The Franco-American Women's Institute

Suggested Readings

And Bibliographies

Bibliography and Links to Bibliographies

The following is a very LIMITED bibliography.  I have listed a smathering of resources that I found on the internet doing a search of URSUS.   I have listed a other bibliographies in this listing.  These will be dated, but do have interesting material just the same. 
 When you do your searches in libraries, be imaginative with your list of searches, but a few common phrases that you can use to start your searches are:  Franco-American, French Canadian and French American.  Most of the library listings for Francos are under French American.  You can broaden your searches from there.  I have also listed a few URLs of other online bibliographies. 
  I have left out French language texts and also have not included Canadian or Québec listings, but please conduct researches online in the Canadian library sites as they will have material that the U.S. libraries do not. 
   Finding women-inclusive material is important to the outcome of your searches. 
  I hope that you enjoy your research.



Anctil, Pierre, A Franco-American bibliography. New England, N. H. : National Materials Development Center, 1979.


Anchors, Nancy & Blazej, Barbara, Doing Diversity: Weaving respect for differences in the fabric of children’s lives, University of Maine, Orono, Maine, Peace Studies Program, 1995.


Author: T. C.  A scheme to drive the French out of all the continent of America.   [microform] : Humbly offered to the consideration of -- --, Esq; : This pamphlet came in the last ship from London to a gentleman in Boston, and we hear it has been highly approved of, and is recommended as very useful at this time to every friend of liberty.  : New-England, : Re-printed and sold by D. Fowle in Ann-Street, near the conduit.,  1755.


Beaugrand, Honore, Jeanne la Fileuse, National Materials Development Center, 1980.


Baxandall, Rosalyn and Gordon, Linda, w/Susan Reverby, eds, America's Working Women: A Documentary History, 1600 to the Present (Revised ed. W.W. Norton, 1995).


Bérubé, Bernard Arthur, 1947- A comparison of attitudes among Maine communities toward Franco-American civic status and native language vitality. Orono, Me., 1986.


Brault, Gerard J.  The French-Canadian Heritage in New England.  Hanover, NH:  University Press of New England, 1986.


Caffee, Gabrielle Leboeuf.  La Canadienne :  Memoires of a Vanishing Culture.  Lanham, MD :  University Press of America, 1993.


Cather, Willa, Shadows On The Rock, ISBN 0-679-76404-6


Center for Cultural Exchange Study Guide Québec and Maritime Canada: A curriculum resource for educators, The Center for Cultural Exchange, Portland, Maine, 1999. 


Chappell, C.L., '"The Pains I took to save my Family" : escape accounts by a Huguenot mothers and daughter after the revocation of the Edict of Nantes', French Historical Studies 22 (1999).


Chartier, Armand B. The Franco-Americans of New England : a history, Manchester, N.H. : ACA Assurance ; Worcester, Mass.: Institut français of Assumption College, 1999.


Chassé, Géraldine Pelletier, Reunion Family’s Favorite Recipes, Madawaska Historical Society, Madawaska, Maine, 1992.


Chopin, Kate, The Awakening and Selected Stories, Penguin Books, New York, NY, 1984.


Chopin, Kate, Bayou Folk and A Night In Acadie, Penguin Classics, New York, NY, 1999.


Chouinard, Paule, «OEuvre et vie de Alice Lemieux-Lévesque (1905-1983)», mémoire de maîtrise, 1983, v, 183 p. Dir. : Benoît Lacroix. Cote : UdeM D. Thèses PQ 35 U54 1984 v.003; UdeM L.S.H. PQ 35 U54 1984 v.003; Microfilm; Centre d'études québécoises.


Coté, Gertrude, M. As I Live and Dream, A Dirigo Edition, Manchester, Maine,



D'Andrea, Vaneeta-marie, The women of survivance : a case study of ethnic persistence among the members of Franco-American women's groups in New England, Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Connecticut, 1986.


DeRoche, P. Celeste, 1960-,"These lines of my life" Franco-American women in Westbrook, Maine, the intersection of ethnicity and gender 1884-1984. Orono, Me., 1994.


DeRoche, P. Celeste, "I Learned Things Today That I Never Knew Before:" Oral History At The Kitchen Table in Oral History Review 23/2 (Winter, 1996): 45-61.


