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From: Paul Harmon <>
Subject: [NS-L] a book " Testimonies & Secrets" - The Story of a Nova ScotiaFamily " by Robert M. Mennel
Date: Thu, 31 Oct 2013 07:10:13 -0300


I would like to let everyone know about a new book:

"Testimonies & Secrets" - The Story of a Nova Scotia Family - 1844-1977 by
Robert M. Mennel

This compelling history of the Crouse-Eikle family is drawn from papers
discovered in their ancestral home in Crousetown on Nova Scotia's South
Shore. Millwright John Will Crouse (1844-1914) kept a meticulous diary
spanning five decades. Reflective by nature, he recorded the challenges of
work, pondered the intricacies of communal life, and wrote movingly of his
personal and spiritual struggles. His daughter Elvira Crouse Eikle reported
on village events for local newspapers, and her son, Harold Eikle
(1912-1977), a gifted teacher and musician, wrote letters and family
history. Harold's correspondence celebrated the social liberations of the
1930s and beyond, and also showed their limits in the suffering he
experienced as a gay man in a heterosexual world.
Using the family papers, other unpublished documents, and oral history,
Robert M. Mennel connects the experiences of the Crouse-Eikle family and
their community to larger themes of social and cultural change in North
America. A story of vivid personalities and episodes, by turns sad,
conflicted, joyful, bitter, funny, and reflective, Testimonies & Secrets
will be read with pleasure by scholars and general readers alike.

Robert M. Mennel is emeritus professor of History at the University of New
Hampshire.

At present, it can be purchased at Lahave Bakery at Lahave and Coles
Bookstore, Bridgewater Mall, Bridgewater.

(I have no connection to this book other than supplying a few pictures which
appear in the book. ~ Paul)

Paul

Paul Harmon
20 Covey Lane
Petite Riviere
NS B4V 6N1


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