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21. Sea Otter Chiefs
22. Trucking: A History of Trucking
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23. On the Trail of Robert Service
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24. Looking Through My Mother's Eyes:
25. A Soldier's Diary
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26. Good Time Girls of the Alaska-Yukon
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27. A Dog Puncher on the Yukon (Wolf
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28. Widow Smith of Spence's Bridge
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29. Into and Out of Dislocation
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30. Faith of Fools: A Journal of the
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31. K.D. Lang: All You Get Is Me
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34. The Winter Years: The Depression
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36. Klee Wyck
37. The Torso Murder: The Untold Story
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38. R. M. Patterson : A Life of Great
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39. Shania Twain
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21. Sea Otter Chiefs
by Michael P. Robinson
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Asin: 1896209181
Catlog: Book (1998-06-25)
Publisher: Bayeux Arts,Inc.
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22. Trucking: A History of Trucking in Bc Since 1900
by Andy Craig, Tra00105, ANDY A. CRAIG
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Catlog: Book (1977-01-01)
Publisher: Hancock House Pub Ltd
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23. On the Trail of Robert Service (On the Trail of)
by G. W. Lockhart
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Catlog: Book (1999-11-01)
Publisher: Luath Press Limited
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24. Looking Through My Mother's Eyes: Life Stories of Nine Italian Immigrant Women
by Giovanna Del Negro, Giovanna Del Negro
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Asin: 1550711741
Catlog: Book (2004-04-01)
Publisher: Guernica Editions
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This look at the traditional and subversive world of women's folklore examines the realm of women's talk, exploring the ways Italian immigrant women from Montreal use classic folk genres to stretch the boundaries of their culture. Through songs, lullabies, bawdy riddles, and trickster tales, these women subvert, redefine, and alter what it means to be Italian and female in North America. More than just a study of Italian Canadians, this essay delves into broader themes of gender, immigration, and ethnicity, showcasing voices that contradict homogenizing interpretations of traditional historical scholarship. ... Read more

25. A Soldier's Diary
by Donald S. Macpherson, Donald, S. Macpherson
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A gunner with the 9th Battery, C.F.A. in WWI, the author won a Military Medal at Passchendaele.His five small diaries, reproduced here, comprise an engaging account of his wartime experiences. ... Read more

26. Good Time Girls of the Alaska-Yukon Gold Rush
by Lael Morgan
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Asin: 0945397763
Catlog: Book (1999-11-01)
Publisher: Epicenter Press
Sales Rank: 154478
Average Customer Review: 3.44 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Women and the Klondike
In the boomtowns of the Alaska-Yukon stampedes, where gold dust was common currency, the rarest commodity was an attractive woman, and her company could be costly. Author Lael Morgan takes you into the heart of the gold rush. Authentic, humorous and sympathetic. B/W photos.

4-0 out of 5 stars Fun history of the world's (c)oldest profession in AK
I bought this book at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks bookstore. My dad, Class of '51 at UAF (we were there for his 50th reunion), had told me some stories about "The Line" and he had had his first job with the gold mining operations, so I was curious. There's not a lot of gory detail here. It's about people and places, but it's quite a colorful history. Though never officially legal, prostitution was tolerated and it flourished in Alaska for more than 50 years. And some very famous characters pop up, like Wyatt Earp and the "Birdman of Alcatraz". Definitely worth the time.

1-0 out of 5 stars Good Time Girls? should be called Good Time Guys
I cruised Alaska this summer and took a facinating tour of the Skagway Red Light district. After the tour, I wanted to learn more, thusly I hit a bookstore and found this book. I was thrilled to find it, as I recognized several of the names (Klondike Kate, PeaHull Annie, etc) and was looking forward to finding out more. The book promised not to leave out any "lusty and licentious parts". That couldn't be more wrong.

I found out more information about the men of the Kondike and their wenching habits, than the actual women themselves. In this case, my wonderfully guided tour gave me more information about how the women actually conducted their business (lots of interesting info about their personal hygene that are no where to be found in this book. what kind of book on prostitution doesn't talk about birth control methods and their ways of preventing VD? VD is barely brought up).