DeRoche, Celeste, How wide the circle of we : cultural pluralism and American identity 1910-1954, Thesis (Ph.D.) in History--University of Maine, 2000.


Desjardins, Lise A., 1960- An exploration into the health and illness beliefs of a Franco-American community : the description of a clinical reality.  Orono, Me., 1995.


Doty, C. Stewart.  Acadian Hard Times:  The Farm Security Administration in Maine’s St. John Valley 1940-1943.  Orono, ME:  University of Maine Press, 1991.


Dumas, Emma, Mirbah, National Materials Development Center, 1979.


Dumont, Micheline, et al., The Clio Collective, Quebe Women: A History, The Women’s Press, Toronto, Canada, 1987. Translation by Roger Gannon and Rosalind Gill.


Duval-Thibault, Anna, Les Deux Testaments, National Materials Development Center, 1979.


ECHOES magazine, ISSN 1043-3341, ECHOES Press, Inc., Caribou, ME.  04736-0626.


“Emigration, a Franco-American experience.”  Montreal : Ovo magazine, 1982.


Displacement, diaspora, and geographies of identity.  Durham : Duke University Press, 1996.


Fecteau, Albert C, The French Canadian community of Waterville, Maine, 1952, ii, 190 leaves, Thesis (M.A.)--University of Maine, Bibliography: leaves 114-119, Orono : University of Maine, 1980.


Ferland, Jacques, " ' In Search of the Unbound Promethea': a study of female activism in Quebec cotton mills, 1870-1907," Labour/Le travail, Spring 1993.


Field, Rachel. Calico Bush, Bantam Doubleday, ISBN 0-440-40368-5.


The Franco-American Women's Institute,


The Franco-American Women's Institute Suggested Readings & Bibliographies,


Gastonguay, Alberte. La Jeune Franco-Américaine, National Assessment and Dissemination Center for Bilingual/Bicultural Education, 1980.


Gauvin, Bertha Caron, Au Temps des Années Folles, Self-published, Madawaska, Maine.


A Franco-American overview.  Cambridge, Mass. : National Assessment and Dissemination Center for Bilingual/Bicultural Education, 1979. Includes bibliographies. v.1./ compiled by Renaud S. Albert--v.2.Midwest and West / compiled by André Martin--v.3.New England (pt.1) / edited by Madeleine Giguère--v.4.New England (pt.2) /edited by Madeleine Giguère--v.5-8.Louisiana / compiled by Mathé Allain and Carl A. Brasseaux.


Guignard, Michael J. (Michael James), La foi, la langue, la culture : the Franco-Americans of Biddeford, Maine,  [New York?] : M.J. Guignard, 1982.


Hareven, Tamara K. and Langenbach, Randolph.  Amoskeag:  Live and Work in an American Factory-City.  New York:  Pantheon, 1978.


Kempers, Anne, Franco-American studies : a resource guide, Orono, Me. : University of Maine at Orono, 1980, "An annotated bibliography of materials about Franco-Americans and French Canada which are available in the greater Waterville area."


Lanctot, Gustave, Filles de joie ou filles du Roi, Éditions du Jour, Saint-Denis, Montréal, Canada, 1966.


Landry, Yves.,  Orphelines en France pionnières au Canada: Les Filles du roi au XVIIe siècle, Leméac Éditeur, Inc., Montréal, QC, Canada, 1992.


Lane, Brigitte Marie, -American folk traditions and popular culture in a former milltown : aspects of ethnic urban folklore and the dynamics of folklore change in Lowell, Massachusetts. New York : Garland Publishing, 1990.


Ledoux, Denis.  BIBLIOGRAPHY OF FRANCO-AMERICAN WORKS, Lisbon Falls, Me. : Soleil Press, 1991.


Ledoux, Denis, Lives in translation : an anthology of contemporary Franco-American writings, Lisbon Falls, Me. : Soleil Press, 1991.


Le Forum, ed. Lisa Michaud, Franco-American Center, University of Maine, Orono, Maine, 1972 to the present.


Le Maître, Yvonne, Littértature franco-américaine de la Nouvelle-Angeleterre, Anthologie, Tome 5, National Assessment and Dissemination Center for Bilingual/Bicultural Education, 1981.


