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3.93  ·  Rating details ·  2,125 ratings  ·  401 reviews
Comedy superstar Mike Myers writes from the (true patriot) heart about his 52-year relationship with his beloved Canada.

Mike Myers is a world-renowned actor, director and writer, and the man behind some of the most memorable comic characters of our time. But as he says: "no description of me is truly complete without saying I'm a Canadian." He has often winked and nodded t
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Hardcover, 304 pages
Published October 22nd 2016 by Doubleday Canada
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Elyse  Walters
Nov 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
SO MUCH FUN.......AUDIOBOOK....read by Mike Myers
I’m even trying to talk funny like a Canadian.
When somebody is sick and in THE hospital....they don’t say ‘the’ Middle word “Jonny is IN HOSPITAL”.

Who knew that Canada had a branch of Government called “Statistics”. Mike Myers who was born on May 25th, ( the day after my May birthday), informs that Canada is obsessed with LISTS.....LISTS OF *FIRSTS*.
Actually, Myers was so funny listing off a wonder of fascinating facts of ‘firsts’ that Canada i
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Jim Zubricky
Nov 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
One of the best books I've read all year!!

As an American who appreciates the nuances of Canadian culture, this was an awesome read, and I got some of the cultural references he made! I also googled some of the things he mentioned, and learned quite a bit more. This book makes me want to learn more about our neighbors to the north!
Laurie • The Baking Bookworm
With the first line of his book Myers relays his love for our mutual home country of Canada. While many people know of him as an actor from SNL and the Shrek and Austin Powers series (among others), most people who have seen him in interviews know that he is also a fiercely proud Canuck.

As a proud Canadian myself I could relate to much of what Mike described as he shares anecdotes from his upbringing in 'Scarberia' (aka Scarborough), a short drive from where I partially grew up in Markham, Ontar
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Brandon
Dec 31, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, comedy, 2016
With his new book Canada, comedian/actor Mike Myers sets out to unload as much information about the country he grew up in while also detailing an abridged version of his life story. The result is an often entertaining yet interesting experiment.

At the outset, Myers is quick to explain that his book is not meant to be a definitive text on the country, but rather his own experiences coming of age in Canada. So don’t expect him to go into detail surrounding Canada’s role in residential schools and
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Lena
Jul 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, nonfiction, canada
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“Never once did I worry about crime. I had the presence of mind to realize what a great thing it is, to live in a safe country. Other countries talk about freedom, but the freedom to walk home at night, knowing that the chances of being attacked are slim to none, is perhaps one of the greatest freedoms.”

Mike Meyers’ autobiographical ode to his homeland was my pick to celebrate Canada Day! A good choice, eh?

Narrated by the 90s juggernaut himself, this was a fair look at a country I admire. The
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Darmidy
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bought
Ok I need to start this by saying to all the people with the negative reviews to just shut up. WHY would you ever read a personal memoir and expect the author to not share his personal views with you? WHY would you even read it at all if you fundamentally dislike all that he stands for? And to rate the book lowly just because you don't share his opinions is just petty and makes you look immature and ridiculous.

Rant over. This book just made me so proud to be Canadian. I am from Western Canada an
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Benjamin Kahn
Dec 28, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
I received this book as a Christmas gift. I don't think I would have picked it up otherwise. Based on the title, and the blurb on the back, I was expecting kind of a Mondo Canuck or a How to Be a Canadian , or something similar to one of Douglas Coupland's Souvenir of Canada books than the hodgepodge that we get here.

This book is really a dog's breakfast, part memoir, part love letter to Canada, part reflection on Canada's national identity and where it goes from here. The problem is,
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Kimberley
Nov 24, 2016 rated it did not like it
While I enjoyed the first 80 or so pages, my enjoyment quickly transformed to mild annoyance and, then, downright disgust. Firstly, I have lived in Canada all my life and have never encountered ANYONE who sounds like Stompin' Tom Connors, the Ottawa Valley accent does not typify the Canadian accent, and someone who left Canada over 30 years ago has no business discussing Canadian politics and labelling us as non-progressive. Nor should he devote an entire chapter to deifying Justin Trudeau. I th ...more
Holly
Nov 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. I started reading thinking I would just read a few pages and ended up finishing it that night. I'm not Canadian or of Myers generation, but I have lived in Calgary for two years. I could relate and laugh at his observations of Canadian behaviour and I learnt about the social history of the country from his perspective. I believe if you were his age and Canadian the book would be wonderfully nostalgic, even if you did not hail from Toronto like Myers.
Rose
Jul 09, 2017 rated it liked it
This book should actually be a two-parter named "Memories of Southern Ontario in the '70s" and "Decades of Snippits of Canadian News That Made it to the Outside World".

