Best Canadian Biographies Books

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1. The Last Sovereigns: Sitting Bull and the Resistance of the Free Lakotas

Author: by Robert M. Utley
Published at: BISON BOOKS; Illustrated edition (October 1, 2020)
ISBN: 978-1496220226

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2021 Spur Award Winner for Best Historical Nonfiction from the Western Writers of America True West Magazine’s 2020 Best Author and Historical Nonfiction Book of the YearThe Last Sovereigns is the story of how Sioux chief Sitting Bull resisted the white man’s ways as a last best hope for the survival of an indigenous way of life on the Great Plainsa nomadic life based on buffalo and indigenous plants scattered across the Sioux’s historical territories that were sacred to him and his people.Robert M.

Utley explores the final four years of Sitting Bull’s life of freedom, from 1877 to 1881. To escape American vengeance for his assumed role in the annihilation of Gen. George Armstrong Custer’s command at the Little Bighorn, Sitting Bull led his Hunkpapa following into Canada.

There he and his people interacted with the North-West Mounted Police, in particular Maj. James M.Walsh. The Mounties welcomed the Lakota and permitted them to remain if they promised to abide by the laws and rules of Queen Victoria, the White Mother.

2. As Nature Made Him: The Boy Who Was Raised as a Girl

Author: by John Colapinto

Harper Perennial

336 pages


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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERWe should aspire to Colapinto’s stellar journalist example: listening carefully to the circumstances of those who are different rather than demanding that they conform to our own. Washington PostThe true story about the “twins case” and a riveting exploration of medical arrogance, misguided science, societal confusion, gender differences, and one man’s ultimate triumphIn 1967, after a twin baby boy suffered a botched circumcision, his family agreed to a radical treatment that would alter his gender.

The case would become one of the most famous in modern medicineand a total failure. The boy’s uninjured brother, raised as a boy, provided to the experiment the perfect matched control. As Nature Made Him tells the extraordinary story of David Reimer, who, when finally informed of his medical history, made the decision to live as a male.

Writing with uncommon intelligence, insight, and compassion, John Colapinto sets the historical and medical context for the case, exposing the thirty-year-long scientific feud between Dr. John Money and his fellow sex researcher, Dr. Milton Diamonda rivalry over the nature/nurture debate whose very bitterness finally brought the truth to light.

3. A Map to the Door of No Return: Notes to Belonging

Author: by Dionne Brand
Published at: Vintage Canada (September 17, 2002)
ISBN: 978-0385258920

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A Map to the Door of No Return is a timely book that explores the relevance and nature of identity and belonging in a culturally diverse and rapidly changing world. It is an insightful, sensitive and poetic book of discovery.

Drawing on cartography, travels, narratives of childhood in the Caribbean, journeys across the Canadian landscape, African ancestry, histories, politics, philosophies and literature, Dionne Brand sketches the shifting borders of home and nation, the connection to place in Canada and the world beyond.

The title, A Map to the Door of No Return, refers to both a place in imagination and a point in history – the Middle Passage. The quest for identity and place has profound meaning and resonance in an age of heterogenous identities.

In this exquisitely written and thought-provoking new work, Dionne Brand creates a map of her own art.

4. Distracted and Defeated: the rulers and the ruled

Author: by Mike Bhangu
Published at: BBP (March 20, 2017)
ISBN: 978-0994079947

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From time to time, the “haves” of society shape and manipulate the type of information the “have-nots” absorb and become. The “haves” tamper with information so to control the type of thoughts and actions the “have-nots” might conjure. If the “have-nots” were free to think freely, they might challenge the status quo.

If the current state of affairs is modified, “the haves” might lose their status as “the haves” and the power they’re accustom to. The accumulation of each instance has birthed an illusion and every person is subject to the misinformation.

To make matters worse, most people are born with a trusting mindset and do not expect the deception. Nor are they prepared for it. The mystery is worldwide and evident throughout written history. The manner in which the world is presented isn’t complete and fabrications are scattered throughout the chronology.

