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A Timeless Place

A Timeless Place

The Ontario Cottage
edition:Paperback
also available: Hardcover eBook

As Julia Harrison’s first summer of living in Ontario approached, she became aware of the culture of the cottage. Friends talked of nothing but languid afternoons on the dock, but Harrison marveled at the investment of money and labour that the idyllic escapes demanded. Curious about the rich and passionate meaning these places seemed to hold, she studied cottagers in the Haliburton region over the course of seven years. Thoughtfully and engagingly written, A Timeless Place considers the famil …

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This One Summer

This One Summer

edition:Paperback
also available: eBook

Winner of the Governor General's Award for Children's Illustration

Rose and Windy are summer friends whose families have visited Awago Beach for as long as they can remember. But this year is different, and they soon find themselves tangled in teen love and family crisis. From the creators of Skim comes an investigation into the mysterious world of adults.

Sure, Rose’s dad is still making cheesy and embarrassing jokes, but her mother is acting like she doesn’t even want to be there. Plus, bei …

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Beach Reading

Beach Reading

edition:eBook
also available: Paperback
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Lorne Elliott’s new novel, Beach Reading, takes us back to the early 1970s on the North Shore of Prince Edward Island, where a hilarious and colourful cast of Lorne Elliott characters are engaged in uproarious political, financial, musical, amorous, and ecological shenanigans. Our young hero, Christian, is an eloquently wry and precocious university drop-out, who has never savoured the wonders of women or alcohol. A budding naturalist raised in central Canada, he arrives on PEI for a summer jo …

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Lake of Two Mountains

Lake of Two Mountains

edition:Paperback
also available: eBook

A hymn to a beloved lake, a praise poem in forty-five parts, a contemplation of landscape and memory

Lake of Two Mountains, Arleen Paré's second poetry collection, is a portrait of a lake, of a relationship to a lake, of a network of relationships around a lake. It maps, probes and applauds the riparian region of central Canadian geography that lies between the Ottawa and the St. Lawrence Rivers. The poems portray this territory, its contested human presences and natural history: the 1990 Oka Cr …

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Still in a Daze at the Cottage

Still in a Daze at the Cottage

edition:eBook
also available: Paperback

More tales of family fun and run-ins with nature at the cottage.
In the sequel to Cottage Daze, James Ross is back with more tales from the family cottage. Organized by nature’s changing seasons and containing sections covering nature, family, activity, and the cottage, Ross combines wry humour with a genuine love for adventure and respect for the natural world — although the local wild animal population can try his patience.
Ross’s anecdotes are full of good spirits and sound advice, whe …

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Camp and Cottage Cookbook

Camp and Cottage Cookbook

edition:Paperback

Camp and Cottage Cookbook is the perfect companion for all your outdoor and cabin cooking needs! This book contains the essential information you will need to provide your family and friends with the fun, tasty, and easy-to-make meals they know and love while enjoying their home away from home. In addition to many quick and easy recipes that cover all the food groups and every meal of your day, this handy campground and cottage cooking guide includes:?xml:namespace prefix="o" ns="urn:schemas-mic …

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Bitter Lake

Bitter Lake

A Novel
edition:Paperback
tagged : canadian, literary

Past, present, and future collide when an unhappily pregnant, mid-thirties woman visits her childhood home near the shores of Bitter Lake.

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I am trapped in my car.

Midafternoon.

A day so muddled by the grey sky that it appears winter is coming, not going.

A day at odds with itself.

I?ve been this way for over an hour, an uneasy hostage fettered by the steering wheel as my car moves me closer to my destination. A glaze of sweat dampens my upper lip; my stomach tightens in a queasy knot. I take a deep breath and hold it in my lungs. Is there any journey so filled with apprehension as the one that leads you home”

It's as though a greater force, something manipulating me beyond my better judgment, has reached out its meddling hand to pluck my black Honda Civic from its regular city life and deposit it on this rural highway, where cars move forward cautiously through the sleet of the early Alberta spring. The highway is an assembly line, and I?m just one piece of the moving creation, to be spit out only when my final shape has been realized.

The reason for my reluctance is no mystery?

Seven days ago, my sister, Dorothea, phoned from Concord, where she lives with my parents and her eight-year-old son, Ryan. She was calling about my parents” move to the Vista Grande Retirement Villa. "So are you coming to help?" she asked, speaking too loudly as usual.

I pictured her at the beige wall phone in the kitchen of our old home with its worn checkerboard floor and avocado-green fridge, frowning as she looked out the large picture window bordered by ruffled curtains. Or perhaps she was in the downstairs rumpus room on the rust-brown velour sectional sofa, chosen by our mother years ago to match the knotty brown macramé plant hangers that had long been purged of their dried-up ferns.

"I?ll see what I can do." A coward's response.

She saw through it, of course. "So that means no?" She snorted. "It figures!"

"For Christ's sake, don?t act as though you?re the only one who ever shows up." Her voice rattled me, as it always did. Because her left ear is deaf from a deformity known as cauliflower ear (a condition usually reserved for professional boxers), she's prone to talking in a near yell.

"Well show up then, and give me a hand. These boxes aren?t going to pack themselves."

"Our bathroom's in the middle of being retiled," I objected, cutting into a bag of plaster with a utility knife.

"I?ve got Ryan to look after and my midterms are coming up. Anyway, I do enough around here."

I clutched the knife in my hand. I?d taken on another home-renovation project, keen to replace the old black ceramic tiles, which constantly needed to be wiped dry of water spots. "Are you kidding me?" Calvin had said when he came home to find boxes of limestone tiles stacked like a dam in the front hall. "Should you even be lifting those boxes?"

Dorothea's shrill voice twisted my insides out. I owed my sister?and not just for the crumpled, useless ear. The childhood accident that caused the disfigurement was only a precursor. I could hardly refuse her request to come home. "Okay," I acquiesced, sliding the blade back into its sheath. "I?ll be there."

(Continued in Bitter Lake...)

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Gertrude at the Beach

Gertrude at the Beach

by Starr Dobson
illustrated by Dayle Dodwell
edition:Hardcover
tagged : farm animals

Everyone’s favourite goat, Gertrude Allawishes, is back in this lovely picture book. This time, Gertrude goes to the cottage with Starr and the rest of her family. Starr’s mother is worried Gertrude will get into trouble at the cottage—and Gertrude does. Starr finds her goat floating out to sea on an old boat! Will Gertrude be saved in time?

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