100 True Stories Every Canadian Should Read

Canada has a wealth of writers telling today’s tales, revisiting our past and imagining our future. Here are 100 works of nonfiction that will make you proud to be a Canadian. (Check out our previous editions: 100 novels and 100 young adult books that make you proud to be Canadian.)


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28: Stories of AIDS in Africa

Stephanie Nolen

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CurrentAffairs
Health
TrueStories100

A Geography of Blood

Candace Savage

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History
HWPWinner
TrueStories100
Weston2014
WestonPrize
WestonWinner

A History of Reading

Alberto Manguel

ArtsCulture
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Ideas
TrueStories100

A House in the Sky

Amanda Lindhout & Sara Corbett

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Memoir
TrueStories100

An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth

Chris Hadfield

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Memoir
ScienceNature
TrueStories100

Anatomy of Criticism

Northrop Frye

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Ideas
TrueStories100

And No Birds Sang

Farley Mowat

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Memoir
TrueStories100

A Place Within

M.G. Vassanji

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Memoir
TrueStories100

Arrival City

Doug Saunders

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Canada Reads
CR2015longlist
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TrueStories100

A Thousand Farewells

Nahlah Ayed

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Memoir
TrueStories100

Baltimore's Mansion

Wayne Johnston

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CTPWinner
Memoir
TaylorPrize
TrueStories100

Between Gods

Alison Pick

BestBooks2014
Bookies2015
BookiesNonfiction
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Fall2014
Family
LitPrizeBook
Memoir
Memoir2015
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Non-fiction
TrueStories100

Black Berry, Sweet Juice

Lawrence Hill

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Family
Memoir
TrueStories100

Boundless

Kathleen Winter

BestBooks2014
Bookies2015
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CTP2015longlist
CTP2015shortlist
Fall2014
IFOA35
Memoir
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Non-fiction
ScienceNature
TaylorPrize
TNCSeason7
TrueStories100
Weston2014

Burmese Lessons

Karen Connelly

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Family
Memoir
TrueStories100

Burning Down the House

Russell Wangersky

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Memoir
TrueStories100

Cockeyed

Ryan Knighton

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Health
Memoir
TrueStories100

Corked

Kathryn Borel, Jr.

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Family
Humour
Memoir
TrueStories100

Damned Nations

Samantha Nutt

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CurrentAffairs
TrueStories100

Defiant Spirits

Ross King

ArtsCulture
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History
TrueStories100

Eating Dirt

Charlotte Gill

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Memoir
ScienceNature
TrueStories100

Empire of the Beetle

Andrew Nikiforuk

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ScienceNature
TrueStories100

Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada

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CurrentAffairs
History
TrueStories100

From Harvey River

Lorna Goodison

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Family
Memoir
TrueStories100

Gold Diggers

Charlotte Gray

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History
TrueStories100

How Poetry Saved My Life

Amber Dawn

ArtsCulture
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Memoir
Memoir2015
TrueStories100

Intolerable

Kamal Al-Solaylee

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Canada Reads
CR2015
CR2015longlist
CR2015shortlist
CurrentAffairs
Family
Memoir
Nonfiction
Non-fiction
TrueStories100

Into the Silence

Wade Davis

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History
Memoir
TNCSeason7
TrueStories100

Jerusalem

Guy Delisle

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Comics
CurrentAffairs
TrueStories100

Klee Wyck

Emily Carr

ArtsCulture
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Memoir
TrueStories100

Laughing All the Way to the Mosque

Zarqa Nawaz

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CBC2014
Comedy2014
Family
GiftGuide2014
Humour
Memoir
Mother2015
Non-fiction
TrueStories100

Listen to the Squawking Chicken

Elaine Lui

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Comedy2014
Family
GiftGuide2014
Humour
Memoir
Memoir2015
Memoirs and autobiographies
TrueStories100

Louis Riel

Chester Brown

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Canadiana
Comics
DQ25
History
Memoir
TrueStories100

Me Funny

edited by Drew Hayden Taylor

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Humour
TrueStories100

Missing Sarah

Maggie de Vries

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Family
TrueStories100

Mordecai

Charles Foran

ArtsCulture
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Canadiana
CTPWinner
GG2011
GGQuiz
GGQuiz2015
HWP2011
HWPWinner
Memoir
Non-fiction
TaylorPrize
TrueStories100
WestonPrize

