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To those who hail from this island in Nova Scotia, Cape Breton Island is indeed “the home of our hearts”. Discover the wonder that is our island though personal stories, history, ficton, and more! A mix of fiction and non-fiction, children's and adult works

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In the early morning hours of November 11, David MacDonald, a veteran of WWII, stands outside his Cape Breton home, preparing to attend what will likely be his last Remembrance Day ceremony. He remembers how the war devastated his own family, but gave him other reasons to live. A moving story of three generations of men whose lives are forever altered by the long shadow of war. Book Club Books, Books To Read, My Books, Great Short Stories, Singles Sites, Remembrance Day, Penguin Random House, Fiction Writing, Human Nature

Remembrance

In the early morning hours of November 11, David MacDonald, a veteran of WWII, stands outside his Cape Breton home, preparing to attend what will likely be his last Remembrance Day ceremony. He remembers how the war devastated his own family, but gave him other reasons to live. A moving story of three generations of men whose lives are forever altered by the long shadow of war.

A Touch of Elegance is a lavish collection of heart-warming, witty, sometimes mystical tales of love and loss, betrayal and redemption…and other angst-ridden issues of the human condition. The author has cleverly linked each of her stories with lyric, narrative and dramatic works of poetry that complement the themes of her short fiction, and offer to readers an ever-present background murmur of life by the sea. Cape Breton, Human Condition, Betrayal, Nonfiction, New Books, Poetry, Author, Touch, Sea

Availability: A touch of elegance / Charlotte Musial.

A Touch of Elegance is a lavish collection of heart-warming, witty, sometimes mystical tales of love and loss, betrayal and redemption…and other angst-ridden issues of the human condition. The author has cleverly linked each of her stories with lyric, narrative and dramatic works of poetry that complement the themes of her short fiction, and offer to readers an ever-present background murmur of life by the sea.

Robert MacKinnon is an ex-RCMP officer, an armchair historian, and a world-renowned maritime salver and treasure hunter. Blood and & Salt captivates readers with more of his tales of shipwrecks, buried treasure, unscrupulous privateers and lost villages. But that’s not all. It also explores Robert’s own intriguing Highland Scots heritage as a member of Clan MacKinnon. This eclectic collection of stories shares with readers many other aspects of his professional and personal experience. Lost Village, Buried Treasure, Cape Breton, What Book, Magazine Articles, Fiction Writing, Shipwreck, Nova Scotia, Historian

Blood and Salt

Robert MacKinnon is an ex-RCMP officer, an armchair historian, and a world-renowned maritime salver and treasure hunter. Blood and & Salt captivates readers with more of his tales of shipwrecks, buried treasure, unscrupulous privateers and lost villages. But that’s not all. It also explores Robert’s own intriguing Highland Scots heritage as a member of Clan MacKinnon. This eclectic collection of stories shares with readers many other aspects of his professional and personal experience.

In early twentieth-century Cape Breton, coal mines stretched far out under the ocean. The workers, mostly men, but also children and ponies, spent all day in the dark, damp mines. Each day the workers descended into the mines, they risked never seeing sunlight or their families again. They were miserable and fearful, working in dangerous conditions where fatal accidents were common. So the brave miners took matters into their own hands, and stood up to the companies treating them this way. Under The Ocean, Cape Breton, Coal Mining, Fiction Writing, Nova Scotia, Ponies, Nonfiction, Sunlight, The Twenties

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In early twentieth-century Cape Breton, coal mines stretched far out under the ocean. The workers, mostly men, but also children and ponies, spent all day in the dark, damp mines. Each day the workers descended into the mines, they risked never seeing sunlight or their families again. They were miserable and fearful, working in dangerous conditions where fatal accidents were common. So the brave miners took matters into their own hands, and stood up to the companies treating them this way.

Closing Sysco is a history of deindustrialization and working-class resistance in the Cape Breton steel industry between 1945 and 2001. The Sydney Steel Works is at the heart of this study - having existed in tandem with Cape Breton's larger coal operations since the early twentieth century. The book moves beyond the moment of closure to trace the cultural, historical, and political ramifications of deindustrialization as they continue to play out in post-industrial Cape Breton Island.

Availability: Closing Sysco : industrial decline in Atlantic Canada's steel city / Lachlan MacKinnon.

