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1. World Heritage Sites in Canada:
2. A survey of indictable offences
3. Halifax-Dartmouth / Bedford -
4. Ethnic Enclaves in Canada: Roncesvalles,
5. Folded Map-Nova Scotia (Rand McNally
6. Halifax Haunts: Exploring the
7. Urban Structure : Halifax (Documents
9. CANADA: An entry from Gale's <i>Cities
10. The Island of Seven Cities: Where
11. The Church the converter of the
12. A sermon delivered in the Wesleyan
13. Growth centres in Atlantic Canada
14. Fiddling With Disaster: Clearing
15. Control and Order in French Colonial
16. Fall On Your Knees (Oprah's Book

1. World Heritage Sites in Canada: Quebec City, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Gros Morne National Park, Rideau Canal, Nahanni National Park Reserve
Paperback: 110 Pages (2010-09-15)
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Chapters: Quebec City, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Gros Morne National Park, Rideau Canal, Nahanni National Park Reserve, L'anse Aux Meadows, Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve and Haida Heritage Site, Dinosaur Provincial Park, Tatshenshini-alsek Provincial Park, Joggins, Nova Scotia, Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, Wood Buffalo National Park, Waterton Lakes National Park, Miguasha National Park, Kluane National Park and Reserve, Ninstints, Kluane / Wrangell - St. Elias / Glacier Bay / Tatshenshini-alsek, Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage Site, Lunenburg Opera House. Source: Wikipedia. Pages: 108. Not illustrated. Free updates online. Purchase includes a free trial membership in the publisher's book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Excerpt: Quebec City -Traditional representation of Samuel de ChamplainQuebec City is one of the oldest European settlements in North America. While many of the major cities in Mexico date from the sixteenth century, among cities in Canada and the U.S.A. only St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador; Port Royal, Nova Scotia; St. Augustine, Florida; Santa Fe, New Mexico; Jamestown, Virginia; and Tadoussac, Quebec were created earlier than Quebec City. However, Quebec City is the first to have been founded with the goal of permanent settlement, and not as a commercial outpost, and therefore is considered to be the first European-built city in non-Spanish North America. French explorer Jacques Cartier built a fort at the site in 1535, where he stayed for the winter before going back to France in spring 1536. He came back in 1541 with the goal of building a permanent settlement. This first settlement was abandoned less than one year after its foundation, in the summer 1542, due in large part to the hostility of the natives combined with the harsh living conditions during winter. Quebec Settlement, 1608Quebec was founded by Samuel de Champlain, a French explo...More: http://booksllc.net/?id=100727 ... Read more

2. A survey of indictable offences in Canada (and comparison with Nova Scotia and the city of Halifax)
by G. Irving Mitton
 Unknown Binding: Pages (1960)

Asin: B0007JXK8I
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3. Halifax-Dartmouth / Bedford - Cole Harbour - Fall River - Sackville / +surrounding towns +provincial road maps +Nova Scotia city area maps
by Craig (Ed.) / MapArt Publishing White
 Paperback: Pages (1997)

Asin: B0045V9D9O
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4. Ethnic Enclaves in Canada: Roncesvalles, Toronto, List of Named Ethnic Enclaves in North American Cities, Africville, Nova Scotia, Griffintown
Paperback: 116 Pages (2010-09-15)
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Chapters: Roncesvalles, Toronto, List of Named Ethnic Enclaves in North American Cities, Africville, Nova Scotia, Griffintown, Block Settlement, Edna-Star Colony, Robson Street, Trinity-Bellwoods, Little Portugal, Toronto, Gerrard Street, Corktown, Toronto, Japantown, Vancouver, Punjabi Market, Vancouver, Hungarian Settlements in North America, Koreatown, Toronto, Little Maghreb, Maillardville, Eglinton West, Little Portugal, Montreal, Finn Slough. Source: Wikipedia. Pages: 114. Not illustrated. Free updates online. Purchase includes a free trial membership in the publisher's book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Excerpt: Roncesvalles (pronounced ) is a neighbourhood in the city of Toronto, Ontario, Canada centred around Roncesvalles Avenue, a north-south street leading from the intersection of King and Queen Streets to the south, north to Dundas Street West, a distance of roughly 1.5 kilometres. It is located east of High Park, north of Lake Ontario, in the Parkdale-High Park provincial and federal ridings and the municipal Ward 14. An approximate boundary would be High Park to the west, Bloor and Dundas Streets to the north, Sorauren Avenue to the east, and Queen Street to the south. Originally known as 'Howard Park', most of this area was formerly within the boundaries of Parkdale and Brockton villages and was annexed into Toronto in the 1880s. Culturally, the area is known as the centre of the Polish community in Toronto, with prominent Polish institutions, businesses and St Casimir's Catholic Church located on Roncesvalles Avenue. The businesses along Roncesvalles have formed the Roncesvalles Village Business Improvement Area and hold an annual Polish Festival. The neighbourhood is predominantly residential, with a commercial strip the full length of Roncesvalles, composed predominately of small businesses, churches and institutions. To the west of Roncesvalles, the area is nearly...More: http://booksllc.net/?id=633818 ... Read more

