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Exploring Toronto’s history through tantalizing true tales of romance, marriage, and lust.

Toronto’s past is filled with passion and heartache. The Toronto Book of Love brings the history of the city to life with fascinating true tales of romance, marriage, and lust: from the scandalous love affairs of the city’s early settlers to the prime minister’s wife partying with ro
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Paperback, 528 pages
Published January 19th 2021 by Dundurn Press
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Teena in Toronto
Mar 03, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: canadian
I live in Toronto and I'm always looking for books about the history of Toronto so that's why this one caught my eye.

The stories are all focused on love with a Toronto connection. The first story tells the story of a French soldier named Louis-Armand de Lom d'Arce de Lohontan, a baron who centuries ago had been sent to Canada to wage war again the first First Nations. He published a series of books about his travels through the Indigenous lands of North America. The last story is about "The Mich
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Kristine Morris
Mar 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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I read a lot of Toronto history books and articles. I think I am not overstating that we might have finally turned a corner on proper inclusion and attribution of Toronto's first history-- Indigenous history. It's has become pretty standard in most books now; isn't that great?

Bunch must be praised for tilting the balance of the book toward stories of Indigenous peoples, women, and the LGBTQ2S community. The volume is exemplary in raising the voices of those too often left unheard. He takes the n
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hiaa123
Apr 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
"Toronto has earned its reputation as a city that doesn't always appreciate its past.....The city has its own heirlooms. Toronto has been the scene of countless romances, and no matter how many buildings come crashing to the ground, the evidence is all around us. The city's love stories can be found in a forgotten monument, or an old poem, or the name of a west-end street."

After reading about lonely NYC, it was nice to read about love in Toronto. As Adam Bunch points out, Toronto is not known
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Gaby Escribano
Jun 02, 2021 rated it liked it
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This book had both pros and cons in my opinion. I feel a bit mislead about what the text was going to be about. I thought it was really going to go into depth about these love story but it was more like bite sized pieces of history ~loosely~ strung together by the topic of love. If it were just marketed as a quick Toronto history book I would’ve been much happier. That said, Toronto is a city that’s quick to forget it’s own history so it was nice to actually get a chance to learn about these hom ...more
Alex Mulligan
Feb 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
An absolutely fantastic collection of tales about love and heartbreak and how they shaped Toronto. Following up on the “Toronto Book of the Dead” Bunch’s storytelling shines through again as he takes the read through the history of Toronto through the lens of love and romance.

Bunch is a masterful story telling who captivates the reader and describes these tales in vivid detail. The stories Bunch tells are engaging, funny, and at times, heart breaking. It’s a fascinating way to view the history
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Virginia Van
This book tells the history of Toronto through romantic - and sometimes scandalous - stories of love, from Mrs. Simcoe and her young officer to Maggie Trudeau and the Rolling Stones and from First Nations wedding ceremonies to Canada’s first same-sex marriage. Despite the occasional error, this book brings Toronto's history vividly to life. ...more
James
May 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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Preferred his first book, but this was still a delightful read.

Lots of short and interesting stories about the city in which I was born and raised. References tales of Ernest Hemingway, Elizabeth Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Billy Bishop and others.
Bonnie Dean
Mar 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This - and the Toronto Book of the Dead - should be required reading on every high-school syllabus in Ontario. So much of our history is either whitewashed or overlooked. Adam Bunch manages to make history exciting and interesting.
Wendy
May 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Talk about research! It takes incredible skill to weave such compelling short snippets of history all linked around a theme.
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Adam Bunch is an award-winning storyteller who brings the history of Toronto and Canada to life. He's the author of The Toronto Book of the Dead and The Toronto Book of Love, the host of the Canadiana documetnary series, and the creator of the Toronto Dreams Project. He's taught history at George Brown College and created writing workshops for the Toronto Public Library. He's spoken at the Art Gal ...more

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