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    Presents a diverse collection of stories about the joys and struggles of immigrant women living in Canada. Often bringing with them the shadow of war and the guilt of leaving, the women in this new anthology expose their emotional pain but also their gratitude for being able to call Canada home. Their stories paint touching portraits of cultural and linguistic misunderstandings, bureaucratic hurdles, attempts to navigate unfamiliar landscapes, and a desire to be accepted despite differences in accent, skin colour, or taste in food. Together they form a mosaic of emotions and worldviews that underline the immigrant condition for women. A Filipino woman recalls her experience as a six-year-old immigrant in a ghetto in Mississauga in the 80s. A same-sex couple moves from Minnesota to Ontario to find refuge for their love, but first they must drive through a blizzard and make it through the frustrating net of Canadian bureaucracy. In search of her origins, a Jewish woman travels to her birthplace in Passau, Germany. There, among rows of European picturesque houses and foreign tombstones of a Jewish cemetery, she finds no memories, only the shadow of Hitler and the ghosts of her parents. Through these stories of courage, aloneness, and hope, new and established writers reach out to both immigrants and those whose families long ago ceased to identify with the immigrant label. Through their struggles and, at times, endearingly critical looks at Canada, they remind us that many of our perceived divisions are nothing but artificial creations of mind and that all of us are past, current, or potential immigrants.

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    Klingberg, Haddon
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    Written in response to the horrors he experienced and witnessed during the Holocaust, Viktor Frankl’s landmark book, Man’s Search for Meaning, has sold millions of copies and been translated into twenty-seven languages. But although Frankl’s thought and philosophy have been widely analyzed, until now little has been written about his life, and about the deeply loving, intensely spiritual relationship that led him and his wife to dedicate their lives to reducing pain and oppression in the world. In a book that is at once a wonderful love story and a tribute to two extraordinary people, Haddon Klingberg, Jr., draws on a wealth of anecdotes, told to him by the Frankls themselves, to describe their separate early lives and their fifty-two years as husband and wife. Returning to Vienna after spending three years in four different concentration camps, Frankl, whose first wife and family died in the camps, turned to writing as a way of finding some purpose in his life. But it was Elly Schwindt, a woman half his age, who helped him put the pieces of his broken life together. Married in 1947, the Frankls created a life of hope and faith, a life committed to proclaiming the oneness of the human family, challenging materialistic values, and encouraging the pursuit of meaning.

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    Choyce, Lesley, Swan, Julia
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    “Alistair MacLeod was the most deeply satisfied person I ever met,” writes Alexander MacLeod of his father, “and every day I miss his quiet presence in my life, his unhurried walk, his slow breathing, his certainty.” Anne Murray says this of her father who was a doctor in Springhill: “He was there to save lives and that’s what he did.” Author Carol Bruneau confesses that her father would “throttle” her for writing an essay about him because “he hated sentimentality.” Sheldon Currie’s father was “a tolerant man” but “what he could never tolerate was the empty promises of politicians or the greed, hypocrisy, parsimony, and callous disregard for coal mine safety of the coal mines’ owners.”In this poignant, often funny, and heartfelt collection, Nova Scotia authors and artists put to the page their thoughts and emotions about their fathers, who raised, inspired, loved, and taught them – and occasionally drove them crazy. As well as MacLeod, Currie, Bruneau, and Murray, The Nova Scotia Book of Fathers includes stories by Harry Thurston, Lorrie Neilsen Glenn, Frank Cameron, Joan Baxter, Jon Tattrie, Bruce Graham, Lesley Choyce, Lenore Zann, David Mossman, Janice Landry, Lindsay Ruck, Ian Colford, Julia Swan, Craig Flinn, and Daniel Paul.From these varied writers comes a myriad of stories about dads of all kinds: quiet, thoughtful, wise men; stubborn and headstrong men; and men whose careers and circumstances called forth public bravery and heroism. Included too are fathers whose mark on the world is more private but just as compelling, just as fearless, just as noteworthy. They are our mentors, sometimes our friends, but always our fathers – always “Dad.” They embody for us the strength everyone needs to weather the storms of life, the humour that helps us to laugh at crucial moments, and the stalwart vision it takes to raise daughters and sons and send them out into the world. Sometimes they didn’t do it perfectly, but they are fathers, not gods. They left their marks on their families and their communities. Here are the fathers of Nova Scotia, revealed to us by the people who love them most: their children.

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    Manilow, Barry
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    Filled with anecdotes about his tours and the behind-the-scenes realities of the music business, this autobiography reveals the musician's personal life and musical career, from his Brooklyn youth through his performance at Radio City Music Hall.

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    A collection of 101 of the best stories for seniors from Chicken Soup's library. Stories were written by seniors about their lives, adventures, etc., and by younger people about older family members or friends.

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    Adams, Robert J.
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    A memoir from an RCMP officer in Saskatchewan.

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    Bulgutch, Mark, Mansbridge, Peter
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    From Peter Mansbridge, the beloved former anchor of CBC’s The National, comes a collection of first-person stories about remarkable Canadians who embody the values of our great nation—kindness, compassion, courage, and freedom—and inspire us to do the same.

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    Ryan, Janice
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    Animals have extraordinary minds capable of exceptional acts of perception, generosity, bravery and kindness. Their connection with humankind gives us a glimpse into their world and their desire to share it with us. Here is a collection of fascinating, heartwarming and humorous tales about some of the animal kingdom's amazing inhabitants and their often mysterious connection with us: * After being attacked by a great white shark while surfing, Todd Endris was saved from sure death by a pod of dolphins that encircled him and kept the marauding shark away until he was able to ride a wave back to shore. * An orphaned black bear cub and a 10-year-old boy become best friends, napping together, and even tumbling and wrestling. * When a three-year-old boy toppled into the gorilla enclosure at Chicago's Brookfield Zoo, Binti Jua, a young female gorilla, rescued the child and delivered him safely to the zookeepers. * African grey parrots are capable of speaking at least 350 words, but Harvard avian researcher Dr. Irene Pepperberg and her African grey parrot, Alex, proved that birds have cognitive abilities and are capable of more than just mimicking words. * A pride of three lions rescue an injured Ethiopian girl from her attackers and watch over her until her family finds her. * And many more.

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    Gibson, Douglas
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    More adventures from one of Canada’s premier editors and storytellers Canada is a country rich in stories, and few take as much joy as Douglas Gibson in discovering them. As one of the country’s leading editors and publishers for 40 years, he coaxed modern classics out of some of Canada’s finest minds, and then took to telling his own stories in his first memoir, Stories About Storytellers. Gibson turned his memoir into a one-man stage show that eventually played almost 100 times, in all ten provinces, from coast to coast. As a literary tourist, he discovered even more about the land and its writers and harvested many more stories, from distant past and recent memory, to share. Now in Across Canada by Story, Gibson brings new stories about Robertson Davies, Jack Hodgins, W.O. Mitchell, Alistair MacLeod, and Alice Munro, and adds lively portraits of Al Purdy, Marshall McLuhan, Margaret Laurence, Guy Vanderhaeghe, Margaret Atwood, Wayne Johnston, Linwood Barclay, Michael Ondaatje, and many, many others. Whether fly fishing in Haida Gwaii or sailing off Labrador, Douglas Gibson is a first-rate ambassador for Canada and the power of great stories.

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