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We'll be exploring themes of survival throughout January 2014. Survival is the title of one of the best-known guides to Canadian literature, and it's also about roughing it in the bush, of course, and it's a whole host of other things in between. Hopefully we'll show you some great reads too to help you read your way through winter and survive that too.
Survival

Survival

A Thematic Guide to Canadian Literature
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When first published in 1972, Survival was considered the most startling book ever written about Canadian literature. Since then, it has continued to be read and taught, and it continues to shape the way Canadians look at themselves. Distinguished, provocative, and written in effervescent, compulsively readable prose, Survival is simultaneously a book of criticism, a manifesto, and a collection of personal and subversive remarks. Margaret Atwood begins by asking: "What have been the central preo …

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Outdoor Safety & Survival

Outdoor Safety & Survival

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Prince George-based outdoors expert, Mike Nash, shares what he has learned about outdoor safety and survival during more than thirty years of year-round treks into the rugged backcountry of western Canada. This dynamic and up-to-date handbook discusses ways to prepare for and deal with any number of critical situations that may arise in remote and mountainous terrain and is packed with information on:

general safety principles
what to take with you
finding your way
coping with year-round weather …

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Will To Live

Will To Live

Les Stroud Relives The Greatest Survival Stories Of
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In a survival situation, life really does hang in the balance, and a wrong decision could spell the difference between life and death. No one knows this better than Les Stroud, who has survived everywhere from the sun-scorched sands of the Kalahari to the snake--infested jungles of the Amazon. In Will to Live, Les examines a host of famous and less well-known (but no less compelling) survival stories, and he not only explains what happened and why but also offers perspective on what went right, …

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Roughing It in the Bush

Roughing It in the Bush

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Roughing It in The Bush chronicles Susanna Moodie’s harsh and often humorous experiences homesteading in the woods of Upper Canada. A frank and fascinating account of how one woman coped, not only with a new world, but with a new self, this unabridged text continues to justify the international sensation it caused when it was first published in 1852.

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The early part of the winter of 1837, a year never to be forgotten in the annals of Canadian history, was very severe….

The morning of the seventh was so intensely cold that everything liquid froze in the house. The wood that had been drawn for the fire was green, and it ignited too slowly to satisfy the shivering impatience of women and children; I vented mine in audibly grumbling over the wretched fire, at which I in vain endeavoured to thaw frozen bread, and to dress crying children….

After dressing, I found the air so keen that I could not venture out without some risk to my nose, and my husband kindly volunteered to go in my stead.

I had hired a young Irish girl the day before. Her friends were only just located in our vicinity, and she had never seen a stove until she came to our house. After Moodie left, I suffered the fire to die away in the Franklin stove in the parlour, and went into the kitchen to prepare bread for the oven.

The girl, who was a good-natured creature, had heard me complain bitterly of the cold, and the impossibility of getting the green wood to burn, and she thought that she would see if she could not make a good fire for me and the children, against my work was done. Without saying one word about her intention, she slipped out through a door that opened from the parlour into the garden, ran round to the wood-yard, filled her lap with cedar chips, and, not knowing the nature of the stove, filled it entirely with the light wood.

Before I had the least idea of my danger I was aroused from the completion of my task by the crackling and roaring of a large fire, and a suffocating smell of burning soot. I looked up at the kitchen cooking-stove. All was right there. I knew I had left no fire in the parlour stove; but not being able to account for the smoke and smell of burning, I opened the door, and to my dismay found the stove red-hot, from the front plate to the topmost pipe that let out the smoke through the roof.

My first impulse was to plunge a blanket, snatched from the servant’s bed, which stood in the kitchen, into cold water. This I thrust into the stove, and upon it I threw water, until all was cool below. I then ran up to the loft, and by exhausting all the water in the house, even to that contained in the boilers upon the fire, contrived to cool down the pipes which passed through the loft. I then sent the girl out of doors to look at the roof, which, as a very deep fall of snow had taken place the day before, I hoped would be completely covered, and safe from all danger of fire.

She quickly returned, stamping and tearing her hair, and making a variety of uncouth outcries, from which I gathered that the roof was in flames.

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Bubbles, Bankers & Bailouts

Bubbles, Bankers & Bailouts

The Global Financial Crisis and How You Can Survive It
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It arrived like an unpredicted midnight storm -- one day political leaders were praising Canada's strong economy, and the next day, they declared the country -- indeed the entire world -- had slipped into a deep recession.

 

How could such financial devastation occur so widely and rapidly? Who were these entities named Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and why should their actions affect us in Canada? What caused a massive insurance company to declare losses of hundreds of billions of dollars? Where wil …

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Winning with the Boss from Hell

Winning with the Boss from Hell

A Survival Guide
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This job survival guide offers real-life strategies for dealing with the officious boss. Employees are introduced to the FIRST approach, which advocates flying below the radar, ignoring, retraining, standing one's ground, and talking turkey. Practical tactics are provided for dealing with a wide range of unique and nasty bosses, including “Covering Your Butt 101,? “Making Molehills out of Mountains,? and “The Straw Man Strategy.? These tips will help any employee deal with a difficult boss …

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Safe and Sound

Safe and Sound

How Not to Get Lost in the Woods and How to Survive If You Do
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Safe and Sound has two purposes: to help people avoid getting lost in the woods in the first place and to enable those who are lost to emerge unscathed. The book tells what to take in a ready pack and why, how to read a map and compass, how hunters can separate yet keep in touch, and how not to be disabled by a change in the weather or a minor accident. It also tells how to remain safe and sound until help arrives.

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