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    Johnson, Harold R.
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    An urgent, informed, intimate condemnation of the Canadian state and its failure to deliver justice to Indigenous people by national bestselling author and former Crown prosecutor Harold R. Johnson. "The night of the decision in the Gerald Stanley trial for the murder of Colten Boushie, I received a text message from a retired provincial court judge. He was feeling ashamed for his time in a system that was so badly tilted. I too feel this way about my time as both defence counsel and as a Crown prosecutor; that I didn't have the courage to stand up in the court room and shout 'Enough is enough.' This book is my act of taking responsibility for what I did, for my actions and inactions." —Harold R. Johnson In early 2018, the failures of Canada's justice system were sharply and painfully revealed in the verdicts issued in the deaths of Colten Boushie and Tina Fontaine. The outrage and confusion that followed those verdicts inspired former Crown prosecutor and bestselling author Harold R. Johnson to make the case against Canada for its failure to fulfill its duty under Treaty to effectively deliver justice to Indigenous people, worsening the situation and ensuring long-term damage to Indigenous communities. In this direct, concise, and essential volume, Harold R. Johnson examines the justice system's failures to deliver "peace and good order" to Indigenous people. He explores the part that he understands himself to have played in that mismanagement, drawing on insights he has gained from the experience; insights into the roots and immediate effects of how the justice system has failed Indigenous people, in all the communities in which they live; and insights into the struggle for peace and good order for Indigenous people now.

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    Héroux, Élyse-Andrée
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    Qui est Pauline Marois? On connaît la personnalité publique, la femme d'engagement. On a vu la battante se hisser au sommet du pouvoir et occuper, pour la première fois de notre histoire, le siège de première ministre. Mais le parcours singulier de celle qui a dirigé un nombre record de ministères reste méconnu. Aujourd'hui, Pauline Marois se raconte avec authenticité, s'attachant aux moments forts qui ont façonné la femme qu'elle est: ses origines modestes, l'importance de sa famille, ses valeurs, les causes qui lui sont chères ainsi que les hauts et les bas de sa longue carrière. En levant le voile sur ses souvenirs, elle révèle, sans complaisance et sans amertume, les deux côtés de la médaille du pouvoir, mettant en lumière les enjeux soulevés par la faible représentation des femmes en politique. Au-delà du pouvoir se lit comme un roman, tout en constituant un survol saisissant des cinquante dernières années de notre histoire politique. C'est un ouvrage incontournable pour qui veut faire un bout de chemin avec cette femme d'exception qui, au-delà des jugements et des opinions, a consacré sa vie au service du Québec.

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    William, Caroline
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    De cultures et pays différents, Caroline et William, après avoir vécu leur relation à distance pendant quelques années, sont enfin réunis dans un même pays pour pouvoir s'aimer en toute liberté. Malgré l'adaptation et les difficultés, ils suivent le chemin de leur cœur pour lequel ils étaient destinés. Ils en sont convaincus. Grâce à son coach de l'hiver, William, qui vient curieusement du Sud, Caroline apprendra, entre autres, à vivre en quatre saisons en utilisant l'éveil de ses 5 sens. William, quant à lui, apprivoisera ces mêmes saisons pour la première fois, ainsi que le pays de ceux qui le visitent depuis plus de 25 ans dans le cadre de son travail comme guide touristique. Au cours de votre lecture, vous découvrirez leurs moments A-H & AH! Ces lettres représentent leurs instants Amour-Humour, dont ceux de l'adaptation, mais aussi une façon d'admirer et d'apprécier leurs escapades ainsi que leurs moments de tendresse. Même si plusieurs de leurs pensées à l'état brut vous sont exprimées, c'est à vous, cher lecteur, d'user de votre imagination et de vous éveiller à la conscience qui vous entoure au quotidien seul, en couple ou en communauté au travers de leur cheminement. Ce livre est un petit bijou humoristique, romantique et sensuel pour toute personne désirant intégrer des moments AH & A-H au sein de leur vie et plus encore….

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    Van Ness, Jonathan
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    In this memoir, Queer Eye grooming expert Jonathan Van Ness shares never-before-told secrets and reveals sides of himself that the public has never seen.

