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the broken boat

The Broken Boat

new poems
edition:Paperback
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In her fourth book of poetry, Elza deftly builds a raft of questions to stay afloat amidst the breakage of things.

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Beauty makes pain bearable

In her fourth book of poetry, Elza deftly builds a raft of questions to stay afloat amidst the breakage of things. The end of a twenty-year marriage mirrors subtler fragmentations in our world. How to survive this loss of meaning, this “wintering through”? The intricacies of light, nature, water, absences glint through grief to astonish and lift the heart into understanding again; transforming and coupling the deeper self with the soulful eros/ions of our world.

Moments of Glad Grace

Moments of Glad Grace

A Memoir
edition:Paperback
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A moving and witty memoir of aging, familial love, and the hunt for roots and belonging.

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“As a writer, Wearing is all luscious texture and running narrative.” — The Globe and Mail

Moments of Glad Grace is a moving and witty memoir of aging, familial love, and the hunt for roots and belonging. The story begins as a trip from Canada to Ireland in search of genealogical data and documents. Being 80 and in the early stages of Parkinson’s Disease, Joe invites his daughter Alison to come along as his research assistant, which might have worked very well had she any interest — any at all — in genealogy.

Very quickly, the father-daughter pilgrimage becomes more comical than fruitful, more of a bittersweet adventure than a studious mission. And rather than rigorous genealogy, their explorations move into the realm of family and forgiveness, the primal search for identity and belonging, and questions about responsibility to our ancestors and the extent to which we are shaped by the people who came before us.

Though continually bursting with humor, Moments of Glad Grace ultimately becomes a song of appreciation for the precious and limited time we have with our parents, the small moments we share, and the gifts of transcendence we might find there.

 

Run Salmon Run

Run Salmon Run

by Bobs & LoLo
illustrated by Lori Joy Smith
edition:Hardcover
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Dive into the world of salmon in this lyrically written and beautifully illustrated children's book. The story follows the journey of the Pacific Salmon from stream to sea and back again through all the life stages: egg, alevin, fry, smolt, adult....

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Run salmon run, beneath the moon and sun. The salmon story circles, run salmon run.?

Dive into the world of salmon in this lyrically written and beautifully illustrated children's book. The story follows the journey of the Pacific Salmon from stream to sea and back again through all the life stages: egg, alevin, fry, smolt, adult

Run Salmon Run complements curriculum objectives for early primary levels in the areas of ecosystem, habitat and life cycle. Additional materials available to support learning in Run Salmon Run include a companion song, music video and iOS interactive App under the same title

Follow the journey of the Pacific Salmon from stream to sea and back again through thoughtfully written narrative by award-winning children's songwriters Bobs & LoLo and enjoy vibrant and engaging visuals by illustrator Lori Joy Smith.

The Declutter Challenge

The Declutter Challenge

A Guided Journal for Getting your Home Organized in 30 Quick Steps
edition:Paperback
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A guided decluttering journal. Life happens to the best of us, whether we were born with messy tendencies or not. Messes find their way into our homes and lives and we can’t seem to find the strength or time to tackle them. 

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#1 Best Seller in Home Decorating - Declutter Your Way to Happiness

A guided decluttering journal. Life happens to the best of us, whether we were born with messy tendencies or not. Messes find their way into our homes and lives and we can’t seem to find the strength or time to tackle them. That’s where this motivational guided journal by Cassandra Aarssen, best-selling author of Real Life Organizing and Cluttered Mess to Organized Success, comes in.

Tested methods that work. Cas Aarssen wasn’t always an organization expert. She climbed out of years of cluttered living and transformed her home and her life through organization. In this self-help journal, Cas guides you through favorite tips and tricks that she used to declutter her home and find her way to a more organized and peaceful life.

Pages and pages of decluttering and organizational tools. This interactive journal is designed to help you declutter your home and life through mindfulness and self-motivation. You will learn how to navigate the chaos of clutter by taking the time to understand yourself and the underlying meaning behind your clutter. Filled with inspiration and open-ended questions, The Declutter Challenge journal will guide you onto the path to a clean and clutter-free home.

Make downsizing a reality. The Declutter Challenge enables you to work through both the emotion and the physical clutter in your life; to explore your thoughts and feelings about your belongings and discover the knowledge and strength to let go of excess.

Take a look inside this life-changing guided journal and find…

  • Insights into goal setting
  • Supportive prompts and writing exercises that encourage self-refection and understanding
  • How to achieve those short-term tasks that need to get done or the long-term dreams that you yearn to fulfill

Readers of books such as The Home Edit or How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind will love Cassandra Aarssen’s The Declutter Challenge: A Guided Journal for Getting your Home Organized in 30 Quick Steps.

I Can't Get You Out of My Mind

I Can't Get You Out of My Mind

edition:Paperback
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Ariadne is a single, forty-something writer and mother embroiled in an affair with a married man. At the core of her current work, a manuscript about the declaration of love, is the need to understand why: why her lover has returned to his wife, why their relationship still lingers in her mind, why she's unable to conquer her longing. Lacking answers and struggling financially, she takes part in a research study in which she's paid to live with an AI device called Dirk.

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What does it mean to say "I love you"?

Ariadne is a single, fortysomething writer and mother embroiled in an affair with a married man. At the core of her current manuscript, a book about the declaration of love, is the need to understand why: why her lover has returned to his wife, why their relationship still lingers in her mind, why she's unable to conquer her longing. To make ends meet while writing, she joins a research study in which she's paid to live with an AI device called Dirk.

But the study quickly enters uncharted territory. Capable of mapping Ariadne's brain—and, to some extent, reading her mind—Dirk calls into question issues of both privacy and consciousness: how we communicate our thoughts to others, what it means to embody our desires, and whether we ought to act on them.

Praise for Marianne Apostolides:

"Apostolides is a kind of fan dancer among thematic imponderables." —The Globe & Mail

"Apostolides has established herself as a writer who takes on the most intimate, perverse, and complicated elements of human desire fearlessly and intellectually. She has a slightly terrifying ability to ride the most emotionally charged idea to its devastating conclusion." —Andre Forget, Canadian Notes & Queries


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