5. Folded Map-Nova Scotia (Rand McNally City Maps)
 Map: Pages (2001-04)
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6. Halifax Haunts: Exploring the City's Spookiest Spaces
by Steve Vernon
Paperback: 176 Pages (2009-06-25)
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Presents the spooky history behind 33 of Halifax,Nova Scotia's scariest places. ... Read more

7. Urban Structure : Halifax (Documents in Planning in Canada)
by Beverly A. Sandalack, Andrei Nicolai
 Paperback: 71 Pages (1998-11-01)
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Isbn: 0929112423
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8. APPLETON'S NEW AND COMPLETE UNITED STATES GUIDE BOOK FOR TRAVELLERS: Embracing the Northern, Eastern, Southern, and Western States, Canada, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, etc. Illustrated with Forty-Five Engraved Maps. Including Plans of the Principal Cities
by W. Williams
 Hardcover: Pages (1850-01-01)

Asin: B001NO8BTY
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9. CANADA: An entry from Gale's <i>Cities of the World</i>
 Digital: 38 Pages (2002)
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This digital document is an article from Cities of the World, brought to you by Gale®, a part of Cengage Learning, a world leader in e-research and educational publishing for libraries, schools and businesses.The length of the article is 23722 words.The article is delivered in HTML format and is available in your Amazon.com Digital Locker immediately after purchase.You can view it with any web browser.A compilation of current information on cultural, geographic, and political conditions in 193 countries and their cities covering six continents, based on the Department of State's Post Reports. ... Read more

10. The Island of Seven Cities: Where the Chinese Settled When They Discovered America
by Paul Chiasson
Paperback: 384 Pages (2007-05-01)
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In 2003, Paul Chiasson climbed a mountain he never explored on the island where he grew up. Cape Breton, one of the oldest points of exploration in the Americas, is littered with remnants of old settlements. The road he found that day was unique. Consistently wide and formerly bordered with stone walls, the road had been a major undertaking. For the next two years, he surveyed the history of Europeans in North America, and came to a stunning conclusion: The ruins he came upon did not belong to the Portuguese, French, or English and pre-dated John Cabot's "discovery" of the island in 1497. With aerial and site photographs, maps, drawings and his expertise in the history of architecture, Chiasson pieces together clues to one of the world's great mysteries. The Island of Seven Cities reveals the existence of a large Chinese colony that thrived on Canadian shores well before the European Age of Discovery and unveils the first tangible proof that the Chinese were in the New World before Columbus.
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5-0 out of 5 stars The Chinese Island of Seven Cities
As a Yale-educated with a specialty in the history and theory of religious architecture, Paul Chiason traced his family history through Cape Breton Island in this book.
He did an impressive research in the history of European discovery in the collections of Portuguese, French, English and Scottish in many pages and chapters.His interest in the nation people known as Mi'Kmaq Nation led him to explore further on this tribe as they were able read and write to learn from technically advance civilization in navigation, cartography, medicine and fish cultivation.With his study of the settlement, structure ruin, the pattern of stones, path and stone wall, he concluded that it was a settlement of non-European but Chinese.
He talked about Nestorian Christians in China as early as the 7th Century.By the 15th Century, China had Christian bishop, large church and an open chancel to Rome (P.201).Actually, it was a reality during Genghis Khan's Dynasty.
He used the world "colony" (P.268) and book jacket.Colony is a territory under the immediate political control of a state.Settlement is a better term to describe as Chinese visitors did not populate, exploit, raid or kill like the European colonists.Paul oversimplified the Chinese Classics into the works of Confucius, Mencius and Lao Tzu, a legendary monk (?) (P.271).Lao Tzu was a keeper of royal library and left behind the philosophical text known as Tao Te Ching (not Chin, P.271) - The Classic of Power and Virtue as China enjoyed a blossom of "Contention of a Hundred of Thought in Warring States".
Paul concluded that in 15th Century, China was the only nation capable of a long ocean journey in large equipped ships (P.268).He accepted the Cape Dauphin ruins were China settlement (P.275).In subsequent pages, he compares and contrasts the dress, hats, headdress and knitting patterns between Mi'Kmaq and Chinese.The appeared remarkable similar.There are two terms of particular interest - Grand Chibou (P.128), in Chinese meaning Great Seven Treasures, a special title for Zhang He, and Membertou (P.148), Chinese meaning the chief of a hundred (centurion).
Paul presented his research in Library of Congress Conference, made a trip with Gavin Menzies to the site again.He shows us the ruins, the way and his finding linking to the Chinese before Columbus.It motivatesreaders to follow to find the truth.
1421: The Year China Discovered America (P.S.)The 1421 Heresy: An Investigation into The Ming Chinese Maritime Survey of the World1434: The Year a Chinese Fleet Sailed to Italy and Ignited the Renaissance;