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    Wolters, Cleary
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    The real-life Alex Vause from the show Orange Is the New Black tells her story for the first time in this memoir about crime and punishment, friendship and marriage, and a life caught in the ruinous drug trade and beyond.

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    William, Caroline
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    La pensée est à l'origine de l'action… C'est vrai, mais elle peut aussi être son ennemie. Si j'avais accordé trop d'importance à l'opinion de ceux et celles qui ne croyaient pas en la réalisation de mes rêves, jamais je ne les aurais concrétisés. Mon secret a cependant été d'en parler à d'autres êtres humains capables, comme moi, de rêver, et pas seulement de les confier à l'Univers! L'aspect RÊVER de ce livre vous dévoilera comment j'ai osé réaliser mes rêves professionnels et personnels, au-delà des préjugés. La peur étant le cimetière de nos rêves, il faut parfois savoir l'ignorer pour qu'ils puissent passer du côté de la réalité. L'aspect VOYAGER vous offre des moments qui me sont chers, allant des berges du Bic de mon enfance, à Rimouski, jusqu'à ma Gaspésie cubaine. J'aborde aussi l'Indonésie, le Népal et le Tibet, des voyages déterminants qui m'ont révélée ma véritable nature. L'aspect AIMER vous raconte comment j'ai rencontré mon partenaire de rêves, le coauteur de ma vie, celui avec qui j'ai appris l'importance de ne laisser personne d'autre que moi-même écrire les pages de ma vie. Ce livre vous ouvre les portes de mon cœur en recherche d'authenticité. C'est le journal intime d'une histoire d'amour qui n'a aucune nationalité, aucune religion, aucune culture et surtout aucun statut social. C'est le parcours sinueux d'un amour parsemé de doutes, de jugements et de passion, d'aventures et de découvertes d'un Cuba différent. Le Cuba de ce magnifique peuple, marchand de bonheur pour des millions de touristes chaque année.

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    Woodcock, George
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    George Woodcock, critique littéraire, historien et anarchiste, a eu un accès privilégié à la complexe histoire personnelle de George Orwell, dont il fut un ami proche. Rassemblant souvenirs, lettres et divers témoignages, cette biographie situe l'œuvre d'Orwell dans son contexte personnel, politique et littéraire. Elle offre une perspective à la fois intimiste et documentée sur la vie et les écrits de cet esprit libre, ne faisant l'impasse sur aucun des paradoxes qui habitent l'une et l'autre.

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    Agassi, Andre
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    #1 NATIONAL BESTSELLER Far more than a superb memoir about the highest levels of professional tennis, Open is the engrossing story of a remarkable life. Andre Agassi had his life mapped out for him before he left the crib. Groomed to be a tennis champion by his moody and demanding father, by the age of twenty-two Agassi had won the first of his eight grand slams and achieved wealth, celebrity, and the game's highest honors. But as he reveals in this searching autobiography, off the court he was often unhappy and confused, unfulfilled by his great achievements in a sport he had come to resent. Agassi writes candidly about his early success and his uncomfortable relationship with fame, his marriage to Brooke Shields, his growing interest in philanthropy, and—described in haunting, point-by-point detail—the highs and lows of his celebrated career.