5. The Divide: A 2700 Mile Search For Answers

Author: by Nathan Doneen
Published at: ThoughtBed Publishing (September 28, 2014)
ISBN: 978-1948371032

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Escape Into an Unconventional AdventureWhat the hell am I doing? This was the trip’s first questiononly 2 miles into this new worldwhen Nathan had his first major problem and first major decision: press on or turn back? Come along and discover this world, one of bears, bivy sacks, and mountain weather.

You’ll see all of this and more as Nathan follows the Great Divide, the world’s longest mountain bike route, stretching 2700 miles along the Continental Divide from Alberta to the US-Mexico Border. Allow yourself to sink into a downy sleeping bag; imagine braving severe rain storms; experience the natural beauty of the Rocky Mountains.

As you read, you’ll feel as though you’ve crawled into Nathan’s head and know the daily experience of the route, from the downpours and deserts to the moments of frustration and elation. You’ll encounter wildlife, ask strangers for help, and maybe even lose a small measure of sanity.

But that also means sharing the self-discoveries earned along the way. After reading The Divide, you’ll have learned the truth about the red line and the difference between being and becoming. You’ll have seen how these ideas worked into Nathan’s bike ride, and more generally, how they can be applied to life.

6. I Promised Not to Tell: Raising a transgender child

Author: by Cheryl B. Evans
Published at: Cheryl B. Evans; 1st edition (July 6, 2016)
ISBN: 978-0995180710

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A READERS’ FAVORITE BRONZE MEDAL AWARD WINNER. A Red Ribbon Winner – Wishing Shelf Book AwardsWhen you have a baby girl you envision many things for her life but becoming a boy is not one of them. This book will benefit anyone who would like to learn more about gender dysphoria and is an absolute must-read for a parent, relative or friend of a gender-questioning or transgender person.

What is unique about this deeply personal parenting memoir is that it follows one transgender child from birth through age eighteen. Every step of Evan’s son’s transition from female to male (FTM) is discussed in detail, including hormone replacement therapy and sex reassignment surgeries.

This book shares it all in the hopes of making a difference in what seems like a harsh and cruel world for transgender people. You get a real sense of what this family went through. Their son’s desperate effort to conform to societal gender norms, a suicide attempt, a family members struggle between faith and accepting a transgender loved one, a heartbreaking death and much more.

7. I'm Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen

Author: by Sylvie Simmons
Published at: Ecco; Illustrated edition (August 27, 2013)
ISBN: 978-0061995002

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The New York Times-bestselling, definitive biography of lengendary artist Leonard CohenSinger/songwriter Leonard Cohen is one of the most important and influential musical artists of the past fifty yearsand one of the most elusive. In I’m Your Man, journalist Sylvie Simmons, one of the foremost chroniclers of the world of rock ‘n’ roll and popular music, explores the extraordinary life and creative genius of Leonard Cohen.

I’m Your Man is an intimate and insightful appreciation of the man responsible for Suzanne, Bird on a Wire, Hallelujah, and so many other unforgettable, oft-covered ballads and songs. Based on Simmons’s unparalleled access to Cohenand written with her hallmark blend of intelligence, integrity, and styleI’m Your Man is the definitive biography of a major musical artist widely considered in a league with the great Bob Dylan.

Readers of Life by Rolling Stone Keith Richards, and Patti Smith’s phenomenal Just Kids will be riveted by this fascinating portrait of a singular musical icon.

8. Reflections of a Pupil: What Your Med School and Ophthalmology Textbooks Can’t Teach You (But What Your Mentors, Colleagues and Patients Will)

Author: by R. Rishi Gupta MD FRCSC
Published at: Ocean Playground Press (August 22, 2018)
ISBN: 978-1999419707

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Reflections of a Pupil weaves together the rich tapestry of lessons that Dr. R. Rishi Gupta has learned from his unique journey through the art and science of medicine. Although trainees and junior attendings in the field of ophthalmology have ready access to the technical aspects of their field, this invaluable text will help these professionals focus on many other issues equally vital to their success: resiliency, communication, mentorship, ethics, and life-long learning.

Dr. Gupta offers short, easy-to-read stories and case studies (with no memorization involved) that will resonate deeply with physicians. Readers will discover how it is possible to juggle the surgical, clinical, practical, and interpersonal demands of their specialtieswhile still maintaining a positive work-life balance.

