- Genres: Memoir
CA$17.95What began as a casual collection of notes about growing up on a farm more than 60 years ago grew to be a bigger project that became this book. Inspired by her family to record her stories and memories, Joyce Olesen reflects on the "good old days," not to glorify them as a time better than the present, but to offer a glimpse into the life of one family who grew up on the Saskatchewan prairie and to celebrate those long ago days.
CA$21.95It seemed loneliness was to be my life's companion; the more people there were around me, the more alone I felt. I wondered if I would ever fit in anywhere. The sequel to the award-winning memoir, Black Fury. (Great Northwest Book Festival) The compelling story of a family in turmoil.
CA$19.95This inventive collection of literary and visual oddments embodies the creativespirit of Marie Elyse St. George at its wicked, witty, and sometimes wise best. Eight decades have passed since she held up an armful of kittens to the camera, and she continues to entertain with An Assortment of stories, poems, illustrations, and undefinables—meticulously drawn, at times tragic, and often darkly humorous.
CA$21.95After the war, Joe and Angelina, my mother, took to frequenting the local legion hall; a house band played there every weekend. It hadn't taken long for the couple's dancing prowess to become known; the other patrons would applaud and move aside when they saw the duo step out onto the floor: the handsome, well-dressed gentleman, and his exquisite, beautiful lady with golden locks that fell to her waist.
How Mother loved it. For a time she would be one in mind and spirit with Joe. For a time she would be his equal.
They wanted passion; I just wanted them to quit fighting. I wanted peace so badly...
The compelling story of a troubled marriage and a family in turmoil.
CA$14.95Your Nickel's Worth Publishing is pleased to present Bold Experiment, an autobiography written by Matthew S. Anderson (1882 - 1974) - a man recognized by Tommy Douglas as 'a pioneer of social medicine'.
The 80-page book, including photographs, documents and memorabilia, uncovers the little-known history behind an important piece of our Canadian culture, heritage and identity: the story behind how Medicare first came to Saskatchewan.
Since its inception as a province, Saskatchewan has been home to grassroots idealism, to people willing to work hard to make a difference and to those willing to persevere despite the odds. Matthew Anderson believed strongly that Canadians should have protection against the cost of illness. After almost 20 years of dedication and determination to transform the idea into reality, this man, a plain 'dirt farmer' from Bulyea, Saskatchewan, forged and made work North America's first comprehensive, prepaid medical care plan.
Given the interest in the Tommy Douglas story and the history of Medicare, this book provides a timely perspective from one of the early pioneers of health care in North America.
CA$19.95Teaching is an education! In this collection of stories, Dianne Miller invites us to join her as she recalls her educational journey, first as a student and then as a long-time educator. We ride on a bumpy school bus, ring the bell in the principal’s office, navigate delicately around a lovesick teen, and endure/enjoy adolescent shenanigans and wisecracks. Miller is both entertaining and introspective as she considers the personal, pedagogical and societal changes she experienced over many years as a teacher and administrator. Her love for her students, for her colleagues, and for the education profession itself is evident on every page.
CA$16.95Confession: My name is Alison and I am a dance mom.
The first time I saw Jesse perform he was nine years old in a group tap number. When he appeared on stage, I remember what a thrill it was to see him up there, but also how cute they all were, how much fun they were having and how much they all obviously enjoyed being in the spotlight.
That was the moment Alison realized she was a dance mom. Her son Jesse's dance career would take him from a local dance school in Saskatoon--a small city in the middle of the Saskatchewan prairie--to Canada's RoyalWinnipeg Ballet School and from there to Germany, where he currently dances with the Stuttgarter Ballett. To parent a dancer to an elite level is a unique and challenging journey as well as an incredibly rewarding experience.
CA$19.95They hailed from all regions of Canada. They were focused on a momentous task. They were going to uphold the laws of this country.
In June 1966, thirty-two young men from across Canada arrived at RCMP “Depot” Division in Regina, Saskatchewan, where they underwent rigorous training. The physical and emotional challenges were many, but in spite of these, the recruits developed a sense of camaraderie and determination that enabled them to graduate as C-1966/67 Troop.
Faces of the Force follows the careers of these young police officers as they dispersed across Canada to encounter both triumph and tragedy; some would remain in the RCMP, others would pursue other paths. Through it all, they would never forget the lessons they learned, and what it means “to serve and protect.”
CA$19.95Memories of a northern childhood. Aldred Neufeldt grew up in the small Mennonite community of Horse Lake, northern Saskatchewan, in the 1940s—a place considered by everyone else to be “the boonies” and a time when the devastating effects of the Great Depression were still being felt. Though times may have been tough, it was a childhood of wonder and discovery, nurtured by energetic and resourceful parents who expressed their Christian faith and community values through deeds more than words.
Neufeldt recounts what it was like to live in the log house built by his father; run along deer trails in the nearby Nisbet Forest Reserve; walk to school on the old Carlton Trail; model home-sewn fashions inspired by the latest Eaton’s catalogue; navigate the social dynamics of a small one-room school; and come to understand how the diverse personalities that made up his extended family—from hardworking pioneer grandparents to an infamous distant cousin accused of murder—helped to shape his own identity.
Told with zest and a keen eye for humorous detail, Horse Lake Chronicles immerses readers in a way of life now scarcely remembered, and in doing so invites us to reflect on our own origins and pathways to adulthood.
CA$16.95"My parents and my three older sisters were already in the Model T Ford. I think it was old because it had no top. It was moving day. My dad had filed on a homestead and we were about to begin the two-hundred-mile trek from Watrous to Carrot River, Saskatchewan. My powder blue dress was scattered with tiny pink flowers. Mother had fashioned it from pieces that had once been part of a dress she had worn. To me, the move mattered not at all. The usual aura of family security prevailed. How could a child of barely five years know the hardships that lay ahead?"
Ileen (née Sheehan) Boechler?s plainspoken memoir of a childhood spent homesteading beyond the 53rd parallel tugs at the roots of northern life, peeling back the layers of family and community connections to reveal the growth that is possible because of them.
CA$21.95I read the ad. "Know Thyself. Astrology lessons--only serious students need apply." To know myself--how wonderful! But I didn't realize just how long and rough the road to self-discovery would be. The sequel to the award-winning memoir, Black Fury and A Family of Our Own. The compelling true story of a family in turmoil.
CA$21.95We had a saying: “Only the ‘weaker sex’ is tough enough, mule enough, to stick it out in the bush country.” Living on the edge of the Saskatchewan boreal forest, we learned what we were made of—both the good and the bad. The continuation of the award-winning series of memoirs: Black Fury, A Family of Our Own, and Know Thyself. The bittersweet memories of three generations of women.
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