If I wanted to read about the men of the Klondike, I could pick up any random book in the Klondike History section of any bookstore. The women are often the ones forgotten about, and deserve better treatement in the annuls of history, most especially in a book supposedly about those women. If you want some good information on this type of history, go up to Alaska and take any one of the amazing Red Light District tours. Don't waste your money on this book.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good read
This it not the type of book I typically read. But while in Skagway on a second cruise to Alaska this summer, I skimmed this book in a bookstore but did not purchase it there. I continued to think about it, so I ordered it from I am not studying anthropology nor am I an avid reader of books related to historical things, so this was a "one of a kind" read for me; and an interesting one at that. However, I agree with another reviewer that the book, while well researched, was not well organized. Except for a few chapters devoted to specific women, there was considerable lack of organization and I especially found chronology confusing. But, it in addition to stories about the women in the trade, it has enlightening segments about men everyone has heard of - Al Cody and Wyatt Earp - who spent some time in Alaska. I even learned about the "Birdman of Alcataz". Interesting comparisons are made of the various gold rush "camps", the extent to which the "good time girls" were accepted in these camps and what happened to some of these women later in life. Other than an occasional mention about the two common SIDs (sexually transmitted diseases) of that era, not much is mentioned about the other health-related issues the women faced other than tuberculosis, pneumonia or plagues. For example, I don't recall any mention of pregnancies and struggles with raising children while in the trade; perhaps there was no information available on these issues.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good Time Girls brought to life
Lael Morgan does a great job of piecing together old newspaper articles and photos to recreate the lives of these adventurous pioneers. The stories from Dawson are especially detailed (due to the resources) and give you the feeling that you know what it was like to live and work in Dawson during the gold rush. Knowing that the characters in the book were real make the stories that much more compelling. ... Read more

27. A Dog Puncher on the Yukon (Wolf Creek Classics)
by Arthur T. Walden
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Asin: 0968709133
Catlog: Book (2001-10-01)
Publisher: Wolf Creek Books
Sales Rank: 999761
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This harrowing tale is the story of a dog musher during the Klondike and Nome gold rushes. Originally published in 1928, Walden's narrative has not diminished in impact or historical significance. It is one of the most exciting books ever written about dog mushing or the great gold rushes. Wolf Creek Classics is a series of the most interesting books about Alaska and the Yukon. These historic works have been reprinted with their original typefaces and layouts ... Read more

28. Widow Smith of Spence's Bridge
by Jessie Ann Smith, J. Meryl Campbell, Audrey Ward
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Asin: 0929069005
Catlog: Book (1998-07-01)
Publisher: Industrial Computer Source
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Newly-wed Jessie Ann Smith left Scotland in February, 1884, and traveled with her orchardist husband, John, to the south western British Columbia community of Spence's Bridge. Thirty-year-old Jessie Ann's strict Presbyterian upbringing and her training as a teacher, musician and banker did little to prepare her for the exciting life she was about to lead as a pioneer in British Columbia's fledgling ranching and fruit industry.

Her story, a love story with an historical twist, begins with her childhood in Scotland and follows her by ship across the Atlantic and by rail across the U.S.A. to the west coast of British Columbia. Her introduction to Canada includes a work train trip through the Fraser Canyon on the then under construction Canadian Pacific Railway. The young couple initially settled at Spence's Bridge where John Smith worked for orchardist, John Murray. However, after an attempt at her husband's life, they left "The Bridge" for a harsh decade of homesteading in an upland valley south of Merritt. In 1897, after the death of John Smith's former employer, the family returned to purchase and rebuild the ailing Spence's Bridge orchard.

John Smith died in 1905, partly as the result of an earlier Granite Creek mining accident. Jessie Ann Smith and her children continued working the Spence's Bridge orchard. For nearly a decade their Grimes Golden apples won top honors in shows in Canada, the U.S.A. and England. King Edward VII sought the apples of the "Widow Smith of Spence's Bridge" at a London Horticultural Show in 1909. The King? Ay, ay - no less than he,
None other than His Majesty;
His car already comes to stand
At Islington's exhibit grand,
Ingenuous to a high degree -
"I've come," he says most graciously,
"Those luscious Golden Grimes to see
Of Widow Smith's from fair B.C."
With dainty taste and polished mien
He deems them fitting for the Queen.
Forthwith he executes command
That they be sent to Buckingham.

