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    Feminist City A Field Guide Leslie Kern Canada
    9781771134576 Paperback SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography On Sale Date:October 24, 2019
    $22.95 CAD 4.75 x 7.5 x 0.43 in | 210 gr | 216 pages Carton Quantity:63 Canadian Rights: Y Between the Lines
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      Leslie Kern wants your city to be feminist. An intrepid feminist geographer, Kern combines memoir, theory, pop culture, and geography in this collection of essays that invites the reader to think differently about city spaces and city life.

      From the geography of rape culture to the politics of snow removal, the city is an ongoing site of gendered struggle. Yet the city is perhaps also our best hope for shaping new social relations based around care and justice.

      Taking on fear, motherhood, friendship, activism, and the joys and perils of being alone, Kern maps the city from new vantage points, laying out a feminist intersectional approach to urban histories and pathways towards different urban futures.

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      Leslie Kern is an associate professor of geography and environment and director of women’s and gender studies at Mount Allison University. She is the author of Sex and the Revitalized City: Gender, Condominium Development, and Urban Citizenship.

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      Feminist City is the next-generation urbanism book I’ve been waiting for! Leslie lays out a comprehensive guide to feminist world-building that our cities so desperately need. A must-read for all city officials and budding urbanists alike as we move into the female future of our urban environments.”


      Feminist City is a damning stab at the subtle and overt manipulation of women in urban spaces. Kern’s interwoven references to her personal experience through childhood, adulthood, and motherhood make her deeply researched and whip-smart work infinitely readable. Kern shows that the ability of all women to exploit the city fully is a valuable, necessary gauge for city worth.”


      “This volume definitively establishes Kern as a leading and impassioned voice in the second generation of North American feminist urban geography. Kern deftly and refreshingly interweaves her personal biographical narrative and a synthesis of feminist urban scholarship to capture the tensions between city-as-barrier and city-as-possibility that continue to infuse so many women’s daily urban experiences.”


      “I wish I could have read this book years ago. The experiences Kern reflects upon are ubiquitous, if not universal. Kern blends the best of academic literature with popular culture references to explore the ways in which urban space is gendered. Reading the book is a pleasure, like a deep conversation with a wise friend.”


      “Leslie Kern provides a refreshingly clear analysis of contemporary urban life. Feminist City seamlessly weaves together theory and lived experience, revealing again and again just how essential feminist geographic thought is to understanding urban space. Feminist City is a book to be shared and discussed by anyone who loves cities.”


      “How do we begin to reckon with and ultimately reimagine our public realm in the #MeToo era? We can start by lifting up a greater diversity of experiences and voices that influence our thinking about what makes a place equitable, fun, accessible, safe, and dynamic for all. Kern’s exploration is honest, timely, and intentional in acknowledging the work of women—fellow urbanists and others—in advancing the feminist city.”

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    Going Public A Survivor’s Journey from Grief to Action Julie Macfarlane Canada
    9781771134750 Paperback SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sexual Abuse & Harassment On Sale Date:September 14, 2020
    $27.95 CAD 5.25 x 8.25 x 0.57 in | 278 gr | 228 pages Carton Quantity:48 Between the Lines
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      It took Julie Macfarlane a lifetime to say the words out loud – the words that finally broke the calm and traveled farther than she could have imagined. In this clear-eyed account, she confronts her own silence and deeply rooted trauma to chart a remarkable course from sexual abuse victim to agent of change.

      Going Public merges the worlds of personal and professional, activism and scholarship. Drawing upon decades of legal training, Macfarlane decodes the well-worn methods used by church, school, and state to silence survivors, from first reporting to cross-examination to non-disclosure agreements. At the same time, she lays bare the isolation and exhaustion of going public in her own life, as she takes her abuser to court, challenges her colleagues, and weathers a defamation lawsuit.

      The result is far more than a memoir. It’s a courageous and essential blueprint on how to go toe-to-toe with the powers behind institutional abuse and protectionism. At long last, Macfarlane’s experiences bring her to the most important realization of her life: that only she can stand in her own shoes, and only she can stand up and speak about what happened to her.

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      Dr. Julie Macfarlane is a professor of law at the University of Windsor and an experienced mediator, facilitator, and conflict resolution educator. She was named a member of the Order of Canada in 2020. Macfarlane is the author of The New Lawyer: How Settlement Is Transforming the Practice of Law, and has researched and written extensively on the topics of dispute resolution and self-represented litigants.