Written from the perspective of a peer, Reflections of a Pupil challenges readers to find the lessons that life and their profession continuously present for them. Dr. Gupta offers medical students, residents, and junior attendings easily digestible food for thought about how to grow into the physicians they have always wanted to be.

9. Lives of Houses

Author: by Kate Kennedy
Published at: Princeton University Press; Illustrated edition (March 24, 2020)
ISBN: 978-0691193663

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A group of notable writersincluding UK poet laureate Simon Armitage, Julian Barnes, Margaret MacMillan, and Jenny Uglowcelebrate our fascination with the houses of famous literary figures, artists, composers, and politicians of the pastWhat can a house tell us about the person who lives there?

Do we shape the buildings we live in, or are we formed by the places we call home? And why are we especially fascinated by the houses of the famous and often long-dead? In Lives of Houses, a group of notable biographers, historians, critics, and poets explores these questions and more through fascinating essays on the houses of great writers, artists, composers, and politicians of the past.

Editors Kate Kennedy and Hermione Lee are joined by wide-ranging contributors, including Simon Armitage, Julian Barnes, David Cannadine, Roy Foster, Alexandra Harris, Daisy Hay, Margaret MacMillan, Alexander Masters, and Jenny Uglow.We encounter W.H. Auden, living in joyful squalor in New York’s St. Mark’s Place, and W.B.

10. Hélène's World: Hélène Desportes of Seventeenth-Century Quebec

Author: by Susan McNelley
Published at: Etta Heritage Press (June 17, 2013)
ISBN: 978-0615738598

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Hlne Desportes, born in 1620, was the first child of French parents to be born in Quebec and to survive. For nine years, she lived in Samuel de Champlain’s Habitation. In 1629, the little settlement was captured by the English. Hlne, along with the majority of the other French settlers, was put on an English ship and taken to France.

She returned to Quebec in 1634 and spent the remainder of her life in the little colony. She was married twice, had fifteen children, and seventy grandchildren. No portrait of Hlne exits. There are no memoirs, no diaries, nor any letters to guide the biographer.

Nevertheless, there are public records and other primary sources from which we are able to piece together her life. This, then, is her remarkable story, set against the backdrop of France’s efforts to establish a colony in the New World along the banks of the St. Lawrence River.

11. Under Big-Hearted Skies: A Young Man's Memoir of Adventure, Wilderness, & Love

Author: by Tom Stewart
Published at: Lucky Dollar Media (August 7, 2020)
ISBN: 978-1777221102

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Winner Canada Book Awards 2020 *#1 Amazon Bestseller in FOUR categories including: Travel Biographies & Memoirs, Outdoors & NatureI recommend this book to anyone who enjoys looking over the shoulder of a modern day Tom Sawyer. Verified Purchaser”I have tears rolling down onto my chin right now.Wow.

Reading UBHS was a joyful experienceit’s not often one encounters a narrator with Tom’s heart, experience, and technical expertise. Margo LaPierre, editor for Guernica EditionsTom at seventeen years old, naive and optimistic, took a bush-plane flight north to remote wilderness and work at an isolated fishing lodge.

Only days into the season, confrontations with coworkers escalates into threats on his life. So a young man makes a stand. In a later year and having gotten his pilot license, Tom’s float plane is screaming down the lake and won’t lift from the surface.

He’s run out of liquid runway with no time to power down. The big forest closing in.He crashes… Chapter by chapter, these memoir stories move from laugh-out-loud accounts to flushed romances with hearts both swelled and broken to tales of rapid intensification from imminent threats to Tom’s lifesome of them self-imposed.

12. Louis Riel: A Comic-Strip Biography

Author: by Chester Brown
Published at: Drawn and Quarterly; 1st Edition (August 22, 2006)
ISBN: 978-1894937894

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“It has the thoroughness of a history book yet reads with the personalized vision of a novel.” TimeChester Brown reinvents the comic-book medium to create the critically acclaimed historical biography Louis Riel, winning the Harvey Awards for best writing and best graphic novel for his compelling, meticulous, and dispassionate retelling of the charismatic, and perhaps insane, nineteenth-century Mtis leader.

Brown coolly documents with dramatic subtlety the violent rebellion on the Canadian prairie led by Riel, who some regard a martyr who died in the name of freedom, while others consider him a treacherous murderer.

