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Selling Out or Buying In? Debating Consumerism in Vancouver and Victoria, 1945-1985

Today we live in a consumer-oriented culture in which material items help to define who we are, or, who we want to be. To meet our material needs, stores are now open seven days a...

Review by Dr. Matthew J. Bellamy


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Song of the Earth: The Life of Alfred Joseph

Song of the Earth tells the story of Alfred Joseph, the Witsuwit’en hereditary chief and lead plaintiff in the landmark Delgamuukw-Gisday wa court case that first articulated the doctrine of Aboriginal title in Canada. Joseph grew up...

Review by Tyler McCreary


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Dancing in Gumboots: Adventure, Love & Resilience: Women of the Comox Valley

Dancing in Gumboots: Adventure, Love & Resilience: Women of the Comox Valley is a collection of memoirs by thirty-two women who came to the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island in the 1970s. Drawn by an...

Review by Shirley McDonald


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Trail North: The Okanagan Trail of 1858-68 and Its Origins in British Columbia and Washington

In Trail North, Ken Mather directs our attention to a relatively forgotten part of British Columbian history: the trails linking the interior of British Columbia to the Columbia Plateau of Washington and their contribution to...

Review by Christopher Herbert


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A Mill Behind Every Stump

This modest book aims to preserve the vanishing world of the Cariboo homesteader.  It recounts a life of geographic isolation, in Secwépemc traditional territory, that bred both freedom and self-reliance. Life in this context also cultivated...

Review by David Brownstein


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The North-West Mounted Police, 1873-1885

In a wonderfully detailed and researched volume, Jack F. Dunn has created a study that is a worthy addition to Brendan and Horall’s Red Coats on the Prairiesand R.C. Macleod’s NWMP and Law Enforcement.  Focusing...

Review by Dr. Soren I. Fanning


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Coming Home to Indigenous Place Names in Canada

Coming Home to Indigenous Place Names in Canada is a fold-out display-ready wall map of Canada, hypsometrically tinted to highlight the physiographic landscape of the northern portion of North America, and labeled entirely and only in...

Review by Ken Brealey


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Beckoned by the Sea: Women at Work on the Cascadia Coast

The sea draws many, to many destinies.  Even those of us who are landlocked remain drawn due to history, biology or too much reading. This book offers the stories of 24 women (25 including the...

Review by Annie Booth


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Mudflat Dreaming: Waterfront Battles and the Squatters Who Fought them in 1970s Vancouver

Liminal spaces make places. This is the central theme of Jean Walton’s book, Mudflat Dreaming, an unconventional work of literary nonfiction that weaves together memoir, film studies, and Vancouver history in the 1970s, a pivotal...

Review by Kaden Jelsing


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Sustenance: Writers from BC and Beyond on the Subject of Food 

With its over 250 prose and poetry narratives, biographies, and recipes, Rachel Rose has edited a timeless anthology,  Sustenance: Writers from BC and Beyond on the Subject of Food. Rose, named Vancouver’s poet laureate in 2014,...

Review by Gigi Berardi


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Where it Hurts

Where it Hurts, by Sarah De Leeuw, is a collection of essays within the genre of creative non-fiction. The vivid essays express loss, trauma and humor. De Leeuw uses complex imagery that takes the reader...

Review by Melinda Kachina Bige


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Spying on Canadians: The Royal Canadian Mounted Police Security Service and the Origins of the Long Cold War

Spying on Canadians opens with the goal of adding “to the political demands for a new commitment for a transparency in national security appropriate to our purportedly democratic society.” (9) It is a principled point. Describing...

Review by Jonathan Swainger


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Asian Canadian Studies Reader

This collection of essays is an integral part of American-modelled activism to establish a collective scholarly field for Asian Canadians beyond national boundaries. Such trials, as the editors argue, have already been initiated, for example,...

Review by Aya Fujiwara


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Growing Community Forests: Practice, Research, and Advocacy in Canada

Over the past two decades, community forestry has been adopted with growing frequency across Canada. Localities have sought to balance multiple values – economic, social, environmental – within systems of decentralized forest management. Contributors to Growing...

Review by Kirsten McIlveen


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Indian Fishing: Early Methods on the Northwest Coast

The 40th anniversary reprint of the original, classic study, Indian Fishing,has arrived. Its author is the multi-talented graphic artist, photographer, archeological fieldworker/ethnographer, and museum exhibit curator, the late Hilary Stewart. For only one of these many skills...

Review by Dianne Newell


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Before and After the State: Politics, Poetics, and People(s) in the Pacific Northwest

The authors of Before and After the State: Politics, Poetics, and People(s) in the Pacific Northwest attempt to expand our understanding of the development of two nations, and a border between them, from a mostly political story...

Review by Brandon Dimmel


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Fernie at War 1914-1919

Wayne Norton provides a fascinating story of a British Columbia resource town navigating its way through the tribulations of the Great War.  In so doing, he adds to the small but growing body of works that...

Review by R. Scott Sheffield


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Aboriginal Peoples and the Law: A Critical Introduction

Jim Reynolds, a highly experienced Aboriginal rights lawyer, pursues two ambitious aims with his new book, Aboriginal Peoples and the Law: A Critical Introduction. One is to provide a succinct yet comprehensive overview of Canadian law...

Review by David Milward


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The Miracle Mile: Stories of the 1954 British Empire and Commonwealth Games

The Miracle Mile written by Jason Beck, the curator at the BC Sports Hall of Fame and Museum, is a masterfully constructed narrative of the first truly international event in British Columbia sport history. The 1954...

Review by Robin Anderson


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The Campbell Revolution? Power, Politics and Policy in BC

This is one of those rare collections that focusses on a recent significant political transition. In doing so Jason Lacharite and Tracy Summerville have produced a needed and worthwhile book. For those not cognizant of recent...

Review by Alexander Netherton


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Witness to Loss

Witness to Loss is a multi-authored study of wartime Japanese Canadian confinement that draws from the memoirs of Kishizo Kimura, a Japanese-born man who immigrated to Canada in 1911. Kimura had an important impact on the...

Review by Christian Roy


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Engaging the Line: How the Great War Shaped the Canada-US Border 

That the Great War changed boundaries and upset communities is not news to anyone who looks at an historical atlas of Europe.  That the war affected communities living along what is often referred to as ‘the...

Review by Chris Leach


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The Land on Which We Live: Life on the Cariboo Plateau: 70 Mile House to Bridge Lake

In recent years, the historiography of British Columbia has burgeoned. Much of this rich and growing scholarship focuses on the province as a whole, or on its urban centres. We still have much to learn...

Review by Tina Block