Lynne Bowen’s 2011 book, Whoever Gives Us Bread: The Story of Italians in British Columbia (Douglas & McIntyre), is a social history that begins with the economic forces that first drove Italians into British Columbia helping to shape the province.
From 1876-1976, poverty pushed many Italians out of their
country in a mass exodus described as “a well nigh expulsion” by Robert
Foerster, in Italian Emigration of our
Times, 1919. Read more…
The public good, the environment and the need for industry to make money to stay in business create an ongoing balancing act when it comes to managing Canada’s forests. Policies for Sustainably Managing Canada’s Forests: Tenure, Stumpage Fees, and Forest Practices (UBC Press, 2011) takes a scholarly look at the issues.
The writers, Martin K. Luckert, University of Alberta; David Haley, University of British Columbia; and George Hoberg, University of British Columbia, take a thorough, analytical look at current practices, identify the obstacles to sustainable practices and make some suggestions for change. Not necessarily for the general reader, the book will be of interest to anyone working in or otherwise dependent on the forest industry and to public policy makers. Read more…
Author Marilyn Strong has learned how to overcome attention deficit disorder (ADD) to create a successful business, and now she wants to help others do the same.
Her book, Getting Paid to Pay Attention: Why Your Business Suffers from A.D.D. and How to Fix It, was released in January and has reached the Amazon best-seller List in the small business and entrepreneurship category. Read more…
If Northern BC’s healthcare system needs recruitment, officials could consider getting a copy of Front Lines: Portraits of Caregivers in Northern British Columbia (Creekstone Press, 2011) into the hands of students worldwide.
Whether they were recruited from other provinces or countries, grew up in the north, or even hitchhiked there, the doctors, nurses, social workers and paramedics profiled in the book all have their own reasons for staying. In many cases it comes down to community. Read more…
I’ve been allergic to science ever since a supplier dumped 24 pregnant frogs on my Grade 10 biology class for dissection. (Caviar is also out of the question).
That’s why I appreciate any attempt to make science accessible to the general reader, and that’s what E. Paul Zehr does with his new book, Inventing Iron Man: The Possibility of a Human Machine (The John Hopkins University Press, 2011).