With the aid of three of her granddaughters, Jessie Ann Smith began writing her life story in the mid-1930s. Half a century later, Murphy Shewchuk was approached by granddaughter Audrey Ward to help complete the book and it was first published in 1989. It has now been reprinted twice. The latest reprint, in July, 1998, includes corrections on an addendum on the inside back cover. ... Read more

29. Into and Out of Dislocation
by C. S. Giscombe
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Asin: 0865475415
Catlog: Book (2000-04-01)
Publisher: North Point Press
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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A thought-provoking meditation on the connections between landscape, race, and family.

It was on his third or fourth trip there that the poet C. S. Giscombe grew aware of the space Canada had staked out in his imagination. Giscombe later spent a winter with his family in British Columbia, and his time there provides a lens through which he interrogates his preoccupation with Canada's otherness. Giscombe writes that "border crossings are always sexy. And racial." And so this book is filled with both actual and metaphoric exploration-his travels serve as points of departure for a series of riffs on racial, national, physical, and psychological borders.

At the heart of this book is the author's ambivalent pursuit of John Robert Giscome, a man who may or may not be a relative. John R., as Giscombe calls him, was a black Jamaican explorer who flourished in British Columbia during the last half of the nineteenth century. Giscombe documents the places that John R. passed through, and he uncovers stories about mining, pioneer life, and even cannibalism. Giscombe likes to imagine John R. as a "self-aware outsider," and that symbolic status comes to seem more important-and more interesting-than any historical truth.

Into and Out of Dislocation is an intriguing and wryly told travel memoir by a writer Henry Louis Gates called a "major figure in contemporary African American letters." ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Crossing and re-crossing the border(s)
In his travel memoir/meditation, Into and Out of Dislocation, C.S. Giscombe takes us not just back to the Bristish Columbian landscape of his long poem Giscome Road, but also traces the routes of other journeys and the geography of both "home" and "away from home." With Giscombe, the reader wends her way by bicycle, train, auto, boat and rarely by airplane to Oxford, Jamaica, Victoria, B.C., Prince George, B.C., Vancouver, Seattle, Bloomington, IL, Ithaca, NY, etc. The author sets off on long-distance solo bicycle adventures, his guiding principle seemingly always to push further. Giscombe pays little mind to chronology when meditating on his experiences in various locations. All journeys seem to turn back upon themselves, bump up against other times and places, until they blur together into one continuous quest along the particular edges of landscape, of family and heredity, and of cultural and racial complexity. The author's formal task is to research the "facts" about John R. Giscome, the Jamaican miner, explorer and possible relation whose name graces several geographical features near Prince George, B.C. The "facts" that we finally stumble upon, however, are those of visibility and invisibility with their attendant pleasures, accomodations, and responsibilities. Along the way there is much talk of miscegenation, bears, good and bad restaurants, and even Big Foot. This book is a thinking person's delight. ... Read more

30. Faith of Fools: A Journal of the Klondike Gold Rush
by William Shape
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Catlog: Book (1998-04-01)
Publisher: Washington State University
Sales Rank: 1096950
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5-0 out of 5 stars WOW
I was floored by this book. It is diary of a group of men traveling to the yukon in search of gold. I was amazed at the things that they went through. In our relatively easy modren life, It is good to read about what extremes people would go through in the old days. To say that they had a rough journey would be an understatement. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to get a feel for what it must have been like to ber part of the gold rush in the Yukon territory. ... Read more

31. K.D. Lang: All You Get Is Me
by Victoria Starr
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Asin: 0312109288
Catlog: Book (1994-04-01)
Publisher: St Martins Pr
Sales Rank: 1153914
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In K.D. Lang: All You Get Is Me, Victoria Starr explores the life of the artist who has broken all the rules of pop culture while becoming one of the world's most beloved singers.K.D. Lang: All You Get Is Me traces K.D.'s path from college dropout to pop superstar.Along the way we discover the inner strength and unwavering vision of an artist determined to make her own wild dreams come true.Abridged on two cassettesTold by Delphine Blue ... Read more

32. Ralph Edwards of Lonesome Lake
by John Edwards, Stan Edwards, Ralph A. Edwards
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Asin: 0888391005
Catlog: Book (1981-01-01)
Publisher: Hancock House Publishing
Sales Rank: 909770
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars This book cuts to the heart of what life is all about
Ralph Edwards of lonesome lake is a book about carving out a life for ones family in a remote wilderness. This book is such a contrast to our technical world with cell phones, internet, e mail "Big Box shopping" malls. Our lives are so full but really so empty. I felt an extreme feeling of sadness after having read this book. Ralph Edwards and his wife are now dead after having lived a hard but full life. We all struggle through life with different goals and yet we all have to face death. I felt the sadness of Ralph Edwards when he realised that he was too old to be independant and look after himself. This book has to make us all stop and concider what we are doing and what is the purpose of life. What could possibly be more important than these questions? ... Read more

