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Man Proposes, God Disposes

Athabasca University Press | Our Lives: Diary, Memoir, and Letters


In 1910, young Pierre Maturié bid farewell to his comfortable bourgeois existence in rural France and travelled to northern Alberta in search of independence, adventure, and newfound prosperity. Some sixty years later, he wrote of the four years he spent in Canada before he returned to France in 1914 to fight in the First World War. Like that of so many youthful pioneers, his story is one of adventure and hardship—perilous journeys, railroad construction in the Rockies, panning for gold in swift-flowing streams, transporting goods for the Hudson’s Bay Company along the Athabasca River. Blessed with the rare gift of a natural storyteller, Maturié conveys his abiding nostalgia for a country he loved deeply yet ultimately had to abandon.

Maturié’s memoir, Man Proposes, God Disposes, appeared in France in 1972, to a warm reception. Now, in the deft and marvellously empathetic translation of Vivien Bosley, it is at long last available in English. As a portrait of pioneer life in northern Alberta, as a window onto the French experience in Canada, and, above all, as an irresistible story—it will continue to find a place in the hearts of readers for years to come.

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"A delightful translation of Pierre Maturie's recollections of traveling to and settling in rural Alberta before WW1. Written in simple but poignant chapters, the narrative recounts a journey full of warmth, challenges, triumphs and sorrows in which victory over the land comes at a difficult price."

 
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Northern Rover

Athabasca University Press


From 1919 to 1970, Olaf Hanson was a trapper, fur trader, prospector, game guardian, fisherman, and road blasting expert in northeastern Saskatchewan. He told his life story to popular Saskatchewan author A. L. Karras, who wrote this historical memoir in the 1980s. In an uncompromising, straightforward style, Karras and Hanson reveal the geography, wildlife, and natural history of the region as well as the business and social interactions between people. Northern Rover offers a look at the vanishing subsistence and commercial economy of the boreal forest, wound around a fascinating personal story of courage and physical stamina.

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"...Hanson's reminiscences, which shift from heroic feats of strength over muskeg portages, to genuine wilderness survival tips, to partial remorse over the use of leg-hold traps and the selling of live bear cub, are fascinating in their description of a changing boreal culture and wilderness."

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Arthur L. Karras was the author of the Saskatchewan classic books North to Cree Lake: The Rugged Lives of the Trappers Who Leave Civilization Behind (1970) and Face the North Wind (1975). This manuscript came to light after his passing in 1999.

 
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Aloha Wanderwell

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In 1922, a 15-year-old girl, fed up with life in a French convent school, answered an ad for a travelling secretary. Tall, blonde, and swaggering with confidence, she might have passed for twenty. She also knew what she wanted: to become the first female to drive around the world. Her name was Aloha Wanderwell.

Aloha's mission was foolhardy in the extreme. Drivable roads were scarce and cars were alien to much of the world. The Wanderwell Expedition created a specially modified Model T Ford for the journey that featured gun scabbards and a sloped back that could fold out to become a darkroom. All that remained was for Aloha to learn how to drive.

Aloha became known around the globe. She was photographed in front of the Eiffel Tower, parked on the back of the Sphinx, firing mortars in China, and smiling at a tickertape parade in Detroit. By the age of 25, she had become a pilot, a film star, an ambassador for world peace, and the centrepiece of one of the biggest unsolved murder mysteries in California history. Her story defied belief, but it was true. Every bit of it. Except for her name. The American Aloha Wanderwell was, in reality, the Canadian Idris Hall.

Drawing upon Aloha's diaries and travel logs, as well as films, photographs, newspaper accounts, and previously classified government documents, Aloha Wanderwell reveals the astonishing story of one of the greatest — and most outrageous — explorers of the 1920s.

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"Aloha Wanderwell must surely be the most remarkable woman adventurer to remain virtually unknown to history. This marvellous book sets the record straight, even as it powerfully evokes a distant era of travel when the survivors of the Great War set out to go anywhere but home."

