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The Essentials: 150 Great B.C. Books & Authors

      For this fourth volume in his series on the Literary History of British Columbia, Alan Twigg has set himself the impossible task of  selecting 150 “Great B.C. Books and Authors,” designated as...

Review by Alan Twigg


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Measure of the Year: Reflections on Home, Family, and a Life Fully Lived

As part of its ‘Classics West Collection’ Touch Wood Editions has released a trade paperback edition of Measure of the Year, Roderick Haig-Brown’s celebrated collection of seasonal essays, with a foreword by poet Brian Brett....

Review by Des Kennedy


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The Private Journal of Captain G. H. Richards: The Vancouver Island Survey (1860-1862)

Captain (later Admiral Sir) George Henry Richards, Royal Navy, is one of the great personages of that unique era in modern history known as Pax Britannica – a period when “Britain Ruled the Waves,” and sometimes, as...

Review by Barry Gough


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Kilts on the Coast: The Scots Who Built BC

Despite the title, this is not a comprehensive history of the Scots in British Columbia. The best overview remains the BC chapter in Ferenc Morton Szasz, Scots in the North American West, 1790-1917 (2000), which...

Review by Jack Little


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The British Columbia Court of Appeal: The First Hundred Years, 1910-2010

A law court has an inner life, beyond the many outside lives that it can rescue, ruin, remedy and reward. When it is an appellate court, the urge to converge as group judgment replaces the...

Review by DeLloyd Guth


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Ceramic Makers’ Marks

This slim and well-designed identification guide focuses primarily on nineteenth century American and European manufacturers of ceramics for those working to identify ceramic shards. Despite the back cover’s reference to “North American sites,” it draws...

Review by Lorne Hammond


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Tse-loh-ne (The People at the End of the Rocks): Journey Down the Davie Trail

Keith Billington has had a long career as a nurse in British Columbia and the Yukon as well as being Band Manager for the Fort Ware Sekani/Kaska band (later known as Kwadacha Nation). The first part...

Review by Robin Ridington


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The Chuck Davis History of Metropolitan Vancouver

Everyone who has spent any time researching Vancouver history seems to have a Chuck Davis story. Here’s mine. It’s about 1980, I’m a callow not-easily-impressed grad student doing work on some arcane heritage tax law...

Review by John Belshaw


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Unwilling Idlers: The Urban Unemployed and Their Families in Late Victorian Canada

PDF – Book Reviews, BC Studies 124, Winter 1999

Review by John Belshaw


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Urbanizing Frontiers: Indigenous Peoples and Settlers in 19th-Century Pacific Rim Cities

    Colonists seldom embarked alone to new continents, and so the act of “settling” was often the act of creating a “settlement.” Penelope Edmonds’s Urbanizing Frontiers reminds us that the interface between settler and...

Review by John Lutz


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Colonial Proximities: Crossracial Encounters and Juridical Truths in British Columbia, 1871-1921

Colonial Proximities is a good book about an important subject: how colonial authorities, anxious about racial difference, tried to use legal and other strategies to regulate and restrict interracial “encounters” during the half-century after confederation...

Review by Hamar Foster


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The Collector: David Douglas and the Natural History of the Northwest

The Horticultural Society of London demanded that David Douglas (1799-1834), their employee and North American plant hunter, keep a meticulous journal of his travels. Certainly a better field naturalist than author, Douglas refused to let...

Review by David Brownstein


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Private Grief, Public Mourning: The Rise of the Roadside Shrine in BC

Typically involving a cross and some flowers, the roadside memorials located along British Columbia’s highways catch the passing motorist’s attention and instantly raise a series of questions about death and mourning. Who died there? How...

Review by Ben Bradley


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Family Origin Histories: The Whaling Indians: West Coast Legends and Stories, Part 11 of the Sapir-Thomas Nootka Texts

What do the stories of lineage significance say about the people who tell them? What is culturally salient to the tellers of the stories? What is culturally salient to the hearers of the stories, be...

Review by Marlene Atleo


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Ethel Wilson: A Critical Biography

THE TWO THINGS about Ethel Wilson’s writing that David Stouck emphasizes in his critical biography are her ability to evoke a sense of place and her great reverence for “the English sentence.” Anyone would think...

Review by Misao Dean


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Jacob’s Prayer: Loss and Resilience at Alkali Lake

Recently, historians have taken the “affective turn,” that is, they have begun paying particular attention to emotion and sensation. Jacob’s Prayer, which documents the relationships between hopeful young teachers in 1970s British Columbia and Esket,...

Review by Mary-Ellen Kelm


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The Quadra Story: A History of Quadra Island

Jeanette Taylor’s history of Quadra Island is a welcome addition to Harbour Publishing’s growing collection of Coast histories. It draws on Taylor’s profound local knowledge of the northern strait and complements her histories of Campbell...

Review by Howard Stewart


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Opening Doors in Vancouver’s East End: Strathcona

In 1978 the Provincial Archives of British Columbia added a pair of volumes on early Vancouver to its series of aural history publications.  These were subsequently brought together as a single monograph in 1979.  It...

Review by John Belshaw


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The Aquaculture Controversy in Canada: Activism, Policy, and Contested Science

There are few issues in British Columbia more divisive than aquaculture. With their new book, Nathan Young and Ralph Matthews provide a timely, well-documented, and clearly articulated step back from the aquaculture fray. The impetus...

Review by Jaime Yard


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Profit and Ambition, The North West Company and the Fur Trade 1779-1821

This booklet was published to accompany the Canadian Museum of Civilization’s current exhibition (by the same name), which ends 6 February 2011. It is more than just a catalogue because, in addition to the superb...

Review by Marie Elliott


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Making Headlines: 100 Years of the Vancouver Sun

The Vancouver Sun turned one hundred in 2012. To mark this event, reporter Shelley Fralic compiled a (roughly) chronological account of goings-on in the city and at the paper itself. It is not so much...

Review by John Belshaw


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Discovering Totem Poles: A Traveller’s Guide

This well-illustrated and modest in size guidebook presents totem poles that a tourist could see on a trip from Seattle, Washington, to Juneau, Alaska. The focus in not on totem poles as art objects displaying...

Review by Alan Hoover


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Sensational Victoria: Bright Lights, Red Lights, Murders, Ghosts & Gardens

Eve Lazarus is a Vancouver-based freelance writer and self-confessed obsessive blogger about houses and their genealogies. Her passion for history, the arts, old houses, and her community has resulted in three previous books: At Home...

Review by John Adams


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Empires, Nations, and Families: A History of the North American West, 1800-1860

Empires, Nations, and Families: A History of the North American West, 1800-1860, by Anne Hyde is the second of six volumes scheduled to appear in the “History of the American West” series intended to reflect...

Review by Jean Barman