It’s refreshing to read a novel set in the North that doesn’t use emphasize the “remoteness” or “harsh winters,” but rather the warmth to be found there.
I enjoyed this detailed, first-person account of peak colonialism in the N.W.T.
These 24 capsule biographies from 30 years ago still do the trick.
Well-written and beautifully packaged.
This reporter's account rips through the insanity of the Berger inquiry to get to the point: the gripping testimony by northerners, much of which is captured verbatim here. Hard to find, but great reading.
I didn’t know that Treaty Day in Fort Providence, N.W.T., was also TB testing day, and I wouldn’t have known it if not for this highly detailed memoir.
Where — I’ve asked myself repeatedly — is the book that sums up the N.W.T., tackles the confusion and history of it and does it in an engaging, complex, real way? It’s here.
“How prepared are we now?” Barry asks, writing sometime in 2004, after finishing his definitive account of the 1918 flu pandemic. His biggest worry had to do with “governments and the truth.”
This book is an actual classic, or at least the cover of the 2011 re-issue I have says it is, and that cover is right.
If you want a detailed, human, funny and tragic picture of changing Inuit life in Canada in the 1950s and ‘60s, look no further.