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Slow Death by Rubber Duck

Vintage Books Canada | April 6, 2010 | 339 pages
Funny, thought-provoking, and incredibly disturbing, Slow Death by Rubber Duck reveals that just the living of daily life creates a chemical soup inside each of us. Pollution is no longer just about belching smokestacks and ugly sewer pipes - now, it's personal. The most dangerous pollution has... More Info

When I Am Playing With My Cat, How Do I Know That She Is Not Playing With Me?

Vintage Books | April 17, 2012 | 320 pages
"When I dance, I dance; when I sleep, I sleep. And when I am walking alone in a beautiful orchard, if my thoughts are sometimes preoccupied elsewhere, the rest of the time I bring them back to the walk, to the orchard, to the sweetness of this solitude, and to me." - Montaigne In the year 1570,at... More Info
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Killing the Black Body

Vintage Books | April 29, 1999 | 373 pages
A powerful, thought-provoking indictment of America's continuing assault on the reproductive rights of black women ranges from the era of slavery to the welfare reform acts of the 1990s that penalize women on welfare for having babies. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.  More Info

Am Wegrand steht Apollo : Wiepersdorfer Tagebuch ; Gedichte

Vintage Books Canada | October 25, 2016 | 496 pages
A new and revised edition of Dyer’s classic book, widely regarded as one of the most compelling analyses of the history of armed conflict. “War is part of our history, but it is not in at all the same sense part of our prehistory. It is one of the innovations that occurred between nine and... More Info

Don't Sleep, There are Snakes

Vintage Books | November 1, 2009 | 300 pages
A linguist offers a thought-provoking account of his experiences and discoveries while living with the Pirahäa, a small tribe of Amazonian Indians living in central Brazil and a people possessing a language that defies accepted linguistic theories and reflects a culture that has no counting... More Info

Norwegian Wood

Vintage Books | April 29, 2017 | 296 pages
The tragic death of their best friend has a profound influence on the passionate relationship between Toru, a serious young college student in Tokyo, and Naoko, an introspective, beauty, as Toru finds himself drawn to an independent, sexually liberated young woman. Original. 50,000 first printing.  More Info

Canoe Country

Vintage Books Canada | September 1, 2015 | 304 pages
One of our favourite chroniclers of all things Canadian presents a rollicking, personal, photo-filled history of the relationship between a country and its canoes.  More Info

The Hero's Walk

Vintage Books Canada | April 29, 2017 | 368 pages
After the release of Anita Rau Badami's critically acclaimed first novel, Tamarind Mem, it was evident a promising new talent had joined the Canadian literary community. Her dazzling literary follow-up is The Hero's Walk, a novel teeming with the author's trademark tumble of the haphazard beauty,... More Info

Arrival City

Vintage Books Canada | October 4, 2011 | 384 pages
From one of Canada's leading journalists comes a major book about how the movement of populations from rural to urban areas on the margins is reshaping our world. These transitional spaces are where the next great economic and cultural boom will be born, or where the great explosion of violence... More Info

Several Short Sentences about Writing

Vintage Books | April 29, 2017 | 203 pages
A New York Times editorial board member and esteemed writing instructor counsels aspiring writers on how to move past conventional understandings about creativity, writer's block and other literary challenges to develop a greater understanding of how thinking, noticing and learning are integral... More Info

Dept. of Speculation

Vintage Books | April 29, 2017 | 179 pages
Dept. of Speculation is a portrait of a marriage. It is also a beguiling rumination on the mysteries of intimacy, trust, faith, knowledge, and the condition of universal shipwreck that unites us all. Jenny Offill's heroine, referred to in these pages as simply “the wife,” once exchanged love... More Info

The Light in the Ruins

Vintage Books | April 29, 2017 | 309 pages
Hoping to safeguard themselves during World War II within their villa in Florence, the Rosati family become prisoners in their home instead when the Nazis take over the estate, a situation that leads to a murder investigation years later.  More Info

