The best books about Canada 📚

Browse the best books on Canada as recommended by authors, experts, and creators. Along with notes on why they recommend those books.

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Book cover of The Dynamic Laws of Prosperity

The Dynamic Laws of Prosperity

By Catherine Ponder

Why this book?

I read this book when I first moved out to California from Canada. I was living on the beach and having a great time. Catherine Ponder has this energy that is like Tim Robbins and her message is that you can have anything you want if you put your mind to it. It helped me chart my way forward in the entertainment industry and helped me find my path.

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The best books for seekers, poets, and philosophers on this journey we call life

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Book cover of Roughing It in the Bush Or, Life in Canada

Roughing It in the Bush Or, Life in Canada

By Susanna Moodie

Why this book?

The gold standard source for what life was like for the hardy souls arriving in Upper Canada in the early 19th century. Although writing from a position of relative privilege, Moodie writes of hardships and deprivations that make the modern reader blanch. We wonder whether we could have survived what she and her family endure.  She writes with richness and great humanity so that we can vividly imagine what it must have been like for her to be taken from the relatively comfortable life she’d known and to make a life in the bush.  Despite her trials and tribulations,…

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The best books about frontier life in early 19th century Canada

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Book cover of Kingston: The King's Town

Kingston: The King's Town

By James A. Roy

Why this book?

Roy’s history of Kingston is a fiction writer’s dream.  It is crammed with colourful anecdotes and amazing descriptions of life two hundred years ago, each one a possible starting point for a novel.  This is not your dry, elementary school history; Roy’s account sweats and stinks, crackles and clangs, chews and spits. He writes of revolting spectacles such as “disfigured or putrified or naked human bodies lying exposed on the shores of the town, or kept afloat and fastened by a rope while the preparations for interment were being made.” Life in a frontier town was not for the faint…

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The best books about frontier life in early 19th century Canada

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Book cover of 10,000 Nos: How to Overcome Rejection on the Way to Your Yes

10,000 Nos: How to Overcome Rejection on the Way to Your Yes

By Matthew Del Negro

Why this book?

Matt is an actor, which means he is constantly jockeying for jobs in what might be the most competitive industry on the planet. He explains that dealing with rejection and coming back after failure is part of the process of getting to the “YES” that you want in life. He shares advice from his interviews with bestselling authors, world-class athletes, successful entrepreneurs, and other actors—all of whom share their stories of rejection and defeat and make us realize that hearing “NO” does not mean you will not achieve your dreams – it just means that you need to try again,…

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The best books on how to tackle life’s mountains

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Book cover of 2021 Night Sky Almanac: A Month-By-Month Guide to North America's Skies from the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada

2021 Night Sky Almanac: A Month-By-Month Guide to North America's Skies from the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada

By Nicole Mortillaro

Why this book?

One of the challenges with stargazing books is that the sky is always changing. The planets are in a different place every night, new comets are discovered, and the timing of eclipses varies from year to year. This is why the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) produces an annual night sky Almanac. This simple guide details exactly which astronomical events will occur during each month of the current year! Also, the author, Nicole Mortillaro, is just a super cool person. Be sure to follow her on social media for the latest news about everything space!

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The best books on stargazing

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Book cover of Memoirs and Misinformation

Memoirs and Misinformation

By Jim Carrey, Dana Vachon

Why this book?

For a list of post-apocalyptic books this may seem like an odd choice. Actor, now author, Jim Carrey’s fictionalized autobiography does conclude with the end of the world. I liked seeing his famous friends fighting the alien forces meant to clean up the planet of those who did not choose to surrender. Gweneth Paltrow becoming a gung-ho warrior. Sean Penn plucking a cigarette from his own severed hand. This weird book captivated me.
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The best books about the end of the world and being the last person on earth

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