Boondoggles, Bonanzas, and Other Alberta StoriesBook - 2003
With three Alberta bestsellers under his belt, Brian Brennan certainly knows how to find and tell a good story. His previous books have awakened a passion for quirky local biographies and history in Albertans. In his latest collection, he focuses on events, rather than individuals, and offers a new feast of strange and wonderful tales from Alberta's past. While many of the events in this book may be familiar--the Frank Slide, the Edmonton tornado, the Leduc oil discovery, Calgary's first Grey Cup win--Brennan approaches them all from a new angle, uncovering interesting new details, characters, and stories. Other stories are less familiar, like why Father Lacombe's preserved heart was kept under lock and key for more than seventy-five years by a group of nuns. Or how a group of single male ranchers in Dorothy, AB, become the romantic targets of women from around the world. Or what the connection was between Rudyard Kipling and Medicine Hat, AB. Always entertaining and often surprising, Boondoggles, Bonanzas,,and Other Alberta Stories celebrates the ups and downs, triumphs and scams, of Canada's most independent province.
Publisher: Calgary : Fifth House, 2003.
Characteristics: 218 p. :,ill. ;,22 cm.