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      “This memoir, manifesto, an honest cri de coeur all wrapped in one of what sexual violence and abuse does to women must be read by all who seek justice, truth, reforms of a distorted legal system, and accountability for institutional cover-ups. Going Public is a page-turner of truth, bravery, persistence and morality by a leader of reform in the justice system. How she sought, and eventually gained, some small modicum of justice as she moved from legal professional to activist litigant is an extraordinary story.”


      “Few victims are brave enough to lay matters out in a comprehensive way especially to strangers no matter how genuine and interested those people are. I salute Dr. Macfarlane’s understanding that a book written not from an academic perspective, but a personal one, will be incredibly illuminating and help other victims understand that they are not alone.”


      “This book resonated with me both personally and professionally. We have many examples of institutions failing survivors, but only now are we starting to formally document the stories of complainants who have experienced institutional betrayal after reporting and the acute affects it has on their lives. It is time that we speak frankly about these issues in all their complexities out in the open instead of behind closed doors. Dr. Macfarlane is helping us do just that.”


      “Professor Julie Macfarlane provides a fascinating and invaluable insight into civil litigation involving sexual abuse claims and modern rape trials. Her openness and courage in disclosing her own experience of sexual abuse and her fight to improve institutional responses demonstrate a moral courage of awe-inspiring dimensions.”


      “Julie Macfarlane dedicated her career to improving access to justice in Canada. After breaking her silence, Macfarlane’s personal search for justice will inspire readers. Going Public is more than a #MeToo memoir; it is a call to action to fundamentally change institutional responses to sexual violence.”


      Going Public is truly unique. It is embodied sexual violence scholarship that brings ‘the personal is political’ and ‘the political is personal’ to life. Macfarlane’s critical reflections on her own victimization, survival, resistance, advocacy, and activism are central to her insight and legal analysis. The result is simultaneously painful, inspiring, challenging, demoralizing, empowering, and practical, with recommendations for changes to civil and criminal law and institutional approaches for dealing with sexual violence. A must read.”

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    Climate Chaos Ecofeminism and the Land Question Ana Isla
    9781771335935 Paperback NATURE / Environmental Conservation & Protection Publication Date:January 30, 2019
    $34.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.25 x 0.88 in | 1.1 lb | 352 pages Carton Quantity:20 Canadian Rights: Y Inanna Publications
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      Climate change is already under way with unpredictable consequences. Evidence of changes to the earth's physical, chemical and biological processes is obvious everywhere. Greenhouse gas emissions have increased the carbon cycle concentration in the atmosphere. In the past, half of this carbon was stored in forests, while the other half was removed by oceans, but with deforestation and warming oceans, oxygen is at its lowest breathable point.

      Ecological degradation is global and the earth is becoming increasingly inhospitable with unprecedented weather events. The changing temperature has altered the balance of communities and degraded ecosystems. For example, in May 2016, as a result of a drier winter combined with an unusually hot, dry air mass over Northern Alberta, Canada, the temperature climbed to 32.8 °C (91°F) (Daily Data Report) resulting in 49 active wildfires covering an estimated 522,892 hectares. During the summer of 2017, hundreds of wildfires also razed thousands of hectares in the provinces of British Columbia, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan.

      More destructive events due to warmer ocean surface temperatures are also taking place. Warmer oceans hold less dissolved gases, including oxygen, which affects marine organisms, particularly mammals. In January 2014, in Peru's Pacific, more than 400 dolphins washed ashore dead (Foley); similarly, in New Zealand, in February 2017, more than 400 whales had beached themselves to die (Farewell). El Niño, which is a cold, low-salinity ocean current that runs along Ecuador, Peru, and Chile, has been heating and altering weather in all Pacific Rim countries. Each of the El Niño and La Niña cycles in the past twenty years have occurred with increased frequency and violence.

      In sum, the latest scientific evidence tell us that we are approaching climate catastrophe: global average temperature is rising, if another decade of business-as-usual fossil fuel emissions continues we can reach 2° C, a dangerous warming threshold.

      Climate change deepens ethical issues explored and discussed by ecofeminists around the world. This book describes the academic field of material ecofeminism, provides an overview of the land question, and explores how reigning discourses of "sustainable development" have led to a commodification of nature and have effaced the multiple visions, uses, and relationships of local human communities. The articles in this book are spaces of political projects and values that nurture anticapitalist, antipatriarchal, and anticolonial oppressions. We argue that the centrality of resisting the colonization of Mother Earth and Pachamama is supreme.

