Staff Picks: Fab 5 Fall Histories
We’ll Meet Again
Island Studies Press
The incredible stories of 19 Prince Edward Island women who served in the Second World War, drawn from interviews, diaries, letters, community histories and archival research. They struggled for recognition for their considerable contribution to the war effort as cooks, drivers, nurses, writers, parachute packers, entertainers.
Atlantic’s Last Stop
Robert G Chaulk
Almost 150 years after the wreck of the SS Atlantic, mysteries abound as to why a state-of-art steamship in perfect condition and excellent weather struck a rock outside Halifax and sunk with 550 souls lost. Chaulk painstakingly pieces together descendant stories and finds a shocking answer.
A Canadian Nurse in the Great War
Hebb continues his exploration of the First World War through the eyes of Canadian participants, building on Letters Home: Maritimers and the Great War, 1914-1918and In Their Own Words: Three Maritimers Experience the Great War. Ruth Loggie’s diary provides a daily commentary as the war unfolded.
Madam of the Maritimes
Ada McCallum took over a Hollis Street brothel during the Second World War when Halifax was awash with servicemen. She ran it until her death in 1986. She was more matronly than mistress-like and added a “safety in numbers” element to sex work for the women she employed.
Woman on a Mission
Andria Hill-Lehr’s previous biography shed light on the life of the only female Canadian civilian—a Nova Scotian—to be imprisoned by Nazis in Occupied Holland. Here she looks at the life of a young missionary in Armenia from the start of the Armenian massacres.