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Promise of Canada: 150 Years--People and Ideas That Have Shaped Our Country
Promise of Canada: 150 Years--People and Ideas That Have Shaped Our Country | Charlotte Gray
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What does it mean to be a Canadian? What great ideas have changed our country? An award-winning writer casts her eye over 150 years of Canadian history. "Our country owes its success not to some imagined tribal singularity but to the fact that, although its thirty-five million citizens do not look, speak or pray alike, we have learned to share this land and for the most part live in neighbourly sympathy." --Charlotte Gray, from the Preface of The Promise of Canada On the eve of Canada's sesquicentennial celebrations comes a richly rewarding new book from acclaimed historian Charlotte Gray about what it means to be Canadian. Readers already know Gray as an award-winning biographer, a writer who has brilliantly captured significant individuals and dramatic moments in our history. Now, in The Promise of Canada, she weaves together masterful portraits of nine influential Canadians, creating a unique history of the country over the past 150 years. What do these people--from George-tienne Cartier and Emily Carr to Tommy Douglas, Margaret Atwood, and Elijah Harper--have in common? Each, according to Charlotte Gray, has left an indelible mark on our country. Deliberately avoiding a "top down" approach to our history, Gray has chosen people whose ideas have caught her imagination, ideas that over time have become part of our collective conversation. She also highlights many other Canadians, past and present, who have added to the ongoing debate over how we see ourselves, arguing that Canada has constantly reimagined itself in every generation since 1867. Beautifully illustrated with evocative black and white images and colourful artistic visions of our country, The Promise of Canada is a fresh take on our history that offers fascinating insights into how we have matured and yet how--150 years after Confederation and beyond--we are still a people in progress. Charlotte Gray makes history come alive as she opens doors into our past, our present and our future, inspiring and challenging readers to envision the Canada they want to live in.
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LaraS
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I was lucky enough to be in Ottawa during the 150 celebration and got to see La Machine - a French production company thar does incredible street art performance with monsterous mechanical puppets who ended up battling in the streets. #screamathonphotochallenge 🕷 🐉

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merelybookish
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In a few days, I'm going to #Getoutthemap and drive from Colorado to #Canada with my youngest. It's going to be an adventure! 😬 But I'm excited to get there and see all my family! 🇨🇦 🇨🇦🇨🇦🇨🇦
Happy Canada Day, eh!

#lilithjuly #letstraveljuly @cinfhen @KarenUK @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620

squirrelbrain Clever you, getting both prompts in! ❤️ 5mo
Nute So exciting! Safe travels! Have a blast! 5mo
CouronneDhiver 😘🙌🏽❤️🇨🇦 5mo
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Cathythoughts Have a lovely trip 👍🏻😍 5mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Oh yay!!! How exciting!!! 🇨🇦❤️ 5mo
OriginalCyn620 Have a great trip! I‘d love to visit Canada! 🇨🇦 5mo
KarenUK Bon Voyage! Road trips are the best.... 💕 5mo
Cinfhen Fun!!!! Got some good audio books lined up??!?! 5mo
merelybookish @squirrelbrain The timing was right! 5mo
merelybookish @nute @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620 @Cathythoughts Thanks everyone! I'll probably post some updates along the way. 🙂 5mo
merelybookish @KarenUK Thanks, and btw, this playlist is my jam!! So many of my favourite artists! ♥️ 5mo
merelybookish @Cinfhen We're going to try Harry Potter. He's 7 1/2 so seems like a good time to try it. But will plan on some backups just in case. 5mo
merelybookish @CouronneDhiver Happy Canada Day!! 5mo
KarenUK Oh I‘m so glad you love the playlist! Totally my jam too! (Obviously 😂) 5mo
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fanaticZac
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The post Christmas book stack!

