Paperback / softback
April 2, 2019
9.00 Inches (US)
6.00 Inches (US)
.54 Pounds (US)
$24.99 USD, £19.99 GBP
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What You Take with You

Wildfire, Family and the Road Home

Four years after Therese Greenwood and her husband moved to Fort McMurray, Alberta, their new community was shattered by one of the worst wildfires in Canadian history. As the flames approached, they had only minutes to pack, narrowly escaping a fire that would rage for weeks, burn more than 85,000 hectares and force 80,000 people to flee.

About the Author

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.


# 1 on Edmonton Non-Fiction Bestsellers list, April 3, 2019

"One of the greatest treasures in life may be to understand both where we have come from and who we have come to be. It seems that Therese's reflections gave her some of those insights. Perhaps reading and reflecting with her might do the same for us."


"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."

"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?"

"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?"

9781772124491 : what-you-take-with-you-greenwood
Paperback / softback
160 Pages
$24.99 USD

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