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As a homeless teenager writing college essays in her '92 Toyota Corolla, Emi Nietfeld was convinced that an elite school was the only path away from her dysfunctional childhood. But upward mobility required crafting the perfect resilience narrative, proving that she was an "overcomer," made stronger by all that she had endured. This searing memoir exposes the cost of trading a troubled past for the promise of a bright future. Emi speaks truth to the high cost of upward mobility, the hypocrisy of elite spaces, and the harsh standards set by societal ideals of grit and resilience. Print run 75,000.
This past summer, one in three North Americans experienced some kind of weather disaster. Climate change used to be a distant forecast; now it has begun reaching into the familiar, threatening our basic safety, and forcing us to re-examine who we are and how we live. Environmental journalist Madeline Ostrander reflects on what climate change means not as an abstract scientific or political problem but as a palpable force that is now affecting us at home. Interspersed among people's accounts are a series of essays meditating on the idea of home. Print run 40,000.
At age thirteen, she became Lady Diana Spencer. At twenty, Princess of Wales. At twenty-one, she earned her most important title: Mother. With one son destined to be King of England, and one to find his own way, she taught them dual lessons about real life and royal tradition. Even after the shield of her love is tragically torn away, she remains their greatest protector - and the world's enduring inspiration. Print run 300,000.
Not only can we not currently explain the origin of the universe, it is questionable we will ever be able to explain it. The notion that there are universes within particles, or that particles are conscious, is ascientific, as is the hypothesis that our universe is a computer simulation. In this lively, thought-provoking book, Sabine Hossenfelder takes on the biggest questions in physics. Her book offers a no-nonsense yet entertaining take on some of the toughest riddles in existence, and will give the reader a solid grasp on what we know - and what we don't know. Print run 30,000.
Just as death is inevitable, talking about death is an inevitable part of parenting. Drs. Lister and Schwartzman offer us the way to have conversations that are as much about life as they are about death; conversations that anyone who parents, teaches, or counsels children can have. A must-have resource that expands our understanding of how to prepare for, initiate, and facilitate these personal and profound conversations. The approach is honest, practical, and compassionate, and will benefit a grieving child now and in the future. Hometown: Montreal, QC. Print run 25,000.
Joseph, Chief Robert.
Drawing from the lessons that he has learned along his pathway from residential school to the leader of Reconciliation Canada, Chief Robert Joseph provides a map for collective change and transformation. As we learn about honour and respect the truth of stories told by those who have experienced pain, and who are grieving intergenerational trauma, we can discover how to dismantle the walls of discrimination, hatred, and racism in our society. A Hereditary Chief of the Gwawaenuk First Nation, his wisdom is grounded in Indigenous ways of knowing, while making space for us all. Residence: Qualicum Beach, B.C. Print run 100,000.
Brandi Morin is known for her clear-eyed and empathetic reporting on Indigenous oppression in North America. She is also a survivor of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls crisis and uses her experience to tell the stories of those who did not survive the rampant violence. From her time as a foster kid and runaway who fell victim to predatory men and an oppressive system to her career as an internationally acclaimed journalist, Morin chronicles her journey to overcome enormous adversity and find her purpose, and her power, through journalism. Residence: Stony Plain, AB.
When Munroe Bergdorf began to transition in 2009, her only goal was blending in. More than a decade later, Bergdorf has reconsidered that thinking: transitioning is an ingrained part of the human experience, not just a process that only trans people go through. Part memoir, part big idea book that explores the nature of transition, its significance in Bergdorf's life, how it impacts society, and what it means for our own experiences. Bergdorf reminds us that our unique differences give us power and shows how these differences can be harnessed as a tool to heal, build community, inspire personal growth, and forge a path for progress forward together. Print run 75,000.
Sniderman, Andrew Stobo.
Rossburn: once settled by Ukrainian immigrants now has a family income is near the national average. In Waywayseecappo, the average family lives below the nationa poverty line - and many haunted by their time in residential schools. Divided by a beautiful valley and 150 years of racism, the town of Rossburn and the Waywayseecappo Indian reserve have been neighbours nearly as long as Canada has been a country. Their story reflects much of what has gone wrong in relations between Indigenous Peoples and non-Indigenous Canadians. Residence: Montreal, QC., and Toronto, ON. Print run 12,000.
Thrasher, Steven W.
Having spent a ground-breaking career studying the racialization, policing, and criminalization of HIV, Dr. Steven Thrasher has come to understand a deeper truth at the heart of our society: that there are vast inequalities in who is able to survive viruses and that the ways in which viruses spread, kill, and take their toll are much more dependent on social structures than they are on biology alone. Told through the heart-rending stories, Dr. Thrasher brings the reader with him as he delves into the viral underclass and lays bare its inner workings. Print run 75,000.
Just because a brutal regime has taken over Afghanistan doesn't mean Afghan women will stand by while their rights are stripped away. Activist Nahid Shahalimi compiles the voices of thirteen powerful, insightful, and influential Afghan women who have worked as politicians, journalists, scientists, filmmakers, artists, coders, musicians, and more. As they reflect on their country's past, stories of their own upbringing and the ways they have been able to empower girls and women over the past two decades emerge. Hometown: Montreal, QC. Print run 10,000.