13. One Day We'll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter: Essays

Author: by Scaachi Koul
Published at: Picador (May 2, 2017)
ISBN: 978-1250121028

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One of NPR’s Best Books of the Year A DEBUT COLLECTION OF FIERCE, FUNNY ESSAYS ABOUT GROWING UP THE DAUGHTER OF INDIAN IMMIGRANTS IN WESTERN CULTURE, ADDRESSING SEXISM, STEREOTYPES, AND THE UNIVERSAL MISERIES OF LIFEIn One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter, Scaachi Koul deploys her razor-sharp humor to share all the fears, outrages, and mortifying moments of her life.

She learned from an early age what made her miserable, and for Scaachi anything can be cause for despair. Whether it’s a shopping trip gone awry; enduring awkward conversations with her bikini waxer; overcoming her fear of flying while vacationing halfway around the world; dealing with Internet trolls, or navigating the fears and anxieties of her parents.

Alongside these personal stories are pointed observations about life as a woman of color: where every aspect of her appearance is open for critique, derision, or outright scorn; where strict gender rules bind in both Western and Indian cultures, leaving little room for a woman not solely focused on marriage and children to have a career (and a life) for herself.

14. I've Got a Home in Glory Land

Author: by Karolyn Smardz Frost
Published at: FSG Adult; First edition (June 24, 2008)
ISBN: 978-0374531256

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It was the day before Independence Day, 1833. As his bride, Lucie, was about to be sold down the river, Thornton Blackburn planned a daringand successfuldaylight escape from their Louisville masters. Pursued to Michigan, the couple was captured and sentenced to return to Kentucky in chains.

But Detroit’s black community rallied to their cause in the Blackburn Riots of 1833, the first racial uprising in the city’s history. Thornton and Lucie were spirited across the river to Canada, but their safety proved illusory when Michigan’s governor demanded their extradition.

Canada’s defense of the Blackburns set the tone for all future diplomatic relations with the United States over the thorny issue of the fugitive slave, and confirmed the British colony as the main terminus of the Underground Railroad. The Blackburns settled in Toronto, where they founded the city’s first taxi business, but they never forgot the millions who still suffered in slavery.

Working with prominent abolitionists, Thornton and Lucie made their home a haven for runaways. When they died in the 1890s with no descendants to pass on their fascinating tale, it was lost to history. Lost, that is, until archaeologists brought the story of Thornton and Lucie Blackburn again to light.

15. Good Bones and Simple Murders

Author: by Margaret Atwood
Published at: Nan A. Talese; 1st edition (November 6, 2001)
ISBN: 978-0385471107

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In this collection of short works that defy easy categorization, Margaret Atwood displays, in condensed and crystallized form, the trademark wit and viruosity of her best-selling novels, brilliant stories, and insightful poetry. Among the jewels gathered here are Gertrude offering Hamlet a piece of her mind, the real truth about the Little Red Hen, a reincarnated bat explaining how Bram Stoker got Dracula all wrong, and the five methods of making a man (such as the “Traditional Method”: “Take some dust off the ground.Form.

Breathe into the nostrils the breath of life. Simple, but effective!”) There are parables, monologues, prose poems, condensed science fiction, reconfigured fairy tales, and other miniature masterpieces-punctuated with charming illustrations by the author. A must for her fans, and a wonderful gift for all who savor the art of exquisite prose, Good Bones And Simple Murders marks the first time these writings have been available in a trade edition in the United States.

16. bLU Talks – Business, Life and the Universe – Vol 3 (bLU Talks – Business, Life and the Universe – vol 1)

Author: by Corey Poirier
Published at: Canadian isbn (January 12, 2021)
ISBN: 978-0986792199

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Meet Chicken Soup for the Soul and TEDx Talks, that’s what the bLU Talks Book is all about. 42 Authors have been invited by Corey to share their stories. We all know the best way to learn a lesson is to hear a story from someone who has lived through it.

Some times we look at a person and think, “Wow, they have it all together.” But what we don’t realize is the story the person lived through to get where they are today. The authors in this series each have a story to tell, lessons to teach the people in our universe.

Their stories will impact and inspire you in ways you never thought possible.