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Christian Fink-Jensen's writing has appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers, including the Toronto Star, Philadelphia Inquirer, New York Quarterly, Rampike, Vancouver Sun, and Ottawa Citizen.

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Randolph Eustace-Walden has worked as a writer, editor, researcher, television producer, and director. He has twice been nominated for Emmy and Gemini awards and has won several Leo awards.

 
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Éditions Carte blanche and Athabasca University Press


La biographie de Marie-Louise Bouchard Labelle raconte la vie d'une jeune Canadienne d'humble origine qui tombe en amour avec le curé de son village, et qui en subit les terribles conséquences pour le reste de ses jours. L'histoire de cette femme s'étend sur plus d'un siècle (de 1858 à 1973), une période qui voit surgir plusieurs événements déterminants de l'histoire du Canada dont la Grande Dépression.

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Claire Trépanier habite à Ottawa depuis 1973. Ses expériences professionnelles en enseignement et en développement international, l'ont amenée à côtoyer des individus de multiples pays et nourri son intérêt pour le vécu et les divers modes de vie des gens de la planète. Maintenant à la retraite, Trépanier écrit à plein temps. Ce premier livre reflète son admiration pour l'endurance, l'esprit dynamique et le courage indomptable des femmes.

 
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Setting out to visit his friends in Woodstock, New Brunswick, and with all intentions to return to the United States to attend Columbia University in the fall, Tappan Adney, at the age of 18, embarked on a trip that would ultimately set the course of his life. Tappan Adney's writings, illustrations, and photographs were published in Harper's Magazine. This follow-up journal to 2010's first volume, takes us back to a time when wildness was still something easily accessible and wildlife abundant. These experiences, seen through the eyes of a young man from the city and illustrated with his own sketches and remarkably accurate maps, bring readers into this world, allowing them to walk and canoe the roads and rivers with him. The first volume showed us a remarkable young man who fell under the spell of the 19th century New Brunswick wilderness and the Maliseet people. Now, in this second volume of Adney's journals, we meet a man still passionate but wiser, transformed from enthusiastic hunter to reflective woodsman and decades ahead of his time in foreseeing the need for environmental protection. Recounted in the dialect of the day with the added flair of Adney's inimitable humour, and augmented by maps, sketches, and photographs, these journals provide an authentic glimpse into the world before the turn of the 20th century.

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Tappan Adney, born in 1868 in Athens, Ohio, was an artist, a writer, and a photographer. He was credited with saving the art of birchbark canoe construction and built more than 100 models of different types. During World War I, he was an engineering officer for the Royal Military College. His book about the Klondike Gold Rush has become a well-loved standard. He worked in Montreal, where he worked as a consultant on aboriginal lore, then retired to Woodstock, New Brunswick, where his wife, Minnie Bell Sharp, had been born. He died in 1950.

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C. Ted Behne's interest in Tappan Adney began when he attended a birchbark canoe-building class. Behne worked for nearly 30 years as a writer and editor. His articles on the birchbark canoe and Tappan Adney appeared in Native Peoples Magazine, Prairies North, and Wooden Boat Magazine. Behne passed away in 2014, just as Tappan Adney, Vol. 2 went to press.

 
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In 1887, at the age of just 18, intellectually and artistically gifted American Tappan Adney embarked on his first trip to New Brunswick. He had plans to enrol at Columbia University in the fall, primed for a meteoric rise in academia — but fate intervened. He fell under the spell of the wilderness of Maine, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia, and the local Maliseet people. Nothing escaped his curiosity, Adney embarked on hunting, fishing, and camping trips with Humboldt (Hum) Sharp, his future brother-in-law; Peter Joseph, who would become his Maliseet mentor; and Purps, Hum's hunting dog. Adney recorded his wilderness adventures in his journals through evocative sketches and memorable prose, including the detail of a caribou hunt decades before their extinction in this area of the country. Tappan Adney's writings, illustrations, and photographs were published in Harper's Magazine. His models of aboriginal canoes, now in many museum collections, helped save the birchbark canoe from oblivion.

