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By Margaret Atwood

In Other Worlds brings together Atwood’s three heretofore unpublished Ellmann Lectures from 2010: “Flying Rabbits,” which begins with her early  rabbit superhero creations, and goes on to speculate about masks, capes, weakling alter egos, and Things with Wings; “Burning Bushes,” which follows her into Victorian otherlands and beyond; and “Dire Cartographies,” which investigates Utopias and Dystopias.  In Other Worlds also includes some of Atwood’s key reviews and thoughts about the form. She elucidates the differences (as she sees them) between “science fiction” proper, and “speculative fiction,” as well as between “sword and sorcery/fantasy” and “slipstream fiction.”



By Adrienne Clarkson

In this exciting and revealing personal inquiry, former Governor General Adrienne Clarkson explores the immigrant experience through the people who have helped transform Canada.

The Canadians she befriends illustrate the changing idea of what it means to be Canadian and the kind of country we have created over the decades. Like her, many of the people who came here did not have a real choice: they often arrived friendless and with a sense of loss. Yet their struggles and successes have enriched Canada immeasurably.



By JJ Lee

Taking as its starting point a son’s decision to alter his late father’s last remaining suit for himself, this is a deeply moving and brilliantly crafted story of fathers and sons, of fitting in and standing out — and discovering what it means to be your own man.

With wit, bracing honesty, and great narrative verve, JJ takes us from the French Revolution to the Zoot Suit Riots, from the Japanese Salaryman to Mad Men, from Oscar Wilde in short pants to Marlon Brando in a T-shirt, and from the rareified rooms of Savile Row to a rundown shop in Chinatown. A book that will forever change the way you think about the maxim “the clothes make the man,” this is a universal story of love and forgiveness and breaking with the past.


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New Books: Non-Fiction

The Oxford Companion to


By Dean F. Oliver

The Battle of Vimy Ridge, the Dieppe Raid, the Italian Campaign: the Canadian military has been indispensable to many of the greatest victories-and disasters-of our time. The evolution of Canada as a military power is chronicled here by military historians Dean Oliver and J.L. Granatstein.

Rare photographic material and original wartime paintings illustrate the people, events, and hardware that define Canada’s military history. Additional material includes a timeline chart and other historical and bibliographical reference information.


By P.W. Singer

From U.S. soldiers having to fight children in Afghanistan and Iraq to juvenile terrorists in Sri Lanka to Palestine, the new, younger face of battle is a terrible reality of 21st century warfare. Children at War is the first comprehensive examination of a disturbing and escalating phenomenon: the use of children as soldiers around the globe. Singer explores the evolution of this phenomenon, how and why children are recruited, indoctrinated, trained, and converted to soldiers and then lays out the consequences for global security, with a special case study on terrorism.


By Nicholas Riasanovsky & Mark Steinberg

Now completely revised in this eighth edition, A History of Russia covers the entire span of the country’s history, from ancient times to the post-communist present. Keeping with the hallmark of the text, Riasanovsky and Steinberg examine all aspects of Russia’s history–political, international, military, economic, social, and cultural–with a commitment to objectivity, fairness, and balance, and to reflecting recent research and new trends in scholarly interpretation. New chapters on politics, society, and culture since 1991 explore Russia’s complex experience after communism and discuss its chances of becoming a more stable and prosperous country in the future.

PARKIN: Canada’s Most Famous Forgotten Man

By William Christian

Sir George Parkin probably had as great an influence on American education in the first two decades of the twentieth century as any other single individual. In 1902 alone he traveled 17,000 miles to set up committees to choose scholars. Through the Rhodes Scholarships, he has had a lasting impact on American education, politics, and culture. At the time, Parkin was known on four continents by his surname alone; today, this Canadian-born educator is all but forgotten. William Christian’s engaging biography now reintroduces us to perhaps the most famous Canadian in the world. This beautifully written and witty biography is the story of ideas lived through Parkin and those in his wide circle of shared influence with leaders of many countries, including our own.


By Robert Fossier

Robert Fossier, one of the world’s leading medieval historians presents a compelling picture of daily life in the Middle Ages as it was experienced by ordinary people. He vividly describes how these vulnerable people confronted life, from birth to death, including childhood, marriage, work, sex, food, illness, religion, and the natural world. We learn how people related to agriculture, animals, the weather, the forest, and the sea; how they used alcohol and drugs; and how they buried their dead. The result is a sweeping new vision of the Middle Ages that will entertain and enlighten readers.


