Poetry collection, post-disaster novel reviewed

By Tyler Tichelaar


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 of the author’s earliest poetry, written as a teenager. These are fairly typical juvenile poems, but they show a great devotion to God and also the author’s early aspirations to become a nurse. Surprisingly, McClellan’s biography in the back of the book tells us she did not write poetry again until 2003, when she was about 60 years old, after a nursing career…



By Deborah D. Moore

Cracked Earth: Ash Fall is the second book in Deborah Moore’s Cracked Earth series. For my review of the first book, see the December 2018 Marquette Monthly.

As the book opens, spring has arrived in Moose Creek, the fictional U.P. town just north of Marquette. After a winter of power outages and food shortages resulting from severe earthquakes across the United States, things seem to be getting back to normal, but Allexa Smith, the town’s emergency manager, knows that after what the town has been through, things will never be quite the same again…

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