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Books to Help You Succeed in Your Studies

September 6, 2016 • Written by
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Notre Dame Campus Library Welcome Window Display – September 2016

It’s time to get started on the new term, and who doesn’t want to know the secret to success? Check out the Notre Dame Campus Library “Welcome” window display, which highlights books to help you succeed in your studies and in life. To view the list of books in the display click hereor check out some of the items we have listed below.

Focus on college and career success

focus-college-career-successUniquely equipped to turn the tides with regard to retention among first year college students. Visually appealing, research-based, and highly motivational, this text thoroughly engages students with direct applications and immediate results. Constance Staley, one of the best-known names in the field of motivation and student engagement, provides a wealth of tools to help students of varied learning styles succeed in their first year of college and beyond. Steve Staley has been teaching at Colorado Technical University for 30 years and is intimately familiar with the specialized student needs of career and technical students. Thoroughly researched, the text covers the topics most important to student success and incorporates the underlying themes of motivation and self-discipline throughout. Rather than talking down to students or speaking over their heads, this book initiates a personal and informal conversation with readers, directly connecting them with and drawing them into text discussions.

Drive : the surprising truth about what motivates us

driveThe secret to high performance and satisfaction in today’s world is the deeply human need to direct our own lives, to learn and create new things, and to do better by ourselves and our world. As Daniel H. Pink explains in his new and paradigm- shattering book Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, the secret to high performance and satisfaction in today’s world is the deeply human need to direct our own lives, to learn and create new things, and to do better by ourselves and our world. Drawing on four decades of scientific research on human motivation, Pink exposes the mismatch between what science knows and what business does–and how that affects every aspect of our lives. He demonstrates that while the old-fashioned carrot-and-stick approach worked successfully in the 20th century, it’s precisely the wrong way to motivate people for today’s challenges. In Drive, he reveals the three elements of true motivation: a) Autonomy: the desire to direct our own lives; b) Mastery: the urge to get better and better at something that matters; and c) Purpose: the yearning to do what we do in the service of something larger than ourselves. Along the way, he takes us to companies that are enlisting new approaches to motivation and introduces us to the scientists and entrepreneurs who are pointing a bold way forward.

Why zebras don’t get ulcers

zebras-ulcersCombines cutting-edge research with a healthy dose of good humor and practical advice to explain how prolonged stress causes or intensifies a range of physical and mental afflictions, including depression, ulcers, colitis, heart disease, and more. When we worry or experience stress, our body turns on the same physiological responses that an animal’s body does, but we usually do not turn off the stress-response in the same way — through fighting, fleeing, or other quick actions. Over time, this chronic activation of the stress-response can make us literally sick. This thoroughly updated third edition, which features new chapters on sleep disorders and addictions as well as new sections on gender differences, anxiety, weight gain, post-traumatic stress disorder, and stress management, is richer than ever with insights into how the nervous system responds to stress and how those responses can be controlled.

How to simplify your life : seven practical steps to letting go of your burdens and living a happier life

simplify your lifeYou don’t have to put up with the complications and hassles of an overwhelming daily grind! The international bestseller How to Simplify Your Life will show you how to clear off your desk, clean up your life, and make room for the things that really matter. Packed with practical techniques for simplifying work, money, health, and relationships, this seven-step program gives you the tools you need to lead a fulfilling life. When you learn to throw off the burdens and drudgery that hold you down, you may find yourself growing wings! The practical techniques in this book will help you eliminate the chaos, jettison your self-defeating habits, and take control of every aspect of your life. You will discover and achieve the things that are most important to you.

 

Keys to success : building analytical, creative, and practical skills

keys to successResearch indicates that intelligence isn’t fixed: it can grow. No matter what your individual strengths and weaknesses are, Keys to Success will help you build your intelligence with its integrated focus on critical, crative and practical thinking skills.

 

RRC Library Staff Picks

May 10, 2016 • Written by

Contemporary fiction, timeless classics, technical manuals, captivating DVDs and even cookbooks… check out some of the RRC library staff’s recommendations from our collection.

Our staff selected items that they have enjoyed and provided a short summary of why they were chosen.  Stop by and see what we like… and as always, if one of the display books catches your eye you can sign it out on the spot.

