Single women are more prominent in society than ever before, so why is being unattached and female still treated like a problem that needs to be solved with marriage? Single Girl Problems looks to change the narrative on what it means to be a single woman in the twenty-first century.
A gripping account of PTSD, and a stark reminder that, for many, wars go on long after the last shot is fired. In the shadows of army life is a world where friends become monsters, where kindness twists into assault, and where self-loathing and despair become constant companions. Whether you know it by old names like “soldier’s heart,” “shell shock,” or “combat fatigue,” post-traumatic stress ... read more
2016 VOYA Top Shelf Fiction Selection Anna has always been so level-headed, so easy-going, so talented and funny. How could anyone have guessed she wanted to die? Anna is not like other people. She’s always felt like she didn’t belong: not with other kids, not with her family, not in her body. It isn’t until her grandparents are killed in a tragic accident, however, that Anna starts to feel un... read more
CCBC's Best Books for Kids & Teens (Fall 2015) ― Commended When Dani sets out to uncover her father’s past, she also discovers her own future. Raised by her mother, eighteen-year-old Dani Lancaster only had six weeks to get to know her father, Sam, before he lost his battle with cancer. It was long enough to love him, but not long enough to get to know him ― especially since Sam didn't even kn... read more
An extraordinary, newly discovered account from an ordinary Canadian on the ground in the crucial battles of the First World War. What was it like to be a field gunner in the Great War? Drawing on the unpublished letters and diary of field gunner Lt. Bert Sargent and his fellow soldiers, Thunder in the Skies takes the reader from enlistment in late 1914, through training camp, to the Somme, Vi... read more
An exciting vision of the blossoming new role gardening plays for this generation and the next. In The New Canadian Garden, Canada’s gardening guru, Mark Cullen, explores new trends that are redefining today’s gardening experiences. Many of us are utilizing small urban spaces — balconies, patios, and even rooftops — and growing our own fruits, vegetables, and herbs, both at home and through co... read more
Helenas disfigured face has defined her since childhood, even though her older sister Grace always urged her to love herself. Graces sudden death leaves Helena stunned and broken-hearted, but also leaves her with an unexpected inheritance. With only one day to make her decision, Helena becomes increasingly desperate to understand the real motivation behind Graces gift. Inheritance is a meditat... read more
Set in the Toronto neighbourhood of Parkdale, An Imperfect Man narrates two devastating weeks in the life of Jack Hughes as he battles his left arm and his past.
The travelers in the Stone Soup folktale creatively offer a share of the nourishment to come by inviting the townspeople to contribute whatever they can. This simple gesture dispels fear and forges connection. In a similar way, the cauldron of these inviting poems effortlessly blends ingredients both earthy and spiritual, jaunty and tender, compassionate and ecstatic. The poems wonder, take de... read more
Set in downtown Toronto in the 1980s, Costume and Bone's two stories are told with an intricacy which powerfully evokes both sense and dream. In "Raine," an anorexic who embraces poverty after a childhood of privilege attends a small dinner party where she confronts secrets and lies of the past and present. "The Taxidermist" portrays a man, dominant in his relationships with a ballet dancer an... read more
In Revenge of the Grand Narrative, the oldest man in the world, an activist with a suspiciously persuasive singing voice, and the author of the most anticipated debut novel ever set out to investigate a mysteriously synchronistic earthquake that seems to have leapt from the world of fiction. With similarities to David Foster Wallace’s short stories, Rosenbaum introduces a semi-metafictional ta... read more
Pin Pricks is a collection of deceptively simple poems and aphorisms, each of which expresses an understanding of what it means to be human in this high-tech, global age. The poems leap from urban first world concerns to third world struggles, from the solidly grounded to the surreal, from sombre to witty to frighteningly harsh. They constantly remind us that we are all intimately connected, s... read more
Rough Paradise is a unique and movingnovella about identity and growingup Intersex in a violent, unwelcoming,heteronormative world. Terry Tomey wasborn with an Intersex condition whichwreaks havoc with his puberty. He is onthe verge of suicide when he meets Darla,the only person who accepts Terry and whois going through a crisis of her own. Bothincur the wrath of the community and theirfamilie... read more
Under the Mulberry Tree is an anthology of poems paying affectionate and admiring tribute to one of the most important figures in Canadian poetry in the second half of the 20th Century. Raymond Souster (1921-2012) was a groundbreaking poet of wide-ranging influence who distinguished himself like no one else, as an editor, publisher, readings organizer, and mentor. The poets contributing to thi... read more
A love-you-love-you-not daisy petal game for the 21st century. Weave in some strange haircuts, flying carpets and two sets of twins. Oh, and did we mention the horses?