There were bits of humour throughout but much less than I was expecting. You can tell that Myers loved growing up here but like a lot of people who live in the Toronto area, he knows very little about the rest of Canada. The first half was reminiscing about growing up but I was unfamiliar with at least half of the things he menti
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Dianne Landry
Nov 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I love Canada and I love Mike Myers so naturally, I loved this book. It is a love story about this wonderful country. Mike talks about growing up in Scarberia during the era of Trudeau père. He starts off talking about the great promise of that time and ends with looking hopefully to the future with Trudeau fils as our PM.

He talks about truly Canadian things like the CNE, the Toronto Maple Leafs and hockey cards. This is a wonderful book full of humour and Canadian pride. All Canadians should re
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Stefan Fergus
Oct 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I loved this. He's a Canadian who left, I'm a non-Canadian who just got here. I was pleased to get so many of his references, but I share his frustrations too. An oddly moving book, entertaining and intelligent, but also a good memoir of one of my favourite comedians. Very highly recommended.

Full review here: https://civilianreader.com/2016/10/17...
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Andrea
Jan 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book set the bar pretty high for the rest of 2017. I absolutely loved this memoir/exploration of Canadian culture/history of Canada! It was such a weird yet satisfying blend of so many things that it's hard to pinpoint exactly where it falls. But labels don't really concern me. Whatever you want to call it, it was fantastic.
While so many of the things Myers reminisces about from his childhood are far removed from my own experience, the way he luxuriates in the comforting realm of nostalgia
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Julia Christina Dewolf
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
LOVEDDDD this book. I am also a Canadian living in the USA so there were soo many truths to it. And it was FUNNY! So I listened to it on audible, and Mike Myers narrated it making it was definitely funnier this way. A must LISTEN. If you want to find 'out' 'about' (punny) your Canadian neighbours LISTEN to this book. There were so many LOL moments for me. Now I realize I pronounce words just as he refers to them. And yes Canadians don't have an accent, lol.
Leann Thompson
Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: memoir, non-fiction
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! While a lot of the Canadianisms are more Ontario and the Maritimes focused, I could still relate to most of the book. It makes me feel patriotic when patriotism really isn't the Canadian way. There were so many laugh-out-loud parts and it has many poignant passages. It's a great Canadian read!
Susie
Mike Myers and I are a year apart in age. He grew up in working class Scarborough, a suburb of Toronto, and I grew up in working class Hamilton, a city one hour away. His humour and sensibility has always resonated strongly with me. I even think I look like him! But this book got a little ham handed at the end. He has benefitted from Canadian taxpayer dollars during his early career and then left. That's okay, Mike, the rest of us will pay for all those arts grants you benefitted from. I enjoyed ...more
Rebecca
This was delightful to listen to as read by the author, complete with accents, one of Mike Myers' specialties. It's a mix of personal growing-up memoir and light Canadian history (Canadian history being something that I, like most Americans, never learned about). This was another book for which Jason, near in age and similarly emigrated to the US, felt like the exact target audience, and it was extra-fun to listen to this on a drive to Canada. I ordered a "double double" at Tim Horton's and it w ...more
Dawn
Well Mike Myers, your Canada is not my Canada. I'm not sure if it's the 15 year difference in age or growing up on the opposite side of the country but I didn't recognize a lot of it, except for maybe a few iconic TV shows (Mr Dressup is a classic). I certainly didn't recognize the Canadian accent parts, I'm not sure where the Vancouver way of speaking came from but I've never heard it.

