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Canadian non-fiction explores hockey, history and more

Gordie Howe's bio Mr Hockey: My Story comes out Oct. 14.


Gordie Howe's bio Mr Hockey: My Story comes out Oct. 14.

While fall is prime time for fiction releases, there are also plenty of non-fiction titles coming to bookstores in anticipation of the big holiday rush. In fact, many of the big non-fiction titles drop a little closer to Christmas than their fiction counterparts.

This year, the sheer number of Canadian non-fiction titles means eager readers can stock stuffings with books by writers and prominent figures from our own backyard.

Justin Trudeau.


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And it's a sure bet this year's bumper crop of hockey-related books will have your favourite puckhead's nose buried in the pages, yearning to learn more about Canada's game.



Detachment: An Adoption Memoir

By Maurice Mierau (Sept. 2)

Winnipeg writer Mierau details the process he and his wife Betsy went through in adopting two young boys from the Ukraine, as well as life after adoption.


Lady Parts

By Andrea Martin (Sept. 2)

In a series of essays, the American-born SCTV alumni shares her fondest memories of four decades in showbiz as well as motherhood, relationships, family and more.


Between Gods: A Memoir

By Alison Pick (Sept. 2)

The Toronto-based Pick's life changed when she learned of her Jewish roots and family who died in concentration camps. Her memoir captures struggles she's since faced.


Coming Ashore

By Catherine Gildiner (Oct. 1)

The third and final volume of Gildiner's memoirs follows Too Close to the Falls and After the Falls, picking up her story in the 1960s as she enters her 20s.


Who We Are: Reflections on My Life in Canada

By Elizabeth May (Oct. 4)

May, the federal Green party leader, calls her bio a "marriage of memoir and manifesto," tracing her life from waitress to the first federally elected member of her party.


Special Deluxe: A Memoir of Life and Cars

By Neil Young (Oct. 14)

Young's follow-up to Waging Heavy Peace explores his childhood, his musical influences and family in the context of his collectible cars (including his electric custom Lincvolt).


Common Ground: My Past, Our Present and Canada's Future

By Justin Trudeau (Oct. 21)

Perhaps in preparation for a federal election, federal Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau has pulled together his memoirs, spanning his childhood at 24 Sussex Drive to his current role.


The Best in the World: At What I Have No Idea

By Chris Jericho with Peter Thomas Fortanale (Oct. 14)

The New York-born, Winnipeg-raised wrestling star and rocker tag-teams his memoirs with Fortanale, exploring both wrestling and real-life exploits with plenty of his trademark humour.


Rumours of Glory

By Bruce Cockburn (Nov. 4)

The iconic Canadian singer-songwriter traces his career over 31 albums throughout the decades, and the ways issues and politics have shaped his life.


I Must Say: My Life as a Humble Comedy Legend

By Martin Short (Nov. 4)

Short, one of two SCTV alumni with memoirs this fall, details his successful career as well as his private life, with plenty of others making cameos throughout.



Hockey Confidential: Inside Stories from People Inside the Game

By Bob McKenzie (Oct. 14)

Canada's go-to guy when it comes to insider hockey info, McKenzie dishes on behind-the-scenes stories featuring everyone from NHL superstars to lesser-known characters.


Boy on Ice: The Life and Death of Derek Boogaard

By John Branch (Oct. 14)

New York Times reporter Branch looks at the life of the late NHL enforcer, raising questions about concussions, drugs, and violence in professional hockey.


Mr. Hockey: My Story

By Gordie Howe (Oct. 14)

Howe's long-awaited memoir traces his life from Depression-era Saskatchewan through to his stellar NHL career, life after hockey and his lengthy marriage.


All the Way: My Life on the Ice

By Jordin Tootoo with Stephen Brunt (Oct. 21)

Featuring an intro by The Orenda writer Joseph Boyden, Tootoo (with help from Brunt) details his life as the first Inuk NHLer, and the struggles that come with the big leagues.


Hell Bent

By Marty McSorley and Kirstie McLellan Day (Oct. 28)

McSorley, a long-time protector of NHL superstar Wayne Gretzky on the ice, takes a look back at his underdog entry into the big leagues and the turmoil that came with his role.



The Morning After: The 1995 Quebec Referendum and the Day that Almost Was

By Chantal Hébert with Jean Lapierre (Sept. 2)

Hébert and Lapierre team up to revisit the 1995 referendum, asking political figures from the time (and both sides) what would have transpired if the "oui" side won.


The Necessary War Vol. One: Canadians Fighting the Second World War 1939-43

By Tim Cook (Sept. 9)

The first of two volumes detailing Canadian soliders in the Second World War looks at how our troops fared against enemies from Italy to Germany and beyond.


Valour Road: Three Men, Three Medals, One Street in Winnipeg

By John Nadler (Sept. 23)

The lives of Leo Clarke, Robert Shankland, and Fred Hall -- the "three men" in question -- are explored, as is their legacy (now enshrined on what was once Pine Street).


Canadian Spacewalkers: Hadfield, MacLean and Williams Remember the Ultimate High Adventure

By Bob McDonald (Oct. 3)

Science journalist McDonald talks to Canadian astronauts/spacewalkers Chris Hadfield, Steve MacLean and Dave Williams, with plenty of supporting photos.


#IdleNoMore and the Remaking of Canada

By Ken Coates (Oct. 30)

Coates examines the emergence of the Idle No More movement, how it grew to become a national phenomenon, and how many Canadians missed (and miss) the point.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 9, 2014 G5


Updated on Saturday, August 9, 2014 at 7:42 AM CDT: Formatting.

August 11, 2014 at 5:30 PM: Adds details to Chris Jericho, Andrea Martin entries.

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