Straight from the V.I.A. library (my office!), here are 7 new books written by local authors and/or released by local publishers which you might want to consider buying a loved one this holiday season.
FOR YOUR MOM/AUNT/ANYONE OVER 45:
1. Come Fly With Me – Michael Bublé’s Rise to Stardom, a Memoir
By Beverly Delich with Shelley Fralic, published by Douglas & McIntyre
“In 1993, when Beverly Delich first crossed paths with a talented-but unknown eighteen-year-old singer named Michael Bublé in a Vancouver talent contest, little did she know they would soon embark on an unlikely and exhilarating adventure. Delich was to become Bublé’s manager, moving with him to Toronto, and later Los Angeles, as they tried to break into a tough, unforgiving business. From the early days of endless auditions, frequent rejections, and struggling to get bookings, to the giddiness of hobnobbing with celebrities and musical royalty, Delich recounts the pivotal and sometimes heartbreaking decisions that would take Bublé to the top of the charts. Come Fly with Me unravels the never-told tale of Bublé’s success. It is also an engaging account of sacrifice and loyalty, the story of a strong independent woman who devoted close to a decade of her life to guide a talented, mercurial artist to superstardom.”
Learn more HERE.
FOR YOUR DAD/ANYONE INTERESTED IN WILDLIFE/THE OUTDOORS:
2. The Cougar – Beautiful, Wild and Dangerous
By Paula Wild
“Elusive, graceful, powerful. Whether they’ve seen one in the wild or not, everyone is fascinated by the big cat called cougar, puma, mountain lion and approximately forty other names. But don’t let their big size fool you. Olympic class athletes when it comes to jumping, cougars have been observed leaping 5.5 metres straight up from a standstill, 18.5 metres down from a tree and nearly 14 metres horizontally onto their prey. As the biggest feline in Canada, and the second largest in the Americas, the cougar’s range stretches from the Yukon to Patagonia. They’re found in the untamed backcountry, along the edge of suburban developments and, at times, in such unlikely places as the downtown parking garage of the Empress Hotel in British Columbia’s capital city of Victoria.
Once one of the most widely distributed large mammals in the Western Hemisphere, cougar populations were decimated by hunting in many areas. But their numbers are increasing, especially in western Canada and the United States. And cougar encounters are becoming more common. Statistics from the past two hundred years show that nearly half the attacks on humans have occurred since 1990. Paula Wild describes surprisingly frequent urban sightings and the mysterious predatory habits of the cougar, as well as the magical powers attributed to them by First Nations people and the cougar’s history as it transitioned from predator to prey during the bounty hunting years. She illuminates their lives in captivity and she delves into the research on the role they play in the delicate balance of our ecosystem.
The Cougar is a skillful blend of natural history, scientific research, First Nations stories and first person accounts. With her in-depth research, Wild explores the relationship between mountain lions and humans, and provides the most up-to-date information on cougar awareness and defense tactics for those living, working or travelling in cougar country.
Both feared and admired, cougars are rarely seen, but odds are that a big cat has watched you walk through the woods while you’ve been totally unaware of its presence. And that’s part of what makes the cougar an icon of all that is beautiful, wild and dangerous.”
Learn more HERE.
FOR YOUR SMARTYPANTS FRIEND WHO LOVED JPOD AND LIFE AFTER GOD:
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