Chlo has just settled into Montreal after the rupture of her relationship with Justin in Toronto. She takes a job as an advertising representative for an upscale consumer magazine, and is immediately swept off her feet by Claude, the editor. Her reconnection with her French Canadian soul is initially exhilarating, but soon turns out to be disastrous. She loses her footing and enters her own wo... read more
Set in a decade before Twitter and Facebook, Terminal Grill introduces a woman to her perfect stranger. Looks, style and wit make him irresistible and hopping into a cab with him – inevitable. However, first impressions are never what they seem, and she soon finds herself courting darkness, danger, and the unknown in this story of a potentially destructive temptation. Mystery author Rosemary A... read more
When Anne Grant must choose between a life of obedience at the hands of a cruel but wealthy husband, or the freedom promised in the new world, she enlists the help of her childhood friend Ian, to leave Scotland forever for a life in Nova Scotia. As Anne adjusts to life aboard the Hector, she begins to realize that life at sea may be more than she bargained for: smallpox, storms and near famine... read more
The Tango Lyrics is a translation of Andanza, the tenth book of poetry by Mara Negroni, whose important place in international letters has been well recognized in Argentina and abroad. Like many of her books, The Tango Lyrics drifts through intertextualityby tapping into tango lyrics and Lunfardo slangas it navigates personal terrain. Linguistically rich, with musicality at the forefront, the ... read more
At Dempsey’s Lodge, nothing is what it seems.Dempsey’s Lodge is the perfect getaway for families and young couples: the fishing is good, the air is fresh, the scenery is breathtaking. But beyond its pristine beauty and simple pleasures seethes the complexity of life: prejudice, love, lust, and betrayal … not to mention murder.
2016 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature — Longlisted 2016 RBC Taylor Prize — Longlisted The unforgettable memoir of Giller Prize–winning author and poet Austin Clarke, called “Canada’s first multicultural writer.” Austin Clarke is a distinguished and celebrated novelist and short-story writer. His works often centre around the immigrant experience, of which he writes with humour and comp... read more
With 150 archival plans, photographs, and illustrations, Mark Osbaldeston explores 200 years of significant but unrealized building, planning, and transit schemes in Hamilton. Learn about the escarpment amphitheatre, the Gage Avenue tunnel, the King’s Forest Zoo, and the downtown planetarium, none of which ever came to fruition.
Seven soldiers. Seven military specialties. Seven stories. What was it like to serve in the combat mission in Afghanistan? Journalists’ reports from 2006 to 2011 could only give brief glimpses of the reality on the ground for Canadian soldiers. This book reveals the full story of what happened to seven soldiers, ranking from corporal to captain, who were deployed during Operation ATHENA, Phase... read more
Over the last 45 years, Marshall Hryciuk's writing shows 5 distinct kinds; haiku,translations of symbolist poetry, concrete/visual poetry, long poems as well as the sound-sprung mid-length, discursive poems such as are featured here in In Search of Tatiana. His No Holds Bard Project was begun in 1985 to introduce into the abyss of Anglo-American thinking about poetry the French Symbolist tradi... read more
The “good jobs” of the past are almost gone. Today, many university graduates face unemployment while others face underemployment. Ken Coates and Bill Morrison explore the death of the “good job,” and the role that universities have played in the disconnect between career fantasies and realities.