Lemieux-Lévesque, Alice, (1906-1983) Livres de poésie:  "Les herures effeuillées," "Silences," et "L'arbre du jour,” 1964 - Le Prix littéraire Champlain pour Silence (poèmes).


Lemieux-Lévesque, Alice (1906-1983), “Bonsoir Marie Noël”

in Poésie, vol. 3, no 1, hiver 1968, p. 3-4


Lessard-Bissonnette, Camille.  Canuck.  Manchester, NH:  National Materials Development Center, 1980.


Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth, Evangeline, ISBN 0-920852-13-0


Maillet, Antonine, Pélagie, New Canadian Classics, ISBN 0-7736-7434-9


Maillet, Antonine, La Sagouine, Translated by Luis de Cespedes, Simone & Pierre, Toronto, Canada, 1985.


Martin, Marie Thérèse Beaudet, My Grandmother’s Face/La Visage de ma Grandmérè, Wilton Publishing Co., Wilton, Maine, 1990.


Metalious, Grace, Peyton Place, York, Messner [1956].


Metalious, Grace, Peyton Place, Boston : Northeastern University Press, 1999.


Metalious, Grace, Peyton Place ; and, Return to Peyton Place.

New York : Random House International ; London : 2000 Description: 640 p. ; p., 23 cm.: English Standard No: ISBN: 0517204770


Metalious, Grace.  No Adam in Eden. London, Muller, Year: 1964  Description: 287 p. p. Language: English Class Descrpt: Dewey: 813.5.


Metalious, Grace. The Tight White Collar. London : Pan Books, Year: 1968  Description: 236 p. ; p., 18 cm.Language: English.


Metalious, Grace. Return to Peyton Place. Publication:  Pan, Year: 1961 Description: 286 p. ; p., 18 cm. Language: English. Note(s):  Originally published Messner, 1960.


Nadeau-Single, Lee, Annette : the story of a pioneer woman. New York : Vantage Press, 1990, Edition: 1st ed.


Nos Histoire de l'Ile: History and Memories of French Island, Old Town, Maine, 1999.


O'Brien, Kerry A., Consuming interests : class, ethnicity, and consumption in Biddeford, Maine, 1890-1915, vii, 209 leaves : ill, Thesis (M.A.)--University of Southern Maine, 1993, Portland, Me. : University of Southern Maine, 1993.


Old women's wisdom. [Presque Isle, Me.] Old Women's Wisdom, 1996.


Olivier, Julien , D'la boucane : une introduction au folklore Franco-américain de la Nouvelle-Angleterre.  Cambridge, Mass. : National Assessment and Dissemination Center for Bilingual/Bicultural Education, 1979.


Pecoraro, Elizabeth J., Using theatre arts skills to instruct Franco American students: a creative dramatics approach, Orono, Me., Thesis (M.A.) in Theatre--University of Maine, 1991.


Pelletier, Cathie:

The Christmas Note, by Skeeter Davis, Cathie Pelletier, Carl E. Hileman (Illustrator), Reading level: Ages 9-12, Hardcover (November 1997), Nashville Book; ISBN: 0966077601


A Country Music Christmas, Publisher: Random House Value Publishing, Inc., 1996.


Beaming Sonny Home, Paperback - 288 pages (July 1997) Washington Square Pr; ISBN: 0671001752


The Funeral Makers, Paperback - 272 pages Reprint edition (May 1997)

Scribner; ISBN: 0684826143


Once Upon a Time on the Banks, Paperback Reprint edition (September 1991) Washington Square Pr; ISBN: 0671724479



The Weight of Winter, Publisher: Viking Press, 1991, Hardbound, Edition: First edition.


The Bubble Reputation, Crown Publishing Group, Incorporated, 1993, Hard Cover, Edition: First Edition.


A Marriage Made at Woodstock, Publisher: Crown, 1994, Edition: First Edition

Widow's Walk (Poems).


also by Pelletier:


Candles on Bay Street, pen name, K. C. McKinnon, Hardcover - 230 pages 1 Ed edition (April 20, 1999),  Doubleday; ISBN: 038549128X


Dancing at the Harvest Moon, pen name, by K. C. McKinnon, Mass Market Paperback - 248 pages 1 ballanti edition (April 1999), Fawcett Books; ISBN: 0449005275


Pelletier, Raymond J  and  Freeman, Stanley L., Manuel du professeur pour introduire les études franco-americaines : Initiating Franco-American studies : a handbook for teachers, Orono, Me. : a publication of the Canadian/Franco-American Studies Project, University of Maine at Orono, 1981, 284 p. : map. ; 23 cm English and French, "Funds for the writing of this Handbook were provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities through Grant Number ES-3109-78-1272." Bibliography: p. 233-268.


