From Indigenous Names to Brockway Mountain — New historical reference books!

Indians and Other Misnomers of the Upper Great Lakes: The True Indigenous Origins of Geographic Place Names, by Phil Bellfy (Modern History Press, Ann Arbor, MI 2023), 154 pages pbk, $25.95. Brockway Mountain Stories: The History of Brockway Mountain Drive and Keweenaw Mountain Lodge, by Paul LaVanway (Mudminnow Press, Copper…

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Legacy of an Immigrant: Four Generations of Flying by Maria Vezzetti Matson

Review by Tyler R. Tichelaar In Legacy of an Immigrant: Four Generations of Flying, Maria Vezzetti Matson shares the story of her incredible pioneer Italian-American family. This book, although based on Maria’s family history, is written as historical fiction. Maria takes some small license with the past and present to…

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Too Much Sea for Their Decks: Shipwrecks of Minnesota’s North Shore and Isle Royale by Michael Schumacher

Too much sea for their rocks by michael schumacher.

Reviewer by Sharon Brunner Michael Schumacher in his book Too Much Sea For Their Decks brought to life the remarkable history of shipping on the Great Lakes. He clearly delineated the perils faced by captains and the crews of shipwrecked schooners, wooden freighters, steel-hulled steamers, passenger vessels, whalebacks, and bulk…

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Off the Hook: Off-Beat Reporters Tales from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, by Nancy Besonen

Off the hook by nancy besson.

Review by Mack Hassler I like a book that has resonance.  Both fiction and non-fiction, whether history or memoir or journalism, can contain good resonance.  Further, in my opinion, the best echo or resonance is with faith or philosophic issues.  Therefore, to select two titles from what was at the…

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Roadkill Justice: Featuring Yooper Woodswoman Nettie Bramble by Terri Martin

Roadkill justice by terry martin.

Review by Jon C. Stott Roadkill Justice: Featuring Yooper Woodswoman Nettie Bramble is set somewhere in the north-central section of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (I think, maybe, in Baraga County), there’s a place called Budworm. Residing there are such people as Sammy Snert, Miss Linda Figgy (aka Miss Figgy), Tag Elder,…

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Mack Hassler reviews: Odin’s Eye, A Marquette Time Travel Novel, by Tyler R. Tichelaar

Odin's eye by tyler r tichelaar.

Review by Mack Hassler Trained as a medievalist but now working mostly with stories about Marquette in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Tyler Tichelaar has learned how to weave in and out of time references perhaps from his work with Chaucer or the King Arthur stories.  He has done a…

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