33. Lighthouse Chronicles: Twenty Years on the B.C. Lights
by Flo Anderson
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Catlog: Book (1998-10-01)
Publisher: Harbour
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Flo Anderson and her husband Trevor worked as lightkeepers for 20 years, at Lennard Island and then at Barrett Rock, McInnis Island, Green Island and Race Rocks. In this extraordinary memoir Anderson speaks candidly about the challenges of learning to live on an exposed, isolated island where precipitous cliffs and gale-force winds were everday hazards. She also describes the profound joys of living with family in a wild and natural place.Imagine yourself living in complete isolation. Imagine living where there are no stores or mail delivery, no doctors; where there are no schools, leaving you responsible for your children's education; and where treacherous cliffs and gale-force winds are a part of everyday life. This is the life of a lightkeeper as it is vividly recorded by Flo Anderson in her book Lighthouse Chronicles: Twenty Years on the BC Lights. The frustration and the exhilaration, the lonesome seclusion and the peaceful solitude - it's all here in this memoir of one woman's experience of living on the lights and raising her family there.In 1961 Anderson, her husband Trevor and their four children left a life of relative comfort and convenience in Vancouver and moved to Lennard Island, a rocky, windswept light station off the west coast of Vancouver Island. The Andersons worked as lightkeepers for the next twenty years, at Lennard and then at Barrett Rock, McInnis Island, Green Island (BC's northernmost lighthouse) and Race Rocks (BC's southernmost).In Lighthouse Chronicles Anderson captures the essence of this lifestyle. She speaks candidly about the challenges of learning to live on an exposed, isolated island the size of a city block, where, to get through the day, a family has no one to depend upon - except each other. She describes the essential, exacting work of lightkeeping, which will soon become a lost art. She also describes the profound joys of living with a family in a wild and beautiful place - enjoying the tranquillity of hidden coves and private beaches, looking out over a storm-tossed sea blanketed with foam, and watching her children discover, firsthand, the natural wonders of the BC coast. ... Read more

34. The Winter Years: The Depression of the Prairies (Western Canadian Classics)
by James H. Gray
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Asin: 1894856201
Catlog: Book (2004-03-01)
Publisher: Fitzhenry & Whiteside Limited
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent history of what life was like in the 1930's
T found this book readable and informable. I read it to find out what life was like on the prairies during the depression. The book painted an accurate and vivid account. I loved the discriptions of the grasshopper plagues. I appreciated the account of life in the relief camps. It is very difficult to get such information. I would like to read more books by this author. ... Read more

35. Country Doctor: A Memoir
by Ben Dlin
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Asin: 0920576850
Catlog: Book (2001-09-01)
Publisher: Caitlin Press
Sales Rank: 1016917
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Starting with his first patient, a horse, Ben Dlin discovered that rural doctors are called upon to do things that he never dreamed of when he was an intern."I learned that I had to be prepared to do anything, any time and any place, without regard for the hour, the inconvenience, the exhaustion and the absence of assistance."Set in the post-war period of the 1940s and early 50s, Dlin recounts the responsibility of being the one person who is caled upon in emergencies to make split-second decisions that can impact patients and their families for life. "I believed than and I still believe now that every student of medicine should spend time in rural practice. It is the place to discover what you're made of. But more importantly, it is the best place to learn the profession. Within the novice it creates a lifelong humanistic approach to medicine that remains no matter what specialty is pursued. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended
This book is a gem. It is published by an obscure publisher, and is a diamond in the rough. The author must be a remarkable person. He ends up becoming a psychiatrist, and it shows: his memoir is written with compassion and insight. It is one of the best medical memoirs I've ever read (I read a lot!) The book was full of substance (sometimes these memoirs are very light, and can be read in a couple of hours. Not this book.) But I have to emphasize that I thought it was a page-turner and I could *not* put it down. I don't usually write reviews but took the time to do so for this book because I thought it was so extraordinary.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great read
Country Doctor is a great read. It's fun, interesting, and fast reading. It tells about life in frigid Canada when times were tough (snow blowing in under the door!). Ben tells of himself and others in a way that comes across as truthful--the good and the bad. It's a bit like All Creatures Great and Small in a completely different setting and the multiple stories surround Ben's growing from a kid through adulthood in medical school and beyond.

