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Novel for youth entertains, educates By Victor Volkman CADY and the BEAR NECKLACE By Ann Dallman Publisher: Three Towers Press Ann Dallman’s debut middle-grade novel Cady and the Bear Necklace is an enthralling tale that is equal parts mystery and first-love pangs. Cady Whirlwind Thunder is a Native American girl in the 8th grade at […]

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Murder most foul in Les Cheneaux Reviewed by Victor Volkman REVELATION AT THE SNOWS Author: A. Jay Publisher: Covenant Books Revelation at The Snows is the second book of the Sheriff George Kaughmann mysteries. Kaughmann is based in Cedarville, the town closest to the Les Cheneaux archipelago in Mackinac County and about 30 minutes east […]

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Shining a light on life in the U.P.

Review by Victor Volkman The Sunshine Room By Jan Stafford Kellis Publisher: Myrno Moss Perspectives The Sunshine Room, by Jan Stafford Kellis, is a meditation on family and the search for who we really are. Kellis skillfully mixes equal parts mystery and family drama – with a dash of humor – to develop a book […]

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U.P.-based ‘Hunter’s Moon’ reviewed By Victor Volkman Hunter’s Moon, by Philip Caputo, is a nihilistic romp through the lives of military veterans set against the backdrop of a bleak Upper Peninsula. Caputo, a Pulitzer-prize winning journalist, is still probably best known for the watershed novel, A Rumor of War, that has gone on to sell […]

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Paranormal activity at Michigan lighthouses Reviewed by Victor Volkman Michigan’s Haunted Lighthouses By Diana Higgs Stampfler Publisher: Haunted America Michigan is home to the most lighthouses of any state in the U.S., with 129 total lighthouses spread across both peninsulas on the Great Lakes. Diana Higgs Stampfler is a seasoned Michigan historian who, for more […]

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Insect fiction novel offers lessons for people Reviewed by Victor Volkman Chronicles Part IV – The Inception of the Combined Colonies By Deborah K. Frontiera www.AuthorsDen.com/DeborahKFrontiera Jade Enterprises Deborah K. Frontiera’s fourth book in the ongoing Chronicles of Henry Roach-Dairier, subtitled The Inception of the Combined Colonies, is a wild, post-apocalyptic story of the conflict […]

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ASSEMBLY REQUIRED

Ironwood native’s struggle for acceptance, love SUPERIOR READS • By Victor Volkman Assembly Required: Notes from a Deaf Gay Life By Raymond Luczak www.RaymondLuczak.com Raymond Luczak’s collection of autobiographical essays, Assembly Required: Notes From a Deaf Gay Life was accessible to me because it is very much the story of an outsider growing up in […]

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President’s Marquette visit recounted in fiction

SUPERIOR READS • By Victor Volkman WHEN TEDDY CAME TO TOWN ByTyler R. Tichelaar When Teddy Came to Town by Tyler R. Tichelaar tells the story of the brief tenure of then former President Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt’s visit to Marquette in the Spring of 1913. Roosevelt had been accused of being a drunkard by local […]

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A novel on love, friendship in the Keweenaw Across the Bridge (Copper Island #3). By Kristin Neva Publisher: Christmas Tree House www.kristinneva.com Reviewed by Victor Volkman Across the Bridge (Kristin Neva, 2018) is the story of widower Drew Smith and his son AJ who are moving to Copper Island (the Keweenaw) less than two years […]

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Amazing story of love, rescue in the mountains By Victor Volkman Go Find: My Journey to Find the Lost – and Myself By Susan Purvis Blackstone (2018) https://susanpurvis.com On the surface, Go Find is a simple memoir with a simple title: a woman in her 30s makes an impulse decision to get a dog and […]

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Poetry collection, post-disaster novel reviewed

By Tyler Tichelaar PAINTING PICTURES WITH WORDS By Elizabeth Prechtel McClellan Elizabeth Prechtel McClellan’s Painting Pictures with Words is a volume of poetry by a downstate Michigan resident very familiar with the U.P. and especially Lake Superior and its beaches. The book is divided into six sections. The first section, “In the Beginning,” features some […]

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SUPERIOR READS: exploring auto, folksong histories

Reviews by Tyler Tichelaar   A History You AUTO Know of Western Marquette County (1899-1968) By Robert D. Dobson   Robert Dobson is known for writing books based on researching old local newspapers, namely the Ishpeming Iron Ore and the Negaunee Iron Herald. Now his research has turned to a focus on automobiles in Western […]

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STICK ‘EM UP

By Tyler Tichelaar Stick ’Em Up: Michigan Bank Robberies of the 1920s & 1930s By Tom Powers Stick ’Em Up is a book that surprises you. You wonder, “Why has no one ever written on this topic before?” and even though you didn’t realize such a void existed, you are happy it has now been […]

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New books offer insights into history By Tyler Tichelaar Upper Peninsula of Michigan: A History Russell M. Magnaghi Russell Magnaghi’s newest book Upper Peninsula of Michigan: A History is a must for any lover of U.P. history. Countless books have been written on various aspects of U.P. history, from logging and mining to prohibition and […]

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On an odyssey

Books take readers through inner lives, civil war history By Tyler Tichelaar More Than You Think You Know By Cyndi Perkins More Than You Think You Know is a female odyssey through the Great Lakes by boat and down the Mississippi. Think Huckleberry Finn for women without the slaves, although overcoming a form of emotional […]

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