Gandhi Before India

Vintage Books Canada | February 24, 2015 | 688 pages
The first volume of a magisterial biography: the definitive portrait of the life and work of one of the most abidingly influential--and controversial--men in modern history. Here is a revelatory work of biography that takes us from Gandhi's birth in 1869 through his upbringing in Gujarat, his 2... More Info

One More Thing

Vintage Books | February 3, 2015 | 288 pages
B.J. Novak's One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories is an endlessly entertaining, surprisingly sensitive, and startlingly original debut that signals the arrival of a brilliant new voice in American fiction. A boy wins a $100,000 prize in a box of Frosted Flakes--only to discover how claiming... More Info

The Cellist of Sarajevo

Vintage Books Canada | February 6, 2009 | 272 pages
In war-torn Sarajevo, a cellist sets out to play Albinoni's Adagio once a day for 22 days as a memorial for 22 people killed in a sniper attack. All the while, he is oblivious to the fact that a female sniper is protecting him.  More Info

Your Inner Fish

Vintage Books | January 1, 2009 | 237 pages
Details on a Major New Discovery included in a New Afterword Why do we look the way we do? Neil Shubin, the paleontologist and professor of anatomy who co-discovered Tiktaalik, the “fish with hands,” tells the story of our bodies as you've never heard it before. By examining fossils and DNA, he... More Info

The Blood Telegram

Vintage Books | July 15, 2014 | 499 pages
A full-length account of the involvement of Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger in Pakistan's brutal 1970s military dictatorship argues that they are responsible for military strategies that have negatively impacted geopolitics for decades.  More Info

Japan 1941

Vintage Books | August 12, 2014 | 323 pages
A history of the attack on Pearl Harbor from a Japanese perspective argues that the nation's leaders largely understood they were destined to lose the war, offering insight into the tradition-obscured belief system that prompted the country to place its citizens in harm's way.  More Info

Bang Crunch

Vintage Books Canada | January 8, 2008 | 256 pages
An audacious New Face of Fiction debut: nine riveting stories that announce a major writer in the tradition of Yann Martel and Barbara Gowdy. Unexpected humour and tenderness intertwine with loneliness and hopefulness in this remarkable book from an already acclaimed writer. In nine richly varied... More Info

The Story of the Human Body

Vintage Books | July 1, 2014 | 460 pages
In this landmark book of popular science, Daniel E. Lieberman--chair of the department of human evolutionary biology at Harvard University and a leader in the field--gives us a lucid and engaging account of how the human body evolved over millions of years, even as it shows how the increasing... More Info

The Thing Around Your Neck

Vintage Books Canada | June 1, 2010 | 217 pages
These twelve dazzling stories from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie — the Orange Broadband Prize–winning author of Half of a Yellow Sun — are her most intimate works to date. In these stories Adichie turns her penetrating eye to the ties that bind men and women, parents and children, Nigeria and the... More Info

An Event in Autumn

Vintage Books Canada | August 12, 2014 | 176 pages
An Inspector Kurt Wallander short novel by the bestselling author Henning Mankell, available in English for the first time. A Vintage Canada Original. Soon after Inspector Kurt Wallander moves into a new house with a charming garden, he makes an upsetting discovery: there is a hand--indeed, an... More Info

The Laramie Project and the Laramie Project: Ten Years Later

Vintage Books | April 29, 2017 | 192 pages
On October 7, 1998, a young gay man was discovered bound to a fence outside Laramie, Wyoming, savagely beaten and left to die in an act of brutality and hate that shocked the nation. Matthew Shepard's death became a national symbol of intolerance, but for the people of the town, the event was... More Info

Dissident Gardens

Vintage Books | June 3, 2014 | 384 pages
A New York Times Notable Book One of the Best Books of the Year: Chicago Tribune, Village Voice, The Globe and Mail A dazzling novel from one of our finest writers--an epic yet intimate family saga about three generations of all-American radicals At the center of Jonathan Lethem's superb new novel... More Info

Worst. Person. Ever.