Perreault, Gene. Memories Grow On Trees/L’Arbre des Mémoires, National Materials Development Center, 1980.


Perreault, Robert B., One piece in the great American mosaic : the Franco-Americans of New England.  Manchester, N.H. :Association Canado-américaine, 1976.


Petrie, Lanette Landry, My Mother’s Walls, Proof Positive Press, Bradley Maine.


Pinette, Susan., Alternative ethnographies : genre and cultural encounter in early modern French texts, viii, 161 leaves, Dissertation: Thesis (Ph. D., French)--University of California, Irvine, 1999.


Proulx, E. Annie:


Postcards (Scribner Classics)

Annie Proulx, E. Annie Proulx / Hardcover / Published 1996


The Best American Short Stories 1997 : Selected from U.S. and

Canadian Magazines (Issn 0067-6233)

Annie Proulx (Editor), et al / Hardcover / Published 1997


Close Range : Wyoming Stories

Hardcover - 283 pages Non-Illustrated edition (May 1999)

Scribner; ISBN: 0684852217


Accordion Crimes

Annie Proulx, E. Annie Proulx / Paperback / Published 1997


Heart Songs and Other Stories

Annie Proulx, E. Annie Proulx / Paperback / Published 1995


The Shipping News

E. Annie Proulx; Paperback - 337 pages 1 touchsto edition (August 1994) Simon & Schuster (Paper); ISBN: 0671510053


Cider : Making, Using & Enjoying Sweet & Hard Cider

Annie Proulx, et al / Paperback / Published 1997


Fiction, Flyfishing & the Search for Innocence

Annie Proulx (Editor), et al / Hardcover / Published 1994


Back to Barter : What'll You Take for It?

Annie Proulx / Published 1983


Fine Art of Salad Gardening

Annie Proulx / Published 1987 


'What'll You Take for It? : Back to Barter

Annie. Proulx / Published 1981


Provencher-Faucher, Doris, Le Quebecois:  The Virgin Forest, ARTENAY PRESS, September, 2000, Trade paperback: 6 x 9, 272 pages, maps and sketches, ISBN: 0-9679112-3-0


Quintal, Claire, La femme franco-américaine --The Franco-American woman, Worcester, Mass. : Institut français, Assumption College, 1994.


Francophonies d'Amérique, Par/by Les Presses du l'Université d'Ottawa No. 7, in which articles by Claire Quintal and Elizabeth Aubé appear on Franco-American Women: Aube, Mary Elizabeth, "Canuck", nomade franco-americaine: Persistance et transformation de l'imaginaire canadien-francais" in Francophonies d'Amérique, no 7, 1997 (Issue on "Le(s) discours feminin(s) de la francophonie nord-americaine", Estelle Dansereau, editor) p. 163-176.


Quintal, Claire, "La federation franco-americaine ou comment les Franco-Americaines sont entrees de plain-pied dans le mouvement de la survivance" p. 177-191 in Francophonies d'Amérique, no 7, 1997 p. 177-191.


Quintal Claire, Steeples and smokestacks : a collection of essays on the Franco-American experience in New England.  Worcester, Mass. :Assumption College, Institut français, 1996.


River Revue/Review Rivière, University of Maine at Fort Kent, Fort Kent, Maine, ongoing.


Roby, Yves. Franco-Américains de la Nouvelle-Angleterre: Rêves et réalités.

Éditeur : Septentrion, Sillery (Québec), Canada, Genre: Population / Généalogie. 534 pages, ISBN 2-89448-164-0, 2000


Robbins, Rhea Côté, Wednesday's Child. Brunswick, Me. : Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance, 1997.. 2nd Edition, Rheta Press, Brewer, 2001.


Robbins, Rhea Côté, The River Review/La Revue rivière, “Franco-American Women’s Literary Tradition: A Central Piece in the Region’s Literary Mosaic,” University of Maine at Fort Kent, Fort Kent, Me. 1999.