5-0 out of 5 stars pioneer of public health in addition to country doctor
Many people do not know that Dr Dlin in addition to his abilities as a doctor, veternarian, dentist etc. was perhaps an unwitting pioneer in the area of "Public Health Crisis Management". The complete story is detailed in the book about a health crisis that threateded to wipe out an amimal (instead of human) community. Dr. Dlin's intervention pre-saged the operations of the modern day M.A.S.H unit - or better, (I'm not sure of the exact name) National Health - Contageous Disease (CDC? - in Atlanta) Center's emergency protocols that have only been in existance for perhaps the last 30 years or so. To whit: Isolation and triage of the sick; team approach (in this case he drafted the local community); assembly line (lined up the animals in rows - each with a nurse/caretaker); got people to bring commercial oxygen cylinders from throughout the community (most farmers had oxygen tanks for welding); Dr.Dlin brought anitbiotics, face masks and other emergency materials in bulk from the local (clinic/hospital?). Then, training everyone in the necessary emergency procedures and building bonfires all around the "operating theatre" for both heat and light through the night (no electric lights then) brought the whole herd thru the crsis losing only the animals who were already dead before Dr. Dlin's intervention - quite simply, as remarkable a "generalship" as any war story I've ever read. There are many other lessons in the book which I feel every medical student in the country would do well to learn - plus these stories are fascinating to the laynan.

5-0 out of 5 stars Country Doctor review
Ben Dlin's book gave me a real sense of what life would be like growing up in post-World War II rural Canada. His descriptions are so true to life that they run the gamut, from allowing you to smell the delicious scent of his mother's fresh pastries to visualizing the many primitive medical procedures he had to improvise. From the woman with the gigantic stomach tumor that turned out to be constipation caused by her ingesting glass, stones, and other materials which he had to remove manually, to the "ice pick" lobotomy for mental illness, which today could be simply treated by medication, Dlin's description is uncanny. He sets forth in a non-clinical way his struggles to be admitted and graduate from medical school with its highly limited admissions and the medical help he had to give against sub-zero temperatures with little or no medical supplies. He even relates the medical advice and remedies he learned from his mother as a child and utilized them into his practice.

And it's not just people that Ben Dlin took care of but also animals with all kinds of different ailments from broken legs to pregnancy.

The life of this country doctor and his warm, sometimes humorous, and always sincere relationship with his family, friends, co-workers, and patients provides a wonderful depiction of a rural country doctor's practice and the challenges he must meet on a day-to-day basis.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Read For Every Budding Physician
Whether you intend to become a doctor or have simply received medical attention you must read this book. It's a personal account of the author as a young man growing up in the country, becoming a doctor and learning through his experiences as a country doctor the very human side of medicine. This book is filled with the warmth and sensitivity of a truly caring doctor and should serve as an example to all doctors of a truly humanistic approach to medicine. ... Read more

36. Klee Wyck
by Emily Carr, Kathryn Bridge, Ira Dilworth
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Asin: 1553650255
Catlog: Book (2004-05-01)
Publisher: Douglas & McIntyre
Sales Rank: 488438
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The title of artist, writer, and rebel Emily Carr's first book means "Laughing One," the nickname given her by the Native people of Canada's west coast. She returned the favor with Klee Wyck, a collection of 21 "word portraits" of their lives and ways. The memoir describes in witty, vivid detail Carr's visits and travels as she painted their totem poles and villages and got to know a people whose "quiet strength healed my heart." The book is reissued here with restored text and features the original introduction by Ira Dilworth and a new introduction by Carr scholar Kathryn Bridge. ... Read more

37. The Torso Murder: The Untold Story of Evelyn Dick
by Brian Vallee
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Asin: 1552633403
Catlog: Book (2002-03-01)
Publisher: Key Porter Books
Sales Rank: 468879
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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A fresh and fascinating look at the Evelyn Dick murder trial and the intriguing mystery of her disappearance.

The "torso" murder trial of young attractive Evelyn Dick grabbed headlines in 1946 and 1947. Her husband John's head and limbs had been sawed from his body and burned up in her furnace. After she was sentenced to hang, up-and-coming lawyer J.J. Robinette appealed her case, won her a new trial and then an acquittal. But, when police found the decayed remains of Evelyn's newborn baby encased in cement in a suitcase in her attic, the best Robinette could do for her was a manslaughter conviction and eleven years in prison.

