Tag Archives: Tyler R. Tichelaar

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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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 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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Books reveal how hard work, architecture shaped the U.P.

Company Towns of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula by Christian Holmes by Tyler Tichelaar Upper Michigan is full of the remnants of company towns—far more than many of us realize. In this new book, Christian Holmes gives information on all of them, and the book appears to be all-encompassing, although some of the chapters are very short—less […]

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Books Take Look at Michigan State Police and Mental Health

Paths Crossed: Villains, Victims, Victors. Lessons Learned in the Line of Duty by Detective Lieutenant Clif Edwards In Paths Crossed, Clif Edwards, a retired Michigan State Police Officer, details the first half of his twenty-seven year MSP career from his recruitment at age eighteen, through his training, evolution from rookie to seasoned trooper, being a […]

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Superior Reads

Scandinavian Culture in the U.P. and Beyond. Swedes in Michigan by Rebecca J. Mead Swedes in Michigan is part of the Discovering the Peoples of Michigan series published by Michigan State University Press, a series with numerous titles, including Dutch in Michigan, French Canadians in Michigan and Germans in Michigan. I admit that while I’ve […]

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Books Rediscover Forgotten U.P. History

Harvesting the Wilderness: The Tyoga Lumber Company and Onota Township, a Microcosm of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan by John Parlin, Bernice Anderson, Jim Carter, Echoe Deibert, Bruce Veneberg, and Mike Zuidema Harvesting the Wilderness fills in a much overlooked corner of Upper Michigan history while at the same time being broad enough to reflect […]

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A closer look at local literature

by Tyler R. Tichelaar Local writers continue to produce memorable stories, novels and personal essays about life in Upper Michigan. Some recently published books by U.P. authors include a fast-paced suspense novel, a coming-of-age story set during the Great Depression and a collection of personal essays from a simple man who shares life lessons he’s […]

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Local bookstores offer superior service

by Tyler R. Tichelaar For years, we’ve been told to shop locally so our money stays in Upper Michigan. But how many of us go online to buy books at Amazon, or spend money at chain bookstores—even going to Wisconsin to buy books at Barnes & Noble? Why go online when we have more than […]

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