New April Non-Fiction

New popular adult non-fiction coming out in April listed here!

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Always Pack a Candle : A Nurse in the Cariboo-Chilcotin.

Always Pack a Candle : A Nurse in the Cariboo-Chilcotin.

Crook, Marion McKinnon.
2021

In 1962, newly minted public health nurse Marion McKinnon arrived in the small community of Williams Lake in BC's Cariboo region. In one year, Marion received a more rigorous education in the field than she had at university. She helped countless people, made many mistakes, learned to recognize systemic injustice, and even managed to get into a couple of romantic entanglements. Pack a Candle is an unforgettable and eye-opening memoir of one frontline worker's courage, humility, and compassion. Residence: Gibsons, B.C.

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The Bomber Mafia : A Dream, a Temptation, and the Longest Night of the Second World War.

The Bomber Mafia : A Dream, a Temptation, and the Longest Night of the Second World War.

Gladwell, Malcolm.
2021

In his podcast, Revisionist History, Malcolm Gladwell re-examines moments from the past and asks whether we got it right the first time. He steps back from the bombing of Tokyo, the deadliest night of the war, and asks, "Was it worth it?" Gladwell weaves together the stories of a Dutch genius and his homemade computer, a band of brothers in central Alabama, a British psychopath, and pyromaniacal chemists at Harvard to examine one of the greatest moral challenges in modern American history.

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A Brief History of Earth : Four Billion Years in Eight Chapters.

A Brief History of Earth : Four Billion Years in Eight Chapters.

Knoll, Andrew H.
2021

Acclaimed Harvard geologist Andrew Knoll delivers a sweeping and definitive new narrative history of Earth, charting our home planet's epic 4.6 billion year history and placing our current environmental crisis in deep context. For most of its history, our home was inhospitable to humans, and indeed, among the enduring lessons of Andrew Knoll's essential and timely book, is a recognition of how fleeting and fragile our present moment is. Print run 150,000.

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Broken : (In the Best Possible Way).

Broken : (In the Best Possible Way).

Lawson, Jenny.
2021

Jenny Lawson explores her experimental treatment of transcranial magnetic stimulation with brutal honesty. But also with brutal humour. Jenny discusses the frustration of dealing with her insurance company. We see how her vacuum cleaner almost set her house on fire, how she was attacked by three bears, business ideas she wants to pitch to Shark Tank, and why she can never go back to the post office. Of course, Jenny's long-suffering husband Victor is present throughout. Print run 350,000.

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Buses Are a Comin' : Memoir of a Freedom Rider.

Buses Are a Comin' : Memoir of a Freedom Rider.

Person, Charles.
2021

At 18, Charles Person was the youngest of the original Freedom Riders, key figures in the U.S. Civil Rights Movement. This purposeful mix of black and white, male and female activists set out to discover whether America would abide by a Supreme Court decision that ruled segregation unconstitutional in bus depots, waiting areas, restaurants, and restrooms nationwide. This memoir provides a front-row view of the struggle to belong in America, as Charles leads his colleagues off the bus, into the station, into the mob, and into history to help defeat segregation's violent grip on African American lives. Print run 50,000.

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Call Me Indian : From the Trauma of Residential School to Becoming the NHL's First Treaty Indigenous Player.

Call Me Indian : From the Trauma of Residential School to Becoming the NHL's First Treaty Indigenous Player.

Sasakamoose, Fred.
2021

Fred Sasakamoose, torn from his home at the age of seven, endured the horrors of residential school for a decade before becoming one of 120 players in the most elite hockey league in the world. When people tell his story, this is usually where they end it. Sasakamoose's story was far from over. He paved a way for youth to find solace and meaning in sports for generations to come. This ground breaking memoir intersects Canadian history and Indigenous politics, and follows his journey to reclaim pride in an identity that had previously been used against him. Hometown: Sandy Lake Reserve, SK. Print run 20,000.

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DK Eyewitness Paris

DK Eyewitness Paris

DK Eyewitness
2021


Effortless : Make It Easy to Do What Matters.

Effortless : Make It Easy to Do What Matters.