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    Sawler, Harvey
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    Rapinoe, Megan
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    An instant New York Times bestseller! “Rapinoe's 'signature pose' from the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup is synonymous to the feeling we got when finishing this book: heart full, arms wide and ready to take up space in this world.”— USA Today   Megan Rapinoe, Olympic gold medalist and two-time Women's World Cup champion, reveals for the first time her life both on and off the field. Guided by her personal journey into social justice, brimming with humor, humanity, and joy, she urges all of us to ask ourselves, What will you do with your one life? Only four years old when she kicked her first soccer ball, Megan Rapinoe developed a love – and clear talent – for the game at a young age. But it was her parents who taught her that winning was much less important than how she lived her life. From childhood on, Rapinoe always did what she could to stand up for what was right—even if it meant going up against people who disagreed. In  One Life , Megan Rapinoe invites readers on a remarkable journey, looking back on both her victories and her failures, and pulls back the curtain on events we know only from the headlines. After the 2011 World Cup, discouraged by how few athletes were open about their sexuality, Rapinoe decided to come out publicly as gay and use her platform to advocate for marriage equality. Recognizing the power she had to bring attention to critical issues, in 2016 she took a knee during the national anthem in solidarity with former NFL player Colin Kaepernick to protest racial injustice and police brutality—the first high-profile white athlete to do so. The backlash was immediate, but it couldn’t compare to the overwhelming support. Rapinoe became a force of change.  Here for the first time, Rapinoe reflects upon some of the most pivotal moments in her life and career – from her realization in college that she was gay, through the disputes with soccer coaches and officials over her decision to kneel, to the first time she met her now-fiancé WNBA champion Sue Bird, and up through suing the US Soccer Federation over gender discrimination and equal pay. Throughout, Rapinoe makes clear the obligation we all have to speak up, and the impact each of us can have on our communities. Deeply personal and inspiring,  One Life  reveals that real, concrete change lies within all of us, and asks: If we all have the same resource—this one precious life, made up of the decisions we make every day—what are you going to do?    " One Life  makes it clear that Rapinoe’s greatest accomplishments may ultimately come away from the soccer pitch. She’s a new kind of American hero."— San Francisco Chronicle  

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    Rao, Anuradha
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    ★ “The activists’ stories are extraordinary...It’s a powerful answer to Rao’s framing questions: ‘Who is an environmental defender? What does she or he look like? Maybe like you. Maybe like me.’”—Publishers Weekly, starred review★ “Thought-provoking reading for young people figuring out their own contributions. This valuable compilation shows that Earth’s salvation lies in the diversity of its people.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred reviewOne Earthprofiles Black, Indigenous and People of Color who live and work as environmental defenders. Through their individual stories, the book shows that the intersection of environment and ethnicity is an asset to achieving environmental goals. The twenty short biographies introduce readers to diverse activists from all around the world, who are of many ages and ethnicities. From saving ancient trees on the West Coast of Canada, to protecting the Irrawaddy dolphins of India, to uncovering racial inequalities in the food system in the United States, these environmental heroes are celebrated by author and biologist Anuradha Rao, who outlines how they went from being kids who cared about the environment to community leaders in their field. One Earthis full of environmental role models waiting to be found.

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    Burford, Michelle, Purdy, Amy
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    Amy Purdy reveals the intimate details of her triumphant comeback from the brink of death to making history as a Paralympic snowboarder.

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    Lamb, Christina, Mustafa, Nujeen
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    This is the true story of Nujeen Mustafa, a teenager born with cerebral palsy, whose journey from war-ravaged Syria to Germany in a wheelchair is a breathtaking tale of fortitude and hope.

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    Knizhnik, Shana, Carmon, Irin
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    Offers an unprecedented look at the Supreme Court Justice and how she changed the world. As the country struggles with the unfinished business of gender equality and civil rights, Ginsburg stands as a testament to how far we can come with a little chutzpah.

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    Leite, David
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    Reminiscing about the people and events that shaped him, David Leite looks back at the highs and lows of his life: from his rejection of being gay and his attempt to "turn straight" through Aesthetic Realism, a cult in downtown Manhattan, to becoming a writer, cookbook author, and web publisher, to his twenty-three-year relationship with Alan, known to millions of David's readers as "The One," which began with (what else?) food.

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    Cultural critic and bestselling author Roxane Gay presents a collection of essays that explore what it means to live in a world where women are frequently belittled and harassed due to their gender, and offers a call to arms insisting that "not that bad" must no longer be good enough.

