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Against the Grain: An Irreverent View of Alberta

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A contrarian view of Alberta and Albertans from the outspoken and often controversial former Calgary Herald columnist.

In 2005, Alberta celebrates its centenary: a hundred-year stretch that has seen the province catapulted from being little more than thinly populated grassland and mountain to one of Canada’s richest provinces, one with a fair claim to being perpetually misu
Hardcover, 268 pages
Published October 4th 2005 by McClelland & Stewart Ltd (first published 2005)
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Feb 11, 2015 Kelley rated it did not like it
I'm not sure if I can really fully comment since I got so sick of this book I stopped reading it and never finished it. I love non-fiction and thought a book about sociology in Alberta would be interesting. While the author does have some good insights, it was shockingly offensive and constantly negative. She has nothing good to say about the province that gave her everything. It became incredibly frustrating. The narrative was also pretty random as she jumped from one concept/complaint to ...more
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Feb 22, 2013 Carolyn Gerk rated it liked it
This was another 'blind date' book, chosen without seeing what it was.
I found it interesting and informative, though at times, certainly a tad dry. Occasionally a smidge offensive, though I'd be foolish to pretend Catherine Ford was way off the mark in her depictions of the average albertan, the majority of our Province. Ford spent much of her life in the south of the province, most often in the Calgary area. She acknowledges that the north is a bit of a mystery to her, and it shows as it is po
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In a forty-year career in journalism, Catherine Ford has lived and worked across the country, but her home is Alberta and that’s where her heart is. Until her recent retirement, she was national columnist for CanWest News Service.
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