This is lively account of a year spent in the arctic by the authors. They travelled 3500 kilometres by canoe and dog team, lived with an Inuit family and learned how to build igloos. They share their experiences with a tone of excitement and humour that brings the North alive.
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PLI c.3 10/93
West Vancouver, B.C.: Gordon Soules Book Publishers Ltd., c1992
Mel Hurtig was a bookseller, a political activist, a publisher and a writer. These colourful memoirs follow him from a young man to his mature years as a speaker and political strategist. Along the way he had brushes with Pierre Trudeau and a cast of political icons. He helped form the Council of Canadians and the National Party of Canada.
This is a memoir of one of B.C.'s most colourful politicians. He served as Premier for three years in the early 1970s, and introduced a blizzard of legislative reforms which had lasting effect. He went on to become a talk show host and then shifted to federal politics as an MP who took a run for the NDP leadership.
Terpening's beat stretched from Fort McMurray to the Arctic Ocean, and his remarkable bush-flying stories tell of planes wandering lost over unmapped muskeg, perilous rescue missions, dogged searches and emergency landings. These stories are derived from the journals he kept.
Terrell McCaleb, a former FBI investigator of serial murders, was leading a quiet life as he recovered from a heart transplant. But he became hooked on a newspaper story about an unsolved murder. He took up the case. What first looked like a random crime takes on more baffling and horrific angles than anything he had ever encountered.
Set in Alberta in the years following the Great Depression, this story is told by young Jamie O'Day. In a warm-hearted style, he describes the eccentric townsfolk, including "truckbox" Al McClintock, the hot-blooded Chalupa girl, and Bertha Sigurdson, the social outcast. Love, loss of innocence, and the value of community bind them together.
Jim Qwilleran's expectations for a quiet life in Pickax are interrupted by the local people and animals. Then the body of the despised high school principal is found in his orchard. He fears the crime will go unsolved. Koko joins in to clear the name of the accused, but maybe their efforts are a bit late?
Coldstream Ranch on the outskirts of the Okanagan city of Vernon is one of the oldest continually operating ranches in Canada. It was founded by Charles Houghton to provision the Cariboo Gold Rush in 1863. This is an affectionate chronicle of a historic institution.
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BPL c.3 6/06
NW c.4 6/06
Madeira Park, B.C.: Harbour Publishing Co. Ltd., 2005
The rise and fall of media tycoon Conrad Black is rivalled in its spectacular extravagance only by the machinations of his social climbing wife, Barbara Amiel. Their's is a story of overwhelming ambition and greed. Living beyond his means, he plundered Hollinger, a public company, and was charged with fraud and corruption.
The telegraph was the first instrument of rapid communication, and a revolutionary concept for the mid-nineteenth century. This is the story of the Russian-American telegraph, a massive attempt to connect the continents by poles and telegraph wires from Seattle through B.C., the Yukon, Alaska and Siberia.
Victoria-born Beattie again co-authors with John Geiger producing this archaeological detective story. In 1719 James Knight sailed into Hudson Bay in a search for the northwest passage. Three centuries later his two boats are discovered by Beattie and Geiger in this haunting re-creation of events.
No one ever knew what kind of strays, from animals to weary travelers, Rose Clayborne would bring home next. Sometimes her four brothers wondered whether her boarding school education did a lick of good now that their beautiful impulsive sister was back in Blue Belle, Montana.
Outlaw, rancher, lover, father -- this powerful portrait of a fiercely independent cowboy brings alive the vastness of Canadian prairie life. Written from a male's perspective, this is a rich, powerful, technically accomplished work that reflects Butala's love of the land.
After a ten-year marriage ends, all Charlie Waterston has now is the future. He is leaving his architectural job in London and returning to New York. Too devastated to work, Charlie takes a leave of absence to go skiing in Vermont. But a snow storm leaves him stranded in Massachusetts, where a stay at a bed and breakfast changes his life forever.
An action-packed sea adventure that's also an anthropological thriller. Ghost sea takes the reader on a terrifying search for a kidnapped woman, into the waters and cultures of British Columbia's wild coast of nearly a century ago.