Evelyn Dick was released with a new identity in 1958. Since then, rumors, stories and sightings have abounded. Where did she go and what happened to her? Writer producer Brian Vallée, after crisscrossing the country, conducting several dozen interviews and tirelessly researching old newspaper files and thousands of pages of transcripts and police reports, answers many of the questions that surround this mysterious case. The result is a lively, spine-tingling account of the case itself and Evelyn Dick's surprising new life. With much of the material never before published, The Torso Murder is a captivating, chilling true story. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Interesting Reading
If you've seen the movie, or know of the case, this book provides some interesting information. It is relatively well-written, contains pictures, and is easy to read. I recommend it. ... Read more

38. R. M. Patterson : A Life of Great Adventure
by David Finch
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Asin: 0921102755
Catlog: Book (2000-12)
Publisher: Rocky Mountain Publishing Company
Sales Rank: 1036548
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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The escapades of R. M. Patterson—explorer, rancher and writer—come to life in David Finch’s new biography, R. M. Patterson: A Life of Great Adventure. In a story that combines the lure of gold, the thrill of wilderness exploration and comic tales about life on a southern Alberta ranch, David sketches a fascinating portrait of this great Canadian.

A spirited adventure-seeker, R. M. Patterson left the comforts of British society for untold adventures in Canada. The first person to photograph the falls of the Nahanni, Patterson introduced the world to this now famous river in his book, The Dangerous River.

Authoring a total of five books about his forays into the Canadian wilderness and his life on a southern Alberta ranch, Patterson earned himself legions of fans and made Canada’s wilderness famous.

A skillful historian and storyteller, David Finch combines careful research, charming wit and his passion for the outdoors in this entertaining narrative. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Canadian Paddler Lives on in Finch Biography
In R. M. Patterson: A Life of Great Adventure, historian David Finch brings the famous river explorer back to life. Patterson died at 86 almost twenty years ago, but The Dangerous River, based on his explorations on the South Nahanni River in the Northwest Territories, remains in print and his most popular work, as fresh today as its setting in the late 1920s. The Finch biography revisits the South Nahanni as well as Patterson's roots in England and his many years in the Canadian Rockies. It traces the events of "a life of great adventure," a theme suggested by Patterson's employer at the Bank of England as he wished Patterson well on his 1924 move to Canada to settle in the Peace River country of northwestern Alberta.

Patterson was more than a river rat. He worked as a logger, a trapper, a prospector, before he began to explore the rivers of the region. He ran a sheep operation near Banff, a dude ranch in the footthills of the Rockies, an orchard on Vancouver Island. All five of Patterson's frequently-autobiographical books remain in print decades after they first appeared.

In his exhaustive studies Finch dug into several archives, interviewed dozens of family members and friends, followed the rivers that Patterson explored, and hiked or rode horseback over Patterson's favorite trails. In this biography, Finch shares with his readers the essence of Patterson that he gleaned during a decade of research and writing. In this reader's mind, he brought Patterson back to life as well as any writer could.

(I met Patterson in his latter years, corresponded with him, and interviewed him. Like Finch, I read all of his books, interviewed Patterson himself, his widow, only daughter, and older son. I had planned to write the biography myself, but Finch beat me to it. He did a fine job. --Verne Huser) ... Read more

