “ Untamed will liberate women—emotionally, spiritually, and physically.  It is phenomenal. ”—Elizabeth Gilbert, author of City of Girls and  Eat Pray Love This is how you find yourself. There is a voice of longing inside each woman. We strive so mightily to be good: good partners, daughters, mothers, employees, and friends. We hope all this striving will make us feel alive. Instead, it leaves us feeling weary, stuck, overwhelmed, and underwhelmed. We look at our lives and wonder:  Wasn’t it all supposed to be more beautiful than this?  We quickly silence that question, telling ourselves to be grateful, hiding our discontent—even from ourselves. For many years, Glennon Doyle denied her own discontent. Then, while speaking at a conference, she looked at a woman across the room and fell instantly in love. Three words flooded her mind:  There She Is . At first, Glennon assumed these words came to her from on high. But she soon realized they had come to her from within. This was her own voice—the one she had buried beneath decades of numbing addictions, cultural conditioning, and institutional allegiances. This was the voice of the girl she had been before the world told her who to be. Glennon decided to quit abandoning herself and to instead abandon the world’s expectations of her. She quit being good so she could be free. She quit pleasing and started living. Soulful and uproarious, forceful and tender,  Untamed  is both an intimate memoir and a galvanizing wake-up call. It is the story of how one woman learned that a responsible mother is not one who slowly dies for her children, but one who shows them how to fully live. It is the story of navigating divorce, forming a new blended family, and discovering that the brokenness or wholeness of a family depends not on its structure but on each member’s ability to bring her full self to the table. And it is the story of how each of us can begin to trust ourselves enough to set boundaries, make peace with our bodies, honor our anger and heartbreak, and unleash our truest, wildest instincts so that we become women who can finally look at ourselves and say: There She Is . Untamed  shows us how to be brave. As Glennon insists:  The braver we are, the luckier we get.

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    Feldman, Deborah
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    Now a Netflix original series! Unorthodox is the bestselling memoir of a young Jewish woman's escape from a religious sect, in the tradition of Ayaan Hirsi Ali's Infidel and Carolyn Jessop's Escape , featuring a new epilogue by the author. As a member of the strictly religious Satmar sect of Hasidic Judaism, Deborah Feldman grew up under a code of relentlessly enforced customs governing everything from what she could wear and to whom she could speak to what she was allowed to read. Yet in spite of her repressive upbringing, Deborah grew into an independent-minded young woman whose stolen moments reading about the empowered literary characters of Jane Austen and Louisa May Alcott helped her to imagine an alternative way of life among the skyscrapers of Manhattan. Trapped as a teenager in a sexually and emotionally dysfunctional marriage to a man she barely knew, the tension between Deborah's desires and her responsibilities as a good Satmar girl grew more explosive until she gave birth at nineteen and realized that, regardless of the obstacles, she would have to forge a path—for herself and her son—to happiness and freedom. Remarkable and fascinating, this "sensitive and memorable coming-of-age story" ( Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ) is one you won't be able to put down.

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    Drez, Ronald J., MacCallum, Martha
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    In honor of the Seventy-Fifth Anniversary of one of the most critical battles of World War II, Martha MacCallum pays tribute to the heroic men who sacrificed their lives in the fight to win Iwo Jima.

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    Hyndman, James
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    À l'origine de ce récit, il y a un journal tenu il y a une douzaine d'années. L'acteur y consignait observations, réminiscences, réflexions et instantanés de vie, composant au fil des pages une déambulation sans itinéraire défini, à la manière de Journal.

