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b A startlingly original tale of heartbreak and suspense b br br A car tumbles down a snowy ravine Accident or suicide br br On the other side of the world a young woman walks out of a sandstorm in sub Saharan Africa In the labyrinth of the Niger Delta a young boy learns to survive by navigating through the gas flares and oil spills of a ruined landscape In the seething heat of Lagos City a criminal cartel scours the internet looking for victims br br Lives intersect worlds collide a family falls apart And it all begins with a single email Dear Sir I am the son of an exiled Nigerian diplomat and I need your help br br takes readers behind the scene of the world s most insidious internet scam When Laura s father gets caught up in one such swindle and pays with his life she is forced to leave the comfort of North America to make a journey deep into the dangerous back streets and alleyways of the Lagos underworld to confront her father s killer What she finds there will change her life forever

Rating: 3.33 out of 5

Hokkaido Highway Blues. Hitchhiking Japan

Hokkaido Highway Blues. Hitchhiking Japan Description:

The book follows Will Ferguson as he hitchhikes miles north through Japan following the Cherry Blossom Front Sakura Zensen The arrival of the blossom is a national event in Japan eagerly tracked on television bulletins and besides marking the end of winter and the start of the business cycle it facilitates a burst of heavy drinking disguised as a communal meditation on transience br br Surveying the country from the not quite private not quite public position of the passenger seat Ferguson sees the Japan not written about in guide books but gets to the heart of this intriguing and contradictory country This is a laugh out loud warm hearted account with a generous helping of satire

Rating: 3.51 out of 5

Happiness

Happiness Description:

When an enormous self help manuscript lands on Edwin de Valu s desk it seems destined for the trash can The trouble is this doorstopper is a unique thing a self help book that actually works and before Edwin knows it a chain of events has been started that will have enormous consequences not just for his own life but for the world at large

Rating: 3.51 out of 5

How to Be a Canadian

How to Be a Canadian Description:

It isn t always easy being Canadian according to Will Ferguson but it can be a lot of fun Asked to write a follow up to his runaway bestseller Why I Hate Canadians Ferguson who s Canadian himself recruited his brother Ian comedy writer and executive producer of the Canadian series Sin City and a Canadian too to create this ultimate guide to the country s cultural quirks The result is a hilarious inside look at that unique species the Canadian and their thoughts on such diverse subjects as beer sex dating rituals sports politics religion social rules and of course their trademark death defying search for the middle of any road

Rating: 3.58 out of 5

Beauty Tips from Moose Jaw: Travels in Search of Canada

Beauty Tips from Moose Jaw: Travels in Search of Canada Description:

Canada s number one humorist routinely compared to our own Bill Bryson has written a funny idiosyncratic and warmly humane book full of sly observations and witty stories culled from his travels among the people and places of our neighbors up north br Will Ferguson spent the past three years crisscrossing Canada In a helicopter above the barren lands of the subarctic in a canoe with his four year old son aboard seaplanes and along the Underground Railroad Will s travels have taken him from Cape Spear on the coast of Newfoundland to the sun dappled streets of old Victoria br Funny poignant and insightful Beauty Tips from Moose Jaw is a provocative tribute to a land that is akin to a series of loosely connected outposts peopled with some of the most interesting folks in the world

Rating: 3.59 out of 5

Why I Hate Canadians

Why I Hate Canadians Description:

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Rating: 3.69 out of 5

Road Trip Rwanda: A Journey Into the New Heart of Africa

Road Trip Rwanda: A Journey Into the New Heart of Africa Description:

b From the Giller Prize winning author of i i comes the season s much anticipated travel memoir b br Hope lives in Africa Twenty years after the genocide that left Rwanda in ruins Giller Prize winning author Will Ferguson travels deep into the once mysterious Land of a Thousand Hills with his friend and cohort Jean Claude Munyezamu a man who escaped Rwanda just months before the killings began br From the legendary source of the Nile to Dian Fossey s famed gorillas in the mist from innovative refugee camps along the Congolese border to the world s most escapable prison from tragic genocide sites to open savannahs and a bridge to freedom from schoolyard soccer pitches to a cunning plan to get rich on passion fruit Ferguson and Munyezamu discover a country reborn br Funny engaging poignant and at times heartbreaking i Road Trip Rwanda i is the lively tale of two friends the open road and the hidden heart of a continent

Rating: 3.40 out of 5

Beyond Belfast: A 560 Mile Journey Across Northern Ireland On Sore Feet

Beyond Belfast: A 560 Mile Journey Across Northern Ireland On Sore Feet Description:

Offbeat charming and filled with humour and insight i Beyond Belfast i is the story of one man s misguided attempt at walking the Ulster Way the longest waymarked trail in the British Isles It s a journey that takes Will Ferguson through the small towns and half forgotten villages of Northern Ireland along rugged coastlines and across barren moorland heights past crumbling castles and patchwork farms br br From IRA pubs to Protestant marches from bandits and bad weather to banshees and blood sausage he wades into the thick of things providing an affectionate and heartfelt look at one of the most misunderstood corners of the world As the grandson of a Belfast orphan Will also peels back the myths and realities of his own family history a mysterious photograph rumours of a lost inheritance The truth when it comes is both surprising and funny

Rating: 3.40 out of 5

Spanish Fly

Spanish Fly Description:

Raised by his father in the dying town of Paradise Flats Jack McGreary has learned to live by his wits The year is Drought has turned America s heartland into a dust bowl and the world is on the brink of war Jack s father wants him to head north to Canada to sign up in the fight against Fascism But when a pair of fast talking swindlers named Virgil and Miss Rose blow through town Jack falls in with them instead Together they go on a crime spree across the Southwest staging a series of inventive and often hilarious cons while sexual tension between Jack and Miss Rose grows Someone is being set up

Rating: 3.63 out of 5

Canadian History for Dummies

Canadian History for Dummies Description:

b A wild ride through Canadian history fully revised and updated b This new edition of i Canadian History For Dummies i takes readers on a thrilling ride through Canadian history from indigenous native cultures and early French and British settlements through Paul Martin s shaky minority government This timely update features all the latest up to the minute findings in historical and archeological research In his trademark irreverent style Will Ferguson celebrates Canada s double gold in hockey at the Olympics investigates Jean Chretien s decision not to participate in the war in Iraq and dissects the recent sponsorship scandal

Rating: 3.32 out of 5