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    Collins, Phil
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    Phil Collins pulls no punches—about himself, his life, or the ecstasy and heartbreak that’s inspired his music. In his much-awaited memoir, Not Dead Yet , he tells the story of his epic career, with an auspicious debut at age 11 in a crowd shot from the Beatles’ legendary film A Hard Day’s Night. A drummer since almost before he could walk, Collins received on the job training in the seedy, thrilling bars and clubs of 1960s swinging London before finally landing the drum seat in Genesis. Soon, he would step into the spotlight on vocals after the departure of Peter Gabriel and begin to stockpile the songs that would rocket him to international fame with the release of Face Value and “In the Air Tonight.” Whether he’s recalling jamming with Eric Clapton and Robert Plant, pulling together a big band fronted by Tony Bennett, or writing the music for Disney’s smash-hit animated Tarzan , Collins’s storytelling chops never waver. And of course he answers the pressing question on everyone’s mind: just what does “Sussudio” mean?   Not Dead Yet is Phil Collins’s candid, witty, unvarnished story of the songs and shows, the hits and pans, his marriages and divorces, the ascents to the top of the charts and into the tabloid headlines. As one of only three musicians to sell 100 million records both in a group and as a solo artist, Collins breathes rare air, but has never lost his touch at crafting songs from the heart that touch listeners around the globe. That same touch is on magnificent display here, especially as he unfolds his harrowing descent into darkness after his “official” retirement in 2007, and the profound, enduring love that helped save him. This is Phil Collins as you’ve always known him, but also as you’ve never heard him before.

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    Milos, Terry
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    In 1974, Terry Milos moved to rural northern Canada to pursue her dream of homesteading. Following the seventies trend of the back-to-the-landers, she and her partner left the city life for what they imagined would be a simpler existence. Sometimes humorous and often insightful, North of Familiar is the story of a woman who learned to hunt, fish and live off the land in what most would consider an utterly hostile and unbelievably cold environment.

    After a few months of cobbling together a living, Milos reluctantly left the north to further her education but with a dream of returning as a teacher. A year later she accepted a job in the small town of Atlin where she learned to expect the unexpected. Terry’s adventures in the north pushed her beyond the familiar as she applied her street savvy skills to negotiate a desolate mountain trail, or mush her dogs to school when the deep cold rendered her car useless. But there were also times when the unfamiliar became pure fear, such as when the pilot of a bush plane on which she was the only passenger fell asleep, sending the plane on a downward descent, or when a strange man was repeatedly seen lurking in the woods by Terry’s cabin after a trapper mysteriously went missing.

    North of Familiar is about coming to grips with life in the bush far away from the luxuries of the city. In Carcross, Carmacks, Dawson City and Old Crow, Milos navigated the cultural differences between her urban upbringing and the communities of Canada’s Indigenous north. In spite of the harsh country, Terry survived and thrived, while raising a family and becoming a part of a strong and unique community. This story is not only entertaining and inspiring, it is also a story of joy, friendship and change.

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    Linehan Young, Ida
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    Fox, Michael J.
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    This program is read by Michael J. Fox. A moving account of resilience, hope, fear and mortality, and how these things resonate in our lives, by actor and advocate Michael J. Fox. The entire world knows Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly, the teenage sidekick of Doc Brown in Back to the Future ; as Alex P. Keaton in Family Ties ; as Mike Flaherty in Spin City ; and through numerous other movie roles and guest appearances on shows such as The Good Wife and Curb Your Enthusiasm . Diagnosed at age 29, Michael is equally engaged in Parkinson's advocacy work, raising global awareness of the disease and helping find a cure through The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, the world's leading non-profit funder of PD science. His two previous bestselling memoirs, Lucky Man and Always Looking Up , dealt with how he came to terms with the illness, all the while exhibiting his iconic optimism. His new memoir reassesses this outlook, as events in the past decade presented additional challenges. In No Time Like the Future: An Optimist Considers Mortality, Michael shares personal stories and observations about illness and health, aging, the strength of family and friends, and how our perceptions about time affect the way we approach mortality. Thoughtful and moving, but with Fox's trademark sense of humor, his audiobook provides a vehicle for reflection about our lives, our loves, and our losses. Running through the narrative is the drama of the medical madness Fox recently experienced, that included his daily negotiations with the Parkinson's disease he's had since 1991, and a spinal cord issue that necessitated immediate surgery. His challenge to learn how to walk again, only to suffer a devastating fall, nearly caused him to ditch his trademark optimism and "get out of the lemonade business altogether." Does he make it all of the way back? Listen to the audiobook. A Macmillan Audio production from Flatiron Books

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