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      Ana Isla is Professor with a joint appointment in the Sociology Department and the Centre for Women's and Gender Studies (WGST) at Brock University. She also has an affiliation with the Social Justice Program. Isla's research focuses on the consequences of the Earth Summits, and sustainable development, in particular in Costa Rica and Peru. She is the author of The Greening of Costa Rica: Women, Peasants, Indigenous People, and the Remaking of Nature (2015).

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      "At a time when macho politics are intensifying while the basis of survival for most of humanity is being undermined, ecofeminist readings could not be more important in examining the social causes and chaotic consequences of a most pressing and globally destructive process that is capitalism-induced: accelerated climate change. In this edited volume, activist intellectuals from many backgrounds methodically expose the structural intersection of diverse forms of oppression (social as well as beyond) that characterize an always profoundly patriarchal, racist, heteronormative capitalist world disorder that produces the current manifold global predicament. This systematic ecofeminist analysis of the linkage between climate change and intersecting oppressions is long overdue. This is not only because it facilitates a holistic understanding of climate change that continues to be largely omitted in the mainstream and wilfully absent or attacked in re-emergent violent groupings of oppression supporters. This book provides essential guidance to those who take seriously the need to combine social justice with ecologically constructive existence. It re-introduces and further develops immediately practicable alternatives that ecofeminists have been formulating for decades and, as much as feasible, putting into action."
      ?Salvatore Engel-Di Mauro, Associate Professor, SUNY New Paltz; Editor, Capitalism Nature Socialism

      "In this analytically astute and politically grounded book, American ecofeminism matures beyond academic critique to find its own transnational voice."
      ?Ariel Salleh, activist and scholar, co-editor of Pluriverse: The Post-Development Dictionary

      "This collection provides a sharp focus on the severe ecological problems of the 21st century. An ecofeminist perspective casts a novel light on the politics of climate change. These politics that have created conditions for the exploitation of people, the oppression of women, and the expropriation and destruction of Indigenous people's land and bodies. Authors offer an alternative framework to transition to a new world."
      ?June Corman, Brock University, St. Catharines

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    9781989517321 Paperback MEDICAL / Caregiving Publication Date:November 04, 2020
    $28.95 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.5 in | 0.5 lb | 320 pages Carton Quantity:24 Canadian Rights: Y Next Chapter Press
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      Providing eldercare while working and managing a busy home life is a recipe for burnout and is the worst situation in which to make thoughtful, informed decisions that have significant impact on the quality of life of an aging parent. The Complete Guide for Family Caregivers, written by one of Canada's foremost experts on eldercare, provides the advice people need to make smart decisions, both with and for their loved ones, including housing, finances, legal and estate planning, medical needs, and independence and mobility. This book provides not only practical advice but also discusses the various situations that may confront you and provides real, actionable information and sources to help you along the way in your eldercare journey./

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      Caroline Tapp-McDougall is the publisher of Caregiver Solutions magazine, a Canadian publication dedicated to the wellness of seniors, their caregivers, and their families. The author has a background in health-care communications and extensive editorial experience in the areas of health, wellness, and disability as the managing editor of a number of Canadian magazines in print and online. She is also a respected speaker at conferences and events and is on the board of directors of the Canadian Abilities Foundation.

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      As our population ages the incidence of dementia such as Alzheimers, chronic illnesses and lifestyle ailments are destined to soar. If you are not a caregiver now the chances are you will be at some point in the future. Having Caroline Tapp McDougall's exceptional book at your fingertips will be a key resource that is a necessity on your journey. -Dr. Dan Andreae, Past Chair of the Canadian Abilities Foundation, Former Chair of the Patrons Council of the Alzheimer Society of Toronto

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    9781989517291 Paperback SELF-HELP / Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Publication Date:September 01, 2020
    $21.95 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.5 in | 0.5 lb | 200 pages Carton Quantity:24 Canadian Rights: Y Next Chapter Press
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      If you are suffering from PTSD, you may be at a loss on what to do and how to cope. Therapist Lise Leblanc has constructed this step-by-step, practical guide to help you understand your illness, manage your symptoms, and learn effective strategies to cope with the daily challenges and realities of PTSD. Through relatable and real-life stories, useful exercises, and reflective questions, the Mental Health Recovery: PTSD Guide will answer many of your questions while guiding you to achieve an optimum state of wellness./

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      Lise Leblanc has the experience and insight to offer guidance for coping with PTSD. As a registered psychotherapist for over twenty years, Lise has learned that the first step in recovering from any illness is facing it. She applies her deep insights and effective strategies to each book she writes for the 'Mental Health Recovery' series. Through relatable and real-life stories, useful exercises, and reflective questions, her books will answer many of your questions while guiding you to achieve an optimum state of wellness.

