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August: Formal, impressive, venerable...and here we are in the eighth month. What better excuse to gather some August books together?
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August

An Anniversary Suite
edition:Paperback
tagged : canadian

A suite of fourteen poems that explore the joy and chaos of marriage, organized around traditional anniversary gifts.

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August Witch

August Witch

edition:Paperback
tagged : canadian

Chandra Mayor's debut collection of poems takes the reader into realms of problematic desire, revised domesticity and psychoanalytic complexity through texts that span diverse poetic terrain, from the lyric to the narrative-based long poem. What links all the poems in this collection is the theme of boundaries between self and other, desire and body, "breath and reason". Mayor's poetic voice is at once confessional, playful and linguistically sophisticated. Here is a book that confirms the most …

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The August Gales

The August Gales

The Tragic Loss of Fishing Schooners in the North Atlantic 1926 and 1927
edition:Paperback
also available: eBook
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Three different fishing communities, three different countries, but in their pursuit of fish on the banks they would have much in common, including the terrors of the North Atlantic storms.

The August Gales is a richly detailed history of the banks fishery, the perils of the North Atlantic, and more specifically, the three powerful, and ultimately deadly, August storms that devastated not only an industry, but entire communities. The great gale of 1873, which struck near the eastern mainland of N …

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Lost August /tpf

Lost August /tpf

edition:Paperback
tagged : canadian

In Lost August, Esta Spalding builds an exquisite poetic honeycomb, bursting with rich imagery and lyrical texture. Each poem is a passage to the next; each reverberates with images and echoes of the others; each moves to the dazzling final sequence, A Yellow Dress. Here is a lush world, freighted with loss, where the reader rides into absence, province of the heart.

Two poems in the collection have been recognized with national awards: Bee Verse won the National Poetry Contest in 1998 and Apertu …

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Two Moons in August

Two Moons in August

edition:Paperback
also available: eBook

A year after her mother's death, sixteen-year-old Sidonie still spends sleepless nights playing cards with her cat, Bogie. During the day she lies around and reads under the nose of her nineteen-year-old sister, Roberta, who angrily scrubs floors that are already clean and cooks meals that are inedible. Their father, a doctor, comes home when he is too exhausted to remain at work. Only the jazz piano-playing of Roberta's new boyfriend, Phil, brings some relief to the long hot summer.

Then Kieran, …

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August: An Afternoon in the Country

August: An Afternoon in the Country

edition:Paperback
tagged : canadian

Monique has driven out from the city with her new fiancé, and a special dinner is being prepared to celebrate their upcoming wedding. But nothing is what it seems, and despite lazy, rambling conversations on the verandah and the comings and goings of a large household, cracks begin to appear and tensions mount, leading to a startling, explosive end to the afternoon. A taut family drama that chronicles the end of a way of life.

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One Day in August

One Day in August

The Untold Story Behind Canada's Tragedy at Dieppe
edition:Hardcover
also available: Paperback

Magnificent and engrossing, One Day in August reveals in full for the first time the “Ultra Secret” story behind one of WW2’s most controversial mysteries—and one of Canada’s most sorrowful moments. 
 
In a narrative as powerful and moving as it is authoritative,  David O’Keefe rewrites history, connecting Canada’s tragedy at Dieppe with an extraordinary and colourful cast of characters—from the young Commander Ian Fleming, later to become the creator of the James Bond novels, …

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The Education of Augie Merasty

The Education of Augie Merasty

A Residential School Memoir
edition:Hardcover

The Education of Augie Merasty offers a courageous and intimate chronicle of life in a residential school.

Now a retired fisherman and trapper, Joseph A. (Augie) Merasty was one of an estimated 150,000 First Nations, Inuit, and Metis children who were taken from their families and sent to government-funded, church-run schools, where they were subjected to a policy of "aggressive assimiliation."

As Merasty recounts, these schools did more than attempt to mold children in the ways of white society …

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