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Will the Real Alberta Please Stand Up? Paperback – Dec 1 2010

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  • Paperback: 456 pages
  • Publisher: The University of Alberta Press (Dec 1 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0888645430
  • ISBN-13: 978-0888645432
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.8 x 22.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 658 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #42,649 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Geo has written an extraordinary masterpiece where the words literally leap off of the pages, giving you a 360° perspective and more of Alberta!" -Lori-Ann Muenzer, Olympic cycling gold medalist, speaker and author

"Geo Takach, as crafty a wordsmith as you're likely to find, has a droll sense of humour married to a sharp-eyed ability to assemble anecdotes from all over creation to make a point. The point he makes in his meticulously researched Will the Real Alberta Please Stand Up? is that we are a fascinating people with more secrets and subtext than even those of us who live here might imagine. In assembling this irreverent, quasi-academic tome, Takach seems to have talked to everybody and read everything. The result is an almost mesmerizing exposition of Canada's most misunderstood province. And a good read to boot." -Fil Fraser, cultural Renaissance man

"It hits the nail on the head about what people think Alberta is, and hits you on the head with what the Real Alberta is. It's funny, but it makes you think." -Bronco Buddy (Bud Edgar), Canada's first non-rodeo cowboy clown

"While Takach certainly fills his books with enough statistics and interviews with politicians, artists and pundits, Will the Real Alberta Please Stand Up? is not purely a scholarly tome. There's a refreshing playfulness to it..." Eric Volmers, Calgary Herald, January 12, 2011 [Full article at http://tinyurl.com/4msdtkc]

"The Quebec born author, who moved to Alberta as a teen, has long been fascinated with the mythologies unique to Wild Rose Country. In a quest both serious and silly, with Will the Real Alberta Please Stand Up? he makes observations, mines documents, and interviews both public figures (Preston Manning, Martha Kostuch) and private folk of all persuasions. The author makes no pretense to scholarly methodology and defies genres in presenting his findings to readers. But don't be fooled by the occasional interview with a dead princess or dinosaur-the book is well-researched and often thoughtful.... To appreciate this book, you need only an interest in the province-and a taste for bad puns." Fabiola Carletti, This Magazine, January-February 2011 [Full review at http://tinyurl.com/468zwvt]

"If nothing else, Alberta is a province mired in contradiction. Some would argue that the province is filled with conservative rednecks, yet there is political tradition steeped in liberal ideology. Citizens champion an individualistic frontier spirit, but strong and fruitful community bonds thrive.... Now is the time for some honest reflection on the paradox that is Wild Rose Country, argues Takach, to root out self-perceptions born of stereotypes and get to the heart of the real Alberta experience. It seems that, for all of the attention Alberta has been getting of late, we may be the least understood province..." Geoff McMaster, Folio, January 14, 2011

"Takach displays Bob Edward's caustic wit, self-confident take-no-prisoners tone, and does not abide fools gladly.... [He] envisions himself in mock epic and anti-heroic terms.... [N]ow it is your turn to enjoy, and sto be entertained, instructed, and enthralled by him." Anne Burke, Prairie Journal, January 2011

"A poignant, timely and hilarious examination of a complex subject, Takach manages to dissect our assumptions about Alberta with the erudite skill of a scholar, the engaging voice of a raconteur, and the punny aliteration of a poet. A must read for everyone from the PhD in Canadian History to any curious visitor." Yvonne (Amazon.com)

"After five years of exhaustive research, author and filmmaker Geo Takach has completed one of his most daunting projects to date: defining what the true character of Alberta really is. The Grant MacEwan University professional writing instructor launched his book Will the Real Alberta Please Stand Up? on Jan. 11 in hopes of dispelling some of the stereotypes that pin down Albertans as right-wing, reactionary and oil-thirsty people.. [Takach] interviewed a number of musicians, politicians, scientists, poets, writers and average citizens in order to properly depict the people who dwell in the province.. Takach said interviewing people like Grant MacEwan, along with Corb Lund, Ralph Klein, Preston Manning and many others made the [book] a worthwhile venture. He said he wrote the book so readers could embrace Alberta's true character while also evaluating what changes Albertans can make for their province." Jesse Snyder, Intercamp, January 20, 2011 [Full article at http://intercamp.ca/2011/01/20/defining-albertas-character/#more-3611]

"Will the Real Alberta Please Stand Up? is a serious exploration wrapped in a humorist's essay. You can judge the book by its cover if you want but there's a lot more going on inside.... Tomfoolery aside, there's a lot of grade-A meat for discussion, not the least of which is the dichotomy of how we are perceived and who we actually are. It should make its way into social studies classrooms for some healthy debate around a broad base of topics." St. Albert Gazette, January 8, 2011 (http://www.stalbertgazette.com/article/20110108/SAG0307/301089990)

From the Back Cover

One little question propels both author and reader on a genre-bending quest to define the elusive essence of a Canadian province known for sturdy stereotypes of oil-spoiled, beef-eating, bible-thumping rednecks devoid of class or culture. Fascinated and frustrated by his Albertan home, Geo Takach uses any and every available means to find a simple answer to this incendiary question. Through a kaleidoscope of research, interviews and colourful observations, he showcases the complexity and contradictions of this perplexing place. Join Geo and an amazing cast of citizens and celebs (alive and dead) on a dizzying and often hilarious romp around a province grandly mythologized and misunderstood. Geo Takach is a prolific and consummate writer, instructor, speaker and filmmaker based in Wild Rose Country. He has suffered for his art and now he would like it to be your turn.

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3.0 out of 5 starsLets Go Alberta!
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5.0 out of 5 starsan amazing romp into the heart of a difficult province.
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