Vintage Books Canada | May 27, 2014 | 336 pages
A national bestseller, Douglas Coupland's Worst. Person. Ever. is a gloriously filthy, side-splittingly funny and unforgettable novel. Now in paperback. Worst. Person. Ever. is a deeply unworthy book about a dreadful human being with absolutely no redeeming social value.  More Info

Scattered Minds

Vintage Books Canada | April 29, 2017 | 348 pages
Written from the inside by a person who himself has ADD, with the wisdom gained through years of medical practice and research, Scattered Minds explodes the myth of ADD as a genetically based illness, offering real hope and advice for children and adults who live with this disorder.  More Info

The Myth of the Muslim Tide

Vintage Books Canada | August 27, 2013 | 208 pages
From the award-winning author andGlobecolumnist Doug Saunders, a short, powerfully argued, debunking of the myth of the Muslim tide, which is being deployed to dangerous effect by numerous commentators and politicians in Canada, the United States and Europe. Even among people who would never... More Info

Hold on to Your Kids

Vintage Books Canada | August 13, 2013 | 320 pages
This parenting classic on one of the most disturbing and misunderstood trends of our time--peers replacing parents in the lives of children--is now more relevant than ever. The latest edition includes new material on how social media and video game culture are affecting our children, and what... More Info

Sweet Tooth

Vintage Books Canada | May 7, 2013 | 336 pages
Ian McEwan is back with a masterpiece to equal Atonement, entwining espionage and love in a thrilling new novel. Serena Frome, the beautiful mathematician daughter of an Anglican bishop, has a brief affair with an older man during her final year at Cambridge before taking a job with MI5 in London.... More Info

Pulse

Vintage Books Canada | February 21, 2012 | 240 pages
From the 2011 winner of the Man Booker Prize, 14 stories that touch on longing and love, loss and friendship, and a great many passions in between. It's the strongest collection yet from Julian Barnes. From an imperial capital in the eighteenth century to Garibaldi's adventures in the nineteenth,... More Info

Sword of the Spirit, Shield of Faith

Vintage Books Canada | November 7, 2012 | 832 pages
A richly detailed, profoundly engrossing story of how religion has influenced American foreign relations, told through the stories of the men and women—from presidents to preachers—who have plotted the country’s course in the world. Ever since John Winthrop argued that the Puritans’ new... More Info

Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life

Vintage Books Canada | December 27, 2011 | 240 pages
Karen Armstrong explains how to practise the religion of compassion that her last books have preached. In November 2009 Armstrong and TED launched The Charter of Compassion, which states that "We call upon all men and women to restore compassion to the centre of morality and religion...to cultivate... More Info

Save the Humans

Vintage Books Canada | April 2, 2013 | 304 pages
An impassioned and inspiring story from the creator of the award-winning documentary Sharkwater. Beginning with a childhood spent catching poisonous snakes and chasing after alligators, Rob Stewart, the award-winning documentary filmmaker behind Sharkwater, charts his development into one of the... More Info

Outside the Box

Vintage Books Canada | April 2, 2013 | 304 pages
When Canadian journalist Jeannie Marshall moved to Rome with her husband, she delighted in Italy's famous culinary traditions. But when Marshall gave birth to a son, she began to see how that food culture was eroding, especially within young families. Like their North American counterparts, Italian... More Info

The Master and Margarita

Vintage Books | April 29, 1995 | 372 pages
(Book Jacket Status: Jacketed) From the Hardcover edition.  More Info

In One Person

Vintage Books Canada | January 29, 2013 | 448 pages
His most political novel sinceThe Cider House RulesandA Prayer for Owen Meany, John Irving'sIn One Personis a story of unfulfilled love--tormented, funny and affecting--and an intimate, unforgettable portrait of the novel's bisexual narrator and main character, Billy Abbott. John Irving's new novel... More Info

What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank

Vintage Books | March 5, 2013 | 288 pages
These eight new stories from the celebrated novelist and short-story writer Nathan Englander display a gifted young author grappling with the great questions of modern life, with a command of language and the imagination that place Englander at the very forefront of contemporary American fiction.... More Info

The Thieves of Bay Street

Vintage Books Canada | March 5, 2013 | 320 pages
A newsmaking exposé about why Canada's financial industry is a haven for fraud. Beneath the veneer of stability that saw Canada's banking sector through the financial crash of 2008, investigative reporter Bruce Livesey has uncovered a rampant failure of epidemic proportions. Though no large... More Info

