Raincoast Books – This is That!

Have you heard of CBC’s This is That? It’s a satirical program hosted by Pat Kelly & Peter Oldring. This is some “about” info directly off their webpage: “This Is That is a current affairs program that doesn’t just talk about the issues, it fabricates them. Nothing is off limits–politics, business, culture, justice, science, religion–if it is relevant to Canadians, we’ll find out the “This” and the “That” of the story. Each week, hosts Pat Kelly and Peter Oldring introduce you to the voices and stories that give this country character in this 100% improvised, satirical send-up of public radio.” Now, while I don’t frequently listen to their program (I tend to not listen to anything at all, I like silence.), I *do* frequently find amusement in seeing clips about their show flying around Facebook with oh-so-many horrified readers exclaiming about it! It’s just so comical, when you know it’s satire and it’s made up, to see so many people sucked into believing it’s 100% true.

So now, I wonder how many will pick up “This is That – Travel Guide to Canada” and expect to actually have a proper guide to travel in Canada? Hmmmmm. Do you think the cover might tip them off? It has a map of Canada on it and the provinces have been renamed – Brexit Columbia, A La Berta, Sasker, Mans Tuba, Home of Toronto, etc. Or if you read the back of the book and the review by Kevin Nealon saying “I had no idea you could travel to Canada! This book was very enlightening. Thanks, This is That.” That might be another clue. Or perhaps in the description on the back, “Keep in mind that the city of Brandon, Manitoba, is closed for annual maintenance between July 12 and August 19.”

Needless to say, this little guide book is a comical “guide” to Canada. Whether they’re reminding you about the scenic trip between Calgary and Edmonton as “the best part of this breathtaking three-hour trip is that drivers only have to turn the steering wheel slightly, once” or whether you’re being informed that the “nine-dollar coin is a “hoonie-noonie,”“ there’s plenty to amuse! Interested in visiting the five-star hotel for horses, the “Royal Horse Hotel” in Alberta? It looks suspiciously like the Prince of Wales Hotel at Waterton Lake. But hey, take your horse and see what happens!

There are also plenty of tips included in this book. Some are along the line of “You’ll discover a lot more if you get lost on purpose. You’ll probably get lost by accident too, but if anyone asks, you got lost on purpose.” Ironically enough, I’ve actually followed half of this advice! Haha! When I visited Europe years ago, I wasn’t much interested in all the tourist traps because I’m more inclined to see what the “real” place is like, the place where the locals go! So I’d go and “get lost” in the cities, wandering around and finding the little shops that were off the beaten track, enjoying the views unimpeded by hoards of tourists!

If you’re interested in a comical little coffee table book, one that will amuse guests and bring chuckles due to the absurdity of some of the information included, this book is for you! I can guarantee you’ll learn *a lot* about Canada. Just don’t go fact-checking it and, please, don’t try to impress your friends with all your newly-acquired knowledge. I fear that may backfire!

Raincoast Books has a whole host of books! No matter that type of books you enjoy reading, they’ll have them. Thanks again for introducing me to another book that I might not have picked up, had I been at the bookstore. I sure do enjoy satire though, especially when so many people take it seriously! Ha!

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  1. oh this sounds like a book for hubby! Thanks for sharing, definitely glad to know about this one!

  2. Looks like a fun book that would stimulate lots of conversation!

  3. I’ve heard This is That on the radio! Very fun that they have a book now, too.

  4. This would be a great discovery book to read with the kids. So many places in our great land.

  5. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    I loved the quote ‘the scenic trip between Calgary and Edmonton as “the best part of this breathtaking three-hour trip is that drivers only have to turn the steering wheel slightly, once.” ‘ Seeing as this is a trip that I do every couple of months I must say that there is some truth to this LOL 🙂

  6. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    Love the new names for the provinces. I think a lot of people will think it’s a real guide to travelling in Canada. A lot will just see a map of Canada and not read the names of the provinces, some may not even realise that they aren’t correct.

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  10. Looks like fun book to read, the is so hard that this reading would be very helpful!

  11. kathy downey says:

    Thanks for the review,sure looks like a fun read

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