Some of the items we have enjoyed include:

all the lightAll the Light We cannot see by Anthony Doerr.  This best-seller about a German orphan boy and a blind French girl who come of age during World War 2 won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for fiction.  Marie-Laure and Werner’s lives intersect briefly in the climax of this bittersweet tale which will stay with you for some time.

 

 

 

 

 

300 Years of Beer300 Years of Beer by Bill Wright and Dave Craig.  This award-winning book by two Winnipeg authors is truly a remarkable account of Manitoba’s brewing history.  Lavishly illustrated with beer labels, bottles and advertisements it will make you thirsty just looking at it.  Covering both brewing giants and small microbrewer operations, 300 Years of Beer will interest any beer lover.

 

rebeccaRebecca by Daphne du Maurier.  Rebecca was a run-away bestseller, with almost 3 million copies sold between publication in 1938 and 1965.  The novel has never been out of print and is truly a classic.  It is fondly remembered for its characters and setting.

 

 

 

 

 

warWar by Gwynne Dyer.  Dyer, a renowned Canadian military historian wrote War in 1985.  The book documents the history of armed conflicts from ancient times to the 20th century and ponders the sociological issues of war.

 

 

 

 

 

SaqiyuqSaqiyuq : stories from the lives of three Inuit women / Nancy Wachowich ; in collaboration with Apphia Agalakti Awa, Rhoda Kaukjak Katsak, and Sandra Pikujak Katsak.  Apphia, Rhoda and Sandra are Inuit women from three different generations with different experiences who struggle to integrate traditional practices of the Inuit into their contemporary lives.

 

 

 

Earth Day 2016

April 15, 2016 • Written by

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On 22 April 2016, the Red River College Library will once again be recognizing Earth Day. This year, political leaders from around the world are gathering in New York to sign the Paris Climate Agreement. At the same time, the global network of Earth Day organizations are kicking off an ambitious campaign to plant 7.8 billion trees, one for every person on the planet, by 2020. Canada’s contribution to this worldwide goal is 35 million trees — one per person in Canada. Planting 25,000 trees for Earth Day and Every Day leads to 35 million trees by 2020 – right on target. Reference: https://earthday.ca/

Participate in Earth Day Canada’s #Rooting4Trees ‘pledge and plant’ campaign and help grow a forest of 25,000 trees for our 25th anniversary

At a time when there is so much focus on electric and hybrid cars, new solar technology and emissions trading, the notion of planting trees can seem quaint, almost too simple. But the reality is, restoring our forests remains the most affordable, health-promoting and regenerative solution to climate change.

You want to help fight climate change on Earth Day? Help Earth Day Canada grow the global forest! Join Earth Day Canada’s #Rooting4Trees campaign and together you’ll commit to planting 25,000 legacy trees for Earth Day’s 25th Anniversary in 2016.

Reference: https://earthday.ca/

22 April 2016: RRC holds 6th annual State of Sustainability

Every year coinciding with Earth Day, the Sustainability Office invites students and staff to attend our State of Sustainability. Now in its 6th year, this lunchtime event is an opportunity to review highlights and discuss the setbacks of our campus sustainability journey.

When: Friday, April 22nd from 12pm – 1pm

Where: Notre Dame Campus, Room A137

What to bring: Yourself and a bottle or mug for something to drink.

This event will also be live-streamed online. http://blogs.rrc.ca/etv/streaming/

Learn more: http://blogs.rrc.ca/redgreen/2016/04/rrc-holds-6th-annual-state-of-sustainability/

NDC Library Window Display

Check out the “Earth Day” display in the window outside the Notre Dame Campus Library. We are featuring many wonderful items from our collection.  (View the entire list of items)  Here is a small sample of what you will find:

Forests in our changing worldForests in our changing world : new principles for conservation and management

This book provides an accessible introduction to key concepts that future forest managers will need to keep our most important renewable resource healthy and resilient.

http://icarus.rrc.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=124167


HumanHuman dependence on nature dependence on nature : how to help solve the environmental crisis

Humanity is dependent on Nature to survive, yet our society largely acts as if this is not the case. The energy that powers our very cells, the nutrients that make up our bodies, the ecosystem services that clean our water and air; these are all provided by the Nature from which we have evolved and of which we are a part. This book examines why we deny or ignore this dependence and what we can do differently to help solve the environmental crisis.

http://icarus.rrc.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=119239


The sacred balance : a visual celebration of our place in nature
The sacred balance