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    Wiener, Anna
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    "Narrator Suehyla El-Attar has a strong voice for this memoir of a woman's journey into the mostly male world of tech start-ups in Silicon Valley. She is energetic, funny, and swift while telling the story of Anna Wiener's acculturation from book publishing in Manhattan to the dot-com boom in San Francisco." — AudioFile Magazine A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice and a January 2020 IndieNext Pick. An Amazon Best Book of January. One of Vogue 's 22 Books to Read This Winter, The Washington Post 's 10 Books to Read in January, ELLE's 12 Best Books to Read in 2020, The New York Times 's 12 Books to Read in January, Esquire 's 15 Best Winter Books, Paste 's 10 Most Anticipated Nonfiction Books of 2020, and Entertainment Weekly 's 50 Most Anticipated Books of 2020. "A definitive document of a world in transition: I won't be alone in returning to Uncanny Valley for clarity and consolation for many years to come." —Jia Tolentino, author of Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion The prescient account of a journey in Silicon Valley: a defining memoir of our digital age. In her mid-twenties, at the height of tech industry idealism, Anna Wiener—stuck, broke, and looking for meaning in her work, like any good millennial—left a job in book publishing for the promise of the new digital economy. She moved from New York to San Francisco, where she landed at a big-data startup in the heart of the Silicon Valley bubble: a world of surreal extravagance, dubious success, and fresh-faced entrepreneurs hell-bent on domination, glory, and, of course, progress . Anna arrived amidst a massive cultural shift, as the tech industry rapidly transformed into a locus of wealth and power rivaling Wall Street. But amid the company ski vacations and in-office speakeasies, boyish camaraderie and ride-or-die corporate fealty, a new Silicon Valley began to emerge: one in far over its head, one that enriched itself at the expense of the idyllic future it claimed to be building. Part coming-age-story, part portrait of an already-bygone era, Anna Wiener's memoir is a rare first-person glimpse into high-flying, reckless startup culture at a time of unchecked ambition, unregulated surveillance, wild fortune, and accelerating political power. With wit, candor, and heart, Anna deftly charts the tech industry's shift from self-appointed world savior to democracy-endangering liability, alongside a personal narrative of aspiration, ambivalence, and disillusionment. Unsparing and incisive, Uncanny Valley is a cautionary tale, and a revelatory interrogation of a world reckoning with consequences its unwitting designers are only beginning to understand. A Macmillan Audio production from MCD

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    Maathai, Wangari
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    Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004, Wangari Maathai has been fighting for environmental responsibility and democracy in her native Kenya for over 35 years. Unbowed recounts the incredible journey that culminated in her appointment to Parliament in 2002. Despite repeated jailings, beatings, and other obstacles along the way, Maathai created the Green Belt Movement and never relented in her goal to bring democracy to Kenya.

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    Pasquier, Christiane, Dion, Marie-Lou, Portal, Louise
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    Trois grandes amies – Louise Portal, Christiane Pasquier et Marie-Lou Dion – se remémorent l'année 1975, où elles jouèrent ensemble dans Madeleine de Verchères au Théâtre La Marjolaine, en plus de cohabiter dans le même chalet. Un été brûlant, tant sur les planches que dans l'intimité de leur petit refuge, où elles recevaient les princes de la nuit… Un été pendant lequel, surtout, des liens forts se sont noués entre elles. Dans trois récits vibrants, chacune remonte le fil du temps, dans les entrelacements de ce que la vie, l'amour et le métier lui a réservé ; chacune témoigne des sentiers amoureux et créatifs qu'elle a empruntés, ainsi que de cinquante ans d'amitié. Aussi proches que différentes, ces trois femmes révèlent ce qui les a portées toutes ces décennies, ce qui les unit et ce qui leur donne, encore et toujours, envie de célébrer la vie.

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    Lee, Jessica J.
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    A chance discovery of letters written by her immigrant grandfather leads Jessica J. Lee to her ancestral homeland, Taiwan. There, she seeks his story while growing closer to the land he knew.
    Lee hikes mountains home to Formosan flamecrests, birds found nowhere else on earth, and swims in a lake of drowned cedars. She bikes flatlands where spoonbills alight by fish farms, and learns about a tree whose fruit can float in the ocean for years, awaiting landfall. Throughout, Lee unearths surprising parallels between the natural and human stories that have shaped her family and their beloved island. Joyously attentive to the natural world, Lee also turns a critical gaze upon colonialist explorers who mapped the land and named plants, relying on and often effacing the labor and knowledge of local communities.

    Two Trees Make a Forest is a genre-shattering book encompassing history, travel, nature, and memoir, an extraordinary narrative showing how geographical forces are interlaced with our family stories.

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    Sheff, Nic
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    Drug addict Nic Sheff always believed he could quit whenever he needed to, until a violent relapse one summer convinced him otherwise. Here is his raw, compelling story of the depths of addiction and the road to recovery.

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