Most of Me

Robyn Michele Levy

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Health
Memoir
TrueStories100

Nation Maker

Richard Gwyn

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History
Memoir
Politics
TrueStories100

Nice Recovery

Susan Juby

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Health
Humour
Memoir
TrueStories100

No Logo

Naomi Klein

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CurrentAffairs
TrueStories100

Norval Morrisseau

Armand Garnet Ruffo

ArtsCulture
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GG2015
GGNonfiction2015
Indigenous
Memoir
TrueStories100

On a Cold Road

Dave Bidini

ArtsCulture
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Canada Reads
Canadiana
CR2012
Memoir
MusicList2015
Non-fiction
TrueStories100

One Hour in Paris

Karyn L. Freedman

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Memoir
TrueStories100

One Native Life

Richard Wagamese

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Indigenous
Memoir
TrueStories100

On the Farm

Stevie Cameron

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CurrentAffairs
TrueStories100

On the Outside Looking Indian

Rupinder Gill

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Family
Humour
Memoir
TrueStories100

Open Heart, Open Mind

Clara Hughes

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Fall2015
Fall2015Nonfiction
Gift2015
GiftSport2015
Health
Memoir
TrueStories100

Paper Shadows

Wayson Choy

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Family
Memoir
TrueStories100

Paris 1919

Margaret MacMillan

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GGQuiz2015
History
Politics
TrueStories100

Photobooth

Meags Fitzgerald

ArtsCulture
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Comics
Comics - Comics & graphic novels
Memoir
TrueStories100
WTW2014

Prisoner of Tehran

Marina Nemat

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Canada Reads
CR2012
CurrentAffairs
Memoir
Memoir2015
Non-fiction
TrueStories100

Projection

Priscila Uppal

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Family
Memoir
Memoir2015
TrueStories100

Room for All of Us

Adrienne Clarkson

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Canadiana
CurrentAffairs
TrueStories100

Roughing It in the Bush

Susanna Moodie

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History
Memoir
TrueStories100

Runaway

Evelyn Lau

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Memoir
TrueStories100

Shake Hands with the Devil

Roméo Dallaire

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CurrentAffairs
GGQuiz2015
Memoir
Politics
TrueStories100

Something Fierce

Carmen Aguirre

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Canada Reads
CR2012
CRWinner
Family
Memoir
Memoir2015
TrueStories100

Stalin's Daughter

Rosemary Sullivan

Best2015
BestCNF2015
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Family
Gift2015
GiftHistory2015
History
HWP2015
Memoir
TrueStories100
WestonPrize

Stolen Life

Rudy Wiebe & Yvonne Johnson

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HWP1998
HWPWinner
Memoir
Nonfiction
TrueStories100
WestonPrize

Straphanger

Taras Grescoe

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CurrentAffairs
Ideas
TrueStories100

Survival

Margaret Atwood

ArtsCulture
Atwood75
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EssentialAtwood
Ideas
Non-fiction
TrueStories100

Swing Low

Miriam Toews

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Family
Health
Memoir
TrueStories100

Tangles

Sarah Leavitt

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Comics
Comics - Comics & graphic novels
Family
Health
Memoir
Nonfiction
TrueStories100

The 100-Mile Diet

Alisa Smith & J.B. MacKinnon

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Health
Memoir
ScienceNature
TrueStories100

Theatre of the Unimpressed

Jordan Tannahill

ArtsCulture
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Gift2015
GiftHipster2015
Ideas
TrueStories100

The Boy in the Moon

Ian Brown

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CTPWinner
Family
Health
Memoir
TaylorPrize
TrueStories100

The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary

Andrew Westoll

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Memoir
ScienceNature
TrueStories100

The Concubine's Children

Denise Chong

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Family
Memoir
TrueStories100

The Death and Life of Great American Cities

Jane Jacobs

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Ideas
TrueStories100

The Dogs Are Eating Them Now

Graeme Smith

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CurrentAffairs
HWPWinner
Memoir
TrueStories100
WestonPrize
WestonWinner

The Education of Augie Merasty

David Carpenter & Joseph Auguste Merasty

Aboriginal2015
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Covers2015
Father2015
Feb2015
History
Indigenous
Memoir
Summer2015
TrueStories100

The Game

Ken Dryden

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Canada Reads
Canadiana
CR2012
History
Memoir
Non-fiction
TrueStories100