Closing Sysco is a history of deindustrialization and working-class resistance in the Cape Breton steel industry between 1945 and 2001. The Sydney Steel Works is at the heart of this study - having existed in tandem with Cape Breton's larger coal operations since the early twentieth century. The book moves beyond the moment of closure to trace the cultural, historical, and political ramifications of deindustrialization as they continue to play out in post-industrial Cape Breton Island.

"In 1969, I met my mother. I was eight years old." In this gripping memoir, Randall James tears open his life story, taking the reader on journey through his childhood, teen and adult life. Despite years of neglect, poverty, and violence, Randall graduates from high school. But his shaky foundation soon leads to drastic consequences. At times both hilarious and harrowing, this candid account of one man's struggle, growth, and transformation points to the meaning beneath the hardships of… Cape Breton, Fiction Writing, Book Title, Orphan, Memoirs, Reading Online, Nonfiction, Audio Books, New Books

Availability: Cape Breton orphan : a memoir / Randall James.

"In 1969, I met my mother. I was eight years old." In this gripping memoir, Randall James tears open his life story, taking the reader on journey through his childhood, teen and adult life. Despite years of neglect, poverty, and violence, Randall graduates from high school. But his shaky foundation soon leads to drastic consequences. At times both hilarious and harrowing, this candid account of one man's struggle, growth, and transformation points to the meaning beneath the hardships of…

When Mim Fitz returns to the isolated cottage on Cape Breton Island she shared with her late partner, she is uneasily alone and troubled by a nagging sense of something amiss that she can't quite pinpoint. Despite happy reunions with old friends and the prospect of houseguests arriving soon, she is troubled. There are signs that someone may have been in her cottage. Fleeting images of the shadowy person Cape Bretoners have dubbed the "Black Specter" ramp up her disquiet. New Books, Books To Read, Cape Breton, What Book, Magazine Articles, Mystery Thriller, Fiction Writing, Condolences, Book Lists

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When Mim Fitz returns to the isolated cottage on Cape Breton Island she shared with her late partner, she is uneasily alone and troubled by a nagging sense of something amiss that she can't quite pinpoint. Despite happy reunions with old friends and the prospect of houseguests arriving soon, she is troubled. There are signs that someone may have been in her cottage. Fleeting images of the shadowy person Cape Bretoners have dubbed the "Black Specter" ramp up her disquiet.

Willow Alexander was jilted at the altar by her high school sweetheart, Graham Currie. Now, 15 years later, Willow finds out that Graham is returning to town after years of working in New York. Meanwhile, Willow's friend and her husband are found dead and Willow was the last person to see the couple the night they died. Fearing both Graham's return and her own imminent arrest, Willow holes up in her family home, reflecting on her past and bracing for her uncertain future. New Books, Books To Read, Forty Birthday, 40th Birthday, Horse Galloping, Six Month, Dancing In The Dark, Leave Behind, New Wife

Availability: The girl he left behind : a novel / Beatrice MacNeil.

Willow Alexander was jilted at the altar by her high school sweetheart, Graham Currie. Now, 15 years later, Willow finds out that Graham is returning to town after years of working in New York. Meanwhile, Willow's friend and her husband are found dead and Willow was the last person to see the couple the night they died. Fearing both Graham's return and her own imminent arrest, Willow holes up in her family home, reflecting on her past and bracing for her uncertain future.

In June 2013, three men of a small Cape Breton town cold-bloodedly murdered their neighbour, Phillip Boudreau, at sea. Boudreau was a Cape Breton original--an inventive small-time criminal who had terrorized and entertained Petit de Grat for decades. He seemed invincible, a miscreant who would plague the village forever. Cameron, a resident of the area since 1971, argues that the killing was a direct reaction to credible and dire threats that the authorities were powerless to neutralize. Dave Robicheaux, James Lee Burke, Order Of Canada, Moral Dilemma, Cape Breton, Mystery Series, Rise Above, Magazine Articles, Revenge

Availability: Blood in the water : a true story of revenge in the Maritimes / Silver Donald Cameron.

In June 2013, three men of a small Cape Breton town cold-bloodedly murdered their neighbour, Phillip Boudreau, at sea. Boudreau was a Cape Breton original--an inventive small-time criminal who had terrorized and entertained Petit de Grat for decades. He seemed invincible, a miscreant who would plague the village forever. Cameron, a resident of the area since 1971, argues that the killing was a direct reaction to credible and dire threats that the authorities were powerless to neutralize.

