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Chasing Zebras

A Memoir of Genetics, Mental Health and Writing

by Margaret Nowaczyk
edition: Paperback
tagged: medical, personal memoirs, women, mental health

When Margaret Nowaczyk immigrated to Canada with her family from Poland she was determined to be Canadian, whatever that meant, and she was equally determined to be a doctor. Arriving as a teen with an English vocabulary deeply influenced by the few English books she had, including Somerset Maugham's The Painted Veil, Margaret made her way through …

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Down Home for Christmas

Holiday Stories from Atlantic Canada

by Julia Swan, edited by Lesley Choyce
edition: eBook
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Sandra Phinney holds a mysterious gold-coloured “thing” in her hand on Christmas morning, puzzling over what it can be. Parents play a game with their children where they leave candy canes and little elf hats in the snow near their home. In Budge Wilson’s “The Imperfect Perfect Christmas,” December 24 finds young Andrea Doucette feeling n …

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My Mother, My Translator

by Jaspreet Singh
edition: Paperback
tagged: personal memoirs, colonialism & post-colonialism

In 2008, Jaspreet Singh made a pact with his mother. He would gladly give her the go-ahead to publish her significantly altered translation of a story from his collection, Seventeen Tomatoes, if she promised to write her memoirs. After she died in 2012, he decided to take up the memoir she had started. My Mother, My Translator is a deeply personal …

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A Tale of Two Fiddlers

The Early Days of Sports and Life in Charlottetown

by Fred MacDonald
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
tagged: personal memoirs, sports

This is the story of the Charlottetown family as seen through the eyes of the oldest boy, Fred "Fiddler" MacDonald. This memoir tells of Frederick James' journeys in the City, starting with his days as a newspaper and a shoe-shine boy while attending Queen Square School, an all-boys Catholic school in the centre of the City. The story retraces his …

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The Race to the Bottom

How Scuba Diving in Nova Scotia Saved My Life

by Bob Chaulk
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback
tagged: critical care, oncology, death, grief, bereavement

This is the story of one man’s hobby and its overwhelmingly positive effect physically, emotionally, socially, and mentally on his life. The hobby is scuba diving, but not on the reefs of southern seas. This is about diving in Halifax Harbour. Diving summer and winter in one of the biggest and deepest harbours in the world has given Bob a view of …

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When a Parent is Sick

by Joan Hamilton
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback
tagged: death, grief, bereavement, oncology, critical care

What do you tell children when a parent has been diagnosed with a serious illness? What should you do? What should you talk about? When do you tell them? What words should you use?

This book provides parents and other caregivers with suggestions on how to approach children with the information that their parent is seriously ill. There are many exam …

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Beyond the Legal Limit

Surviving a Collision with a Drunk Driver

by Pat Henman
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
tagged: personal memoirs, healing

On a sunny Sunday afternoon in June 2013, performer and singer Pat Henman, was driving home on the highway with her 19-year-old daughter, Maia, when they were struck head-on by a drunk driver. Pat and Maia's injuries were too complicated and life-threatening for the small hospital in Cranbrook, and they were flown to Calgary. Pat was revived four t …

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When A Parent is Sick

Helping Parents Explain Serious Illness to Children

by Joan Hamilton
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
tagged: critical care, death, grief, bereavement

This books provides parents and other caregivers with suggestions on how to approach children with the information that their parent is seriously ill. There are many examples of how and what to say to children and teens.

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The Dyslexia Workbook for Adults

Practical Tools to Improve Executive Functioning, Boost Literacy Skills, and Develop Your Unique Strengths

by Dr. Gavin Reid
edition: Paperback
tagged: learning disabilities

Improve your skills and discover the strengths of your dyslexia—strategies and exercises for adults

Dyslexia is a continuous, lifelong journey—one that asks you to adapt and grow every day. The Dyslexia Workbook for Adults offers practical tools, techniques, and activities to help you improve your literacy skills, boost your self-esteem, and us …

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Working from Home for a Harmonious Life

by Luc Desroches
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
tagged: stress management, time management, spiritual

Since Luc Desroches began working from his home office in 2016, he has been writing about how the move has allowed him to create a more harmonious life for both himself and his family. This book was mostly written pre-COVID-19, when working from home was more the exception than the rule. With almost every employee on the planet being encouraged to …