Join author Terry Boyle as he invites you to discover Ontario’s hidden, unusual, sites. From small communities and local folklore to UFO sightings, ghost stories, and superstitions, Terry tells unique stories you won’t find in traditional guidebooks.
Honouring strong new voices from around the world, the 2014 Commonwealth Short Story Prize is a global award, open to unpublished as well as published writers, with a truly international judging panel. This global anthology presents the winner of the 2014 Short Story Prize, Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi’s “Let’s Tell This Story Properly,” alongside some of the most promising and original stories ... read more
Mark Dake, a Canadian ESL teacher, set out on a four-month road trip to discover everything that South Korea had to offer. From art galleries and temples to mountaintops and national parks, South Korea: The Enigmatic Peninsula shares the heart and soul of Koreans and their beautiful country.
For Charlie Hillier, a posting to Cuba could be the perfect place to start his new life ― if he survives it. With his career stalled and the office abuzz about his soon-to-be-ex-wife’s indiscretions, Ottawa bureaucrat Charlie Hillier is desperate for a change. So when the chance at a posting to the Canadian embassy in Havana comes up, he jumps at it, grateful to get as far away as he can from ... read more
In Moscow, the truth can be a dangerous commodity. Ottawa bureaucrat–turned-diplomat Charlie Hillier is back. Having barely survived his first posting in Havana, Charlie is eager to put what he learned there to good use. And it isn’t long before he's thrust into a fresh case ― a technical writer from Toronto in a Moscow jail on dubious drug charges. Charlie has barely put a dent in the brick w... read more
How a few women fought to board planes, then fly them, and finally to break through earth’s atmosphere into space. The story of how women in Canada, from Newfoundland to British Columbia, struggled to win a place in the world of air travel, first as passengers, then as flight attendants and pilots, and, finally, as astronauts. Anecdotes, sometimes humourous and always amazing, trace these wome... read more
How Toronto’s own city farms were crowded out First settled in the early nineteenth century, the area now known as Don Mills retained its rural character until the end of the Second World War. After the war, population growth resulted in pressure to develop the area around Toronto and, in a relatively short time, the landscape of Don Mills was irreparably altered. Today, the farms are all gone... read more
When a gruesome murder disrupts historic peace talks in London between Israeli and Palestinian leaders, Middle Eastern specialist Ayesha Ryder must decipher a cryptic message scrawled in blood above the victims body. A letter written by Lawrence of Arabia hints at the existence of a British plan to grant independence to Palestine in the 1930s, and of a plot between a member of the British Roya... read more
The Hill Times: Best Books of 2017 Unique views from John F. Kennedy, Nelson Mandela, Indira Gandhi, and dozens of other world leaders reveal Canada and Canadians through their eyes. During the First World War, foreign leaders began addressing Canadians in our House of Commons and, ever since, have continued influencing how we think about our role in global affairs. For a century now, this par... read more
The story of the end-of-life experience of a palliative care physician who helped thousands of patients to die well. We all die. Most of us spend the majority of our lives ignoring this uncomfortable truth, but Dr. Larry Librach dedicated his life and his career to helping his patients navigate their final journey. Then, in April 2013, Larry was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer. Unlik... read more
A look at our relationship with food and sex, what happens when we become too dependent on either, and how to start recovering. The need for food and the desire for sex are powerful forces, so powerful they can turn our bodies into battle grounds. Bingeing, exercising to exhaustion, even entering repeatedly into unhealthy relationships — these are all addictive behaviours and symptoms of our b... read more
The sensational story of a girl's tragic death and the whirlwind of racial prejudices that came in its wake. On Boxing Day 2005, fifteen-year-old Jane Creba was fatally shot on one of the busiest streets in Toronto. Police and journalists reported her death as that of an innocent bystander caught in the crossfire of rival gangs. In the months that followed Creba’s death, fifty-six men of colou... read more
The poetry of Further Up and Further In continues to advance the never-ending story of one man's ongoing spiritual journey, his pilgrimage through a variety of the soi dissant and infamous stages of life to, if all goes according to plan (and let's not beat around the bush here), God. Or what, as they say in the Christian tradition within which Mr. Marks works, sometimes playfully, sometimes n... read more
Why do planes disappear or fall out of the sky? Brace for Impact traces the evolution of accident investigation and explains why flying is the safest form of travel. The history of air accidents is a harrowing one. Yet today flying is the safest mode of transportation, thanks in no small part to the work of crash detectives. Whenever a plane falls from the sky, the investigators pick through t... read more
Tells the stories of every Canadian winner of the Victoria Cross, the Commonwealth’s highest award for gallantry, during the First World War. With a scope that covers the entire global conflict, For Valour follows soldiers from across Canada, all united by valour above and beyond the call of duty.