Why Men Lie

Vintage Books Canada | February 5, 2013 | 384 pages
Why Men Lieis about Effie, the fascinating sister of the troubled priest at the heart ofThe Bishop's Man. Effie has had her fair share of lovers and husbands, including the Gillis cousins from Cape Breton, who have been a source of as much guilt as joy. She first married John, then ran away to... More Info

The Man Within My Head

Vintage Books | January 22, 2013 | 256 pages
Recounts the author's life-long obsession with Graham Greene's writings on the experiences of being an outsider, which informed both the author's travels and his private explorations of his relationship with his elusive father. By the author of Abandon.  More Info

It's Fine By Me

Vintage Books | November 1, 2012 | 224 pages
On his first day of school, a teacher welcomes Audun to the class by asking him to describe his former life in the country. But there are stories about his family he would prefer to keep to himself, such as the weeks he spent living in a couple of cardboard boxes, and the day of his little... More Info

Wild Coast

Vintage Books | June 12, 2012 | 358 pages
Presents an introduction to the region, describing its jungles and swamps, diverse and unusual wildlife, dangerous towns, indigenous tribes, and difficult history with European conquerors.  More Info

Home

Vintage Books Canada | January 8, 2013 | 160 pages
Frank Money is an angry, broken veteran of the Korean War who, after traumatic experiences on the front lines, finds himself back in racist America with more than just physical scars. His home may seem alien to him, but he is shocked out of his crippling apathy by the need to rescue his medically... More Info

The Table Comes First

Vintage Books | August 21, 2012 | 317 pages
Never before have we cared so much about food. It preoccupies our popular culture, our fantasies, and even our moralizing—“Youstilleat meat?” With our top chefs as deities and finest restaurants as places of pilgrimage, we have made food the stuff of secular seeking and transcendence, finding... More Info

The Table Comes First

Vintage Books Canada | August 21, 2012 | 336 pages
Never before have we cared so much about food. With inimitable charm and learning, Adam Gopnik charts America's recent and rapid evolution from commendably aware eaters to manic, compulsive gastronomes. It is a journey that begins in eighteenth-century France and carries us to the kitchens of the... More Info

Wayne Gretzky's Ghost

Vintage Books Canada | November 6, 2012 | 400 pages
For nearly 40 years, Roy MacGregor has brought our national sport alive on the pages of Canada's newspapers and magazines, and now the best of this writing is available in a volume that's a must-read for any hockey fan. He covers a list of hockey legends--players like Borje Salming, Jean Beliveau,... More Info

The Forgotten Affairs of Youth

Vintage Books Canada | October 2, 2012 | 288 pages
The eighth delightful installment in the ongoing saga of the life and loves of Isabel Dalhousie. As the editor of an applied ethics journal, Isabel Dalhousie is usually tucked away in her editorial office, in the comfortable Edinburgh house she shares with her fiancé and their young son, and does... More Info

The Stranger's Child

Vintage Books Canada | September 4, 2012 | 448 pages
In the late summer of 1913, George Sawle brings his Cambridge schoolmate--a handsome, aristocratic young poet named Cecil Valance--to his family's modest home outside London for the weekend. George is enthralled by Cecil, and soon his sixteen-year-old sister, Daphne, is equally besotted by him and... More Info

Highly Inappropriate Tales for Young People

Vintage Books Canada | November 6, 2012 | 144 pages
Ever wonder what would happen if Douglas Coupland's unhinged imagination met Graham Roumieu's insane knack for illustrating the ridiculously weird? The answer is seven deliciously wicked tales featuring seven highly improbable, not only inappropriate, characters, including Donald the Incredibly... More Info

Vital Signs

Vintage Books Canada | July 24, 2012 | 176 pages
More and more every day I find myself drawn into the puzzle of her speech, determined to unravel meaning in each sentence, because now I'm sure it's there, if I only listen to her in a way I have failed to listen for thirty years. From Vital Signsby Tessa McWatt After thirty years of marriage,... More Info

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