Dimensions: 304 Pages, 5.51 × 8.27 × 0.79 in
Published: September 24, 2013
Publisher: Doubleday Canada
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0385665067
ISBN - 13: 9780385665063
From the Publisher
A Good Day''s Work is a lyrical journey through a
semi-mythological place: the Canada of our imagination. It is the
Canada of the day before yesterday. Or perhaps the Canada of 1967
-- the country''s "Last Good Year," as Pierre Berton dubbed it. It
is a portrait of Canada captured by way of encounters with a
blacksmith, a cowgirl, a milkman, a traveling salesman and other
custodians of trades from another time. Woven into the always
engaging, sometimes strange, sometimes moving and frequently funny
interviews are the ruminations and personal reflections of that
wonderful writer John DeMont (who as a newspaper reporter and
columnist of a certain age is something of a vanishing tradesman
The iconic Canada--the country of close-knit small towns, of common
geography and history, of meaningful work and communal values and
institutions--is being transformed. John DeMont has gone in search
of people who make their living the old way, in an attempt to
distill the essence of our shared past.
About the Author
JOHN DeMONT is the bestselling and award-winning author of
Citizens Irving: The Irvings of New Brunswick,
The Last Best Place: Lost in the Heart of Nova Scotia and
Coal Black Heart: The Story of Coal and the Lives It
Ruled. He has written for many publications, including the
Financial Times, Canadian Geographic, The Walrus, and
Maclean''s -- where he was Atlantic bureau chief for ten
years. He is now senior writer and columnist for The Chronicle
Herald in Halifax, N.S. The author lives in Halifax, NS.
"The late novelist Kurt Vonnegut understood these costs. He once
wrote about going to town to buy an envelope, though his wife
sensibly suggested he save time and buy in bulk. 'I'm going to have
a hell of a good time in the process of buying one envelope,'
Vonnegut replied. 'I meet a lot of people. And see some great
looking babes. And a fire engine goes by. And I give them the
thumbs up. . . . The moral of the story is, we're here on Earth to
fart around. And of course the computers will do us out of that.'
To that lament, DeMont's lively and meticulously reported account
serves as a heartfelt amen."
"A Good Day''s Work is a one-of-a-kind work and an
important book. . . . as many Canadians as possible need to read
-The Guardian (Charlottetown).