This book was very much a effort in nostalgia, and that's great, life in Scarborough with English parents, it'
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Faith
Dec 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
1. There is no joke or play in the title, this book is 100% about Canada.
2. Well, Mr. Myers. I am shocked and impressed. The style was phenomenal. I felt like I was reading a letter from a friend. Several spots brought me to tears. I laughed out loud with great frequency. The ending ripped my heart out. I read this book as a young American. I read this book a month into Trump's presidency. I read this book at the exact time I needed to be encouraged about the state of my country. Since the elect
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Deanna
Dec 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Four stars +

I can’t think of any of Mike Myers’s film work I’ve actually seen, though I’m certainly aware of it. It just lands so far out of my awfully narrow range of comedic appreciation that I’m not likely to ever bump into it, much less intentionally try it.

But I’m a fascinated fan of Canada, and found the title and the idea of a patriotic-fandom memoir of Canada irresistible. I wasn’t disappointed.

And I especially liked how likable, relatable, and indeed smart I found Myers as a person.

I’
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Chinook
Jul 28, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: canada
You know what’s really weird about this book? Meyer’s argument is basically that Canada had been in a deep decline for the entire length of my life until Justin Trudeau was elected. That’s an odd thing to hear and not something I particularly agree with.

I really liked a lot of what he covered when talking about the Canada of his childhood. It’s more the Canada I’ve heard of from my parents than anything I personally connect with, outside of the odd thing, like Mr Dressup. But there was also a l
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Rosemarie
May 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was such a fun read! I loved everything about it-and the photos are super.
And I have driven by Mike Myers Blvd in Scarborough!
Leila Danielsen
Jan 28, 2017 rated it liked it
This book was ok, but not one I'm likely to recommend to others. I rounded up to three stars from what really would have been 2.5.

I picked this book up as a fellow Canadian living abroad, looking for something to remind me of home and perhaps a book I could recommend to anyone interested in the "Canadian experience." Although there were aspects I recognized from my own childhood in Canada, much of it, I couldn't relate to. The Canadian aspects are very "Toronto" (which is ironic, given the repu
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Aydin Turgay
Nov 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Right after experiencing the 2016 U.S. elections, this book was JUST what I needed!

About 75% of the book was exactly what I hoped it would be: Mike's memoirs, with stories about growing up in Toronto and funny Saturday Night Live memories.

The other 25% was unexpected. Entire chapters about Canada, and what it means to be Canadian. Our history, our psyche, our media, our accent - it's all explored in an interesting, entertaining way.

Many parts made me appreciate Canada more, like when Mike examin
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Colleen
I had mixed feelings about this one. I absolutely loved parts of it. Mike is just one year younger than I am and his stories about growing up in the suburbs of Toronto during the 1960’s and 1970’s are spot-on. I was laughing out loud at some of his memories and photos because they were exactly what I had experienced… even down to watching Irv Weinstein on the 6 0’clock news that was broadcast from Buffalo and waiting to see how many fires had been set that day in Tonawanda! His photos of his old ...more
Katie
Jan 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Mike Myers really loves Canada. Like, really! This was a hugely enjoyable book - I recommend the audio book version to enjoy Mike's accent to full effect. I learnt a lot about Mike and his background but also his underlying gratitude and appreciation of all things Canadian. At times I laughed out loud with him. This book has left me hankering for a trip to Canada to see if it really is as marvellous as he presents it to be!
Kinga
Sep 30, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Part memoir, part love letter to Canada this is a short book by one of Canada's most famous exports. Very amusing in places, all it did is make me miss Canadian winters and the people of Canada. Good read, eh?
Laima
May 04, 2016 marked it as to-read
Shelves: canadian-authors
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Amanda Stanzel
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved listening to this book about my adopted country. Mike Meyers has a true love for his country. It comes across in every word he writes.
Sara
Jul 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mike Myers' love letter to Canada was informative and heartfelt, with just the right amount of gentle humo(u)r. This was another celebrity memoir that benefited from being enjoyed as an audiobook for the narration.

I'm glad that Myers agrees that I live in the most beautiful province in Canada, and I feel lucky to be here.
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