Robbins, Rhea Côté, L’Ouest Français et la Francophonie Nord-Américaine, “De l’Ile à la Tortue, à la  Nouvelle France, à la Nouvelle-Angleterre : lutte pour une identité vivable,” Chapter 5 Something That Will Cure, Presses de L’Université d’Angers, Angers, France, 1996.


Robbins, Rhea Côté, Petrie, Lanette Landry, Langellier, Kristin , Slott, Kathryn , Je suis franco-américaine et fière de l'être/I am Franco-American and proud of it : an anthology of writings of Franco-American women, Women in the Curriculum, University of Maine, Orono, Maine,1995.


Shideler, Janet L., Camille Lessard-Bissonnette: The Quiet Evolution of French-Canadian Immigrants in New England, Peter Lang Publishing Group, New York, Vol. 14  ISBN, 0-8204-2833-7, hardback, 1998.


Sur bois : Franco-American woodcarvers of northern New England. Manchester, N.H. : Franco-American Centre Franco-Américain, 1996.


Terrio, David S., A summer internship : some observations on the Franco-American situation in Maine. [Augusta, Me. : Human Rights Commission, 1978].


Toth, Emily. Inside Peyton Place : the life of Grace Metalious, Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, Year: 2000 1981: Standard No:  ISBN: 1578062683 (pbk.); LCCN: 00-24660.


Toth, Emily. Unveiling Kate Chopin, Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, 1999.


Turbin, Carole Working Women of Collar City: Gender, Class, and Community in Troy, New York, 1845-86 (U of Illinois Press, 1992).


White niggers of America.  Vallières, Pierre.  Publisher Toronto, McClelland and Stewart [c1971] Translation of Nègres blancs d'Amérique: autobiographie précoce d'un terroriste québécois  Subject: French-Canadians, Québec (Province) -- History -- Autonomy and independence movements. Québec (Province) -- Social conditions.  Alt titles Nègres blancs d'Amérìque.  White niggers of America : the precocious autobiography of a Quebec "terrorist"


"The Chinese of the East" was used in a government report: Carroll Wright, Massachusetts Bureau of Statistics of Labor Annual Report for [Bangor, Me.] : Maine Public Broadcasting, [1993?].





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Online Bibliographies

Bibliography for christmas

Suggested Reading from the Franco-American Women's Institute

Franco-American Health Related Publications

Franco-American Bibliography

National Library of Canada, Bibliographies

Canadian Women's History:
A Selective Bibliography

Franco American Studies Bibliography 
Une bibliographie pour les Études franco-américaines

Jeanne Mance

Marie Rollet-Hébert

Madeleine de Verchères

French North America

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Suggested Readings:

Wednesday's Child

Le Québécois: The Virgin Forest

The Franco-Americans of New England: A History

French Class

The Orf Echo

"Ca Fait Mal Partout"

Works by E. Annie Proulx

Reflections on Maine

Eating Between The Lines: A Maine Writer's Cookbook

My Grandmothers' Face

Edith Starrett Masse's Work Roles: On the Farm and at Home

La Femme Franco-Américine/The Franco-American Woman

My Mother's Walls

La Canadienne: Memories of a Vanishing Culture

Some Jewels of Maine: Jewish Maine Pioneers

I Learned Things Today That I Never Knew Before:" Oral History At The Kitchen Table