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PurpleyPumpkin
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On our last official vacation day yesterday, my hubby and I visited Uxbridge for some lunch, hiking and book shopping (not in that order). I picked up these beauties from my new favourite independent bookstore, Blue Heron Books. They have a great selection, and these are all signed!! #indiebookshop #vacationgoals #books4ever 👍🏽

Lacythebookworm Man is a lovely read! 2y
TheKidUpstairs I ❤❤❤❤ Blue Heron! I head there whenever I get a morning or afternoon to myself. 2y
PurpleyPumpkin @Lacythebookworm Glad to hear it! I'm looking forward to it. 😉 2y
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PurpleyPumpkin @TheKidUpstairs It's a new find for me and it's thanks to Litsy. Someone mentioned it the other day (maybe you??) and I had to go! I'll definitely be visiting often in future. 😁 2y
AlobelThee I was at Blue Heron at least two years back. I really need to set a day soon for visiting again. It's the one shop I've seen with a new book in of The Master & Margarita with cool goth art covers; Dracula and others. I missed it then but have good cash now for making the Uxbridge trip. 2y
PurpleyPumpkin @AlobelThee Those sound amazing! I'll have to look for those when I visit next time. 2y
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Ehbooklover
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Pickpick

A thoroughly researched, well written, and ultra-fascinating book that discusses a variety of very different people who helped to shape Canada into the country it is today.

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Ehbooklover
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Home sick. But on the bright side: extra reading time! #readacold

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Hope you feel better!!! 3y
Reviewsbylola Sometimes I wish to be sick. Not sick enough that I can't enjoy it though! Feel better soon. 😷 3y
Annl Feel better! How is the book? 3y
Ehbooklover @Annl It's very good. Well written and interesting. I'm enjoying it! 3y
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Bakingbookworm
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5 STARS - A well-researched & interesting look at Canada's history & nine elements/people who have influenced our country in various ways. Filled with facts, humour and history I loved this book & reconnecting with my country. 🇨🇦❤

CouronneDhiver Sounds good to me! 🇨🇦🇨🇦 3y
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Bakingbookworm
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Today I went to a book event with some good friends, including @Ehbooklover The event featured Canadian author Charlotte Gray and her 10th and latest book, The Promise of Canada. It was a wonderful morning that was informative, interesting, witty and filled with Canadian pride. Having author Susanna Kearsley, one of my fav authors, interview Charlotte was the icing on the cake for me. My review of Promise of Canada will be coming this week.

quirkyreader So wonderful for you.🇨🇦🇨🇦🇨🇦 3y
Zelma Susanna Kearsley is one of my favorites too! 😍 3y
Bakingbookworm @Zelma Susanna is wonderful. Can't wait to read the book she's working on. 3y
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Zelma @Bakingbookworm ooh, new book? 👏👏👏 I am stretching her books out so I don't run out, but it can be difficult when I need a guaranteed enjoyable read. 3y
Bakingbookworm @Zelma I'm going to reread Mariana soon. What is your fav Kearsley book? 3y
Zelma @Bakingbookworm out of 5 I've read so far, The Rose Garden. 💕 Mariana still on my TBR. 😀 3y
Bakingbookworm @Zelma I haven't read The Rose Garden yet. 3y
Zelma @Bakingbookworm then we both have something to look forward to! 👍💕 3y
Bakingbookworm @Zelma 👍🏻📚❤ 3y
Moonpa Two wonderful Canadian writers - lucky! 3y
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Bakingbookworm
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It's so nice to feel welcomed! If anyone is near Uxbridge, Ontario on Sun Feb 26th Blue Heron Books is hosting an author brunch featuring Charlotte Gray who will be interviewed by Susanna Kearsley! Blue Heron puts on amazing author events. I can't wait to attend (there are still tickets available, I believe). I started The Promise of Canada tonight Gray has made Canadian history wonderfully compelling. 🇨🇦❤🍁

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QueenWing19
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'Unlike American populist movements, Canadian populism rarely deteriorates into racist demagoguery.' Hoo boy, you aren't kidding. #relevant

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bookishnerd
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I don't know where the day goes sometimes, but I finally finished The Promise of Canada today. I have read Gray in the past and really enjoyed her writing. This book in honour of the 150th birthday of Canada was no exception. It was really good! She focused on people that were key parts of the history and also covered Canada itself. I learned some new stuff and got a new appreciation for other stuff. Recommended! #catsoflitsy

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bookishnerd
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November TBR... As well as many more, I hope! #photoadaynov16 #tbrtuesday

valeriegeary I've got Dark Matter on my pile this month too. 3y
BethFishReads Feedback!! 3y
Ysabet Seconding the "Feedback!" exclamation. Yay! 3y
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BibliophileMomma Dark Matter! 3y
Samantha.1020 New Mira Grant of course! 3y
Linsy Loved Bad Feminist! 💕 3y
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bookishnerd
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I love Charlotte Gray and have to buy each of her books when they come out. Have I read them all? Nope! Story of my TBR. This one looks really good, though! #bookmail