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The Co-op Revolution - Reviews

And the Reviewers say: “I could hardly put it down! Not often one says that about a non-fiction story, but I was drawn in to your co-op world. I didn’t feel like a reader, I felt like I was a part of the group – you wrote to me, with me, not at me.” -Vera Enshaw “It was a pleasure to read about so many people I knew, people I’d heard of but never met, and the fascinating project that CRS was. CRS was an incredibly formative part of my life.  For the first time ever I felt like I got to have my ideals be a part of my daily working life….I’m glad I left before the end – it would have been heartbreaking. And while we may not have changed the world, I think we changed and improved a lot of people, me included. – Michael Brinsmead “Enjoyed reading it. Thanks for preserving it all.” –Dana Weber, founding member, CRS Workers’ Co-op “I just finished reading your book, Jan, and enjoyed it very much. You have done a terrific job of a fascinating, messy time in our lives. As you say, “Indisputably the experience of developing a workers’ co-op spawned successful careers for many of its members. Our experiences had produced a profound and lasting effect on our lives. I would say, “…had a profound effect on many lives”. You show that in your quotes from people regarding changed workplaces. Those principles and details that we argued and agonized over actually led to the changes we see in enlightened businesses today. All taken for granted of course, but some of us remember an earlier time. Thank you for making the effort to recapture that.” -Alex Berland, Kootenay Co-op “Great job -- I really enjoyed it. You have done a strong combination of history and analysis. It is great to have both the thoughtful record and the even more thoughtful insights.” – Will Mitchell “Jan DeGrass, now the editor of Sechelt’s Coast Life magazine, worked at the centre of B.C.’s “new wave” food co-op movement from 1975 to 1980. DeGrass’s memoir, The Co-op Revolution, recounts what it was like to start and build innovative food businesses on a shoestring during those times.” David R. Conn, Ormsby Review “The book, including many photographs from the time, is as much a touching memoir as it is an informative historical text, and is well-told in the graceful style that DeGrass’s readers enjoyed during her 17 years as arts and entertainment writer for Coast Reporter. –Rik Jespersen, Coast Reporter “This wasn’t an easy story to tell and I applaud Jan DeGrass for having the courage to tell it.” – BC Bookworld “DeGrass sketches in the history of co-ops in Canada and around the world and provides a charming memory piece about an important moment in Vancouver history. Buy this book… enjoy it and, in the best spirit of co- operative ventures, pass it along to the foodies and political activists in your circle. Bon appetit!” Tom Sandborn, Vancouver Sun
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The Co-op Revolution - Reviews

And the Reviewers say: “I could hardly put it down! Not often one says that about a non-fiction story, but I was drawn in to your co-op world. I didn’t feel like a reader, I felt like I was a part of the group – you wrote to me, with me, not at me.” -Vera Enshaw “It was a pleasure to read about so many people I knew, people I’d heard of but never met, and the fascinating project that CRS was. CRS was an incredibly formative part of my life.  For the first time ever I felt like I got to have my ideals be a part of my daily working life….I’m glad I left before the end – it would have been heartbreaking. And while we may not have changed the world, I think we changed and improved a lot of people, me included. – Michael Brinsmead “Enjoyed reading it. Thanks for preserving it all.” –Dana Weber, founding member, CRS Workers’ Co-op “I just finished reading your book, Jan, and enjoyed it very much. You have done a terrific job of a fascinating, messy time in our lives. As you say, “Indisputably the experience of developing a workers’ co-op spawned successful careers for many of its members. Our experiences had produced a profound and lasting effect on our lives. I would say, “…had a profound effect on many lives”. You show that in your quotes from people regarding changed workplaces. Those principles and details that we argued and agonized over actually led to the changes we see in enlightened businesses today. All taken for granted of course, but some of us remember an earlier time. Thank you for making the effort to recapture that.” -Alex Berland, Kootenay Co-op “Great job -- I really enjoyed it. You have done a strong combination of history and analysis. It is great to have both the thoughtful record and the even more thoughtful insights.” – Will Mitchell “Jan DeGrass, now the editor of Sechelt’s Coast Life magazine, worked at the centre of B.C.’s “new wave” food co-op movement from 1975 to 1980. DeGrass’s memoir, The Co-op Revolution, recounts what it was like to start and build innovative food businesses on a shoestring during those times.” David R. Conn, Ormsby Review “The book, including many photographs from the time, is as much a touching memoir as it is an informative historical text, and is well- told in the graceful style that DeGrass’s readers enjoyed during her 17 years as arts and entertainment writer for Coast Reporter. –Rik Jespersen, Coast Reporter “This wasn’t an easy story to tell and I applaud Jan DeGrass for having the courage to tell it.” – BC Bookworld “DeGrass sketches in the history of co-ops in Canada and around the world and provides a charming memory piece about an important moment in Vancouver history. Buy this book… enjoy it and, in the best spirit of co-operative ventures, pass it along to the foodies and political activists in your circle. Bon appetit!” Tom Sandborn, Vancouver Sun
The Co-op Revolution  - Written by Jan DeGrass Price: $24.95 + $5 (shipping) ISBN: 978-1-926763-24-8 Order now - click here
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