Carnival: A Novel

By Rawi Hage

A stirring new masterpiece from the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award–winning writer of Cockroach and De Niro’s Game.

In Carnival, across the world acclaimed writer Rawi Hage takes us into the area of Fly, a taxi driving force in a crime-ridden apocalyptic city.

Raised within the circus, the son of a golden-haired trapeze artist and a flying-carpet guy, Fly sees every little thing, taking in all the city’s carnivalesque attractiveness and ugliness as he roves via its dizzying streets in his taxi. Fly is a reader, too, and whilst he’s no longer in his taxi he's at domestic within the both dizzying labyrinth of books that fills his tiny condominium. His ally is Otto, a political activist who’s out and in of jails and asylums, mourning his useless spouse and misplaced foster son. On one differently tawdry evening Fly meets Mary, a book-loving passenger with a domineering husband. So starts off a romance that's, for Fly, a quick glimmer of sunshine amid the shadows and grit of the Carnival city.

Along with Otto and Mary, Fly introduces us to madmen and revolutionaries, magicians and prostitutes as he choices them up and drops them off, touring via a nightmarish city that is―we can’t aid yet notice―a parable for our personal debauched, unjust world.

Wildly innovative and darkly ironic, Carnival is a powerful achievement.

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The Russian Album

By Michael Ignatieff

Winner of the Royal Society of Literature Award

In The Russian Album, Michael Ignatieff chronicles 5 generations of his Russian family members, starting in 1815. Drawing on relations diaries, at the contemplation of interesting pictures in an outdated kin album, and on tales handed down from father to son, he involves phrases with the that means of his family's stories and histories. targeting his grandparents, count number Paul Ignatieff and Princess Natasha Mestchersky, he recreates their lives earlier than, in the course of, and after the Russian Revolution.

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Mount Pleasant

By Don Gillmor

In heart age, debt has develop into the main major courting in Harry Salter's lifestyles. He used to be born to prosperous mom and dad in leafy and privileged Rosedale, at a time whilst town was once nonetheless outlined by way of its WASP elite. yet not anything in existence has grew to become out the way in which Harry used to be ended in count on. he is not sure of his position in society, his marriage is crumbling, his son is bordering on estranged, and on most sensible of all of it his father is dying.
 
As he sits at his father's bedside, Harry unavoidably daydreams approximately his inheritance. a few his father's hundreds of thousands may rescue him from his ballooning debt--maybe even store his marriage. but if the need is learn, all that is left for Harry is $4200. Dale Salter's funds is long gone. Out of desperation and disbelief, Harry begins to dig into what occurred to the cash. As he follows a path strewn with kin secrets and techniques and unsavory suspicions, he discovers not just that previous cash has misplaced its grip and new cash taken on an unsightly hue, yet that his complete life been solid into shadow by means of the burden of his expectations.

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The Lumberjacks

By Donald MacKay

Short-listed for the 1978 Governor General’s Award for Non-Fiction

The nineteenth century spawned a different breed of fellows who took satisfaction of their woodsmen abilities and tough codes of behavior. They referred to as themselves lumberers, shantymen, trees beasts, les bucherons – and, extra lately, lumberjacks, operating within the enormous forests of jap Canada and British Columbia.

around the nation, farm boys may visit the woods, lumbering being the one wintry weather paintings on hand. Immigrants – Swedes and Finns usually – resumed the trades they'd discovered so good within the forests of northern Europe. They broke the chilly, demanding monotony of camp existence with songs, tall stories and card video games.

inside those pages, writer Donald MacKay permits us a glimpse into that second in our historical past whilst males entered the virgin woodland to carve out an from the likely unending array of pine, spruce, maple and balsam fir came across there.

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When the Gods Changed: The Death of Liberal Canada

Peter C. Newman, Canada's such a lot "cussed and mentioned" political journalist, at the dying spiral of the Liberal Party.

