O Canada: 101 Heartwarming and Inspiring Stories by and for Canadians Paperback – Nov 1 2011
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Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen are co-founders of Chicken Soup for the Soul.
Amy Newmark is publisher and editor-in-chief of Chicken Soup for the Soul.
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The chapters are:
* Proud to be a Canadian
* Ice Time
* Slice of Life
* The Cultural Mosaic
* Wilderness and Wildlife
* Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder
* Holidays and Traditions
* Summer Memories
* Life Lessons
* Winter Wonderland
* Inspiring Canadians
* That Famous Canadian Hospitality
There are 101 stories written by Canadians living in Canada, Canadians now living in the States and Americans about Canada. I found that some were cute but a lot were dull. Plus the majority of them were so generic and could have been about anywhere, not specifically in or about Canada. There are A LOT of hockey stories.
At the beginning of each story, there was a quote. I found it odd that there were lots of quotes by non-Canadians.
It was good exposure for Liona Boyd because each chapter started with a song written by her. Nothing against Liona Boyd but we have lots of Canadian musicians who have written songs about Canada that could have been used.
I was disappointed with this book.
Blog review post: http://www.teenaintoronto.com/2015/05/book-chicken-soup-for-soul-o-canada-101.html
My arrival in Sarnia almost coincided with the album release of "Did She Mention My Name" by Gordon Lightfoot. I wrote home that those Toronto pigeons lacking a high school diploma were were working towards their GEDs. The third car of each subway was reserved for free open heart surgery. But when I arrived at Lakehead University to complete my masters' degree, Thunder Bay was hosting the annual International Fur Trappers Convention. Whoa! Where the hell am I? It took a few books by Farley Mowat to provide the answer. I needed a winch on the front of my 4WD Scout, and a rack for a canoe silently to transit Quetico Park. I took Canadian citizenship - not abandoning my American - and have been a dual for 38 years. I am able to assess my homeland and my adopted land.
Without major difficulty, I could find 101 stories by Canadians from Corner Brook to Nanaimo which would make your hair stand on end - documenting abuse of power against citizens by governments and all branches of law enforcement. Canada's Bill of Rights is a paper tiger. The geography, alone, divides and conquers the Canadian populace. Much of this book makes reference to Hockey. I came to feel that watching hockey is like obediently looking into the theater's wings, while the magician center stage makes a fool of you. Please test these opinions while seated in a library and skimming the book. Thanks.