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My Road Hockey Obsession

Author : Curt Solomon
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The whole world knows how much hockey is a vital part of Canadian culture. The cold winters, old rinks, and frozen ponds are ubiquitous to millions of Canadians and contextual for countless more across the world. Even for those who didn’t play ice hockey, the game still became palpable. In My Road Hockey Obsession, author Curt Solomon tells the story of a group of young friends building their lives, friendships, and adolescence around road hockey. For Solomon, road hockey was much, much more than a pastime. It was the only pastime. When he started playing road hockey, he knew he had found the city of gold, and there was no use looking for or pursuing any other activity. In this unique story built entirely around ball hockey, Solomon shares how he and his friends transformed a simple pastime into the most bonding and durable period of their lives. Road hockey was how they grew up, how they communicated, how they thought, and how they forged life-long memories. My Road Hockey Obsession narrates a joyous story that sparks nostalgia—the days of orange balls, plastic blades, and the hollow sound of wooden sticks on asphalt.

Puckstruck

Author : Stephen Smith
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Like many a Canadian kid, Stephen Smith was up on skates first thing as a boy, out in the weather chasing a puck and the promise of an NHL career. Back indoors after that didn’t quite work out, he turned to the bookshelf. That’s where, without entirely meaning to, he ended up reading all the hockey books. There was Crunch and Boom Boom, Slashing! and High Stick; there was Max Bentley: Hockey’s Dipsy-Doodle Dandy, Blue Line Murder, and Nagano, a Czech hockey opera. There was Blood on the Ice, Cracked Ice, Fire On Ice, Power On Ice, Cowboy On Ice, and Steel On Ice. In Puckstruck, Smith chronicles his wide-eyed and sometimes wincing wander through hockey’s literature, language, and culture, weighing its excitement and unbridled joy against its costs and vexing brutality. In exploring his own lifelong love of the game, hoping to surprise some sense out of it, he sifts hockey’s narratives in search of hockey’s heart, what it means and why it should distress us even as we celebrate its glories. On a journey to discover what the game might have to say about who we are as Canadians, he seeks to answer some of its essential riddles.

Mixed Martial Arts and the Quest for Legitimacy

Author : Mark S. Williams
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 Mixed martial arts or MMA is widely regarded as the fastest growing sport. Events fill stadiums around the world and draw vast television audiences, earning strong revenue through pay-per-view at a time when other sports have abandoned it. In 2016, the Ultimate Fighting Championship was bought by the massive talent agency WME-IMG for $4 billion. Despite this success, much of the public remains uneasy with the sport, which critics have denounced as “human cockfighting.” Through an exploration of violence, class, gender, race and nationalism, the author finds that MMA is both an expression of the positive values of martial arts and a spectacle defined by narcissism, hate and patriarchy. The long-term success of MMA will depend on the ability of promoters and athletes to resist indulging in spectacle at the expense of sport.

Raising a Modern Frontier Boy

Author : John Grooters
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Raise Your Boys to be Men of Faith and Courage Parenting can be a wild frontier—but one you can tame if you have courage, love, and the right perspective. Raising a Modern Frontier Boy is a comprehensive, firsthand, tour-guide look into the frontier of fatherhood. Written from a father and a son’s perspective, you see both sides of parenting—what works, what didn’t work, and what built an enduring friendship and collegiality that extends far beyond the parenting years. Raising a Modern Frontier Boy recounts the fascinating journey of writer and director John Grooters through the parenting years with his son, Jedidiah. Their story culminates when 19-year-old Jed accepts a starring role in the feature film The Frontier Boys, and embodies the faith and values that he, by then, had chosen to embrace and live on his own. Intelligent, instructive, and intriguing, Raising a Modern Frontier Boy will set you on an amazing path toward an enduring relationship of mutual respect and love.

Grace Under Fire

Author : Lawrence Scanlan
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Kernels from a Cracked Nut

Author : Foster Carlyle
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The book is meant to be a humorous romp through experiences in the life of the author. That would be me and Im just a regular guy, but there is certainly a large portion of my conservative attitude thrown in as well. Which would in some eyes make me an irregular guy. Im well traveled, having spent a good deal of time in Europe both as a young man and in my later years. Call me a satirist or humorist if you want but I'm going to give you a bit of Midwestern born philosophy here. 1940 December 13 in Omaha, Nebraska, to be exact. All of these stories happened to me. Some are just my philosophy colliding with my sense of humor. Growing up there was a lot of laughter and good humor in our family and I firmly believe because of that Ive managed to get through my life to this point mostly in tack. My grand parents on my fathers side of our family were college professors of English and all of their children dabbled in writing. Nearly all of us were born in the Midwest and nearly all of us at one time have attempted to write for publication. A long time ago the family self published a small book titled "Kernels From A Cracked Nut". It was mostly a parody of famous poems. Most of the family members bought copies. No one else did. But Im a bit stubborn so Ive stolen the title from my family and this book is in fact the second, Kernels From a Cracked Nut. Enjoy!