The may perhaps 2, 2011 federal election became Canadian governance the other way up and within out. In his most up-to-date and doubtless so much debatable publication, bestselling writer Peter C. Newman argues that the Harper majority will modify Canada lots that we can have to alter the country's identify. however the longest lasting impression of the Tory win may be the death of the Liberal social gathering, which governed Canada for seven of the final ten a long time and actually made the rustic what it really is. Newman chronicles, in bloody aspect, the de-construction of the Grits' as soon as unassailable castle and anatomizes the ways that the confidence embedded within the Liberal genetic code slowly poisoned the party's innovative impulses.

When the Gods Changed is the saga of a political self-immolation unrivaled in Canadian heritage. It took Michael Ignatieff to gentle the fit.

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I am Hutterite

By Mary-Ann Kirkby

In 1969, Mary-Ann Kirkby’s mom and dad did the unthinkable. They left a Hutterite colony close to Portage l. a. Prairie, Manitoba, with seven teenagers and little else, to begin a brand new lifestyles. in a single day, the relations used to be thrust right into a society they didn't comprehend and which knew little in their targeted tradition. The transition used to be overwhelming.

More than 40,000 Hutterites survive four hundred colonies in the course of the U.S. and Canada’s Prairie provinces. non secular cousins to the Mennonites and the Amish, this 500-year-old tradition with eu roots has been in North the US because the past due 1800s, but few outsiders recognize something approximately its customs or traditions.

"I Am Hutterite" takes you within Fairholme Colony, the place Kirkby spent the 1st ten years of her lifestyles. Her certain portrait of Hutterian humans opens a window on a closedcommunity and divulges a life-style that turns out impressive to the skin world.

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Picture Gallery of Canadian History, Volume 2: 1763 to 1830

By C. W. Jefferys

Heritage academics have in mind! here's one quantity 2 of my favorite assets for educating Canadian historical past.

Dr. C. W. Jefferys used to be certainly one of Canada's finest historic artists and his three-volume "Picture Gallery of Canadian History" is perhaps his best-known success. His 1000s of rigorously researched images of artifacts, humans, areas and episodes from Canadian historical past offer a "treasure condo of data approximately this country's past."

Vol.1 - Discovery to 1900
Vol.2 - 1763 to 1830
Vol.3 - 1839 to 1900

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For the Love of History: Winners of the Pierre Berton Award Bring to Life Canada's Past

By Pierre Berton

That includes a few of Canada’s top recognized and so much in demand historians, this assortment will attract Pierre Berton lovers and heritage fans everywhere.

For the affection of heritage beneficial properties the contributions of exceptional writers who've received attractiveness for the inventive and vibrant ways that they've got popularized Canadian background. together with a foreword by means of Pierre Berton, this e-book chronicles a various and vigorous diversity of old episodes, from an account of early fur-traders and the tale of the fascinating lifetime of Isabel Mackenzie King to a dramatic examine the FLQ problem. Drawing at the contributors’ abilities as acclaimed and creative storytellers, this publication can pay lasting tribute to the unrivalled legacy of Pierre Berton.

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The Longer I'm Prime Minister: Stephen Harper and Canada, 2006-

By Paul Wells

The definitive portrait of Stephen Harper in strength via this country's so much trenchant, influential and outstanding political commentator.
     Despite a continuing barrage of shock and disbelief from his detractors, Stephen Harper is on his approach to changing into certainly one of Canada's most vital best ministers. He has already been in strength longer than Lester B. Pearson and John Diefenbaker. through 2015, and the top of this majority time period, he will have stuck as much as Brian Mulroney. regardless of the ups and downs, the triumphs and the self-inflicted wounds, Harper has been relocating to construct the Canada he wants--the Canada an important percentage of Canadian citizens wish or they would not have elected him thrice. As Wells writes, "He couldn't win elections with no common aid within the land. . . . which implies that Harper has what each profitable federal chief has had to continue to exist over an extended stretch of time: a superb realizing of Canada."
In The Longer i am leading Minister, Paul Wells explores simply what Harper's knowing of Canada is, and who he speaks for within the nationwide dialog. He explains Harper not just to Harper supporters but in addition to readers who cannot think he's nonetheless Canada's top minister. during this authoritative, attractive and occasionally deeply serious account of the guy, Paul Wells additionally brings us an illuminating portrait of Canadian democracy: "glorious, a bit dented, and free."

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