Michigan Indian Boarding School Survivors Speak Out: A Narrative History by Sharon Brunner

Review by Jon C. Stott. “Kill the Indian and Save the Child.” This nineteenth-century “altruistic” motto was used by White government and church officials to explain their “saving” of supposedly inferior native children by inculcating supposedly superior cultural and spiritual values in the children under their care at Indian boarding…

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The Rocks Will Echo Our Sorrow: The Forced Displacement of the Northern Sámi, by Elin Anna Labba

A monochrome book cover featuring a child on a boat with a mountain landscape in the background and the title "the rocks will echo our sorrow: the forced displacement of the northern sámi" by elin anna labba, translated by fiona graham.

Review by Mack Hassler “Therefore it was called Babel because there the  Lord confused the language of all.” Genesis 11:9                                                                        Reading Genesis by Marilynne Robinson (2024) God is, I think, often disappointed in his chosen people as they scatter but never gives up on them.  This beautiful book is…

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Monsters, Relics, and Dangers Unknown – The Kollrheim Realms Chronicles Book 1, by S,M. Atherton

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Review by Mack Hassler Once the storytelling is done in Monsters, Relics and Dangers Unknown, this first volume of “The Kollrheim Chronicles,” Emerick, who will be the warrior savior for the Princess of the Golden Kingdom of Kollrheim, has barely begun his long and dangerous sea voyage.  Atherton’s large-sized hero…

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Father Marquette’s Trail of Bones: A Sheriff Joseph Francois LaVake Mystery by Mike Cronan

Review by Tyler R. Tichelaar I recently reviewed Jennifer S. McGraw’s nonfiction history book The Unsolved Mysteries of Father Marquette’s Many Graves. That book and this one may both have been inspired by the recent repatriation and reburial of Father Marquette’s (alleged) bones at St. Ignace in 2022. While McGraw…

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The Unsolved Mysteries of Father Marquette’s Many Graves by Jennifer S. McGraw

Review by Tyler R. Tichelaar Jennifer McGraw has compiled a treasure trove of information about Father Marquette’s life, burial, and various unburials and reburials in The Unsolved Mysteries of Father Marquette’s Many Graves. The story of Father Marquette’s graves—yes, multiple graves—ranges from his death in 1675 to the most recent…

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The Palace of the Snow Queen: Winter Travels in Lapland and Sápmi By Barbara Sjoholm

Review by Deborah K. Frontiera This nonfiction travelog/personal story The Palace of the Snow Queen by Barbara Sjoholm details her inward and outward journeys over three winter trips above the Arctic Circle in Norway, Sweden, and Finland. Originally published by Counterpoint Press in 2007, the new edition by U of…

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