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An Acre of Time: The Enduring Value of Place Paperback – Jan 1 1997

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  • Paperback: 243 pages
  • Publisher: Macfarlane Walter & Ross; illustrated edition edition (Jan. 1 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1551990202
  • ISBN-13: 978-1551990200
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 1.9 x 22.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 358 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #348,851 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"What a gem!"
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of the Ottawa Citizen Award for Non-Fiction<br><br>Winner of the Canadian Authors Association Lela Common Award for Non-Fiction<br><br>Shortlisted for the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Nonfiction</b><br><br>Where is here? That question, Northrop Frye believed, was the key to Canadian identity, the secret of our collective psyche.<br><br>For Phil Jenkins, "here" is a single acre of land on LeBreton Flats in the nation’s capital, Ottawa. In this strikingly inventive book, he stakes that acre and recounts the story of its life. He rides a glass elevator up from the earth’s core, describing the geological strata he passes through before reaching the surface. He watches the land submerge beneath salt water that rises as high as the tallest Ottawa skyscraper, a place where 10,000 years ago beluga whales cavorted. He climbs a pine tree and sees Samuel de Champlain paddle up the Ottawa River, intent on converting the native Algonquins and claiming the acre

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