Slaying the Mermaid

Author : Stephanie Golden
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Examines the historical, social, cultural, and mythic reasons why women subordinate their own needs to the needs of others, explaining how to overcome self-defeating behavior, rediscover the true meaning of sacrifice, and renew energy, identity, and creativity. Reprint. 20,000 first printing.

Face to Face with Destiny

Author : K. K. Sudan
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Memoirs of a philanthropist from India.

Hockey Town

Author : Ed Arnold
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What makes a hockey town? It helps that the world’s greatest hockey franchise – the Montreal Canadiens – made the Peterborough Petes part of their powerful farm system in the mid-1950s. And it definitely helps that a number of great coaches – from Scotty Bowman to Roger Neilson – have stood behind the Petes’ bench. The town’s reputation gains lustre, also, from the roster of its player alumni, including such luminaries as Dit Clapper, Stan Jonathan, Barclay Plager, Rick MacLeish, Bob Gainey, Steve Yzerman, Steve Larmer, Mike Ricci, Chris Pronger, and Jamie Langenbrunner – to name just a few. It’s worth noting, in passing, that Walter Gretzky wanted young Wayne to play for the Petes. (And Wayne did, too, for three games.) All these factors help to explain how Peterborough achieved pre-eminence among hockey cradles. But there’s more to it than this. The story is told thousands of times each winter. It is told by the dads who flood the backyard rinks at three in the morning. It is told by the moms who take their kids to the rink in time for the 6:00 a.m. practice. It is told by the parents who coach and manage the midget teams. Above all, it is told by the players who practise slap shots endlessly in the basement, who play road hockey tirelessly in the spring, and who dream constantly of the day when they will make their mark in the NHL. In telling the stories of Peterborough’s parents, coaches, and hockey-mad kids, of the ones who made it big in the professional game, and of a few who tried and failed, Ed Arnold comes close to capturing the magic of the best sport in the world. From the Hardcover edition.

Monument

Author : Patrick Blennerhassett
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A penetrating and unflinching examination of the modern Canadian male, Monument is told through the eyes of Seth Wilhelm, a talented young hockey player whose career is cut short by injury, sending him spiralling out of control. A failed stint at college sets the stage for a second fall from grace, a car accident which claims the life of his new girlfriend, leaving Wilhelm himself to blame. Using his undisclosed innocence as the impetus to piece his life back together and move on with his once promising career, albeit in a washed-up senior mens league, Seth soaks up the Vancouver nightlife—the women, the liquor, the drugs, the fights—all in an effort to mask his survivors guilt and an early childhood trauma. If theres hope for this antihero, it must come in the form of something monumental, a communion hes desperately in search of before he finally loses it all.

Brain Mechanisms Attention deficit and Related Mental Disorders

Author : Jordan Joseph
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USA Today

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Adweek

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Tongues on Fire

Author : Rosamund Elwin
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In Tongues on Fire, Caribbean lesbians speak zami desire honestly and eloquently, loudly and clearly. Narrating their life stories, they claim what has never been acknowledged-lesbian history and continuity in the Caribbean. They collectively honour that history and continuity in fiction sweet with intimacy, sensuality, and memory. Like the lives and stories of Caribbean lesbians, Tongues on Fire is unique. Rosamund Elwin has put together a fine collection that includes well-known writers such as Michelle Cliff, Shani Mootoo, and Makeda Silvera.

Couchwarmer

Author : Greg Kramer
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Born with ambiguous gender, Cherry Beach's careening life trajectory has involved recreating him/herself many times and living on an endless succession of other peoples' couches. As another year draws to a close with a new crisis looming, Cherry trips across an improbable cache of winning lottery tickets that seems an answer to her prayers, propelling her into a mad slalom of greed which quickly attracts the denziens of her through-the-looking-glass nightclub demi-monde. By turns incredibly funny and deeply disturbing, Couchwarmer is a celebration of chaos, a riveting rollercoaster ride into a landscape of the 'acid Baroque.'

Canadian Periodical Index

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Epoch

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Penguin Profiles

Author : Jim O'Brien
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New York

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The Road Home

Author : Fred Stenson
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In the video, Alberta writers and filmmakers explore the province they call home. First broadcast as a 1-hour TV special by the CBC in September 1992.