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Great 2017 Nonfiction

Created by 49thShelf
tagged: nonfiction, great books
49thShelf Editor Kerry celebrates some of the best nonfiction she read in 2017 and some of the books still on her to-be-read list. Read on!

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Birds Art Life

by Kyo Maclear
edition: Paperback
tagged: personal memoirs, literary, artists, architects, photographers

A seminal work, Birds Art Life recounts Maclear's year-long adventure of discovering inspiration in the intricacies of birds, bird-searching and bird-watching in a big city.

     The natural world has played muse to generations of poets, writers and artists alike, inspiring them to step away from their work, even for a short while, and observe its …

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Following the River

Traces of Red River Women

by Lorri Neilsen Glenn
edition: Paperback
tagged: indigenous studies, essays, women's studies

Lorri Neilsen Glenn first discovered her great-grandmother's tragic death in a passing comment from an aunt. Startled, she began to search out the history of her family, to understand the life of this woman she knew nothing about. Along the way Neilsen Glenn works to unravel the issues of racism, sexism and colonial nation building that haunt us st …

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My Conversations With Canadians

by Lee Maracle
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback Audiobook
tagged: native american, indigenous studies, essays

Shortlisted for the 2018 Toronto Book Award

Shortlisted for the First Nation Communities READ 2018-2019 Award

On her first book tour at the age of 26, Lee Maracle was asked a question from the audience, one she couldn't possibly answer at that moment. But she has been thinking about it ever since. As time has passed, she has been asked countless simi …

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Seven Fallen Feathers

Racism, Death, and Hard Truths in a Northern City

by Tanya Talaga
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook Audiobook Audiobook
tagged: native americans, human rights, indigenous studies

The groundbreaking and multiple award-winning national bestseller work about systemic racism, education, the failure of the policing and justice systems, and Indigenous rights by Tanya Talaga.

Over the span of eleven years, seven Indigenous high school students died in Thunder Bay, Ontario. They were hundreds of kilometres away from their families, …

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Your Heart Is the Size of Your Fist

A Doctor Reflects on Ten Years at a Refugee Clinic

by Martina Scholtens, MD
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook Audiobook
tagged: public health, emigration & immigration, family & general practice

An absorbing and touching read, this collection of true stories is the first book by a Canadian doctor on the topic of refugee health.

Your Heart Is the Size of Your Fist draws readers into the complicated, poignant, and often-overlooked daily happenings of a busy urban medical clinic for refugees.

An Iraqi journalist whose son has been been murdered …

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Snacks

A Canadian Food History

by Janis Thiessen
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook Hardcover
tagged: corporate & business history, agriculture & food, post-confederation (1867-)

"Snacks" is a history of Canadian snack foods, of the independent producers and workers who make them, and of the consumers who can’t put them down.

Janis Thiessen profiles several iconic Canadian snack food companies, including Old Dutch Potato Chips, Hawkins Cheezies, and chocolate maker Ganong. These companies have developed in distinctive way …

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Euclid's Orchard and Other Essays

by Theresa Kishkan
edition: Paperback
tagged: essays, canadian, natural history

In her new collection of essays Kishkan unravels an intricately patterned algorithm of cross-species madrigal, horticulture and love. Opening with ‘Herakleitos on the Yalakom,’ a turbulent homage to her father, and ending in ‘Euclid’s Orchard,’ amidst bees and coyotes, her touchstones of natural history and family mythology are re-aligned …

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Turning

A Year in the Water

by Jessica J. Lee
edition: Paperback
also available: Paperback
tagged: personal memoirs, women, environmentalists & naturalists

Longlisted for the 2018 Frank Hegyi Award for Emerging Authors
“Jessica J. Lee is a writer of rare and exhilarating grace. In Turning, she sounds the depths of lakes and her own life, never flinching from darkness, surfacing to fresh understandings of her place in the welter of natural and human history. A beautiful, moody, bracing debut.” — …