BOONDOGGLES, BONANZAS AND OTHER ALBERTA STORIES
Boondoggles, Bonanzas and Other Alberta Stories
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Canada’s Sharon Wood became the first woman from the Americas to summit Mount Everest after she had spent 62 days climbing the mountain, sometimes on all fours.
“I reached deeper than ever before and still had something left,” she said afterwards. “Makes you wonder what our limits really are.”
This is one of the memorable stories, plucked from the front-page headlines of the time, that best-selling social historian Brian Brennan tells in this book about people and events that have engaged the attention of Canadian readers over the years.
Other stories in the collection tell about:
• Sarah Bernhardt doing a vaudeville tour of Canada because she urgently needed the money.
• A group of single male ranchers becoming the romantic targets of women from around the world.
• Alberta becoming part of a top-secret Allied Second World War initiative to build aircraft carriers out of ice.
• Rudyard Kipling giving Medicine Hat an enduring slogan when he wrote that because it sat on top of a seemingly unlimited supply of natural gas the town had “all hell for a basement.”
• An unscrupulous California “rainmaker” taking advantage of a drought to make money off desperate farmers.
Read these great stories and more by adding Boondoggles, Bonanzas and Other Alberta Stories to your library today.
Read an excerpt by clicking HERE
Here Brennan talks about Boondoggles to Dave Kelly of City TV:
Brennan talks here to Ian White of CTV Calgary:
“Brian Brennan has unearthed a number of fascinating stories from the province’s past – some well-known, others less so – and told them with his characteristic blend of information and style. – Glenbow Museum
“Straight from the most intriguing headlines of Alberta’s newspapers, Brian Brennan captures the events and people that are unique to Alberta’s past.” – Galt Museum