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Last-minute gift ideas: indie booksellers hand-pick memoirs

Every fall, independent booksellers and publishers work together to promote a range of new titles published in Canada and internationally. Books for Everybody is a hand-picked selection of books for all interests, including young readers. Here are some highlights from the catalogues that provide great last-minute ideas for gifts and stocking stuffers.


Canadian Spacewalkers: Hadfield, MacLean and Williams Remember the Ultimate High Adventure
Bob McDonald
(Douglas & McIntyre)

CBC host Bob McDonald’s tribute to Canada’s three spacewalkers – Chris Hadfield, Steve MacLean and Dave Williams – will inspire, astound and surprise. Features stunning NASA photographs.
$29.95 cl, 112 colour photos, 208 pp. 978-1-77162-044-4


Detachment: An Adoption Memoir
Maurice Mierau
(Freehand Books)

After adopting two sons from Ukraine, Mierau examines the process and challenges of adoption. A moving, darkly funny memoir about learning to become a father and a son.
$21.95 pa, 232 pp. 978-1-55481-206-6


In the Unlikeliest of Places
Annette Libeskind Berkovits
(Wilfred Laurier University Press)

The story of a man who encountered almostevery major adversity of the 20th century – the Nazis, gulags, and Soviet Communism—his resolute optimism, and the family he nurtured and inspired.
$34.99 cl, 6 colour illus. 296 pp. 978-1-77112-066-1


Peace Pipe Dreams: The Truth about Lies about Indians
Darrell Dennis
(Douglas & McIntyre)

Weaving history with current events, comedian Darrell Dennis will have you laughing out loud with this convincing and informative look at First Nations issues. $22.95 pa, 224 pp. 978-1-77100-040-6


Stars Between the Sun and MoonLucia Jang & Susan McClelland(Douglas & McIntyre)

Stars Between the Sun and Moon
Lucia Jang & Susan McClelland
(Douglas & McIntyre)

A powerful memoir about hope in the face of persecution as told by a North Korean woman who survived human trafficking and labour camp imprison-ment. $32.95 cl, 288 pp. 978-1-77162-035-2


Who We Are: Reflections on My Life and Canada
Elizabeth May
(Greystone Books)

An engaging first memoir of Green Party leader Elizabeth May’s remarkable life and her clarion call for a new Canada. “Elizabeth May is without doubt the most impressive party leader in Canada … Who We Are reminds us she is also a fine writer.” – Ronald Wright
$29.95 cl, 8 b&w photos, 224 pp. 978-1-77164-031-2

Find participating bookstores in your community here or at http://www.findabookstore.ca/.