Edited by Douglas Gosse
About Face: Essays on Addictions, Recovery, Therapies, and Controversies seeks to broaden the conversation around addiction in Canada. Featuring essays by a diverse group of writers, About Face delves into the major categories of addiction: drugs, alcohol, sex, pornography, ... Read more
By Eli Hastings
“A drug, romance, and adventure-filled exploration … a story that is both thoroughly of its time and timeless in theme. ” — Seattle Times
From ill-advised quests for narcotics to dramatic summer road trips, this memoir of a relationship with a self-destructive woman ... Read more
For almost fifty years Paul LaPointe wondered what was wrong with him while he struggled with the consequences of undiagnosed bi-polar disorder. He lost relationships, lived a life of extremes and cycled in and out of jail as a result of his bizarre behaviour. While his memoir, ... Read more
By Tara McGuire
Holden After and Before is a moving meditation on grief in the same vein as Helen Macdonald's H is for Hawk: a stunning book that traces Tara McGuire's excavation and documentation of the life path of her son Holden, a graffiti artist who died of an accidental opioid overdose ... Read more
By Laura Moisin
Kid Rex is the story of one woman’s struggle to overcome anorexia. After knowing other friends with anorexia and being baffled by their behavior (often wondering, ?Why doesn’t she just eat?!”) Moisin suddenly found herself prone to the same disease, not eating at all and ... Read more
A groundbreaking meditation on pain, painkillers, and dependence from a prescription opioid user.
Her writing has been described as "measured," "sensuous," and "compelling. " In 2016, Carlyn Zwarenstein’s short narrative on pain made the Globe and Mail’s Top 100 Books. ... Read more
From her own harrowing experience Hudson graphically renders the deadly underbelly of society and her descent into the abyss of drug addiction and prostitution. In direct prose, without fear, shame or explanation, and without imposing hindsight or societal values onto her narrative, ... Read more
A Canadian medical officer and prisoner of war returns from the Second World War a hero — and a very different man.
In August 1941, John Reid, a young Canadian doctor, volunteered to join the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps with four friends from medical school. After five ... Read more