Discover London — and Canada — in one guidebook! Thousands of Canadians visit London, England, every year. But what their popular guidebooks always fail to mention are the over one hundred objects, monuments, and locations in the city associated with their own home and native land. Take for example the statue of half-mad General Charles Gordon standing beside the River Thames. His capture by r... read more
2015 Ontario Historical Society Alison Prentice Award — Winner 2016 Heritage Toronto Book Award — Nominated The story of the Bell Canada union drive and the phone operator strike that brought sweeping reform to women’s workplace rights. In the 1970s, Bell Canada was Canada’s largest corporation. It employed thousands of people, including a large number of women who worked as operators and endu... read more
A National Bestseller! Canada’s Only Full-Time Political Campaign Manager ― 50 Campaigns in 45 Years with 30 Victories John Laschinger opens the doors to the backrooms and war rooms of the political campaigns he has run, providing lessons for aspiring campaign managers, and exposing what really happens behind the scenes.
First published in 1954, in Variable Winds at Jalna, the immediate sequel to Renny’s Daughter, Maitland Fitzturgis and his sister, Sylvia Fleming, travel from Ireland for his official acceptance by the family as Adeline’s husband. Finch and Maurice also return, and Maurice brings with him his own problematic affairs of the heart. It quickly becomes one of the most fateful years that Jalna has ... read more
First published in 1946, in Return to Jalna, the Whiteoak family reunites after a year of separation. Piers, Renny, and Wakefield return in 1943 during the Second World War. Finch has been off on a concert tour, and Maurice has come home from Ireland. Fifteen-year-old Adeline returns from school and is now the stunning reflection of her namesake. It's a time of change and strain, but the famil... read more
First published in 1953, in The Whiteoak Brothers, the Jalna household is electric with secrecy and excited expectation. It is now 1923, and while young love blossoms between Pheasant and Piers, Aunt Augusta’s friend, Dilly Warkworth, arrives at Jalna and tries to snare the heart of Renny. Eden, meets a persuasive mining broker whose new venture promises miracles. One by one, Eden persuades th... read more
First published in 1960, in Morning at Jalna it is 1863 and the American Civil War is raging south of the border. Still in its early years, the Jalna estate seems far away from the despair and destruction. Philip, who will grow up to become the master of Jalna, has just come into the world, while Augusta, Nicholas, and Ernest are children. Life at Jalna is as peaceful as usual until the Sincla... read more
Chronicling the early years of the formidable manor Jalna and the Whiteoak family who inhabit it, this bundle gathers together the first four novels in Mazo de la Roche's treasured Canadian saga.IncludesThe Building of JalnaMorning at JalnaMary WakefieldYoung Renny
Perhaps the most classic novels of Mazo de la Roche's monumental family saga are these four, including the original novel Jalna. They fall in the middle of her books' multi-generation narrative, but were the first books written in the series, and set the stage for the twelve sequels and prequels that were to follow.
History flows swiftly on, and even the formidable family home of Jalna is swept up in its currents in this collection of books 9-12 of the Jalna series. Fortunes rise and crumble as older generations give way to the young, and the reins of tradition strain against the swift rush of progress.
All good things must come to an end, and with these four novels Mazo de la Roche's brings her beloved Jalna saga to a masterful conclusion.
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