The Golden Age of Arabic Science

By Jim Al-Khalili

Most historical accounts today suggest that the achievements of the ancient Greeks were not matched until the European Renaissance in the 16th century, a 1,000-year period dismissed as the Dark Ages. In the ninth-century, however, the Abbasid caliph of Baghdad, Abu Ja’far Abdullah al-Ma’mun, created the greatest centre of learning the world had ever seen, known as Bayt al-Hikma, the House of Wisdom. The scientists and philosophers he brought together sparked a period of extraordinary discovery, in every field imaginable, launching a golden age of Arabic science. Few of these scientists, however, are now known in the western world.

The West needs to see the Islamic world through new eyes and the Islamic world, in turn, to take pride in its extraordinarily rich heritage. Anyone who reads this book will understand why.


Pakistan at War With Itself

By Pamela Constable

A volatile nation at the heart of major cultural, political, and religious conflicts in the world today, Pakistan commands our attention. Constable takes us on a panoramic tour of contemporary Pakistan, exploring the fears and frustrations, dreams and beliefs, that animate the lives of ordinary citizens in this nuclear-armed nation of 170 million. From the opulent, insular salons of the elite to the brick quarries where soot-covered workers sell their kidneys to get out of debt, this is a haunting portrait of a society riven by inequality and corruption, and increasingly divided by competing versions of Islam.


By Roy Cullen

According to the African Union, some $150 billion is lost every year to corruption in Africa. In China, it is estimated corruption diminishes the annual value of gross domestic product country by 15%. The pattern repeats itself elsewhere. Corrupted officials cause development of their country’s scarce natural resources in ways not environmentally sustainable. They can also create health and safety risks to citizens in the marketplace by compromising product standards to enrich themselves.

Cullen examines the links between world poverty, corruption, terrorism, global migration patterns, and money laundering, and outlining a practical 20-point program to increase transparency and accountability in governments and parliaments around the world to break this cycle of corruption and poverty.


Russia, the USSR and the Successor States

By Ronald Grigor Suny

The Soviet Experiment examines the complex themes of Soviet history, ranging from the last Tsar of the Russian empire to the first president of the Russian republic. Suny examines the legacies left by former Soviet leaders and explores successor states and the challenges they now face. He captures familiar as well as little-known events–the crowds on the streets during the February Revolution, Stalin’s collapse into a near-catatonic state after Hitler’s invasion, and Yeltsin’s political maneuvering and public grandstanding–combining gripping detail with insightful analysis.


By Frances Swyripa

A sweeping examination of the evolving identity of major ethno-religious immigrant groups in the Canadian West. Viewed through the lens of attachment to the soil and specific place, and through the eyes of both the immigrant generation and its descendants, the book compares the settlement experiences of Ukrainians, Mennonites, Icelanders, Doukhobors, Germans, Poles, Romanians, Jews, Finns, Swedes, Norwegians, and Danes. Through a close study of myths, symbols, commemorative traditions, and landmarks, Storied Landscapes boldly asserts the inseparability of ethnicity and religion both to defining the prairie region and to understanding the Canadian nation-building project.


By Teresa Earle, Photography by Fritz Mueller

In this remarkable collection of photographs, Fritz Mueller captures fleeting, compelling moments in a timeless Yukon landscape, one of the world’s wildest and most overlooked wilderness areas. Mueller takes readers on the annual migration of the Porcupine caribou herd, and he captures intimate portraits of icy grizzly bears gorging on salmon at the Arctic Circle. As wilderness vanishes and intact ecosystems deteriorate, the Yukon remains one of the last wild hot spots, a conservation treasure of international significance.

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New Books: Non-Fiction

Can you make millions just by “visualizing yourself rich” as some business prophets suggest? Don’t buy it, says Kevin O’Leary. If you want to be a successful entrepreneur and amass wealth, you’re going to have to work for it. But the good news is: with the right guidance, focus and perseverance, you can turn entrepreneurial vision into lucrative reality and have the personal freedom that only wealth can buy.
In this compelling, candid and, above all else, brutally honest business memoir, Kevin provides engaging, practical advice and lessons that will give anyone a distinct competitive edge.