3-0 out of 5 stars Fascinating

Plods along till page 180, then gets very exciting.The beginning chapters have WAY too much personal narrative and introspection.The book suffers from what I call, "The Blah-Blahs."Reading all that "what this quest means to me" stuff is plain old dull.


The final 140 pages overcame the poor start and proved un-put-down-able.I enjoyed it very much and have recommended it several times. Chiasson makes a cohesive, coherent, and compelling case.

4-0 out of 5 stars Remarkable Fun!!!
Fabled in Spanish lore, antiquity's seven cities of gold are reputed to have launched the conquistadores on their successful invasions of Mexico and Peru and their materially less successful excursions into the Southwestern (Coronado) and Southeastern (de Soto) United States. In fact, both Coronado and de Soto were reputed to have been in the Arkansas River valley, one on the upper end, the other on the Mississippi end, during the same summer. In other words, the search for these cities was intense, cost a fortune to finance and resulted in the earliest known European exploration of today's lower United States.

Columbus was aware of the cities and depicted them on the legend of his first map, prior to his embarking on his initial voyage. They had been long reported by many, all too many voyagers, for them not to be real, thus Spain's remarkable efforts to find them. Were they a focus of Columbus' first and subsequent voyages? No one is talking. But in all of the subsequent exploration of the New World by Russia, Spain, France, England, Portugal, and Holland, these cities, so frequently reported by Norse, Basque and Italian mariners, were never located. Like Atlantis, no one has ever found them.

This book is a remarkable bit of history and archaeological sleuthing performed by the author, Paul Chiasson, a Montreal architect, who discovers a long lost ruin on Cape Breton Island, the land of his birth. It is the story of those ruins, how the author researched his findings and told his story in a manner that leaves the reader absolutely intrigued. Yes, the author concludes Cape Breton hosted the seven cities and that the ruins, in seven separate locations on the coast, are the real deal of antiquity. But there is more: The Cities were the result of a Chinese gold rush!

Amazingly well done, excellently written and remarkably far reaching in its early civilization revisionist impact, one is left with the feeling that man has inhabited this planet in a technologically advanced way for a very long, long time. Of course, if you think the conclusion is simply poppycock,to bizarre to be given serious consideration, then you will just have spent some fun time reading about a forgotten place that exists whose explanation is still a mystery. Cape Breton Island and Oak Island are awfully close together. Both represent technology unavailable at the time when they were supposed to have been constructed. Hmmmm.......

Talk about thinking outside the box! This is a terrific read that will make you think. Excellent, Mr. Chiasson, just excellent.

4-0 out of 5 stars Convincing to me!
As far as I'm concerned I'm convinced that Paul has the right idea! While we westerners thought the world was flat the Chinese were exploring and expanding their world daily.Real archealogy and anthropological investigations will undoubtedly prove his ideas to be true.His historical research appears to be impecably done. I'm glad to see he's still around to see what his book has wrought!I'm definitely a fan.