McKeown, Greg.
2021

It's normal to feel overwhelmed by the hard things in life. But lately doesn't it seem like we're feeling this way a lot more often than we used to? The problem is that motivation and effort are limited resources. The more we deplete them, the more burnt out we get. Greg McKeown shows us a better way we can make the most essential tasks the easiest ones in three easy phases: Return to the Effortless State, Take Effortless Action, and Achieve Effortless Results. By making it easier to get the right things done, we can accomplish more of what matters, without burning out.

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The God Equation : The Quest for a Theory of Everything.

The God Equation : The Quest for a Theory of Everything.

Kaku, Michio.
2021

When Newton discovered the laws of motion and gravity, he unified the rules of heaven and earth. From then on physicists have been discovering new forces and incorporating them into ever-greater theories. But the major breakthroughs of the twentieth century - relativity and quantum mechanics - are incompatible and so since then physicists have been endeavoring to combine these two theories. This would ultimately tie all the forces in the universe together into one beautiful equation that can unlock the deepest mysteries of space and time. That epic journey is the story of this book. Print run 125,000.

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Hype : How Scammers, Grifters, and Con Artists Are Taking Over the Internet - and Why We're Following.

Hype : How Scammers, Grifters, and Con Artists Are Taking Over the Internet - and Why We're Following.

Bluestone, Gabrielle.
2021

We live in an age where scams are the new normal. Drawing from scientific research, marketing campaigns, and exclusive documents and interviews, former Vice reporter Gabrielle Bluestone delves into the irresistible hype that fuels our social media ecosystem, whether it's from the trusted influencers that peddled the Fyre Festival or the consumer reviews that sold Juicero. A cultural examination that is as revelatory as it is relevant, Bluestone pulls back the curtain on the manipulation game behind the never-ending scam season - and how we as consumers can stop getting played. Print run 250,000.

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The Invention of Miracles : Language, Power, and Alexander Graham Bell's Quest to End Deafness.

The Invention of Miracles : Language, Power, and Alexander Graham Bell's Quest to End Deafness.

Booth, Katie.
2021

As the son of a deaf woman and, later, husband to another, Alexander Graham Bell's goal in life was to teach the deaf to speak. Weaving together a moving love story with a fascinating tale of innovation, it follows the complicated tragedy of a brilliant young man who set about stamping out what he saw as a dangerous language: Sign. The book offers a heartbreaking look at how heroes can become villains and how good intentions are, unfortunately, nowhere near enough - as well as the triumphant tale of how the Deaf community reclaimed their once-forbidden language. Print run 50,000.

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Leaving Isn't the Hardest Thing : Essays.

Leaving Isn't the Hardest Thing : Essays.

Hough, Lauren.
2021

As an adult, Lauren Hough has had many identities: an airman in the U.S. Air Force, a cable guy, a bouncer at a gay club. As a child, however, she had none. Growing up as a member of the infamous cult The Children of God, Hough had her own self robbed from her. The cult took her all over the globe - to Germany, Japan, Texas, Chile - but it wasn't until she finally left for good that Lauren understood she could have a life beyond "The Family." At once razor-sharp, profoundly brave, and often very, very funny, these essays interrogate our notions of ecstasy, queerness, and what it means to live freely. Print run 40,000.

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The Light of Days : The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler's Ghettos.

The Light of Days : The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler's Ghettos.

Batalion, Judy.
2021

A spectacular, searing history that brings to light the extraordinary accomplishments of brave Jewish women who became resistance fighters - a group of unknown heroes whose exploits have never been chronicled in full, until now. Judy Batalion follows these women through the savage destruction of the ghettos, arrest and internment in Gestapo prisons and concentration camps, and for a lucky few into the late 20th century and beyond. Includes twenty black-and-white photographs. Print run 200,000.

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Murder on the Inside : The True Story of the Deadly 1971 Riot at Kingston Penitentiary.

Murder on the Inside : The True Story of the Deadly 1971 Riot at Kingston Penitentiary.

Fogarty, Catherine.
2021

On April 14, 1971, a handful of prisoners attacked the guards at Kingston Penitentiary and seized control. The inmates held the guards hostage for four intense days. This is the story of a prison in crisis set against the backdrop of a pivotal time in history when the disenfranchised began rebelling against institutional discrimination. The Kingston rebellion was a pivotal moment in Canadian thinking about human rights. The tense prison drama chronicled in this book is more relevant today as Canada's correctional system remains mired in crisis almost fifty years later. Residence: Toronto, ON.

