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Bearing Witness

Bearing Witness is a collection of stories from women who went through the diagnosis of ovarian cancer, and treatment for it, only to find that the cancer recurred and any hope of recovery was gone. These ...

The Curtain

Henry Schogt met his wife, Corrie, in 1954 in Amsterdam. Each knew the other had grown up in the Netherlands during World War II, but for years they barely spoke of their experiences. This was true for ...

The Arms of the Infinite

The Arms of the Infinite takes the reader inside the minds of author Christopher Barker’s parents, writer Elizabeth Smart (By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept) and poet George Barker. From ...

Franz Werfel: The Faith of an Exile

Franz Werfel was born in Prague in 1890 and died in Beverly Hills in 1945, a popular and artistic success in Europe and America. Despite his Jewish birth and upbringing, he was attracted to Christianity ...

Love Strong as Death

A transcription of Lucy Peel’s wonderfully readable journal was recently discovered in her descendent’s house in Norwich, England. Sent in regular installments to her transatlantic relatives, the ...

The Surprise of My Life

“It’s an autobiography! If I tell you what’s in it you won’t read the book. ” — Claire Drainie Taylor

 

Or would you? Maybe you’d be intrigued by the progression of a life begun as an unexceptional ...

“I Want to Join Your Club”

“I am a girl, 13 years old, and a proper broncho buster. I can cook and do housework, but I just love to ride. ”

In letters written to the children’s pages of newspapers, we hear the clear and authentic ...

I Have a Story to Tell You

I Have a Story to Tell You is about Eastern European Jewish immigrants living in Montreal, Toronto, and Winnipeg in the early twentieth century. The stories encompass their travels and travails on leaving ...

Dead Woman Pickney

Dead Woman Pickney chronicles life stories of growing up in Jamaica from 1943 to 1965 and contains both personal experience and history, told with stridency and humour. The author’s coming of age parallels ...

A Kindly Scrutiny of Human Nature

A Kindly Scrutiny of Human Nature is a collection of essays honouring Richard (Dick) Slobodin, one of the great anthropologists of the Canadian North.

A short biography is followed by essays describing ...