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C. Ted Behne's interest in Tappan Adney began when he attended a birchbark canoe-building class. Behne worked for nearly 30 years as a writer and editor. His articles on the birchbark canoe and Tappan Adney appeared in Native Peoples Magazine, Prairies North, and Wooden Boat Magazine. Behne passed away in 2014, just as Tappan Adney, Vol. 2 went to press.

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Tappan Adney, born in 1868 in Athens, Ohio, was an artist, a writer, and a photographer. He was credited with saving the art of birchbark canoe construction and built more than 100 models of different types. During World War I, he was an engineering officer for the Royal Military College. His book about the Klondike Gold Rush has become a well-loved standard. He worked in Montreal, where he worked as a consultant on aboriginal lore, then retired to Woodstock, New Brunswick, where his wife, Minnie Bell Sharp, had been born. He died in 1950.

 
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Einmal da leben, wo andere Urlaub machen: diesen Traum verwirklicht Susanne Heermann und nimmt einen Job als Lehrerin an der Deutschen Internationalen Schule in Abu Dhabi an. Sie siedelt mit Mann und Tochter in die Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate um. Die Familie macht eine intensive fünfjährige Erfahrung zwischen überbordendem Reichtum auf der einen Seite und Lohnsklaven auf der anderen; arabische Tradi-tionen treffen auf westliches Konsumverhalten, sengende Hitze und Sandstürme toben zwischen edlen Malls und Sonntagsbrunches in Fünf-Sterne-Hotels, die mit Coupons beworben werden … Neben den direkten Eindrücken Abu Dhabis kommen auch Ausflüge nach Oman, Wüsten-safaris und die Besonderheiten des Lebens als Ausländer in den Emiraten nicht zu kurz. Wer sich auf einen längeren oder kürzeren Aufent-halt in den Emiraten vorbereiten will, mit dem Gedanken spielt dort zu leben und zu arbeiten oder etwas über die Mentalität der Emiratis lernen möchte, findet in diesem Buch Antworten.

 
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Bastei Entertainment


Im Spülkasten der Toilette singt ein Frosch sein heiteres Lied und wenn nachts die Wasserbüffel im Vorgarten wühlen, kommt auch schon mal ein Cowboy im Schlafanzug auf die Veranda und schießt in die Luft.

Seit neun Jahren lebt Lydia Möcklinghoff auf einer Ranch mitten in Brasiliens Wildnis und betreibt Feldforschung am Ameisenbär. Ihr Leben dort ist abenteuerlich. Ob sie sich mit der Machete durchs Gestrüpp schlägt, oder den Abend mit einem leckeren Caipi ausklingen lässt - der ungewöhnliche Alltag der Biologin lässt das Herz eines jeden Städters höher schlagen...

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"Wenn Lydia Möcklinghoff über Feuchtgebiete spricht, ist das tausendmal interessanter und lustiger, als wenn Charlotte Roche das tut." Titus Arnu, Süddeutsche, 26.11.2015

"Tierforscher am Amazonas erleben so einiges. Aber nur wenige können ihre Erlebnisse so unterhaltsam erzählen wie die in Brasilien lebende Biologin Lydia Möcklinghoff - ein großer Lesespaß!" P.M. Magazin, 03/2016

"Ich glaub mein Puma pfeift ist eine bunte, unterhaltsame Schilderung ihres Forscherlebens in der brasilianischen Wildnis mit Ameisenbär & Co." Michael Czygan, Main Post, 09.01.2016

 
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HOLIDAY Reisebuch: Eine Familie, zwei Räder und das Abenteuer unseres Lebens

HOLIDAY, ein Imprint von GRÄFE UND UNZER Verlag GmbH


<p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 10px; color: rgb(112, 116, 120); font-family: "Open Sans", "Helvetica Neue", Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box; font-weight: 700;">André Schumacher ist ein Besessener. Auf der ganzen Welt war er <br style="box-sizing: border-box;" />

unterwegs. Heimatlos. Rauschhaft. Süchtig nach der Ferne, nach <br style="box-sizing: border-box;" />

Menschen, nach Geschichten. <span style="box-sizing: border-box; font-weight: 700;">Plötzlich wird er Vater, und alles ist anders.