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Park Bagger : Adventures in the Canadian National Parks.

Park Bagger : Adventures in the Canadian National Parks.

Butcher, Marlis.
2021

Distributed across the second-largest country in the world, the Canadian national parks can be challenging to get to. In her quest to visit and get to know the parks, Marlis canoed, kayaked, mountain biked, backpacked, hiked, snowshoed, snorkelled, and trekked by whatever means of travel she could devise. Marlis shares her adventures, with the objective to encourage others to explore the national parks and to protect Canada's vast wilderness. Residence: Burlington, ON.

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Rage Yoga : Unleash Your Inner Badass.

Rage Yoga : Unleash Your Inner Badass.

Istace, Lindsay.
2021

Rage Yoga is taught by certified instructors and done while blasting hard rock music, hydrating with a cold beer, loudly cursing like a sailor, and extending your fist unicorns in a state of bleeped-out bliss. From the creator of the international viral sensation Rage Yoga comes a book that will empower readers to crush their bullsh*t, unleash their inner badass self, and be zen as f*ck. This book will explore how and why Rage Yoga came to be and how to create a regular practice through breath work, positional exercises, and mindfulness, along with two 7-day programs. Residence: Calgary, AB.

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The Stubborn Light of Things : A Nature Diary.

The Stubborn Light of Things : A Nature Diary.

Harrison, Melissa.
2021

A nature diary by award-winning novelist and nature writer Melissa Harrison, following her journey from urban south London to the rural Suffolk countryside. Moving from scrappy city verges to ancient, rural Suffolk, where Harrison eventually relocates, this diary - compiled from her beloved Nature Notebook column in The Times - maps her joyful engagement with the natural world and demonstrates how we must first learn to see, and then act to preserve, the beauty we have on our doorsteps - no matter where we live.

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Tireless Runners : A Family History of Indigenous Canada.

Tireless Runners : A Family History of Indigenous Canada.

Jago, Robert.
2021

This is the multi-generational story of the Sacquilty family, part of the Kwantlen First Nation in southwestern British Columbia. Rejoining the family exactly one hundred years after they stood at the proclamation ceremony of the British Columbia colony, Robert Jago explores the complex human effects of the policies of exclusion and systemic racism. Jago also shares stories of hope and resistance. Residence: Montreal, QC.

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Wild Roses Are Worth It : Reimagining the Alberta Advantage.

Wild Roses Are Worth It : Reimagining the Alberta Advantage.

Van Tighem, Kevin.
2021

A timely collection of provocative, personal, and thoughtful essays for an Alberta in transition. This selection of works by naturalist, hunter, conservation activist, and outdoors journalist Kevin Van Tighem will remind us of what is best about the Alberta spirit, and offer the possibility of a more sustaining relationship with our place and with one another. He reminds us that Alberta's stories were always meant to be about much more than oil. Residence: Canmore, AB.

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Women of the Pandemic : Stories from the Frontlines of COVID-19.

Women of the Pandemic : Stories from the Frontlines of COVID-19.

McKeon, Lauren.
2021

Since the start of COVID-19, Canadian women are leading the fast-paced search for a vaccine. They are leading our provinces and territories. At home, they are leading families through self-isolation. Through intimate portraits of Canadian women in diverse situations and fields, this book is a gripping narrative record of the early months of COVID-19, a clear-eyed look at women's struggles, which highlights their creativity, perseverance, and resilience as they charted a new path forward during impossible times. Residence: Toronto, ON. Print run 15,000.

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You Are Your Best Thing : Vulnerability, Shame Resilience, and the Black Experience.

You Are Your Best Thing : Vulnerability, Shame Resilience, and the Black Experience.

Burke, Tarana.
2021

Tarana Burke and Dr. Brené Brown bring together a dynamic group of Black writers, organizers, artists, academics, and cultural figures to discuss the topics the two have dedicated their lives to understanding and teaching: vulnerability and shame resilience. Contributions by Kiese Laymon, Imani Perry, Laverne Cox, Jason Reynolds, Austin Channing Brown, and more. A stark, potent collection of essays on Black shame and healing. Burke and Brown create a space to recognize and process the trauma of white supremacy, a space to be vulnerable and affirm the fullness of Black love and Black life.

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