Campie by Barbara StewartCampie by Barbara Stewart


byBarbara Stewart

Paperback | August 15, 2011

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campie noun 1 a sober, celibate, bankrupt vegetarian who mops floors, cleans toilets, burns garbage, does laundry, makes beds and picks up after rig workers. 2 nickname for the camp attendant in an oil-rig camp. 3 the loneliest person in the oil fields.

When it all goes south, you can always go north

Bankrupt, homeless and with only an old Toyota Tercel to her name, Barbara Stewart has taken a job as a camp attendant at Trinidad 11, an oil-rig camp in the wilderness of northwestern Alberta. She was told it's a "dry" camp—good news for a person hoping to stay sober—but she soon finds out this isn't true. During the day, she mops floors, scrubs bathrooms, changes smelly beds and picks up empties. At night, as she burns garbage in the incinerator, she finds solace alone under the stars and tries to reconcile her past with an uncertain future. When she discovers that a campie who "doesn't play doesn't stay," Barbara is forced to make a decision.

Campie is an entertaining, compelling account of how an ordinary person survives when things fall apart and there's no "eat pray love" holiday to put them back together.

Title:CampieFormat:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.5 inPublished:August 15, 2011Publisher:Heritage House PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1926613929

ISBN - 13:9781926613925

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from The book will stay with you... This is a must read. Started this book in the parking lot outside my kids' Aikido class... when it grew darker outside, I drove to the nearest grocery store to continue reading under the parking lot lights. Was tempted to make the kids wait outside in the cold and rain after their class to buy myself some extra minutes with this book (but was 'good' and picked them up promptly). I read it before bed, then woke up at 3 am to finish it off. This is about the author's experience working as a cleaner in a northern oil rig camp in Alberta (after losing everything) and her journey to self-discovery. But it's so much more than that. The way she writes truly pulls the reader into the world of the camp, and the flashbacks as to what led her up to this time are so honest and heartfelt. The joy comes in her humour -- her descriptions of conditions in the camp occasionally made me laugh out loud. This is a book I would strongly recommend to friends, and it would be excellent for book groups.
Date published: 2011-11-21