<p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 10px; color: rgb(112, 116, 120); font-family: "Open Sans", "Helvetica Neue", Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;">Oder doch nicht?

<p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 10px; color: rgb(112, 116, 120); font-family: "Open Sans", "Helvetica Neue", Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;">Mit einem <span style="box-sizing: border-box; font-weight: 700;">Lastenfahrrad fährt die junge Familie von Bäbelin bei <span style="box-sizing: border-box; font-weight: 700;">Wismar <br style="box-sizing: border-box;" />

nach Pamplona in Spanien. Ihr Weg führt sie die Elbe und Moldau hinauf <br style="box-sizing: border-box;" />

in den Böhmerwald, durch Salzkammergut, Hohe Tauern und das <br style="box-sizing: border-box;" />

Weltnaturerbe der Dolomiten, entlang der Oberitalienischen Seen, durch <br style="box-sizing: border-box;" />

die Genussregionen Piemont und Provence, über die Cevennen und die <br style="box-sizing: border-box;" />

Pyrenäen bis ins Baskenland.

<p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 10px; color: rgb(112, 116, 120); font-family: "Open Sans", "Helvetica Neue", Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;">Was die drei dabei erleben? Alles! Hitzewellen und Schneestürme, <br style="box-sizing: border-box;" />

Spinner und Visionäre, <span style="box-sizing: border-box; font-weight: 700;">unbeschreibliche Strapazen und Momente größten <br style="box-sizing: border-box;" />

Glücks.

<p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 10px; color: rgb(112, 116, 120); font-family: "Open Sans", "Helvetica Neue", Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;">André Schumacher erzählt mit viel<span style="box-sizing: border-box; font-weight: 700;"> Humor und <span style="box-sizing: border-box; font-weight: 700;">wunderbaren Bildern die <br style="box-sizing: border-box;" />

Geschichte dieser <span style="box-sizing: border-box; font-weight: 700;">außergewöhnlichen Reise. Sein Buch ist ein <span style="box-sizing: border-box; font-weight: 700;">Ratgeber <br style="box-sizing: border-box;" />

für Langzeitreisende und Europahungrige, eine <span style="box-sizing: border-box; font-weight: 700;">Inspirationsquelle für <br style="box-sizing: border-box;" />

Familien und ein Mutmacher für ewige Träumer

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<p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 10px; color: rgb(112, 116, 120); font-family: "Open Sans", "Helvetica Neue", Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box; font-weight: 700;">"Schräg, anders und unglaublich witzig!"<br style="box-sizing: border-box;" />

Stephan Hunkel, Veranstalter Boofeabende

<p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 10px; color: rgb(112, 116, 120); font-family: "Open Sans", "Helvetica Neue", Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box; font-weight: 700;">"Dies ist mehr als nur ein Reisebericht – es ist ein Lebensbericht!"<br style="box-sizing: border-box;" />

David Hettich, Mundologia

<p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 10px; color: rgb(112, 116, 120); font-family: "Open Sans", "Helvetica Neue", Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box; font-weight: 700;">"Eine Geschichte über das Leben, die Liebe und das Verwirklichen <br style="box-sizing: border-box;" />

seiner Träume."<br style="box-sizing: border-box;" />

Hans Nieder, Fototage Daun

 
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Julia wagt den Ausstieg: Sie schließt sich einer berittenen Expedition durch die Rocky Mountains an. Ohne Internet, ohne Badezimmer, ohne Habseligkeiten muss sie bald lernen, sich in der Wildnis zurechtzufinden. Nach der Expedition lässt sie sich auf einer Ranch als Gastarbeiterin nieder. Die Arbeit mit den Pferden und Rindern macht ihr große Freude, und zwischen all den Cowboys, Pferdeflüsterern und Indianern fühlt sich Julia zum ersten Mal seit langem aufgehoben. Im archaischen Wilden Westen lernt sie, was in ihrem Leben wirklich zählt.

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"Mutiges Aussteiger-Experiment." inside, 19.09.2018

 
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