Beauty Tips From Moose Jaw: Travels In Search Of Canada

August 23, 2005|
Beauty Tips From Moose Jaw: Travels In Search Of Canada by Will Ferguson
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Will Ferguson’s first book in three years, following on the back-to-back successes of How to Be a Canadian (over 110,000 copies sold) and Happiness™ (Winner of the Leacock Medal for Humour).

Will Ferguson has spent the past three years criss-crossing Canada and back again. In a helicopter above the barrenlands of the sub-Arctic, in a canoe with his four-year-old son, aboard seaplanes and along the Underground Railroad, Will’s travels have taken him from Cape Spear on the coast of Newfoundland to the sun-dappled streets of Olde Victoria.

In his last book, Will told us how to be Canadian; now in this book, he will tell us what it means to be Canadian. And what Will finds out along the way is that Canada in its development and in its current state is really a series of outposts — not only geographically but culturally.

Will’s journey takes him to far-flung isolated communities as well as deep into Canada’s urban centres. From the “million-acre farm” that is P.E.I. to the tobacco belt of southern Ontario, from the architectural mess that is Montreal to the glorious jumble that is St. John’s, from a renegade republic in northwestern New Brunswick to a tundra buggy in the polar bear migration paths of Hudson Bay, Will explodes the myths of who we are.

Funny, poignant and insightful, Beauty Tips from Moose Jaw is a provocative tribute to our quirky and fascinating country.

Excerpt from Beauty Tips from Moose Jaw
In one particular seedy St. John’s pub, I was adopted by a work crew from Portugal Cove who took an immediate, almost antagonistic liking to me. “You’re from Alberta, you say? I have a cousin in Fort McMurray, maybe you know him.” (Everybody in Newfoundland has a cousin in Fort McMurray.) The crew from Portugal Cove tormented me with screech and second-hand smoke as they regaled me with tales of how their families were so poor “back when” that all they could afford to eat were lobsters. This was not the first time I had heard this. Apparently half the population of Newfoundland has subsisted on lobster at some point or other.
Introduction: Canada IsChapter One: The Sudden Disappearance of VictoriaChapter Two: Leaving the FortChapter Three: Beauty Tips from Moose JawChapter Four: Polar Bear SeasonChapter Five: Sleeping GiantChapter Six: The Road to DawnChapter Seven: The Lost KingdomChapter Eight: The Republic of MadawaskaChapter Nine: “Saint John’s...
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Title:Beauty Tips From Moose Jaw: Travels In Search Of Canada
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:368 pages, 8 X 5.22 X 0.73 in
Shipping dimensions:368 pages, 8 X 5.22 X 0.73 in
Published:August 23, 2005
Publisher:Knopf Canada
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780676976441

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