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If You Liked Extraordinary Canadians...


If you enjoyed 2021's One Book One Community selection, Extraordinary Canadians: Stories from the heart of our nation, you might also enjoy these other books from the Idea Exchange collections. These include a fascinating history of our nation in maps, interviews with groundbreakers and newsmakers, hilarious rants, and hockey stories that bring out the best in one of Canada's favourite pastimes. For more information about One Book One Community, the annual book club for everyone in the Waterloo Region, visit

McGoogan, Kenneth
50 Canadians who changed the world

Ken McGoogan takes the reader on a compelling journey throughthe lives of fifty accomplished Canadians born in the 20th century who have changed—and often continue to change—the great wide world. He discovers an astonishing array of activists, humanitarians, visionaries, scientists and inventors, all of whom have made an impact internationally. From Tommy Douglas, Pierre Trudeau, John Kenneth Galbraith, Naomi Klein, Marshall McLuhan, Stephen Lewis and Roméo Dallaire to Glenn Gould, David Suzuki, Mike Lazaridis, Margaret Atwood, Oscar Peterson, Leonard Cohen and thirty-seven others, Ken McGoogan shows us why and how Canadians move in the wider world as influencers and agents of progressive change. --

Couric, Katie
The best advice I ever got

What was the tipping point for Malcolm Gladwell? What unscripted event made Meryl Streep who she is? In this inspiration-packed book, Katie Couric reports from the front lines of the worlds of politics, entertainment, sports, philanthropy, the arts, and business—distilling the ingenious, hard-won insights of leaders and visionaries, who tell us all how to take chances, follow our passions, cope with criticism, and, perhaps most important, commit to something greater than ourselves.

Stanton, Brandon.

Brandon Stanton's new book, Humans ... shows us the world. Brandon Stanton created Humans of New York in 2010. What began as a photographic census of life in New York City, soon evolved into a storytelling phenomenon. A global audience of millions began following HONY daily. Over the next several years, Stanton broadened his lens to include people from across the world. Traveling to more than forty countries, he conducted interviews across continents, borders, and language barriers. Humans is the definitive catalogue of these travels. The faces and locations will vary from page to page, but the stories will feel deeply familiar. Told with candor and intimacy, Humans will resonate with readers across the globe-providing a portrait of our shared experience -- Provided by publisher.

Newman, Peter C.

In Heroes, Peter C. Newman incisively analyzes dozens of Canadians, past and present, who have defined this country, drawing on fifty years of writing. From the world of popular culture, he writes about Terry Fox, Margaret Atwood and June Callwood. From politics, Pierre Trudeau, Christina McCall and Lester B. Pearson, among others. And from the world of business, Newman includes some of the most active entrepreneurs on the planet, including Jimmy Pattison, Heather Reisman and Paul Desmarais. The grandmaster at the top of his game, Newman shares the inside stories of these pivotal characters whose lives and times set examples for all of us.

Shoalts, Adam
A history of Canada in ten maps

Historian, archaeologist and geographer Adam Shoalts tells the stories behind ten centuries old maps, and how they came to shape what became "Canada".

Mercer, Rick
Rick Mercer final report.

Favourite rants and insightful anecdotes about Canadian newsmakers from the Rick Mercer Report, a CBC satirical show that ran for 15 seasons.

Gray, Charlotte
The promise of Canada

A history of Canada that focuses on nine influential Canadians that have helped shape the identity of our country.

Mitic, Jody
Everyday heroes

In this moving collection of first-person accounts, the men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces take us inside life in the military and share their personal stories of courage, perseverance, and sacrifice. Featuring stories of courageous rescues, bravery in the face of conflict, and camaraderie at home and overseas, Everyday Heroes is an authentic and stirring look inside the hearts and minds of the men and women in the Canadian Armed Forces. These stories will make you proud to be a Canadian.

Forster, Merna.
100 Canadian heroines

In 100 Canadian Heroines you’ll meet remarkable women in science, sport, preaching and teaching, politics, war and peace, arts and entertainment, etc. The book is full of amazing facts and fascinating trivia about intriguing figures. Discover some of the many heroines Canada can be proud of. Find out how we’re remembering them. Or not! Augmented by great quotes and photos, this inspiring collection profiles remarkable women — heroines in science, sport, preaching and teaching, politics, war and peace, arts and entertainment, and more. Profiles include mountaineer Phyllis Munday, activist Hide Shimizu, unionist Lea Roback, and movie mogul Mary Pickford.

McKenzie, Bob and Jim Lang.
Everyday hockey heroes

An inspiring collection of stories about Canada's most beloved sport, hockey, and the everyday heroes who embody the spirit of the game and help shape its future. Canadian broadcasters Bob McKenzie and Jim Lang bring together players and the people who support them to show us what hockey means to them. Philadelphia Flyer Wayne Simmonds and Paralympian gold medalist Greg Westlake have found ways to give back to show young hockey hopefuls that anything is possible. Ben Fanelli found a way not only to overcome a catastrophic injury to keep playing the game he loves, but is using his story to help others. Renowned Canadian neurosurgeon Dr. Charles Tator, is leading the way to protect athletes from the dangers of brain trauma and concussion. Hockey commentators Andi Petrillo and Harnarayan Singh have broken down barriers to be on air. And Karina Potvin, a youth hockey coach, is welcoming Syrian boys and girls to Canada by introducing them to our national pastime. These are the stories of everyday hockey heroes who defy the odds, advocate for inclusion, and champion the next generation of hockey. From small-town rinks to big city arenas across the country, this collection celebrates everyone who loves our great game.

Martin, Sandra
Great Canadian lives

Award-winning Globe and Mail journalist Sandra Martin captures the life and times of 50 extraordinary Canadians, whose achievements, follies, and dreams have shaped the country we call home.Martin’s witty essays on the cult and craft of obituary writing, from the ancient Greeks to a wired up 24/7 world, explode the myths and celebrate the art of our oldest biographical form.Great Canadian Lives tells the political, social, and cultural history of modern Canada from WW1 to the Charter, from Pierre Trudeau to Jack Layton — one fascinating life at a time. -

De Adder, Michael
You might be from Canada if...

You Might Be From Canada If... is an examination of Canada at 150 by one of the country's great satirists/cartoonists. Michael de Adder draws for the Toronto Star and is the cartoonist of record for the (Parliament) Hill Times and Chronicle Herald.