In this stunning exploration of the web of life that unites all living things, David Suzuki and Amanda McConnell offer a visual feast of spectacular photographs, beautiful reproductions of artwork, and fascinating electron micrographs and satellite photographs — all celebrating that connection.

http://icarus.rrc.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=84419

 

What has nature ever done for usWhat has nature ever done for us? : how money really does grow on trees

From recycling miracles in the soil to the abundant genetic codebook underpinning our food and pharmaceutical needs, nature provides services that keep our economies going. This is a book full of immediate, impactful stories, many of which contain warnings, such as the $81 billion cost of Hurricane Katrina that could have been substantially less if the natural wetlands around the levees hadn’t been developed; while others reveal promising and enlightening tales of how birds protect fruit harvests, coral reefs shield coasts from storms, and rainforests absorb billions of tons of carbon released from automobiles and power stations.

http://icarus.rrc.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=122890

 

Streaming Video Resources

In addition we have chosen two streaming video resources from CBC Curio and NFB Campus. Both videos demonstrate the concern for our environment from a historical (and somewhat humorous) perspective.

The Disappearing Forest (1997)

the disappearing forestA look at the alarming rate with which we’re destroying the World’s forests, by burning, slashing, indiscriminate cutting and chemical pollution. From CBC Curio.

http://curio.ca.athena.rrc.mb.ca:2048/en/video/the-disappearing-forest-2276/

 

Man: The Polluter (1973)

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This feature-length animation is a richly illustrated cartoon film with an environmental message: how much longer can humans foul their own nest ignore the consequences? Made by a joint team of Canadian and Yugoslav animation artists, the film transmits its warning with unflagging humour, imagination, movement and design. In between animated sequences, Dr. Fred H. Knelman, Professor of Science and Human Affairs at Montreal’s Concordia University, comments on the importance of what is shown and on what lies in store if more responsibility is not taken on a global scale to conserve what is left of our vital resources.

https://www-nfb-ca.athena.rrc.mb.ca:2047/film/man_the_polluter

Holiday Reading – Award Winning Books

December 9, 2015 • Written by

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It’s always nice to relax at this time of the year, and there’s no better way to relax than to dive into a good book. During the upcoming holidays, why not take some time for yourself and read one of the many award winning books that are available in RRC’s Library.

To view the present and past winners, come visit the Library Window Display at the Notre Dame Campus.

You may also view a complete list of all books in our display. If you see something you like, just come to the Notre Dame Campus Library and inquire at the Circulation Desk.

Here is a small sample of some of the excellent titles, all from the Short List of the 2015 Scotiabank Giller Prize awards:

15 DogsFifteen Dogs – André Alexis

What does it mean to be alive? To think, to feel, to love and to envy? André Alexis explores all of this and more in the extraordinary Fifteen Dogs, an insightful and philosophical meditation on the nature of consciousness. It’s a novel filled with balancing acts: humour juxtaposed with savagery, solitude with the desperate need to be part of a pack, perceptive prose interspersed with playful poetry. A wonderful and original piece of writing that challenges the reader to examine their own existence and recall the age old question, what’s the meaning of life?

 

ArvidaArvida – Samuel Archibald

Samuel Archibald’s stories come from over there: way, way over there. They live in the woods, hunting for creatures that may or may not exist, and they sometimes go surging down the highway at reckless speeds. At other times, they freeze, paralysed by the strange sounds that should not be coming from empty rooms in very old houses. This writing – so wise and funny and impeccably crafted – is the best kind of gossip: it tells us everything we need to know, the real dirt, about this place and about all the people, the true ‘characters,’ we meet wandering up and down the cryptic streets of a real but mythic Arvida. There is a lot of whispering going on in this town, a lot of information that strains credulity, a lot of laughter, a lot of suspense, a bit of fear. Arvida is just like life: a tender, sometimes terrifying, mystery unfolding before our eyes.

 

OutlineOutline – Rachel Kusk

Compulsively readable and dazzlingly intelligent, Rachel Cusk’s Outline follows a writer’s journey to Athens to teach a summer writing course. Along the way she encounters a cast of characters who share with her the outlines of their own life stories. The result is a novel of breathtaking skill and originality. Perfectly paced, without a word out of place, Outline reminds us of the truly formidable power that good literature has to change our hearts and our minds.