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Availability: Sea gift / by John Ashby.

Lauchie convinces his mother to let him fish lobster for the summer with a close family friend. One day out on the lobster boat, Lauchie pulls up a trap that holds a very old, carefully sealed container--a gift from the sea. In the crock he finds an antique pistol, a letter dated 1608 from a Scots doctor whose ship sank in a storm, and a map describing where to find gold and silver coins salvaged from the ship. What ensues is a dangerous quest into a hidden cave tucked into a coastal cliff.

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Camilla's looking forward to seeing the tail end of her annoying office assistant, Alvin, who is finally quitting. Then the news comes from the East Coast. Alvin's younger brother Jimmy has vanished from the midst of a Canada Day crowd in Sydney, NS. Is he dead? Has he been abducted? Sleuthing irritably about Sydney on Alvin's behalf, Camilla manages to make the usual quota of people froth at the mouth. She doesn't spare the parish priest or even the guy at the chip stand...

This remarkable novel opens in Nova Scotia, where two sisters witness the suicide of their mother. Their father, sick with grief, blindfolds the children to shield them from the misery of the world. Left that way for years, they are each scarred in their own way: Mara is rendered fully blind, and Aileen partly so. When a neighbour discovers their condition, they are immediately separated for treatment, and it isn't until decades later that Aileen decides to seek out her lost sister. I Love Books, Good Books, Books To Read, My Books, Bird Book, That Way, Nonfiction, Book Lovers, Book Worms

Availability: In the land of birdfishes / Rebecca Silver Slayter.

This remarkable novel opens in Nova Scotia, where two sisters witness the suicide of their mother. Their father, sick with grief, blindfolds the children to shield them from the misery of the world. Left that way for years, they are each scarred in their own way: Mara is rendered fully blind, and Aileen partly so. When a neighbour discovers their condition, they are immediately separated for treatment, and it isn't until decades later that Aileen decides to seek out her lost sister.

Availability: That bloody Cape Breton coal : stories of mining disasters in everyday life / Rennie MacKenzie ; with photographs by Rennie Mackenzie, Warren Gordon, Leslie Shedden, and families and friends of the miners. New Books, Books To Read, Cape Breton, What Book, Magazine Articles, Book Lists, Nonfiction, Families, Infographic

Availability: That bloody Cape Breton coal : stories of mining disasters in everyday life / Rennie MacKenzie ; with photographs by Rennie Mackenzie, Warren Gordon, Leslie Shedden, and families and friends of the miners.

That bloody Cape Breton coal : stories of mining disasters in everyday life / Rennie MacKenzie ; with photographs by Rennie Mackenzie, Warren Gordon, Leslie Shedden, and families and friends of the miners.

Read "Undercurrents: A Cape Breton Anthology of Speculative Fiction" by Sherry D. Ramsey available from Rakuten Kobo. The fourteen stories in Undercurrents ply the literary oceans of time and space, possibility and imagination. Inside are. Book 1, This Book, Heather Love, Short Novels, Comics Story, Cape Breton, Fiction Writing, Got Books, What To Read

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The fourteen stories in Undercurrents ply the literary oceans of time and space, possibility and imagination. And while you may find familiar themes in these pages-love, change, greed, spirituality-you will discover that they take on a new perspective when viewed through the lens of the speculative. Inside are stories that ripple and swell with the unusual: fiddle-playing ghosts, malevolent cats, urbane vampires, and ordinary folks who have drifted into the realms of the extraordinary.

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Availability: The King of Kindergarten / Derrick Barnes ; illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton.

Happily unattached Sandy Campbell is assigned a short term land surveying contract in Ingonish, Cape Breton, after working for 10 years in remote areas of Canada’s far North. He sees himself able to pursue what life back in civilization will provide. Soon-to-be-married Laura Parker has driven from Ottawa to Ingonish, with a month of her school summer break to sort out what she must do with the homestead she has just inherited. Sparks fly and suspicions abound each time Laura and Sandy meet.

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Availability: Cape Breton reflections / photography by Warren Gordon MPA.

For 45 years Warren has captured people, scenes, and celebrations, traveling highways and back roads, shooting from the air, underground, and face-to-face. His new book is a keepsake of scenes we know, and many we wish we knew!