Debut novelist Paul Nicholson of Victoria as crafted a World War One novel in which his protagonist rubs shoulders with Ernest Hemingway and Gertrude Stein, reviewed by Valerie Green. REVIEW
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October 09th, 2014
BC Bestseller List
Week of October 5, 2014
Whitewater Cooks With Passion (Alicon Holdings / Sandhill)
Vancouver Confidential (Anvil Press)
Dolphin SOS (Tradewind Books)
Who We Are: Reflections on My Life and Canada (Greystone Books)
A Rock Fell on the ( Harbour Publishing)
Tin Fish Gourmet: Great Seafood from Cupboard to Table (Arsenal Pulp Press)
Ice Storm: The Rise and Fall of the Greatest Vancouver Canucks Team Ever (Greystone Books)
And the River Still Sings: A Wilderness Dweller’s Journey (Caitlin Press)
The Boreal Feast: A Culinary Journey through the North (Harbour Publishing)
Cloudwalker (Harbour Publishing)
Dipnetting with Dad (Caitlin Press)
Sensational Vancouver (Anvil Press)
* The BC Bestseller List is compiled using sales data from over 80 independent bookstores in BC. It is provided to the ABPBC by TBM BookManager. The list represents sales of BC published books released within the calendar year.
1. Whitewater Cooks With Passion Shelley Adams 9780981142425 Sandhill Book Marketing
another fabulous book in the Whitewater Cooks series! Full of all new recipes, this one focuses on fresh, healthy recipes and includes many innovative dishes that will inspire a passion for food and for these amazing cookbooks!
2. Vancouver Confidential John Belshaw 9781927380994 Anvil Press
Vancouver Confidential is a collaboration of artists and writers who plumb the shadows of civic memory looking for the stories that don’t fit into mainstream narratives. We honour the chorus line behind the star performer, the mug in the mugshot, the victim in the murder, the teens in the gang, and the “slum” in the path of the bulldozer. By focusing on the stories of the common people rather than community leaders and headliners, Vancouver Confidential shines a light on the lives of Vancouverites that have for so long been ignored.
3. Dolphin SOS Roy Miki, Slavia Miki and Julie Flett 9781896580760 Tradewind Books
Based on true events, Dolphin SOS recounts the story of three dolphins trapped in an ice-covered cove on the coast of Newfoundland. After the government fails to provide assistance, some young boys take matters into their own hands in order to save the distressed dolphins.
4. Who We Are: Reflections on My Life and Canada Elizabeth May 9781771640312 Greystone Books
In this marriage of memoir and manifesto, Elizabeth May reflects on her extraordinary life and the people and experiences that have formed her and informed her beliefs. The book traces her development from daughter of activist parents, to waitress and cook on Cape Breton Island, to law student, lawyer, and environmentalist, and finally to leader of the Green Party and first elected Canadian Green Member of Parliament. As a result of these disparate formative experiences, May believes that Canadians must rescue our threatened democracy, return to our traditional role as a world leader, develop a sustainable economy, and take immediate and decisive action to address the climate crisis. Who We Are is both a fascinating portrait of a remarkable woman and an urgent call to action.
5. A Rock Fell on the Moon Alicia Priest 9781550176728 Harbour Publishing
In A Rock Fell on the Moon, Alicia Priest consults letters, news stories, archived RCMP files and court documents, and interviews with former mine employees, litigators and police investigators, to piece together the full story of her father’s infamous heist. The result is a lively, heartrending account of a mysterious crime that came extraordinarily close to succeeding; a fascinating look into the small mining communities that once thrived in the Yukon; and the personal story of the Priest family, who could only watch aghast as the life they knew crumbled around them. As she uncovers more of the story, Alicia must reconcile two different versions of her father: the fun-loving, bush-savvy adventurer who raised her, and the man accused and convicted of the Great Yukon Silver Ore Heist.
6. Tin Fish Gourmet: Great Seafood from Cupboard to TableBarbara-jo McIntosh 9781551525464 Arsenal Pulp Press
As an ingredient, canned seafood often gets short shrift; it’s often considered a mundane filler for salads, casseroles, and sandwiches by those in a hurry or on a budget. But while fresh is always best, there’s no reason why canned seafood has to be boring. Discover how to transform everyday canned seafood into stylish, delicious dishes in this cookbook that features innovative recipes for not only tinned salmon and tuna but clams, oysters, shrimp, crabmeat, sardines, anchovies, mackerel, and more. Make sophisticated versions of traditional seafood dishes such as Creamy Garlic & Clam Chowder, Kentucky Crab Crepes, New England Salmon Cakes, and Apple, Cheddar & Tuna Melt. This cookbook is perfect for students, those on a budget, or those with time constraints, but it’s also a sea-worthy companion for any home cook with a pantry.
