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Praise for Romancing the Rockies

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A friend just drew my attention to the following review. I have no idea who Advocatus Diaboli is. But if I ever find out, I’m going to buy this person a beer. Or maybe two beers.Best,Brian————————————————————————— BlogThis!Advocatus DiaboliFriday, July 22, 2005Book Review For Calgary Living/July 12, 2005Books discussed in this review: Romancing the Rockies: Mountaineers, Missionaries, Marilyn and More, By Brian BrennanFifth House, 212 pages What’s So Funny About Alberta?Mike Kerr Fifth House, 224 pages, $19.95The Collapse of Globalism:And The Reinvention of the World By John Ralston SaulViking Canada – 309 pages - $36.00 “Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested: that is, some books are to be read only in parts, others to be read, but not curiously, and some few to be read wholly, and with diligence and attention.” Truer words were never spoken, and Sir Francis Bacon who lived between 1561 and 1626, as an author and philosopher, first spoke these words. The kind editor of Calgary Living as agreed to make this the beginning of the new Book Review section. It will be different than the book review in the New York Times, your Saturday Globe and Mail, or even the growing section in the Calgary Herald. We will specialize and focus on local home grown talent, whether that is the writer or publisher, or subject matter. At the very least it will be Canadian talent. There will be the odd diversion off the road to look at books published elsewhere in Canada, when their ideas, issues, subjects or words have a connection to the people reading this magazine in Southern Alberta. The always innovative and local Calgary publishing house, Fifth House under Charlene Dobmeier’s tutelage, gives us our supply of books for this month’s column. The first is a new book from Mike Kerr, which may prove to be one of the most unique travel books about Alberta, is What’s So Funny About Alberta? It is a project that started out as a part-time project for Kerr. From the giant perogy in Glendon, to the Torrington Gopher Museum, Lacombe Corn Maze, a Star Trek convention at which Klingons down glasses of potent Warnog and then along with details on how you could arrange a foodstuffs tour of Alberta ending with the enormous sausage including Pinto McBean, Sam and Sandy Potato, among others. Kerr through out the book is telling us size may be everything to Albertans. In much of the book Kerr does an interesting job in trying to show the world and Albertans that Alberta is not all about large foodstuffs made of fibreglass or the Calgary Stampede, or Banff. The book shows us that we have Canmore, Badlands, Writing-on-Stone and our provincial parks but we also have the Giant Sausage in Mundare, or a giant toque in Morinville, or the Giant Mallard duck in Andrew, and the Big Rocks in Okotoks. My personal favourite is the Gopher Museum in Torrington built to worship the some 600 million gophers, or to give you the perfect jumping off point to head to the UFO Landing pad in St. Paul. One of Calgary’s, indeed Canada’s, writing gems, is Brian Brennan. Brennan moved here in the 60’s from his native Ireland as an actor, radio news reporter, musician and union activist. From his time at the Calgary Herald, Brian went on to telling the stories of the lives of local people that were famous or infamous, but missed the glare of the camera or the attention of the reporters’ pen. In Brian Brennan’s new book...

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