Sensational Vancouver

Sensational Vancouver

Book - 2014
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Literary Nonfiction. Travel Writing. Includes a Walking Tour map of historic Strathcona and Chinatown. History books typically show Vancouver as a pioneer city built on forestry, fisheries, and tourism, but behind the snow-capped mountains and rain forests, the Vancouver of the first half of the 20th century was a hotbed of civic corruption. The top job at the Vancouver Police Department was a revolving door with the average tenure for a police chief of just four years. In those early years Detective Joe Ricci's beat was the opium dens and gambling joints of Chinatown, while Lurancy Harris—the first female cop in Canada—patrolled the high-end brothels of Alexander Street. Later, proceeds from rum running produced some of the city's most iconic buildings, cops became robbers, and the city reeled from a series of unsolved murders. But Vancouver is more than bookies, brothels, and bootleggers—the city also produced legendary women, world- class entertainers, and ground-breaking architecture. SENSATIONAL VANCOUVER is a fully illustrated popular history book about Vancouver's famous and infamous, the ordinary and the extraordinary, filtered through the houses in which they lived.

SENSATIONAL VANCOUVER covers legendary women including Elsie MacGill, Phyllis Munday, Nellie Yip Quong and Joy Kogawa; high-end brothels, unsolved murders, and the homes and buildings of artists, architects and entertainers including Frederick Varley, Arthur Erickson, and Bryan Adams.

Praise for At Home with History:

"You might call her the Sherlock Holmes of home history. Lazarus's stories bring Vancouver's past back to life."—The Outlook

"...exceptional incidents in ordinary houses and ordinary people in exceptional houses."—The Vancouver Sun

Publisher: Vancouver :, Anvil Press,, 2014
Description: 158 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
ISBN: 9781927380987
Branch Call Number: 971.133 Laz


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Jun 08, 2017

I would have maybe given it a really good go as growing up I spent a fair amount of time there. But the print is too small therefor I couldn't read it. Hopefully it will come out in large print.

May 11, 2017

Absolutely loved this book!! It was full of lots of cool information that you might not know about Vancouver!

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