Turning Left to the Ladies by Kate BraidTurning Left to the Ladies by Kate Braid

Turning Left to the Ladies

byKate Braid

Paperback | May 15, 2009

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In 1977 Kate Braid got her first job in construction as a labourer on a small island off the coast of British Columbia. Never in her wildest dreams did she plan to be a construction worker, much less a carpenter, but she was desperate to stay on the island and had run out of money, along with all the options a woman usually has for work - secretary, waitress, receptionist. Turning Left to the Ladies is an autobiographical account of the fifteen years she worked as a labourer, apprentice and journey carpenter, building houses, high rises and bridges. She was the first female member of the Vancouver union local of the Carpenters and the first full-time woman teaching trades at the BC Institute of Technology. It is a wry, sometimes humorous, sometimes meditative look at one woman's relationship to her craft, and the people she met along the way.
Kate Braid has published three books of poetry: Covering Rough Ground (Polestar), which won the Pat Lowther Award, To This Cedar Fountain (Polestar), nominated for the BC Poetry Book Prize, and Inward to the Bones: Georgia O'Keeffe's Journey with Emily Carr (Polestar), winner of the Vancity Book Prize. With poet Sandy Shreve she edite...
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Title:Turning Left to the LadiesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:96 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.4 inPublished:May 15, 2009Publisher:Palimpsest PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:097849170x

ISBN - 13:9780978491703

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