4-0 out of 5 stars History's Discoveries
One of Architect Paul Chiasson's motivation to writing THE ISLAND OF SEVEN CITIES:WHERE THE CHINESE SETTLED WHEN THEY DISCOVERED AMERICA was his life changing experience of facing mortality.Chiasson discovered he was HIV-positive.Although the book is not an autobiography of his experience, there is semi-autobiographical information that he shares with his readers, which inspired him to write the book, revisiting his birthplace of Nova Scotia and rediscovering his ancestral history closely linked to French explorer Samuel de Champlain.But the compelling aspect of his discovery is that upon learning of his illness, he hiked to the mountaintop on Cape Breton Island where past generations of his family had lived, and by accident, he came across ruins that may have dated back to the Ming dynasty.And with this discovery he formulated a hypothesis claiming that the Chinese may have landed in North America before European explorers.

This books ties in with a previous book examining China's possible role and contribution to the exploration of the New World, 1421:THE YEAR CHINA DISCOVERED THE NEW WORLD by Gavin Menzies.Drawing from Menzies's discovery, Chiasson went on a two-year research expedition to finding more about the ruins and proving that they were settled by the Chinese.The Mi'kmaq, an indigenous people of the island, may have derived their culture from the Chinese, and in turn, helped French settlers to live and thrive on the island centuries later.But Chiasson's thought-provoking book is purely hypothesis, and extensive research by archaeologists and historians are still in order for his findings to be definite; if proven correct, this part of history adds another dimension to the understanding of world history.

ISLAND OF SEVEN CITIES is a fascinating read.Chiasson offers insight to the many facets of how the exploration and discovery of the North American continent and its various settlements included a global community of different countries from the West and possibly may have included the East.For several historians this is skeptical history, but for curious minds wanting to understand the discovery of the New World from different perspectives, this is an interesting book.
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11. The Church the converter of the heathen, 2 sermons
by Edward Bouverie Pusey
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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free.This is an OCR edition with typos.Excerpt from book:Psalm Ixxxvii. 3—5.Glorious things are spoken of thee, O City of God. I will make mention ofRahab and Babylon withthem that knov Me : behold Philistia and Tyre with Ethiopia ; this man was born there. And of Zion it shall be said, ' this and that man was born in her,'' and the Highest Himself shall establish her.Few probably, in these days, but are familiar with many, at least, of the glorious announcements of the Gospel in the Old Testament. We hear or read them currently repeated, whenever the attempt is made to call forth fresh interest in any of the various endeavours to convert the heathen; few breasts but have at some time glowed with them ; and in that glow of spirit, it is natural that people should not weigh very accurately the words which they hear or repeat; they take them by a sort of tradition, as they have been wont to hear them applied; they see that they relate to the extension of the Redeemer's kingdom; they know or think that Missionaries, and the circulation of the word of God, are means to this end; and the Word of God is to them His written word, as they have it printed in their Bibles, and Missionaries they know " i."e. amongst, as being amongst them, that know Me.to be " persons sent out;" and so it never occurs to them, but that persons sent out any how, or the Bible any how dispersed, are the means of which Scripture speaks; and so habituated are they to associate these means with the Prophetic promises, that they would not think of examining or doubting about it. The received notions are assumed as certain truths.This is very natural; for persons almost always understand Holy Scripture according to notions previously received, and were intended so to do, provided they be derived from the right source ; it is very natural, but it may be v... ... Read more

12. A sermon delivered in the Wesleyan Chapel, City Saint John, on the occasion of the death of Mrs. Elizabeth Bennett: Wife of the Rev. William Bennett, Wesleyan ... at Newport, Nova Scotia, February 12th, 1825
by Robert Alder
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13. Growth centres in Atlantic Canada
by Chris D Burke
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14. Fiddling With Disaster: Clearing the Past
by Ashley Macisaac, Frank Condron
Paperback: 224 Pages (2003-06-01)
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With dark humour and sometimes brutal honesty, Celticmusician Ashley MacIsaac tells of his rise from fiddle-playing prodigyin the village of Creignish, Cape Breton, to worldwide success withhis unique mixture of traditional and contemporary sounds.

