Tag Archives: superior reads

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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Celebrating National Poetry Month with U.P. poets

by Tyler Tichelaar graybeard memories: morning espresso musings By t. kilgore splake Several of t. kilgore splake’s volumes of poetry have been reviewed in this column, but this one is different. While it has the typical splake lack of capitalization, it is also written in paragraph form. At first, I thought it was a long prose […]

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Superior Reads

Lost in the Woods: Building a Life Up North by Richard Hill Richard Hill’s new book, Lost in the Woods, details his and his wife Judy’s building a log cabin in the U.P. For years, they had operated a business in Traverse City, but they missed their family in the U.P. so they purchased land […]

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Books honor difficult life experiences

A Last Chapter of the Greatest Generation: The Life and Family of Colonel Frederic A. Stone, M.D.—Aviator, Doctor, Missionary, and Friend to Humanity by Rev. Dr. Judson I. Stone A Last Chapter of the Greatest Generation: The Life and Family of Colonel Frederic A. Stone, M.D.—Aviator, Doctor, Missionary, and Friend to Humanity by Rev. Dr. […]

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Fishing and fantasy

Return to Enchantas By Corey LaBissoniere Return to Enchantas is the sequel to Corey LaBissoniere’s earlier book Land of Enchantas, previously reviewed in this column. In that first book, a group of modern-day teenagers found themselves transported from what is likely the U.P. to an enchanted world. The teenagers, save one, all managed to return […]

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Books offer environmental warnings and sustainability solutions

Sustainability from the Inside—Out: An eightfold practice in mindful living for personal and planetary peace By Angela Johnson, M.S. Sustainability from the Inside—Out is a workbook designed to help the individual live mindfully while also bringing about sustainable living changes within his or her community. Its author, Angela Johnson, teaches at Northern Michigan University in […]

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Illustrated kids’ books educate and entertain

Miss Colfax’s Light By Aimée Bisonette Illustrated by Eileen Ryan Ewen Miss Colfax’s Light is a children’s picture book based on the true story of Harriet Colfax, who, at age 37 in 1861, became lighthouse keeper for the Michigan City Lighthouse on Lake Michigan. Despite people thinking the job might be too much for her, […]

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Books offer look at varied artistic mediums

Kerouac and Brautigan. These sections require readers to know a bit about the authors to catch all the references. The opening Hemingway poem has splake taking a photo that has shadows hiding the apparition he sees of Hemingway coming to Seney to stalk trout again. A theme throughout these poems is splake wanting these authors […]

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Poems offer multiple perspectives and forms

Objects May Appear Closer by Janeen Pergrin Rastall Janeen Rastall is one of Upper Michigan’s foremost poets, and her newest collection does not disappoint. While poetry is largely open to interpretation, the title seems to suggest that the past is still present with us since the majority of the poems relate to aging and then […]

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