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    Still Crying for Help Chronicle of a Therapeutic Failure Foretold Sadia Messaili, Aleshia Jensen
    9781771862271 Paperback MEDICAL / Psychiatry Publication Date:September 15, 2020
    $24.95 CAD 4.9 x 8.5 x 0.7 in | 240 gr | 220 pages Carton Quantity:52 Canadian Rights: Y Baraka Books
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      Sadia Messaili was born in Morocco and is a primary school teacher and special needs educator in Montreal. She describes her personal journey as that of ?a good immigrant wherever she has lived: Algeria, Croatia, Austria and finally, Montreal, Quebec.? Her first book about forced migratory wandering is titled La route de la dignité.

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      "This is an important book for those that are on both sides of the mental health equation. It shows what a grieving parent goes through (?We grieve twice? she tells us) as they come up against a system that just does not work." James Fisher, The Miramichi Reader

      ?[Messaili] describes an environment that is coercive, punitive, and shaped to cater to doctors? egos rather than patients? needs. Instead of being listened to, Ferid [Messaili?s son] is drugged into submission? those who have tried to navigate the labyrinthine and under-resourced mental health system will find validation in [her] words.? Anne Thériault, Quill & Quire

      ?a necessary and relevant testimony ? about the failure of a system that is incapable to take care of the most vulnerable people and support their overwhelmed families.? La Presse

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    Stolen Motherhood Surrogacy and Made-to-Order Chldren Maria De Koninck Canada, Arielle Aaronson
    9781771862240 Paperback HEALTH & FITNESS / Fertility & Infertility Publication Date:September 15, 2020
    $24.95 CAD 5.4 x 8.5 x 0.6 in | 240 gr | 208 pages Carton Quantity:64 Canadian Rights: Y Baraka Books
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      Maria De Koninck is Professor Emeritus in Université Laval?s Faculty of Medicine. First Chair of Women?s studies, she taught community health and lectured on social determinants of health. Her research and publications focus on women?s health, including childbirth, C-sections, reproductive technologies and midwifery, and on social health inequalities, poverty and exclusion. She has 20 years? experience in international research and consulting projects on HIV-AIDS in West Africa, maternal mortality (notably for WHO), and vulnerability of young migrant girls in urban settings. She lives in Quebec City.

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      ?enlightening ? a necessary analysis of the issues underpinning the mediaeval practice that the biotech industries have dressed up for modern acceptability.? Diane Guilbault, Chair of Pour les droits des femmes
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    Small, Broke, and Kind of Dirty Affirmations for the Real World Hana Shafi Canada
    9781771666091 Paperback SOCIAL SCIENCE / Essays Publication Date:September 22, 2020
    $25.00 CAD 5.5 x 8.25 x 0.45 in | 260 gr | 180 pages Carton Quantity:64 Canadian Rights: Y Book*hug Press
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      Let's get one thing straight: Small, Broke, and Kind of Dirty: Affirmations for the Real World is not a book of advice. You're not going to find a step-by-step guide to meditation here, or even reminders to drink lots of water and get enough sleep. Those things are all good for you, but that's not what Hana Shafi wants to talk about.

      Instead, Small, Broke, and Kind of Dirty—built around art from Shafi's popular online affirmation series—focuses on our common and never-ending journey of self-discovery. It explores the ways in which the world can all too often wear us down, and reminds us to remember our worth, even when it's hard to do so. Drawing on her experience as a millennial woman of colour, and writing with humour and a healthy dose of irreverence, Shafi delves into body politics and pop culture, racism and feminism, friendship, and allyship. Through it all, she remains positive without being saccharine, and hopeful without being naive.

      So no, this is not an advice book: it's a call to action, one that asks us to remember that we are valid as we are—flaws and all—and to not let the bastards grind us down.

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      Hana Shafi (a.k.a. Frizz Kid) is a writer and artist. Her visual art and writing frequently explores themes such as feminism, body politics, racism, and pop culture. Her first book, It Begins with the Body, was listed by CBC as one of the Best Poetry Books of 2018. A graduate of Ryerson University's Journalism Program, she has published articles in The Walrus, Hazlitt, THIS Magazine, and Torontoist, and has been featured on Buzzfeed, CBC, and in Flare, Shameless, and The New York Times. Known on Instagram for her weekly affirmation series, Shafi is the recipient of the 2017 Women Who Inspire Award, from the Canadian Council for Muslim Women. Born in Dubai, Shafi immigrated with her family to Mississauga, Ontario, in 1996. She lives and works in Toronto.