 

Daydreams of AngelsDaydreams of Angels – Heath O’Neill

This is a work of acute charm and radically deft imagination. Whether probing the behaviour of clones for some sign of a relationship between genes and genius, eavesdropping on the anecdotes of abandoned dolls, or detailing the particulars of ‘A Portrait Of The Marquis de Sade As A Young Girl’, O’Neill’s stories continually spar with that which so often defines our lives or limits our daring – the problem of pain. Here are characters born of a distinctive sensibility and sent forth to chart the strange and volatile terrain where grace is found, lost, and found again. There’s no thrill quite like encountering tales this tall, and few tall tales offer up their gifts this freely.

 

Martin JohnMartin John – Anakana Schofield

Stylish and provocative, Martin John comes at you as soft and lyrical as a folk song. But like the tune that refuses to stop repeating itself, it is hauntingly about all those memories of suspect desires and guilty pleasures, of knowing right from wrong, of wanting to do what even your mamma would want you to do but maybe you just can’t. As readers, we find Martin John a tantalizing reflection on living the contradictions in every identity and of definitively knowing what is real. At its heart, this is a bittersweet story of personal confrontations such as asking do I always want what others — even my mother — want for me.

 

Reference: http://www.scotiabankgillerprize.ca/finalists/2015shortlist/

It’s Movember!

November 13, 2015 • Written by
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The Movember Foundation is a global charity committed to men living happier, healthier, longer lives. Since 2003, millions have joined the men’s health movement, raising $677 million and funding over 1,000 programs focusing on prostate cancer, testicular cancer, poor mental health and physical inactivity.

Movember Through the Years

Two mates (Travis Garone and Luke Slattery) meet up for a quiet beer in Melbourne, Australia, and the idea that sparked Movember is born. The moustache had all but disappeared from fashion trends. Could they bring it back? They found 30 guys willing to take up the challenge.

Read Movember’s Origin Story

Prostate cancer statistics

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among Canadian men (excluding non-melanoma skin cancers). It is the 3rd leading cause of death from cancer in men in Canada.

To provide the most current cancer statistics, researchers use statistical methods to estimate the number of new cancer cases and deaths until actual data become available.

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Incidence and mortality

Incidence is the total number of new cases of cancer. Mortality is the number of deaths due to cancer.

It is estimated that in 2015:

  • 24,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer. This represents 24% of all new cancer cases in men in 2015.
  • 4,100 men will die from prostate cancer. This represents 10% of all cancer deaths in men in 2015.
  • On average, 66 Canadian men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer every day.
  • On average, 11 Canadian men will die from prostate cancer every day.

Read more: http://www.cancer.ca/en/cancer-information/cancer-type/prostate/statistics/

Window Display

Look for a “Movember” display in the showcase window just outside the Notre Dame Campus Library. As well you can check out some related items in our Library Collection. We have placed several of these items in our Notre Dame Campus window display.

View list of Items

 

Veterans Week

November 3, 2015 • Written by
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Make remembrance more than something you feel. Make it something you do.

Each year, from November 5 to 11, Canadians join together to celebrate Veterans’ Week – this year is no different. During this week, hundreds of commemorative ceremonies and events will take place across the country to recognize the achievements of our Veterans and honour those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

This Veterans’ Week, take the remembrance challenge. There are many ways to show that you remember and honour our Veterans. Visit the Veteran’s Week Web site for more information.

As well you can check out some related items in our Library Collection. We have placed several of these items in our Notre Dame Campus window display. Have a look when you come by, or check out the list of items here: http://library.rrc.ca/Search/Window-Display.aspx

In Flanders Fields : the story of the poem by John McCrae

nlc007465-v6Included in our window display is “In Flanders Fields : the story of the poem by John McCrae”.  In May 2015 the poem “In Flanders Fields,” will mark 100 years since it was written. This special edition book serves to celebrate that anniversary.

Over the years, John McCrae’s poem has been recited by many generations who continue to cherish the underlying message of respect for the fallen and a longing for peace.

In this book, the lines of the celebrated poem are interwoven with fascinating information about the First World War (1914-1918) and details of daily life in the trenches in Europe. Also included are accounts of McCrae’s experience in his field hospital and the circumstances that led to the writing of “In Flanders Fields.”   (Goodreads.com)

Lest we forget.