Arlene Dickinson is the co-star of the CBC TV hit Dragons’ Den, and she is one of the country’s most sought-after female entrepreneurs. The secret of her journey from poverty to the corner office? The art of persuasion, as she explains with wit and unusual candour in this, her first book. Blending her own frank and highly entertaining stories with compelling social science, she explains how to persuade both in the boardroom and in everyday life: the crucial importance of a particular kind of listening; how to get people to buy into your ideas; how to attract followers and deal with naysayers; the art of storytelling; how to turn mistakes to your advantage; and how to seize opportunities where others see only roadblocks. Using the tricks of her trade and insights from her own fascinating experiences with some of Canada’s leading companies, Dickinson explains how to master the art of persuasion, without an M.B.A., to achieve maximum success in business-and in life.

A revelatory examination of how the wildfirelike spread of new forms of social interaction enabled by technology is changing the way humans form groups and exist within them, with profound long-term economic and social effects-for good and for ill
One of the culture’s wisest observers of the transformational power of the new forms of tech-enabled social interaction is Clay Shirky, and Here Comes Everybody is his marvelous reckoning with the ramifications of all this on what we do and who we are. A revolution in social organization has commenced, and Clay Shirky is its brilliant chronicler.

William Lyon Mackenzie King, twice former Prime Minister of Canada, was a brilliant tactician, was passionately committed to Canadian unity, and was a protector of the underdog, introducing such cornerstones of Canada’s social safety net as unemployment insurance, family allowances and old-age pensions. At the same time, he was insecure, craved flattery, became upset at minor criticism, and was prone to fantasy—especially about the Tory conspiracy against him.

With animated prose and a subtle wit, Allan Levine draws a multidimensional portrait of this most compelling of politicians.

On January 24, 1943, 230 women were placed in four cattle trucks on a train in northeastern France, and the doors bolted shut for the journey to Auschwitz. They were members of the French Resistance, ranging in age from teenagers to the elderly, women who before the war had been doctors, farmers’ wives, secretaries, biochemists, schoolgirls.

In this vitally important book, Caroline Moorehead tells the whole story of the women on the train, for the first time. Based on interviews with the few remaining survivors, together with extensive research in French and Polish archives, A Train in Winter is an essential historical document told with the clarity and impact of a great novel.

Wayne Gretzky’s Ghost will be a personal book, and also a book of challenging ideas: that Wayne Gretzky, through no fault of his own, was the worst thing to happen to hockey; that CBC‘s Hockey Night in Canada has lost sight of what it is; that goaltending has become a position out of all proportion to what was intended. And who could offer a better perspective on the game than a writer who, playing as a youngster, had to face an onrushing phenom from Parry Sound named Bobby Orr, or who spent a year ghostwriting a national newspaper column for the Great One himself? When it comes to hockey, Roy MacGregor has seen (and in some cases, done) it all.

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New Books!

Healthy Eating: A Guide to Nutrition Series

Good nutrition is important for a healthy, long, and productive life. To function properly, the body must take in a balanced diet rich in carbohydrates, triglyceride lipids (like fats and oils), and proteins. Healthy Eating: A Guide to Nutrition provides people of all ages with guidance on choosing and maintaining a healthy diet, and explores how nutrition plays a role in areas such as sports, weight loss, disease prevention, and human development.

With fully up-to-date content, this new set provides readers with the information they need to make smart choices for a healthy lifestyle. Researchers will appreciate the appendixes, which include BMI charts and recommended daily intakes. Suggestions for further resources, a glossary, and an index round out these informative titles.

The St.George Senior Library has three books from the series: Basic Nutrition, Nutrition and Weight Management, and Nutrition for Sports and Exercise.

PIXAR: The Company and its Founders

This title examines the remarkable lives of Ed Catmull and Alvy Ray Smith and their work building the groundbreaking company Pixar. Readers will learn about Catmull and Smith’s backgrounds and education, as well as their early careers. Also covered is a look at how Pixar operates and issues the company faces, such as developing new animation and computer graphics software, meeting production demands, and maintaining leadership.

NINTENDO: The Company and its Founders

This title examines the remarkable lives of Fusajiro Yamauchi and his grandson Hiroshi Yamauchi and their work building the groundbreaking company Nintendo. Readers will learn about the Yamauchis’ backgrounds and education, as well as their early careers. Also covered is a look at how Nintendo operates, other key employees, and issues the company faces, such as developing new gaming software, facing competition, and expanding into global markets.