Francophonies d'Amérique

No Place for Little Boys: The Civil War Stories of a Maine Union Soldier


Le Québécois: The Virgin Forest

by Doris Provencher-Faucher

The Weekly Interview | Doris Provencher Faucher

By Randy Seaver Courier Editor, Biddeford, Maine

 What started out as a matter of curiosity slowly evolved into an eight-year labor of love for Doris Provencher Faucher of Biddeford, and the result is something that has provided area Franco-Americans with a sense of history and pride.
 After retiring from a 17-year teaching career at Biddeford High School in 1988, Faucher found herself with plenty of spare time on her hands. Her four children were all grown, and she finally had an opportunity to begin a project that she had been thinking about for several years.
 With plenty of encouragement from her husband and friends, Doris sat down at her computer and began weaving the story of Sébastien and Marguerite Provencher, a young peasant couple who ventured from their village to begin a new life in Canada.
 Parts of the story have been fictionalized but many of the characters and events are real.  In fact, Doris has traced her own genealogical roots back more than 10 generations, discovering that she is a direct descendant of Sébastien Provencher.  After eight years of meticulous research, Doris has discovered much about her heritage and she wanted to share what she had learned with others who share her ethnic background.
 The result?
 A novel entitled Le Québécois: The Virgin Forest. The 255-page story, set in the mid 1600s, details the struggles and dreams of French peasants who risked everything in order to make a new life for themselves in a wilderness that was untamed and full of hope.
 Faced with the prospects of living in a country dominated by a feudal system, newlyweds Sébastian and Marguerite choose instead to make the long and treacherous journey across the North Atlantic into the unknown regions of Canada. The story of the Provencher family is similar to the stories shared by thousands of others who were lured to the new continent with promises of indentured servitude and the prospects of owning their own land; a dream that would never be realized in Louis XIVís France.
 From its opening pages, Faucherís novel explores the trials and tribulations of the early settlers in the St. Lawrence River valley area with an amazing historical accuracy and a penchant for stunning details. The story is compelling in its themes, winding its way through 15 years as Faucher slowly reveals the determination and fortitude of her ancestors.
 For her part, Doris says she is happy that the book is finally finished, but she is planning to begin work soon on a series of sequels that will continue to trace the history of Franco Americans who emigrated into Maine from Canada.
Where can people find the book? Itís now available at the Bookport in Kennebunkport and at Nonesuch Books (formerly Bookland) in Saco and South Portland."
Also, contact the author at:
Doris Provencher-Faucher

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*Reflections on Maine

Rainbow Press has announced the publication of

Reflections on Maine

Reflections on Maine is a collection of poetry, essays, art and photography celebrating Maine. Thirty-six writers, photojournalists, along with with Bangor artist Nina Jerome, have contributed to this anthology.

 Margaret Cox Murray, editor, says, "The opportunity to share some of Maine's tremendous talent in the form of Reflections on Maine is not only a celebration of Maine, but also a celebration of fine Maine writers and artists." Pointing to a quote on the book's back cover by poet and contributor Rod Farmer, " is good to place one's sense of place in a place of good sense...," Murray adds, "that's Maine, in a nutshell.

Reflections on Maine is available for $9.95 plus $1.50 shipping/handling per book, for shipping. Also, Maine residents please pay sales tax at 5.5%. For more information, contact Rainbow Press at P.O. Box 8051, Bangor, Maine 04402-8051, call 941-8614.

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*Eating Between The Lines:
A Maine Writer's Cookbook

Edited by Paul Doiron, Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance
"... a cookbook that tells stories, shares poetry, illuminates lives, defines places and does it with humor, pathos, tragedy, drama, love, discovery, wit, cynicism, courage and heroism."
and "...a wonderfully random assemblage of creative Maine men and women...a collection of poets, novelists, essayists, humorists, mystery writers, playwrights, historians, journalists, philosophers, scientists, artists, and...even a cookbook writer or two...participate in this noble experiment: A Maine writer's cookbook."

 To order

Eating Between The Lines: A Maine Writer's Cookbook

send a check for $16.00 plus $3.00 shipping/handling to: MWPA, 12 Pleasant St., Brunswick, Me. 04011, Telephone: 207-725-0690. Maine residents add 96 cents sales tax.

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My Grandmothers' Face

By Marie Thérèse Martin

 Marie Thérèse Martin, Rumford, author of My Grandmothers' Face offers a glimpse into Acadian history from the point of view of her Acadian maternal ancestors. The Acadian woman was the spiritual anchor that held her family together during a very difficult historical time. Her role in Acadian history is the centrum about which the book My Grandmothers' Facerevolves.

 To order a copy:
Marie Thérèse Martin
159 East Andover Road
Rumford, Maine 04276
View her web page at:
Acadian Roots

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The Franco-Americans of New England: A History
Armand Chartier, Institut Français, Worcester, MA., ISBN  1-880261-05-7

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Edith Starrett Masse's Work Roles: On the Farm and at Home

A Narrative Study of Her Diaries 1942-1945

By Suzette Lalime Davidson, P.O. Box 2596, El Cerrito, CA 94530

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*La Femme Franco-Américine/The Franco-American Woman

Sous la direction de/Under the direction of Claire Quintal
Institut Français
500 Salisbury Street
P.O. Box 15005
Worcester, Ma 01615-0005
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*Wednesday's Child

By Rhea J. Côté (Cote) Robbins
Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance 1997 Chapbook Award, MWPA, 12 Pleasant St., Brunswick, Me. 04011, telephone: 207-725-0690.