39. Shania Twain
by Michael McCall
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Asin: 0312206739
Catlog: Book (1999-06-01)
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Sales Rank: 731158
Average Customer Review: 3.17 out of 5 stars
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Shania Twain is not your average country music star, for her appeal extends well beyond country music fans.Millions of music lovers of all types have responded to her singular brand of country-pop, catapulting singles like "You're Still the One" to the top of the charts.Shania has the multi-platinum album sales, she has the high profile, she has the rapt attention of, it seems, the world...and yet she is far more than the sum of these many successes.Growing up in rural Canada amidst great poverty, life was extremely difficult for the young Shania.At age 21, both her parents were killed in a tragic car accident, and she was left to raise three younger siblings alone.The discipline and diligence she was forced to learn served her well in her music career, and provided the basis for her astounding success today.From the cover of Rolling Stone to the cover of Country America, this cross-over wonder has charmed millions around the world, and her fan base continues to grow.Here, finally is her whole story, complete with never-before-seen photos and insider information.This is book Shania fans have been waiting for. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The real Shania
Just finished reading the new book on Shania and, despite having read everything under the sun that I can find about her, I learned a lot. I'm glad the writer didn't just make her out to be too-good-to-be-true nor did he make her out to be a totally bad person. I think what comes through is that she's a hard working and very ambitious and very talented(!!) person who had to fight the system to make it. She may have made a few bad decisions along the way, but she never stopped believing in herself. I find that truly inspirational. The book is well-balanced and factual. As a fan, I don't expect someone only to show the good side of someone, and I hate the kinds of books that only show the bad side. This book has a lot of insider quotes, a lot of information that is fresh and new, and most of all an interesting and insightful perspective on why Shania made it when others don't. I appreciated the background information on the music industry, and the knowledge that Shania really had to fight for herself and her music in order to become a star rather than a one-hit wonder. I think there's a lesson in there for all of us. I know there was for me.

2-0 out of 5 stars This is not Shania Twain!!
I have to agree with many of the reviews I have read about this book, there is nothing new, nothing different and nothing nice. The author repeats himself way too much and contradicts himself. At one time he is bashing her and the next saying that its easy to see why she is adored. I love Shania Twain and I felt like reading this book was just as bad as reading all the articles of people that love to bash her. Also, I agree that the author should have done a little more research instead of creating more rumors. Next time, try talking to Shania herself, thats the only book I want to read. I have read all the other books about Shania and they are so much more worthy. I will say one good thing, the info that is true in this book is written well, but I dont recommend buying it.

4-0 out of 5 stars Same old...same old...
I thought this book was more or less a summary of the other three books about Shania that I have read. It did have a few new things that I did not know and the pictures in the book are great, but I wish it wouldn't have bashed her on one page and then prasied her on another. I give it four stars just because I love Shania and I really would read anything about her.

3-0 out of 5 stars it was ok
i think this book was ok, but it was better than the one by dallas williams, and way worse than the one by barbara hager.

if you're gonna write a biography, you should interview the person for the book (or research a little, and not writing it on rumors).

over all, i guess it was an ok book

3-0 out of 5 stars Could Have Been Better....
I am a come lately fan of Shania's and I was excited when I found the last copy of this at a local bookstore. The book was packaged as having some new and interesting insights on her life and work. Personally, I didn't like it. It was simply a patchwork collection of old articles and rumors. He painted her in contradictory shades of hometown girl and calculating megastar. One has a hard time believeing that the woman he writes as being very in touch with her roots is also the kind of woman that would fire a faithful friend, by way of Fed Express. I think he should have enlisted the help of friends and Shania insiders in compiling his information in this book. There are some very nice pictures of Shania, but I think the boast that they were never before seen photos are also inaccurate. All in all I don't reccommend this book. ... Read more

40. Seal Wars: Twenty-Five Years on the Front Lines With the Harp Seals
by Paul Watson
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Asin: 155297751X
Catlog: Book (2003-01-01)
Publisher: Firefly Books Ltd
Sales Rank: 273738
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Captain Paul Watson has rammed fishing trawlers, smashed whaling ships, sailed boldly into Soviet-controlled waters, and stood bravely on an ice floe between a baby harp seal and an oncoming seal boat. In this daring and sprawling memoir, the captain of the Sea Shepherd recounts his remarkable life on the front lines in the war to stop the viscious slaughter of the Canadian harp seal.

Seal Wars opens in 1996 with Paul Watson -- holed up in a hotel with Martin Sheen in the Magdalen Islands and facing an attacking mob of angry sealers -- being rescued by police and airlifted to safety. Watson recounts the childhood experiences that shaped his adult consciousness and environmental ethic. He records a history of the seal hunt (including all the tragedies, brutalities, and government mismanagement and obfuscation) from its beginning up to the rescue campaigns he courageously led from the prow of the Sea Shepherd.

Starting in 1976 with a Greenpeace crew off Labrador, Paul Watson has braved numerous forays onto the ice floes, many with such celebrities as Brigitte Bardot, Farley Mowat, Martin Sheen, and Pierce Brosnan. He has served time in prison, debated politicians, and quite often put his life on the line. In a passionate defense of environmental responsibility, Seal Wars guides us through the highs and lows, the defeats and successes of Watson's untiring devotion to this noble cause. ... Read more

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