MIRROR, MIRROR: TERSE VERSE FOR SEASONED CITIZENS

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Author: Vi Bercovitch The white-haired lady sits before the first-year medical students, fielding their questions on geriatrics. A young man asks, "And do you associate mainly with people your own age?" "No, I don't," she answers. Surprised, the young man says, "Oh... and... why not?" She smiles faintly at his innocence. "Well," she says, "They're all dead." This is Vi Bercovich at 95 — a tiny bundle of delight and wisdom. Her poetry makes us nod in agreement, smile at life's absurdities and laugh at the aging person in each of us. After her January 1993 radio interview in "Open House", the CBC received a record number of calls and letters, asking for copies of her poems — proof that looking into the mirror of one's life does indeed produce…
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BENT BUT NOT BROKEN: TODAY’S CANADIAN CHURCH

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Author: David Marcel Létourneau, Joan Eyolfson & Dennis Dwyer Synopsis: David Marcel Letourneau, from a Conservative theological background, considers himself to be religious, yet now rarely attends church. Joan Eyolfson Cadham, from a Lutheran/United Church upbringing, is now a professing Roman Catholic. Rev. Dennis Dwyer, a former investment counsellor, is now a United Church minister. Over a two-year span, these three sought out hundreds of Canadians and listened to their anger and their hopes. They found… George, who left the church because “No matter what the subject was supposed to be, it all came back to sin; especially sins of the flesh.” Judy, who wants church to address “our sleazy governments and being a person of your word.” John, who remembers the minister as “a powerful person who said NO!”…
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A GENTLEMAN AND A SCHOLAR

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Author: Sharen McDonald Synopsis: What makes a successful educator? The significant contributions made by Don Barnes as a teacher and vice-principal at Macdonald High, and then as principal of Hudson High (schools in the Lakeshore School Board on Montreal’s West Island) resulted from many factors in his life. Barnes grew up during WWII in Ealing, West London, and emigrated to Canada mid-century, where he later found his niche education. The author reveals how one person’s experiences provided the necessary ingredients for the creation of fair, firm and friendly school environments in which students felt secure and appreciated as individuals. Genre: Non-fiction/Memoir Published in: 1996 No. of Pages: 192 ISBN: 1896754023
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SHULAMIS: STRORIES FROM A MONTREAL CHILDHOOD

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Author: Shulamis Yelin Synopsis: This new edition of Shulamis celebrates the tenth anniversary (November 27, 1983 to November 27, 1993) of its first printing. It contains the same wonderful stories of life and love and growing up on The Main. Shulamisdraws the reader into the Borodensky family in the 1920s and 30s—a life that is filled with “the aroma of peppercorns, poppy seed and honey—symbol of survival, fruitfulness and a sweet life.” Genre: Non-fiction/Memoir Published in: 1993 No. of Pages: 170 ISBN: 0969518072
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TAPAS: A SPANISH INTERLUDE

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Author: Eugénie Doucet Synopsis: Tapas: A Spanish Interlude is the story the Doucet family, Acadians in Almeria. This family from New Brunswick spent nine years in southern Spain. Eugénie Doucet recounts those days of sun and blue skies, of goats and burros, of markets and churches, of alcaparras and thyme, all told with humour and affection. But when she describes the people of Aguadulce, Beninar and Berja, her admiration, awe and love are most apparent. Tapasmakes the reader feel that he or she knows these people, and the countryside and villages where they live. Genre: Non-fiction/Memoir Published in: 1994 No. of Pages: 224 ISBN: 0969875207
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THE LIGHTS OF LANCASTER

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Author: J. Euclide Caza Synopsis: Euclide was a man whose great energy was directed heart and soul toward his profession (dental surgery), his town (Huntingdon, Quebec), his friends, family and community interests. Then one day, “a slender vein became blocked by a tiny clot of blood weighing a fraction of a gram, derailing him, rendering him hors de combat.” He was encouraged by his brother O.E., a surgeon, to keep a journal. Euclide’s journal took the form of letters to his brother Romé. Two decades after Euclide’s death, Margaret, wife of Romé’s son Renaud, became intrigued by the tattered onionskin sheets. With the considerable help of Renaud, she translated the letters. Now, nearly two decades later, she has annotated them to better acquaint readers with the setting of Euclide’s story. The…
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LOOKING BACK

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Author: Bess Burrows Rivett Synopsis: The fact that my mother decided to write a book when she was well into her late seventies did not surprise me. There is very little that my mother decides to do that surprises me anymore—nor would it be wise to try to dissuade her, although I did manage to get her to re-think her decision to go ice-skating with her grandson last year, when she was eighty-one. What did surprise me was how very interesting her story was. There were no earth-shattering experiences, no fascinating discoveries, no gripping adventures, but I found myself being taken back to a calmer time where enjoyments were far simpler and life was more serene. I found myself becoming very involved with this spirited, impish, mischievous child, and enjoying…
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ALASKA BURNING

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Author: Jerry Ray Nelson Synopsis: Can it really become so hot that steam will rise from your sweaty body? It can happen, when the wind shifts and the heat of a forest fire is that intense. Emergency Fire Fighters (EFF), having been trained in safety and firefighting, know to expect the unexpected, as occasionally fires do turn on them. A surprising number of dedicated men and women, many of whom are Native Alaskans, spend their summers fighting forest fires in Alaska. Smoke Jumpers and Hot Shots are dispatched from the military style bases where they live. Emergency Fire Fighters live at home and belong to crews based in their villages. The EFF crews are called upon mainly to assist the Smoke Jumpers and Hot Shots fight fires by making fire…
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RED RIGHT RETURNING

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Author: Joan Eyolfson Cadham Synopsis: Sailors will tell you: keep the red buoy on your right when returning to harbour. Joan Eyolfson Cadhan has returned after an unforgettable voyage. Red Right Returningis a love story – about a boat with a soul and the journey of two unsure people who fought their way to an enduring friendship. Because Joan and Jack discovered they both liked good food, included in the book are some of their favourite galley recipes. The book is not a recipe for a successful relationship; it is rather a menu of trials, tribulations and joys of the Skipper and the Viking, plus a few practical lessons learned about taking to the bounding waves in a small sailboat. Genre: Non-fiction/Memoir Published in: 1998 No. of Pages: 159 ISBN:…
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