 

In Recognition of Ally Week

October 7, 2015 • Written by
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Check out the window display at the Notre Dame Campus Library.

Ally Week is a national youth-led effort empowering students to be allies against anti-LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) bullying, harassment and name-calling.

It is usually held in September or October, often coinciding with National Coming Out Day on October 11, and October also being LGBT History Month. The event started in October 2005 and has grown since. This year Ally Week takes place October 12-16, 2015.

The goal of Ally Week is to diminish stereotypes and exclusion while highlighting that peer support for LGBT students is stronger than the students themselves may have thought existed. People across the country can engage in a national dialogue about how everyone in and out of school can work to become better allies to LGBT youth.

Visit our the Notre Dame Campus Window Display

To increase LGBTT* awareness Library Services set up a window display at Notre Dame Campus where you can find additional information about the LGBTT* initiative at RRC. As well, the RRC Library has many LGBTT* themed items in its collection. Check out some of the items that are currently on display in the Notre Dame Campus window display.

List of Items: http://library.rrc.ca/Search/Window-Display.aspx

RRC Library Welcomes You!

August 28, 2015 • Written by

Red River College Library is so much more than books – and that refers to our collection as well as the helpful and caring staff who are here to assist you. Below is a brief tour of what the Library offers you.

The Library Space

RRC Library spaces at both our Exchange District and Notre Dame campuses have reading areas, study spaces (individual and small group), media viewing areas, computers, printers, copiers, and a scanning station.

All students and staff also have access to the Library’s collections, which include books, e-books, journals, e-journals, databases, DVDs, streaming video, and audiovisual equipment.

Your Username and Password are Key

Your username and password are your log in for all RRC accounts, including College computers, LEARN, WebAdvisor, and online Library resources. If you have questions about your username and password, you may visit the Library Computer Lab (Notre Dame Campus) or the Help Desk (Exchange District Campus) for assistance.

Main Services

Frequent services we offer include:

  • finding and using resources of all types
  • guidance using media equipment
  • assistance with computer applications
  • resolving technical issues
  • offering directions and referral within the College

Most importantly, we want you to know that you can ask us anything!!! We are here to help!

Visit the Library’s Website

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Visit RRC Library on the web! This is your gateway to accessing the Library’s resources. You will also find helpful guides, policy information, and more.

Welcome Window Display

Check out the Notre Dame Campus Library “Welcome” window display, which highlights books to help you succeed in your studies and in life. Click on the link to see the list of books on display: Welcome Window Display.

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RRC Library Welcome Window Display – September 2015

College-Wide Learning Outcomes

January 9, 2015 • Written by
Check out the College-Wide Learning Outcomes display outside the NDC Camus Library.

Check out the College-Wide Learning Outcomes display outside the Notre Dame Campus Library.

Red River College is in the process of renewing the current College-Wide Learning Outcomes (CWLO), which are designed to be incorporated into RRC courses and programs.

We’re proud to announce that last fall we completed a six-part blog series which highlighted hand-selected resources that would be useful in developing these learning outcomes, which are essential skills for success.  Check out each of the rectangles below for a link to each of our previous blog entries.

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In addition we have now placed many of our College-Wide Learning Outcomes resources in the Library Window Display at the Notre Dame Campus.  You may also view a complete list of all books in our display online.  If you see something you like, just come to the Library and inquire at the Circulation Desk.

Check it out!

 

Holiday Reading – Award Winning Books

December 4, 2014 • Written by

IMG_0458It’s always nice to relax at this time of the year, and there’s no better way to relax than to dive into a good book. During the upcoming holidays, why not take some time for yourself and read one of the many award winning books that are available in RRC’s Library.

To view the present and past winners, come visit the Library Window Display at the Notre Dame Campus.

You may also view a complete list of all books in our display online.  If you see something you like, just come to the Library and inquire at the Circulation Desk.

Here is a small sample of some of the excellent titles you will find:

 

BackOfTheTurtleThe back of the turtle : a novel / Thomas King

In The Back of the Turtle, Gabriel returns to Smoke River, the reserve where his mother grew up and to which she returned with Gabriel’s sister. The reserve is deserted after an environmental disaster killed the population, including Gabriel’s family, and the wildlife. Gabriel, a brilliant scientist working for Domidion, created GreenSweep, and indirectly led to the crisis. Now he has come to see the damage and to kill himself in the sea. But as he prepares to let the water take him, he sees a young girl in the waves. Plunging in, he saves her, and soon is saving others. Who are these people with their long black hair and almond eyes who have fallen from the sky?