The Gutenberg Galaxy

Marshall McLuhan

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Ideas
TrueStories100

The Hanging of Angélique

Afua Cooper

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History
Memoir
TrueStories100

The Inconvenient Indian

Thomas King

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Canada Reads
CR2015
CR2015longlist
CR2015shortlist
CTPWinner
History
IFOA35
IFOAAboriginal
Indigenous
Memoir
Non-fiction
TaylorPrize
TrueStories100

The Last Spike

Pierre Berton

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History
TrueStories100

The Love Queen of Malabar

Merrily Weisbord

ArtsCulture
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Family
Memoir
TrueStories100

The Measure of a Man

JJ Lee

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Family
Memoir
TrueStories100

The Morning After

Chantal Hébert with Jean Lapierre

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Canadiana
GiftGuide2014
History
History2014
Politics
TrueStories100

The Oil Man and the Sea

Arno Kopecky

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CA2014
GG2014
GGNF2014
GiftGuide2014
Non-fiction
Politics
ScienceNature
TrueStories100

The Reason You Walk

Wab Kinew

Best2015
BestCNF2015
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Fall2015
Fall2015Nonfiction
Family
Gift2015
GiftHot2015
Indigenous
Memoir
TrueStories100
Winter2015

There Is a Season

Patrick Lane

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Memoir
ScienceNature
TrueStories100

The Right to Be Cold

Sheila Watt-Cloutier

Aboriginal2015
Best2015
BestCNF2015
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CurrentAffairs
Gift2015
GiftHot2015
Memoir
Nonfiction
Non-fiction
TrueStories100

The Russian Album

Michael Ignatieff

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Family
History
Memoir
TrueStories100

The Sacred Balance

David Suzuki, with Amanda McConnell & Adrienne Mason

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ScienceNature
Suzuki80
TrueStories100

The Tiger

John Vaillant

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Canada Reads
CR2012
Non-fiction
ScienceNature
TrueStories100

The Tipping Point

Malcolm Gladwell

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Ideas
TrueStories100

The World Is Moving Around Me

Dany Laferrière, translated by David Homel

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CurrentAffairs
Memoir
TrueStories100

They Called Me Number One

Bev Sellars

Aboriginal2015
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History
Indigenous
Memoir
Memoir2015
Memoirs and autobiographies
TNCSeason7
TrueStories100

The Year of Finding Memory

Judy Fong Bates

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Family
Memoir
TrueStories100

They Left Us Everything

Plum Johnson

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CTP2015longlist
CTP2015shortlist
Family
Memoir
Memoir2015
Mother2015
TaylorPrize
TNCSeason7
TrueStories100

This Changes Everything

Naomi Klein

BestBooks2014
Bookies2015
BookiesNonfiction
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CA2014
Canada Reads
CR2015longlist
CTP2015longlist
CurrentAffairs
GiftGuide2014
HWPWinner
IFOA35
Nonfiction
Non-fiction
ScienceNature
TaylorPrize
TIFF2015
TrueStories100
Weston2014
WestonPrize

This Is Happy

Camilla Gibb

Best2015
BestCNF2015
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Fall2015
Fall2015Nonfiction
Family
Memoir
TrueStories100

Too Close to the Falls

Catherine Gildiner

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Family
Memoir
TrueStories100

Trauma Farm

Brian Brett

Book summary
Family
HWP2009
HWPWinner
Memoir
Non-fiction
ScienceNature
TrueStories100
WestonPrize

Tree: A Life Story

David Suzuki & Wayne Grady

Book summary
ScienceNature
Suzuki80
TrueStories100

Two Generals

Scott Chantler

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Comics
History
TrueStories100

Under an Afghan Sky

Mellissa Fung

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Memoir
TrueStories100

Up Ghost River

Edmund Metatawabin with Alexandra Shimo

Aboriginal2015
BestBooks2014
Bookies2015
Bookies2015Winner
BookiesNonfiction
Book summary
GG2014
GGNF2014
GiftGuide2014
History
History2014
Indigenous
Memoir
Nonfiction
Non-fiction
TNCSeason7
TrueStories100

What Disturbs Our Blood

James FitzGerald

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Family
Health
HWP2010
HWPWinner
Memoir
Non-fiction
TrueStories100
WestonPrize
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