How to Be a Canadian: Even If You Already Are One by Will FergusonHow to Be a Canadian: Even If You Already Are One by Will Ferguson

How to Be a Canadian: Even If You Already Are One

byWill Ferguson, Ian Ferguson

Paperback | June 1, 2007

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A new format for the little book that has become a Canadian cultural icon, still a best-seller six years after its first publication.

When Margaret Atwood suggested Will Ferguson follow up his runaway best-seller Why I Hate Canadians with a "tongue-in-cheek guidebook for newcomers on how to be Canadian," Will thought it was a swell idea, and he quickly recruited his brother, comedy writer Ian Ferguson, creator and executive producer of the television series Sin City. Together, the Ferguson brothers have created the ultimate guide to Canadian cultural quirks.

This is a hilarious inside look at that unique species, the Canadian, and their thoughts on such diverse subjects as beer, sex, dating rituals, sports, politics, religion -- and, of course, their trademark death-defying search for the middle of any road. Over 200,000 copies of this guide have been sold north of the 49th parallel.

Will Ferguson is the best-selling author of Bastards and Boneheads: Canada's Glorious Leaders Past and Present, Canadian History for Dummies and the tongue-in-cheek survey Why I Hate Canadians. His eleventh book, Spanish Fly was published in 2007.Ian Ferguson is an award-winning playwright and humorist whose commentaries have been wide...
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Title:How to Be a Canadian: Even If You Already Are OneFormat:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 7 × 5 × 0.69 inPublished:June 1, 2007Publisher:Douglas And McIntyre (2013) Ltd.Language:English

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ISBN - 10:1553653114

ISBN - 13:9781553653110

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from An Enjoyable Read I bought this book on a whim before I left on my Cross Canada Train Journey. I thought it would be fitting. I did enjoy the cute anecdotes and the general quibbles about Canadian 'problems' and will say that I laughed out loud a couple of times. That being said, this book really only works if the reader is Canadian. My Australian friend read it as well and while she did find it amusing (since she had understood a lot after having travelled in Canada for a few months), she didn't get majority of the jokes. But even still, it was an enjoyable read :) And to the person who remarked that this book was insulting...I really think they need to grow a pair. It's SARCASM. Maybe that went straight over their heads? Clearly some people are too easily offended but for the most part, yes the jokes were pretty accurate (whilst a bit dated).
Date published: 2017-11-25
Rated 1 out of 5 by from NOT FUNNY at all! An INSULTING book. Corny and Poorly written. I had discovered this author while enjoying his 'more serious' novels, which were enjoyable page turners. On the flip side of the coin: having branched out to read the author's so-called funnier style of writing, I did NOT laugh. I did NOT find this book funny at all. I found it to be, very insulting to Canadians at large. I cannot imagine anyone who has never, ever been to Canada, reading this book: It would leave them with such a CORNY image of our wonderful country. How did this book ever get published to begin with, is beyond me. And, how readers can find this funny, is way beyond me.
Date published: 2017-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from funny a very silly book that will have you laughing the whole time.
Date published: 2017-06-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I'm not sure I guess it is a nice book but i'm not Canadian so about 80% made no sense to but I have some things explained to me. eh?
Date published: 2017-05-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Yes! Ridiculously funny. You'll laugh out loud.
Date published: 2017-03-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Funny! So funny and a lot of it is so true!
Date published: 2017-02-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hilarious Hilarious... and probably makes absolutely no sense if you're not Canadian.
Date published: 2016-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Caution: Don't eat or drink while reading this book. Hands down this is absolutely the funniest book I have ever read! It's so funny that I would be laughing so hard my husband would interrupt what he was reading to ask about it. I ended up reading the whole book to him, sometimes laughing so hard I could barely breathe. This book will teach you all you need to know about Canadians, from discerning regional differences to slang and insults. The chapter on how the Canadian government works is the most succinct explanation I've ever seen. The Fergusons' talent for wit and their ability to poke fun at Canadians and make you enjoy the trip is top notch. Get this book. Read it. Love it. But don't ever lend it to anyone else or you'll never see it again. Just encourage friends to buy their own copy, they won't regret it!
Date published: 2013-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hilarious! I read this book awhile ago and have since always found myself in situations where I would reflect back upon it and think "that is so true". I have recommended this book to all my friends and often pull it out from time to time to read particularly funny tidbits. An absolute must read for all Canadians! I can't recommend it enough!
Date published: 2009-04-28

Table of Contents

From an Idea by Margaret Atwood...Introduction: How to Find Canada on a MapCanada: A Rich Tapestry (Who to Hate and Why): How to Mingle with CanadiansA Cross-Canada Tour: How to Get LostLearning the Language: How to Talk Like a CanadianLeisure Activities: How to Waste Time Like a CanadianSports and/or Recreation: How to Watch TV Like a CanadianCanadian Cuisine (and How to Avoid It): How to Eat Like a CanadianMating Rituals: How to be as Romantic as a CanadianSexBeer: How to Drink Like a CanadianArt and Stuff: How to be as Cultured as a CanadianSocial Values: How to be as Upstanding as a CanadianImports, Exports and Escorts: How to Make Money Like a Canadian (or not)How the Canadian Government WorksProgressive Conservatives, Responsible Government and Other Oxymorons: How to Rule Like a CanadianTwelve Ways to Say "I'm Sorry": How to Be Canadian--in the Worst WayYou May Already Be a Canadian!: Take the Quiz and Find Out