7. Ice Storm: The Rise and Fall of the Greatest Vancouver Canucks Team Ever Bruce Dowbiggin 9781771641319 Greystone Books
An incendiary inside look at the Canucks’ meteoric rise to the top of the NHL and their dramatic post-riot fall to mediocrity—all at a time when new efforts are being launched to save the once-great team. In 2008, the Vancouver Canucks were Team Modern, revolutionizing the NHL under their new GM, former player agent Mike Gillis. He built the Canucks from a non-playoff team in 2008 to the best in hockey from 2010-2012. He modernized the players’ diets and psychological approach, he rebuilt the dressing room, and he sought sleep consultants to help with the Canucks’ punishing travel schedule. More than that, his winning team lifted Vancouver from eighth overall in NHL revenues to second by 2013. The hockey world was at their feet. But things changed in Game 7. Ice Storm follows the journey that led the Canucks from the top of the mountain to the bottom of the abyss in six short years.
8. And the River Still Sings: A Wilderness Dweller’s Journey Chris, Czajkowski 9781927575505 Caitlin Press
How does one go from English villager to wilderness dweller? In 1980, Chris began writing about her adventures. Encouraged by her supporter Peter Gzowski, she published Cabin at Singing River, which became a national sensation and led to more books about living in BC’s beautiful wilderness. And the River Still Sings goes beyond the tales with which we are so familiar, exploring both the experiences that led Chris to a solitary lifestyle and her transition to a life closer to the grid. Chris’s “retirement home” has easier access to a road and neighbours although she still lives beyond the end of the power line. Her new book is a personal and honest insight into the “Wilderness Dweller.”
9. The Boreal Feast: A Culinary Journey through the North Michele Genest 9781550176278 Harbour Publishing
From the author of The Boreal Gourmet comes another irresistible tribute to foods of the North, and this time she devotes special attention to feasts. Michele Genest’s feasts cover the whole spectrum–for small groups or large, extensively planned or spontaneous, as elaborate as a 12-course tasting menu or as simple and satisfying as a pot of Labrador tea and a piece of bannock on a hillside during a berry-picking expedition. Featuring prized northern ingredients, like morel mushrooms, birch syrup, coho salmon, spruce tips and blueberries, The Boreal Feast is a celebration of boreal food and forest. With creations like Solstice-Cured Lake Trout Gravlad Lax and Birch Syrup Panna Cotta with Rhubarb Compote, northern and southern dwellers alike will be inspired.
10. Cloudwalker Robert Budd and Roy Henry Vickers 9781550176193 Harbour Publishing
Cloudwalker, describing the creation of the rivers, is the second in a series of Northwest Coast legends by Roy Henry Vickers and Robert Budd. Their previous collaboration, Raven Brings the Light (2013), is a national bestseller. On British Columbia’s northwest coast lies the Sacred Headwaters—the source of three of British Columbia’s largest salmon-bearing rivers. These rivers are the source of life for all creatures in the area. But what gave life to the rivers themselves? Roy Henry Vickers’ vibrant artwork, including 18 new prints, accompany this new retelling of an ancient story—readers of all ages will be captivated.
11. Dipnetting with Dad Willie Sellars and Kevin Easthope 9781927575536 Caitlin Press
Set in the beautiful landscape of the Cariboo Chilcotin region, Dipnetting with Dad is a delightful and colourful story of a father teaching his son the Secwepemc method of fishing known as dipnetting. Together they visit the sweat lodge, mend the nets, select the best fishing spot and catch and pack their fish through rugged bush back to the family home for traditional preparation. In his first book, Williams Lake Indian Band member Willie Sellars captures family values, the importance of storytelling, community living and coming of age in one of BC’s oldest cultures. Debut artist Kevin Easthope’s contemporary and dynamic illustrations bring the characters to life as they jump off the page and pull you into their world.
12. Sensational Vancouver Eve Lazarus 9781927380987 Anvil Press
History books typically show Vancouver as a pioneer city built on forestry, fisheries, and tourism, but behind the snow-capped mountains and rain forests, the Vancouver of the first half of the 20th century was a seething mass of corruption. The top job at the Vancouver Police Department was a revolving door with the average tenure for a police chief of just four years. But Vancouver is more than bookies, brothels, and bootleggers-the city also produced legendary women, world-class entertainers and ground-breaking architecture.Sensational Vancouver is a fully illustrated popular history book about Vancouver’s famous and infamous, the ordinary and the extraordinary, filtered through the houses in which they lived.