Literary Loves: 6 Must-Read Winter Releases
Some cultural touchstones unite Canadians as a whole from coast to coast to coast – hockey, beer, the love of an early morning double-double at Timmy’s, the dislike of long lines while waiting to buy an early morning double-double at Timmy’s. But 130 years ago Canadian Pacific literally united Canadians from east to west with the opening of the transcontinental railroad.
With Canadian Pacific: Creating a Brand, Building a Nation, CP celebrates both their history and Canada’s with stunning historical images and illustrated posters. The coffee table book retails for $80 but $1,200 gets you the handcrafted, wood veneer collector’s case.
Of course, not every railroad tale comes polished with a wood veneer. Governor-General’s Literary Award-winning Canadian historian Karolyn Smardz Frost’s Steal Away Home: One Woman’s Epic Flight To Freedom – And Her Long Road Back To The South (Jan. 24) is the true story of a Kentucky slave who escaped to Canada via the Underground Railroad, eventually finding her way back to the U.S. and traversing everything from the Civil War to her racially-charged home.