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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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Focusing on life changes

Prescription for a Happy Retirement: How to Flourish, Not Flounder By Dr. James Bash In Prescription for a Happy Retirement, Dr. James Bash explores why so many people have difficulty once they retire, often feeling sad and disappointed that retirement wasn’t the fun time they expected. His message boils down to: Don’t let this happen […]

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Love, Ghosts, at Center of UP Novels

The Last Photograph By Anne Miller This debut novel by Anne Miller is a love story of paranormal proportions. The book opens with us being introduced to Adrian Cattrel, an aspiring photographer, who is trying to snap a photo of her unsuspecting and sleeping young husband, Jake Riley. Somehow, he always manages to mess up […]

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Books Full of Magic and Mystery

Midnight in the Pawn Shop By Deborah K. Frontiera Midnight in the Pawn Shop is a charming little book about a group of objects that are for sale in a pawn shop. The story is told from the perspective of the security camera, which is able to record everything that happens in the shop. Not […]

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Books explore U.P. people, Prohibition

By Tyler Tichelaar   U.P. People: Incredible Stories About Incredible People By Sonny Longtine Sonny Longtine’s newest book lives up to its subtitle of incredible stories about incredible people. Many are household names to U.P. readers, or at least to the people in the parts of the U.P. where they lived. However, while I knew […]

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New book gets to heart of Yooper dialect

Yooper Talk: Dialect as Identity in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula Kathryn A. Remlinger By Tyler Tichelaar When I received Yooper Dialect to review, my first thought was, “It’s about time.” After all, we all know there’s a Yooper dialect, but I don’t know that anyone has ever written extensively about it. I had heard years ago […]

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New books offer eclectic mix of poetry, prose

By Tyler Tichelaar If the walls could talk By t. kilgore splake This book is a tribute to the former St. Joseph’s Hospital in Hancock. It’s a thin volume of not more than 40 pages with a short essay in the beginning describing how the author in 1983 first discovered the hospital, peered through its […]

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Books explore good, evil

Faeries of the Night: Good and Evil By Deborah Choszczyk Faeries of the Night is one of the most creative books I have reviewed in this column. It’s a picture book designed for children ages 7 to 12, but it’s also an activity book. Deborah Choszczyk’s journey to creating this book began with her love […]

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Examining love and a beloved building

Snow Country: A Copper Island Novel, One By Kristin Neva Snow Country is Kristin Neva’s debut novel. Neva was born and raised on Copper Island (the northern Keweenaw Peninsula), so she knows what she writes about. The novel is aptly named since it takes place during a long U.P. winter. The story begins in California […]

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Murder mysteries for May

Article By Tyler Tichelaar Mayhem on the Dead River By Bill Blewett Mayhem on the Dead River is retired Westwood High School teacher Bill Blewett’s first book. It’s a collection of five mysteries (novellas really) about small-town retired sheriff Bill Bennett and his three best friends who can’t resist staying involved in law enforcement, helping […]

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