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      Praise for Small, Broke, and Kind of Dirty:

      "Hana revisits her wildly popular and comforting affirmations, stretching them out into tender coming-of-age stories and pointed social reflections. With her brash wit and honesty on display, this is the book that Frizz Kid / Hana Shafi fans (and new fans) have been waiting for." —Vivek Shraya, author of The Subtweet and I'm Afraid of Men

      "Hana Shafi writes important, intelligent, and honest essays that encourage understanding, essential thinking, create dialogue, and are a channel for tenderness. In fact, Small, Broke, and Kind of Dirty might just change the world! Reading this book not only makes us feel more hopeful, it might just make us smarter, too." —Bif Naked, Singer and songwriter

      "If a summer feel-good movie was a collection of sweet affirmations, this would be it. Touching, honest, and everything I wish I had read growing up as an awkward kid. If you’ve ever wanted to experience the women's ritual of being affirmed in a public restroom, this is your book." —Anasimone George, Comedian

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    9781771663588 Paperback SOCIAL SCIENCE / Indigenous Studies Publication Date:September 01, 2017
    $20.00 CAD 5.4 x 8 x 0.5 in | 220 gr | 260 pages Carton Quantity:40 Canadian Rights: Y Book*hug Press
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      On her first book tour at the age of 26, Lee Maracle was asked a question from the audience, one she couldn’t possibly answer at that moment. But she has been thinking about it ever since. As time has passed, she has been asked countless similar questions, all of them too big to answer, but not too large to contemplate. These questions, which touch upon subjects such as citizenship, segregation, labour, law, predjudice and reconcilliation (to name a few), are the heart of My Conversations with Canadians.

      In prose essays that are both conversational and direct, Maracle seeks not to provide any answers to these questions she has lived with for so long. Rather, she thinks through each one using a multitude of experiences she’s had as a Canadian, a First Nations leader, a woman and
      mother and grandmother over the course of her life. Lee Maracle’s My Conversations with Canadians presents a tour de force exploration into the writer’s own history and a re-imagining of the future of our nation.
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      North Vanvouver-born Lee Maracle is the author of numerous critically acclaimed literary works, including Bobbi Lee: Indian Rebel, Ravensong, Celia's Song, Memory Serves, I Am Woman, Talking to the Diaspora. Her collection of essays, My Conversations with Canadians, was a finalist for the First Nation Communities READ 2018-19 Award, and the 2018 Toronto Book Awards. She is also the co-editor of a number of anthologies, including the award-winning My Home As I Remember. A member of the Sto:Loh Nation, Maracle is a recipient of the Order of Canada, the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal, the JT Stewart Award, the Ontario Premier's Award for Excellence in the Arts for 2014, and the 2018 Harbourfront Festival Prize; she has also been nominated for the 2019 Neustadt Prize. Maracle is currently an instructor in the Aboriginal Studies Program at the University of Toronto, where she teaches Oral Tradition. She is also the Traditional Teacher for First Nation's House and an instructor with the Centre for Indigenous Theatre. Maracle has served as Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the University of Toronto, the University of Waterloo, and the University of Western Washington, and received an Honorary Doctor of Letters from St. Thomas University in 2009. Lee Maracle lives in Toronto.

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      Praise+for Lee Maracle:

      “The topics she covers, the approaches she employs, and the strength of her language highlight the reasons the author has been a driving force in Canadian aboriginal culture for decades.” —Quill and Quire

      “[A]t this fertile moment for change in the relationship between Canada’s indigenous and nonindigenous peoples, Lee Maracle’s new collection of oratories… takes on even greater significance.” —The Georgia Straight

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    Tenacity How Two Mums Fought a War Against Drugs Julie Rose, M.L. Cowell, S.J. Cowell
    9781771834032 Paperback BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs Publication Date:April 01, 2019
    $20.00 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.5 in | 360 gr | 236 pages Carton Quantity:36 Canadian Rights: Y Guernica World Editions
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      The two true life stories contained in Tenacity span decades -- and two worlds, Australia and Britain. Told through the painful words of mothers Julie Rose and Marilyn Cowell (as recorded by her daughters, Michelle and Sarah), this compelling read has no sugar coating as it takes you through Julie?s and Marilyn?s struggle to get their sons off drugs -- and the tragedies that ensue. These stories highlight the harrowing fact that addiction can happen to anyone and can strike even the best of families. Powerful and hard hitting, this must read serves as an information and education tool for both young people and parents, a lesson not to be ignored.
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