By his late teens, MacIsaac was on tour and making big money. Hedescribes the highs (of various kinds) of playing to thousands offans; of performing with renowned artists like Paul Simon, PhilipGlass, and the Chieftains; and of hearing his Gaelic-language hit"Sleepy Maggie" blast from a radio in Los Angeles.

But he doesn't shy away from the downside of fame, such as money problems, unwanted media scrutiny and an addiction to crack cocaine.

The unusual twist in these familiar challenges of early stardom is MacIsaac's struggle with his sexuality and with public attitudes towards a gay performer.

The strongest undercurrent, however, is MacIsaac's abiding connection to his Celtic culture. His descriptions of his musical training and development reveal his commitment to his art and the depth of tradition in Cape Breton on which it is based. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Music Keeps You Alive
Is this a masterpiece of the autobiographer's art? No. But I don't really think that's what Ashley set out to do. Here's a guy who got to his mid-20's and decided it was time to take inventory. Problem was, a lot of people had already been taking inventory for him--the daily press, the sensationalist press. And, lord knows, he gave them plenty of fodder. But in order to turn around, as opposed to crash and burn, it was important that he take inventory himself and at length and that he have someone's ear--the reader's ear--to talk to about it. The book begins with a hundred pages of a general, chronological survey of his life. Then, for the next 170 pages, he chronicles his catastrophes, one by one, taking apart what was reported about him and what he was thinking and doing at the time. The story is intense, and too long by about 70 pages, but I'd certainly give a friend the consideration of hearing him out and I don't regret listening to Ashley. One important thing, though. I believe this sort of craziness is typical for all kids in their 20's. Stability and career usually set in in people's 30's (as it has with Ashley). It's just that his leaving-home, finding-yourself craziness was complemented with an enormous talent and a huge pile of money. And another thing. Music. Music has been the thing that has kept me alive. It assumed that position in my life in my early teens and has seen me through several major catastrophes that could have easily taken me out. But they didn't. And it's thanks to music. If I come away from this book with one, strong feeling, it's that the great, contemporary Cape Breton fiddler, Ashley MacIsaac, knows and believes that too. And he'll carry that with him through the rest of his long and creative life.

1-0 out of 5 stars For Me It Was Not A Good Read
It left me depressed. I dislike writers who use excessive profanity and seem to enjoy it.

4-0 out of 5 stars Fiddling With Prices
$18.95 is the Canadian list price, not the US price. Buy it in a book store, at a fair and correct price. Amazon.ca has made a mistake on the price of this (most enjoyable, and shocking!) book.

4-0 out of 5 stars Fiddling with Love
There is nothing disasterous about this novel.Ashley MacIsaac was raw, edgy and above all truthful when re-telling his life.A book that is the best autobiography I have ever read.
If you know who Ashley MacIsaac is, what is the first thing that comes to mind?Fiddler, gay, crack addict, and East Coast.Chances are you thought of all four.Mr. MacIsaac does not dispute any of these and at long last was able to have his say on his life.A poignant look at his life, his way.
His thoughts on fame by 18, being the first to break the East Coast music mold, MacLeans crashed and burned his 'high' by plastering across the country he was gay.He discusses in depth how this made him and how he dealt with it.
His book is very prolific and tells everything about him in a realstic yet controversial in some ways, too.He admits to disliking to do most shows he does but that he relished every show he did pre-fame with hi how are you today.
Many people will read this and probably still think he is a nutcase but I still beleive he is an incredible musician.No one can ever dispute that.He put East Coast Music on the map and made it 'cool' and he has fused the fiddle and rave music together . . . something no one has ever done before, and probably never will.The drugs made Ashley destitute but it was the music that lifted him above it, and put him back on track.
Want to know the real Ashley MacIsaac, the one outside the media?Read this book, it may just change your mind.