Governor General’s Literary Award, 2014

 

SmithHow to be both / Ali Smith

This is a novel all about art’s versatility. Borrowing from painting’s fresco technique to make an original literary double-take, it’s a fast-moving genre-bending conversation between forms, times, truths, and fictions. There’s a renaissance artist of the 1460s. There’s the child of a child of the 1960s. Two tales of love and injustice twist into a singular yarn where time gets timeless, structural gets playful, knowing gets mysterious, fictional gets real – and all life’s givens get given a second chance.

Man Booker Prize shortlist, 2014

 

129.Howard Jacobson-J coverJ / Howard Jacobson

Kevern doesn’t know why his father made him put two finger across his lips whenever he began a word with a J. It wasn’t then, and isn’t now, the time or place for asking questions. Ailinn, too, has grown up in the dark about who she is and where she comes from. The past is a dangerous country, not to be visited or talked about. She is new to the village; Kevern has lived here, in half-hiding, all his life. They feel a surge of protectiveness for each other the moment they meet. On their first date, Kevern kisses the bruises under her eyes. He doesn’t ask who did it. Brutality has grown commonplace. They aren’t sure whether they have fallen in love of their own accord or whether they’ve been pushed into each other’s arms. But who would have pushed them, and why?

Man Booker Prize shortlist, 2014

 

sweetlandSweetland / Michael Crummey

For twelve generations, when the fish were plentiful and when they all-but disappeared, the inhabitants of this remote island in Newfoundland have lived and died together. Now, in the second decade of the 21st century, they are facing resettlement, and each has been offered a generous compensation package to leave. But the money is offered with a proviso: everyone has to go; the government won’t be responsible for one crazy coot who chooses to stay alone on an island. That coot is Moses Sweetland. Motivated in part by a sense of history and belonging, haunted by memories of the short and lonely time he spent away from his home as a younger man, and concerned that his somewhat eccentric great-nephew will wilt on the mainland, Moses refuses to leave. But in the face of determined, sometimes violent, opposition from his family and his friends, Sweetland is eventually swayed to sign on to the government’s plan. Then a tragic accident prompts him to fake his own death and stay on the deserted island. As he manages a desperately diminishing food supply, and battles against the ravages of weather, Sweetland finds himself in the company of the vibrant ghosts of the former islanders, whose porch lights still seem to turn on at night.

Governor General’s Award, Fiction, 2014

 

WeAreAllCompletely_paperbackWe are all completely beside ourselves / Karen Joy Fowler.

In this novel we meet the Cooke family. Our narrator is Rosemary Cooke. As a child, she never stopped talking; as a young woman, she has wrapped herself in silence: the silence of intentional forgetting, of protective cover. Something happened, something so awful she has buried it in the recesses of her mind. It changed Rosemary and it destroyed her family. Now her older brother is a fugitive, wanted by the FBI for domestic terrrorism. And her once lively mother is a shell of her former self; her clever and imperious father now a distant, brooding man. And Fern her sister, an endearing chimpanzee, her accomplice in all their childhood mischief, has come to a far more terrible fate than their family could ever have imagined.

PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, 2014
Man Booker Prize shortlist, 2014

 

sanaaqSanaaq : an Inuit novel / by Mitiarjuk Nappaaluk

Sanaaq is an intimate story of an Inuit family negotiating the changes brought into their community by the coming of the qallunaat, the white people. Composed in 48 episodes, it recounts the daily life of Sanaaq, a strong and outspoken young widow, her daughter Qumaq, and their small semi-nomadic community in northern Quebec. Here they live their lives hunting seal, repairing their kayak, and gathering mussels under blue sea ice before the tide comes in. These are ordinary extraordinary lives: marriages are made and unmade, children are born and named, violence appears in the form of a fearful husband or a hungry polar bear. Here the spirit world is alive and relations with non-humans are never taken lightly. And under it all, the growing intrusion of the qallunaat and the battle for souls between the Catholic and Anglican missionaries threatens to forever change the way of life of Sanaaq and her young family.

 

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