Book details

Publication date: April 2019
Series: Wayfarer
Keywords: Natural Disasters / Community / Memoir
Subject(s): BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Fire & Emergency Services, Natural Disasters / Community / Memoir, BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs, NATURE / Natural Disasters, Natural Disasters / Community / Memoir, Natural disasters, Memoirs, Biography: general, Biography
Publisher(s): The University of Alberta Press

Therese Greenwood. Therese Greenwood has worked as a writer, reporter, editor, broadcaster, and communications executive. Her short fiction has appeared across North America. She lives in Fort McMurray, Alberta.

"My eyes filled with tears more than once while reading this book. So terrifying and so tender, it looks clearly and deeply into how we can survive loss and how our treasured objects can be the priceless vessels that carry the stories of both our past and our future."

Diane Schoemperlen, author of This Is Not My Life: A Memoir of Love, Prison, and Other Complications


"Therese Greenwood’s gripping account of the Fort McMurray wildfire evacuation, the largest and most devastating in Canadian history, is told in the deceptively relaxed manner that often masks true tragedy. You'll read this book with a mounting sense of panic. You'll look around your own house, imagining flames licking at your doors. You have two minutes: what would you save?"

Wayne Grady, author of Up From Freedom


"In What You Take With You, Therese Greenwood tells a very personal story of the Fort McMurray Wildfire. By considering the things that she lost in the blaze and the things that were saved, Greenwood takes the reader with her through her own evacuation, the road to safety, the grief that she experienced on losing her home, and the steps to her recovery. It is a beautiful book, sharply observed in the accounting of a disaster that affected the nation, gripping in the particulars of her own journey, and expansive in the questions it poses for us all: How is memory tied to the things we've collected, and what does it mean to make a home?"

Miranda Hill, author of Sleeping Funny

ISBNs: 9781772124491 978-1-77212-449-1 Title: what you take with you ISBNs: 9781772124699 978-1-77212-469-9 Title: what you take with you ISBNs: 9781772124705 978-1-77212-470-5 Title: what you take with you ISBNs: 9781772124712 978-1-77212-471-2 Title: what you take with you