4-0 out of 5 stars Fiddling with his past
The book is an eye opening look at what goes wrong when a Scottish boy from the Eastern most edges of Canada take his fiddle out of the small world he grew up in, and into the big universe that surrounds Cape Breton. The battle for Ashley MacIsaac's soul began when he was young, when everyone discovered what a genius he was. Yes, he could've been called a child prodigy. From the time he was a champion dancer to his unwavering talent at the fiddle, Mr. MacIsaac was destined, I think, to end up where he did. Some was his fault, which he readily admits, but I think the entertainment industry itself will suck anyone who has a talent dry. Obviously, he should've never gone to New York at the age of 17 all by himself. It was that miscalculation from all parties involved that lead him down the road of self-destruction.
MacIsaac has a brilliant talent, and the world fell in love with it. But the people who were listening to his music, who went to his shows, expected one thing, while in reality, he was giving them something completely different. Tradition is a dangerous word sometimes, and because he played traditional type Celtic music, everyone presumed MacIsaac was just like his music. But if his history could be used as a barometer, he was nothing but unpredictable. I commend him for being open about his sexuality, but he discovered the hard way that being to open could cost you. While I want to believe the world is ready to except their gay children, the entertainment industry just doesn't know what to do with them. While Melissa Etheridge and k.d. lang have a large fan base that buy's their CD's, most of their live shows have more lesbians than straight in the audience.MacIsaac wanted to be known as a fiddler player who happened to be gay, and not gay fiddler, Ashley MacIsaac. But with a combination of drugs, guilt, ego and raw talent, he became something that was far removed from reality. He certainly deserves more credit than he gets, but once you become a pariah of the press, no matter what you do, you're doomed to be reminded of all your past digressions. Fiddling offers nothing new in one sense -another biography about a superstar undone by fast life of drugs and more drugs - but it also shows clearly why sometimes becoming a music superstar is very dangerous career. MacIsaac admits that his drug addiction sprung mostly from boredom, with the endless touring, and with too much downtime. One can learn from his experience. If you want to be a music star, make lots of money, find something to occupy your time between gigs. Drugs, like pot, may help expand your "reality" but drugs like cocaine and crack lead nowhere but to a boulevard of broken dreams. And bankruptcy.I love his music, I enjoyed the book. I hope and pray that Ashley has finally put his demons behind him. He nearly lost his soul, but he found the courage in himself to change his destiny. He did it on his own terms -just like everything else - and discovered that once in a while, you can go to hell, and still survive. ... Read more

15. Control and Order in French Colonial Louisbourg, 1713-1758
by A. J. B. Johnston
Hardcover: 490 Pages (2001-04)
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Control and Order: French Colonial Louisbourg, 1713-1758 is the culmination of nearly a quarter century of research and writing on 18th-century Louisbourg by A. J. B. Johnston.The author uses a multitude of primary archival sources-official correspondence, court records, parish registries, military records, and hundreds of maps and plans-to put together a detailed analysis of a distinctive colonial society.Located on Cape Breton Island (then known as Île Royale), the seaport and stronghold of Louisbourg emerged as one of the most populous and important settlements in all of New France.Its economy was based on fishing and trade, and the society that developed there had little or nothing to do with the fur trade, or the seigneurial regime that characterized the Canadian interior.Johnston traces the evolution of a broad range of controlling measures that were introduced and adapted to achieve an ordered civil and military society at Louisbourg.Town planning, public celebrations, diversity in the population, use of punishments, excessive alcohol consumption, the criminal justice system, and sexual abuse are some of the windows that reveal attempts to control and regulate society.A. J. B. Johnston's Control and Order in French Colonial Louisbourg offers both a broad overview of the colony's evolution across its half-century of existence, and insightful analyses of the ways in which control was integrated into the mechanisms of everyday life. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Was a requested gift, they are pleased with it.
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16. Fall On Your Knees (Oprah's Book Club)
by Ann-Marie MacDonald
Paperback: 512 Pages (2002-01)
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The Piper family is steeped in secrets, lies, and unspoken truths. At the eye of the storm is one secret that threatens to shake their lives -- even destroy them.

Set on stormy Cape Breton Island off Nova Scotia, Fall on Your Knees is an internationally acclaimed multigenerational saga that chronicles the lives of four unforgettable sisters. Theirs is a world filled with driving ambition, inescapable family bonds, and forbidden love.

