Falling Into Place

Falling Into Place

Book - 2011
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This book is what happens when one person becomes completely enamoured of the landscape in the city where he lives - especially if this person, like John Terpstra, engages the world with the imagination and curiosity of a poet. Terpstra's investigations centre around the Iroquois Bar, a giant glacial sandbar which lies beneath one of Hamilton's busiest transportation corridors. Combining history and geology with gumshoe work and poetic intuition, Terpstra puzzles out just how much the physical and social geography of the area has changed since the sandbar was formed. This close study is nested inside a broader consideration of modern society's constant and often ill-considered alteration of landscape. Terpstra's acute focus on his neighbourhood offers insights of global value in a book that is both provocative and entertaining.

Listed as one of the Hamilton Spectator's "Best books of the year" in 2002 for its appeal to "aficionados of history, geography, geology, poetic language, fine prose and the landscape around us."

Publisher: Kentville, N.S. : Gaspereau Press, 2011.
Edition: Second edition.
ISBN: 9781554471102
Characteristics: 235 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: MacDonald, Glenn
Bates, Wesley


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May 27, 2014

John, I can't wait to read your books. Your talk at Concession St. library about Memoir writing was awesome & informative. You are a very down to earth & interesting person!

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