Quick, what's the capitol of New Brunswick? What's a chinook? What's the attitude of someone who's chippy? And which way to the nearest Tim Horton's?
If you don't know the answer to the first question, but can answer the others faster than you can down a cruller, congratulations, you're a true, dyed in the toque Canadian. And boy, have we got a book for you!
If you know that the capitol of New Brunswick is Moncton, but couldn't find a Timmy's with a road map and a carload of hungry hosers, then you might be one of those Canadian impostors. You know, the ones who over-pronounce "eh," wave the flag upside down, and spell colour without the "u". If this is you, then perhaps you need a refresher course on how to be a Canadian. If only there were a book, called How To Be A Canadian (Even If You Already Are One), by a couple of Canuck comics like brothers Will and Ian Ferguson.
A similar thought seemed to have occurred to Margaret Atwood, if Will Ferguson is to be believed. He claims Atwood proposed the writing of this book, based upon her impressions of his earlier work, Why I Hate Canadians. She suggested he write a book for newcomers to Canada, with lessons on how to be accepted into Canadian culture.
The child of that brainstorm is a witty, sometimes laugh out loud funny book about what it means to be Canadian. There are lessons on learning the national anthem (don't, but make sure you know the tune for Hockey Night in Canada,) and how to properly insult Canadians in their different regions (for example, to insult a Torontonian, accuse them of not being from a world class city. Anywhere else in Canada, insult someone by calling them a Torontonian.) There are pages devoted to the mullet (AKA hockey hair,) the driving styles of different cities, and of course, much space given to the Canadian "eh."
But is this required reading for a Canadian, or someone who's already had the pleasure of sticking their tongue to something metal in the winter? It is, if you enjoy a comedic, yet insightful view of Canadian culture. If you enjoy a gentle tweaking of our lifestyle and image, then don't wait for this book to hit the $1.99 bucket at the back of the book store. Buy it now. Just don't borrow it from the library. Because of Ian Ferguson's history of not returning books, this one's already been red-flagged.
(By the way, if you're upset right now because you know the capitol of New Brunswick is actually Fredericton, then you either cheated and looked it up, or you're trying too hard. Either way, Canadian or not, you're a hoser.)