Compellingly written, by turns menacingly dark and hilariously funny, this is an epic tale of five generations of sin, guilt, and redemption.Amazon.com Review
A sprawling saga about five generations of a family from Cape Breton,Nova Scotia, Fall on Your Knees is the impressive first fictionfrom Canadian playwright and actor Ann-Marie MacDonald. This epic taleof family history, family secrets, and music centers on four sistersand their relationships with each other and with their father.Set inthe coal-mining communities of Nova Scotia in the early part of thiscentury, the story also shifts to the battlefields of World War I andthe jazz scene of New York City in the 1920s. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down
I'm not going to reiterate the whole story- it's way too complex.All I'm going to say is read it!It was a crazy ride from page 1 about an eccentric family- each member stranger and more lovable than the next.I loved it!

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
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2-0 out of 5 stars There's a diamond in the muck...somewhere
This book is depressing and disturbing. This doesn't make me dislike a book and isn't why I gave it 2.5 stars. I gave it a low grade because it is very frustrating to read. It could have been so much better and the material is all right there. There are great characters and a fantastic story in this book, but it is interspersed amongst 500 pages of overwriting, which you have to wade through to find. Thing is, the story of Materia, James and Kathleen is so good, that I kept reading to find out what happened, yet in the end I'm actually mad I spent all that time.

There aren't really any secrets, though several red herrings, you know the train wreck is up ahead, but you want to see it so you keep reading. This book is trying too hard to be an epic novel by adding so many story lines and POVs, no matter how minor. Even the frigging cat gets a view point. It should have been a 300 page novel told chronologically in third-person past-tense from Materia, James or Kathleen's POV. That would have made a much better book. I thought the book took a nose-dive into boring as soon as Materia and Kathleen are removed at about p. 170 and doesn't get interesting again until Frances grows up and hits the speakeasy.

And apparently to be epic and taken seriously, you have to be depressing. Each situation wrings out the most possible bad things that can happen. The law of averages would say someone would get a break, but even the cat dies a miserable death. And the melodrama goes too far: Kathleen is forced to leave exactly the day before the big audition to just add that much more tragedy to the horrific event. It's just one thing after another throughout this book. Again, tragedy doesn't make something bad, but there's no contrast, no respite from the sadness in this book.

Style-wise it drove me nuts. The author has some lovely prose, but much too much description and exposition scenes. She writes in present tense and in past tense, which is confusing. I thought she was using back story in past and current story in present until I found instances of it switching in the same sentence, which makes me think this is just sloppy. The story bounces all over the timeline and can get confusing to figure out where you are in the story depending on whose POV it is now. Some characters recall the same incident twice and see it differently the second time (e.g. Mercedes's POV of the rocking chair), so you're not sure of the truth. There is also some brilliant writing in this book. It does include one of the most chilling rape sequences I've ever read using an economy of words and an effective rhythm. But overall it was a difficult read and, sorry Oprah, I can't recommend it. I wish I could. I also wish I had some of the hours I spent reading this back. 2.5 stars, if there were half stars.

4-0 out of 5 stars An old fashioned epic novel
This book sat on my shelf for years; the story looked interesting, but epic novels are not generally my cup of tea.I was laying in bed ill, and decided that if I was going to dive into this book, this was the time.I am so glad I did.These characters frame a fascinating and historically edifying (at least for me) tale.I have gotten so used to reading novels where the story serves to illuminate a character study that I had forgotten how brilliant a tale can be where the characters exist to serve the story.The main characters are not particularly likeable, they do things that are inexplicable, they are all at one time or another cruel and nearly everything they do which has an actual purpose(especially those things done in the name of God) is ultimately self-serving.And that gives the reader the opportunity to swim around in the story itself and to see things through his/her own eyes rather than those of the favorite characters.A recommended read.Not perfect to be sure, some characters are ciphers (Lily) many unnecessary, adding only clutter to the story (Camille and Teresa), and the story runs off the rails on occassion, but overall more than worth your time.

1-0 out of 5 stars I only made it up to page 200 and then gave up.
Boring, depressing saga of a family in Nova Scotia in the early 1900s.It starts off OK and the book moves pretty quickly.A couple meet, fall in love, marry and move there.Then the woman starts giving birth to all daughters--and the book falls apart.All the daughters are obnoxious, self-centered and you couldn't care less about them at all.Then important events happen (two deaths) and the author lets you know about them--and then goes back to write about what led to them!It's not interesting--just bewildering.Then it settles down to three obnoxious daughters being bought up by their father.That's when I gave up on the book.It got dull, dreary and totally unimportant.Women who have sisters might like this but I find it boring and superficial. ... Read more

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