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Beauty Tips from Moose Jaw

Travels in Search of Canada

by Will Ferguson

“The whole way, he offers a little history and a lot of personality. An easygoing, vernacular companion through the vast regions of the Great North Country.” –Kirkus Reviews

  • Imprint Canongate U.S.
  • Page Count 352
  • Publication Date June 16, 2005
  • ISBN-13 978-1-8419-5652-7
  • Dimensions 5.5" x 8.25"
  • US List Price $14.95

About The Book

‘mr. Ferguson is a very gifted writer.” –Bill Bryson

Canada’s number one humorist, routinely compared to our own Bill Bryson, has written a funny, idiosyncratic, and warmly humane book full of sly observations and witty stories culled from his travels among the people and places of our neighbors up north.

Will Ferguson spent the past three years crisscrossing Canada. In a helicopter above the barren lands of the subarctic, in a canoe with his four-year-old son, aboard seaplanes, and along the Underground Railroad, Will’s travels have taken him from Cape Spear on the coast of Newfoundland to the sun-dappled streets of old Victoria.

Funny, poignant, and insightful, Beauty Tips from Moose Jaw is a provocative tribute to a land that is akin to a series of loosely connected outposts peopled with some of the most interesting folks in the world.

Praise

“If Douglas Adams and P.J. O’Rourke had an extra-terrestrial Satanic love-child, it would probably write like Will Ferguson. That is, it would be observant, attitudinal, occasionally offensive and funny.” –Los Angeles Times

“The writer acquits himself well. . . . [He’s] the kind of observer–sharp-eyed and irreverent–that a reader likes to sojourn with.” –Dennis Drabelle, Washington Post

“The whole way, he offers a little history and a lot of personality. An easygoing, vernacular companion through the vast regions of the Great North Country.” –Kirkus Reviews

“An appealing, brisk account of his many travels in his native land. . . . The title story . . . perfectly represents the book’s twin charms: Ferguson‘s comic cynicism, and his descriptions of intriguing events and individuals tied to the places he visits. . . . Humor and history are the book’s uniting elements.

” –Publishers Weekly

Praise for HappinessTM:

“A mean, wonderful, hilarious rant, both poisonously funny satire and dead-on indictment. The nature of True Evil exposed–with all its warm, fuzzy and asphyxiating manifestations. If I wasn’t already a smoker, drinker and misanthrope, I’d start tomorrow.” –Anthony Bourdain

“Although advertised as hilarious, HappinessTM has an ominous truth at its core. Novelist Will Ferguson has written the ultimate satire on self-help books, full of hijinks and capers–think of Monty Python skits replete with both juvenility and Latin terms. Its conclusion, however, mutes the belly laughs: “we can’t . . . close our eyes and hug ourselves into believing that old age, death and disillusion don’t exist.”” –The Washington Post