For reviews and more information on Wednesday's Child:

 Wednesday's Child

Theses on Canada from University of Maine and Fogler Library including Wednesday's Child

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*My Mother's Walls

By Lanette Landry Petrie
Proof Positive Press, P.O. Box 118, Bradley, Maine 04411. Telephone: 207-827-3837

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*La Canadienne: Memories of a Vanishing Culture

By Gabrielle LeBoeuf Caffee
University Press of America, Maryland, 1993

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*Some Jewels of Maine: Jewish Maine Pioneers

By Celia C. Risen

 Order from:

 Dorrance Publishing Co., Inc., Book Order Department, 643 Smithfield St., Pittsburgh, PA 15222. To order by credit card, call: 1-800-788-7654

 Celia C. Risen began interviewing Jewish residents in Maine in connection with the English as a Second Language (ESL) courses she was teaching. The stories she heard sparked her interest, so she further pursued the history of Jewish immigrants to Maine. The interconnections between the Jewish and Franco-American cultures is part of this historically important book. This book fills in the gap of the knowledge about the Jewish immigrants who came to Maine during the late 1800s, early 1900s.

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French Class:  French Canadian Writings On Identity, Culture and Place
Susan April, Paul Brouillette, Paul Marion, Marie Louise St. Onge
Poems, Essays, Journals
Loom Press, Lowell, MA. ISBN 0-931507-11-1

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"I Learned Things Today That I Never Knew Before:" Oral History At The Kitchen Table By Celeste DeRoche in Oral History Review 23/2 (Winter, 1996): 45-61

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Francophonies d'Amérique
Par/by Les Presses du l'Université d'Ottawa
No. 7, in which articles by Claire Quintal and Elizabeth Aubé appear on Franco-American Women:
Aube, Mary Elizabeth, "Canuck", nomade franco-americaine: Persistance et transformation de l'imaginaire canadien-francais"
in Francophonies d'Amérique, no 7, 1997
(Issue on "Le(s) discours feminin(s) de la francophonie nord-americaine", Estelle Dansereau, editor) p. 163-176.

 Quintal, Claire, "La federation franco-americaine ou comment les Franco-Americaines sont entrees de plain-pied dans le mouvement de la survivance" p. 177-191
in Francophonies d'Amérique, no 7, 1997 p. 177-191.

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"Ca Fait Mal Partout" appears in the Summer 1998 issue of South Road, "The Literary Journal of Martha's Vineyard" Volume 1, Issue 1, page 110. Fiction
based on oral histories.  By Kim Chase

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The Orf Echo, which is the quarterly journal of the  American Orff-Schulwerk Association (For those of you unfamiliar w/  Orff-Schulwerk, it's a music education method.), has a piece on the  songs of the Voyageurs. It's a great introduction for non-francos, and  my only suggestion for improving the piece would have been to include  the entirety of A la Claire Fontaine instead of only the first verse  (The author had included the entirety of the other songs.). For those  interested in reading it, the author is Martha Riley. The article title  is Traveling the Rivers: Music of the Voyageurs in the Midwest. The  journal is The Orff Echo, Vol. XXXI, no.2 (Winter 1999)

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Another book of interest:

No Place for Little Boys:
The Civil War Stories of a Maine Union Soldier

Edited by Melissa MacCrae and Maureen Bradford, Illustrated by David J. Priesing

 No Place for Little Boys, a civil war story described by letters from Peleg Bradford, Jr., a Union soldier from Carmel, Maine of the First Maine Heavy Artillery

 Click here to visit the web site or to order a copy:

 No Place for Little Boys: The Civil War Stories of a Maine Union Soldier

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Other reviews, writings by, and places to purchase Proulx's books:

Read her montly essays:
E. Annie

The Half-Skinned Steer -- in The Atlantic Monthly


ACCORDION CRIMES, a story of the immigrant experience from E. Annie Proulx, Interview by Ellen Kanner

A listing of works by E. Annie Proulx

The Shipping News

The Shipping News--the film

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