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New Books for Teachers

A number of new books have recently come into the Library for teachers.  What teachers at St. George’s may or may not know is that we have a constantly changing collection of titles aimed at the teaching profession.

Highlights include Teaching the iGeneration by Ferriter and Garry.  The book focuses on the areas of information fluency, persuasion, communication, collaboration and problem solving.  The authors approach technology in the classroom and attempt to answer the big questions around use and assessment.  A number of pages are designed to be copied and used and assessment rubrics or actual assignments for the class.

Also new is Teaching the Digital Generation: No More Cookie-Cutter High Schools by Kelly, McCain and Jukes.  This book looks at new models for teaching and learning and how we can restructure the learning environment to accommodate differentiated learning styles, and approaches.  Detailed models are developed with thoughts on physical layout and timetabling around different kinds of high-schools with different goals and focuses.

Both of these books refer to accompanying web sites.

Also new and interesting are Tuned Out: Engaging the 21st Century Learner by Karen Hume and Classroom Strategies for Interactive Learning by Doug Buehl.

Drop by and see what else we have!

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Pray The Devil Back To Hell

International Women’s Day is fast approaching.  It’s amazing how time flies when you count the months in terms of school breaks!

Early last year the library bought a wonderful film (and we’ve been buying more of them!) about the incredible true story of a group of women who fought, not with guns, but with their voices for peace in Liberia.  This film made such an impact on me when I watched it, that when I was thinking of what I was going to base my “Celebrate the Courage of Women” board, this film automatically jumped into my head.  Pray The Devil Back To Hell is a definite “must see” film on March 8 appropriate for grade 8 – 12. Just please note that there are scenes of violence as well as scenes showing child soldiers (a common practice within militia groups).


Other films @ SGSS to show your class on March 8

  • The Stoning of Soraya M.  – Rated R for the graphic and prolonged stoning scene.  Please see my earlier post on this movie for more info!
  • Women Without MenRated 18A for nudity. To learn more about the film click HERE


  • Sophie Scholl: The Final DaysRated 14A

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The Stoning of Soraya M.

We now have this explosive film @ SGSS!

From the producer of the Passion of the Christ comes this chilling true story.  Academy Award nominee Shohreh Aghdashloo stars as Zahra, a woman with a burning secret.  When a journalist (Jim Caviezel) is stranded in her remote village, Zahra takes a bold chance to reveal what the villagers will stop at nothing to hide.  Thus begins the story of Soraya (Mozhan Marno) a kind woman whose cruel, divorce-seeking husband trumps up false charges of infidelity against her, charges that carry an unimaginable penalty.  Soraya and Zahra attempt to navigate the villagers’ scheming, lies and deceit to prove her innocence.  But when all else fails, Zahra must risk everything and use the only weapon she has left – her voice – to share Soraya’s shocking story with the world.

I found this movie while browsing Mongrel Media looking for an entirely different film.  The title is what drew me in at first.  While I knew that stoning was still an acceptable form of punishment in some countries, I had never really heard anything more about it in a way that would… make it real (if that makes any sense).   And this movie does a good job of making it real, with 20 minutes of brutal stoning scenes.  I wanted to fast forward through it, but felt that would defeat the purpose.

And I would have to agree with the review by Stephen Cole from the Globe and Mail.  In the end, this film made me angry at the injustice of Soraya’s death.  On a less pleasant note, it also (until I stopped myself and went “Whoa now, they’re not all like that!”) made me feel very negatively against the culture that could allow this type of treatment of women. Which is just wrong! I have a lot of friends who belong to this culture so I know for a fact that this is not what they all believe.  But I still found myself with those prejudices after watching this film.

As an educational tool, I believe that this film would be an excellent resource within women studies or perhaps a class that covers the time period of Iran before and during Taliban rule.  But I would highly encourage talking to your students about the effects of this film and ask them to critically evaluate and discuss the negative attitudes about the culture this film portrays.  It could make for some interesting papers!

But despite the anger of the film, the actors and actresses make this film really wonderful to view.  Especially the strong performance given by Shohreh Aghdashloo who plays the outspoken Zahra.  Watch it, and judge for yourself.

Shohreh talks about her role in The Stoning of Soraya M., and about her breakout role in The House of Sand and Fog.


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