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Adelaide Hoodless

by Cheryl MacDonald

Adelaide Hunter Hoodless, lifelong crusader for the recognition of the domestic sciences (cooking, sewing, childcare and housework) and an early proponent of home economics in Canada, was considered one of the...


Heading for Home

by Zahava Hanan

Zahava Hanan's struggle to save her ranch in Alberta from the threat of industrial pollution makes Heading for Home a modern tale on an epic scale.


Kate Rice: Prospector

by Helen Duncan

This is the story of an inspiring woman who forged new frontiers as a prospector in Manitoba during the gold rush.


My Year Before the Mast

by Annette Brock Davis

A memoir of Annette Brock Davis's life at sea as the first female crew member of a commercial sailing line.


Tokyo, My Everest: A Canadian Woman in Japan

by Gabrielle Bauer

Gabrielle Bauer finds herself on a plane bound for Tokyo, leaving her career, home, and husband behind.


Women Who Give Away Millions

by Iris Nowell

This book pays tribute to 14 women who donated millions of dollars to causes close to their hearts.


Eslanda

by Barbara Ransby

Eslanda "Essie" Cardozo Goode Robeson lived a colorful and amazing life, embroiled in much of the twentieth century's social turmoil and traveling to every corner of the globe to fight for downtrodden and oppressed...


Saturday Night Widows: The Adventures of Six Friends Remaking Their Lives

by Becky Aikman

Six marriages, six heartbreaks, one shared beginning.

   In her forties – a widow, too young, too modern to accept the role – Becky Aikman struggled to make sense of her place in an altered world.  In...


100 Canadian Heroines: Famous and Forgotten Faces

by Merna Forster

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...


Clinic of Hope: The Story of Rene Caisse and Essiac

by Donna M. Ivey

This story of Rene M. Caisse describes her pursuit to obtain official recognition of her herbal cancer remedy, Essiac, her name spelled backwards. Caisse was thrust into a life-long medical-legal-political controversy...


Fifty Years the Queen: A Tribute to Elizabeth II on Her Golden Jubilee

by Arthur Bousfield & Garry Toffoli

This tribute examines the life of this outstanding personality and monarch, with emphasis on her Canadian experiences.


To Experience Wonder: Edna Staebler: A Life

by Veronica Ross

Edna Staebler, author of the Schmecks cookbooks, was 60 when her first book was published, and has received the Order of Canada, among many honours.


Incest: From ¿A Journal of Love¿ -The Unexpurgated Diary of Anaïs Nin (1932-1934)

by Anais Nin

The continuation of the story begun in Henry and June, exposing the shattering psychological drama that drove Nin to seek absolution from her psychoanalysts for the ultimate transgression. “It is [Nin’s]...


In the Shadow of Billy the Kid: Susan McSween and the Lincoln County War

by Kathleen P. Chamberlain

The Lincoln County War catapulted Susan McSween and a young cowboy named Henry McCarty, alias Billy the Kid, into the history books. As a woman in a man's story, Susan McSween has been all but ignored. This...


Janette Oke: A Heart for the Prairie

by Laurel Oke Logan

The biography of one of our most beloved storytellers, this book introduces readers to the woman behind the stories of faith and love.


Mother Jones: Raising Cain and Consciousness

by Simon Cordery

The details of the life and work of Mary Harris "Mother" Jones are skillfully told here for those who have not heard her story and those who know it well.


American Heroines

by Kay Bailey Hutchison

As long as there has been an America, the indomitable spirit of American women has shaped both the country's history and society. Regardless of the time and place these women were born each excelled in her respective...


Dancing in the Light

by Shirley Maclaine

Now, at a turning point in her life, comes her  most revealing and exciting book yet. Outspoken,  controversial, talented, and perceptive Shirley  MacLaine now takes us on an intimate and fascinating  personal...


Summoned

by Toni Ortner

Traditional biographies are written in third person, present the facts of their subjects' lives, and provide a critical analysis. Summoned is different. While I researched traditional sources, each woman in...


From Hoofbeats to Dogsteps: A Life of Listening to and Learning from Animals

by Rachel Page Elliott

Born to a loving and educated New England family, Rachel Page Elliott, known to all as Pagey, was encouraged to develop her interests and talents wherever they would lead her. And lead her they did, to a life-long...