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Great Lakes Grand Discovery

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The Great Lakes

The Great Lakes

by Wayne Grady

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

Wayne Grady showcases the nature and ecology of the Great Lakes, hub of industry and agriculture and home to 40 million people, in this illustrated portrait of the region, including its geological formation, conservation challenges, forests and resources. With hundreds of color photographs and illustrations by Emily Damstra. (GLK43, $29.95)

The Long Ships Passing, The Story of the Great Lakes

The Long Ships Passing, The Story of the Great Lakes

by Walter Havighurst

  • HISTORY
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 368 PAGES

A vivid popular history of the Great Lakes, rich in anecdote, incident and drama. Havighurst recounts the early days of ships and shipping on the Great Lakes from the time of the early French voyageurs through the industrialization of the region at the turn of the century. (GLK27, $17.95)

The Living Great Lakes

The Living Great Lakes

by Jerry Dennis

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 296 PAGES

Jerry Dennis, known for his writing on fly-fishing and canoeing, interweaves observation, anecdote and history in this tale of the lakes and his month-long voyage aboard the schooner Malabar. (GLK33, $15.99)

Northeast to Great Lakes Map

Northeast to Great Lakes Map

by Borch Maps

  • 2008
  • MAP

This handy laminated regional map includes more detailed inset maps of New York, Boston and Washington D.C. (USE492, $9.95)

 
Eastern Great Lakes Lighthouses

Eastern Great Lakes Lighthouses


by Ray Jones | Bruce Roberts

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 87 PAGES

With color photographs, lore, history and practical details on visiting the lighthouses of Ontario, Erie and Huron. (GLK76, $19.95)

Moon Handbook Michigan

Moon Handbook Michigan


by Tina Lassen

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 440 PAGES

This practical guidebook features traveling information on the Great Lakes and the Upper Peninsula regions of Michigan. (USM04, $19.99)

Lake Superior Flavors, A Field Guide to Food and Drink Along the Circle Tour

Lake Superior Flavors, A Field Guide to Food and Drink Along the Circle Tour


by James Norton

  • FOOD
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 240 PAGES

In this review of Lake Superior cuisine, the authors focus on local artisans and important dishes from the four regions they visit: Minnesota's North Shore, Ontario, Michigan and Wisconsin. (GLK79, $21.95)

A Traveller's History of Canada

A Traveller's History of Canada


by Robert Bothwell

  • HISTORY
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 220 PAGES

A readable and admirably concise march through Canadian history from prehistory to today, including a timeline. (CND82, $14.99)

Detroit City Is the Place to Be

Detroit City Is the Place to Be


by Mark Binelli

  • HISTORY
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 336 PAGES

Beyond the usual portrait of crime, poverty and ruin in this vivid report from the field, native son Mark Binelli sees a long shot future for a Detroit that is smaller, less segregated, greener, economically diverse and better functioning, a bold reimagining of a post-industrial city for the 21st century. (MDW583, $17.00)

Detroit, A Biography

Detroit, A Biography


by Scott Martelle

  • HISTORY
  • 2012
  • HARD COVER

Former Detroit News reporter Martell traces the history of the once-great city from remote fur trading outpost to agricultural and industrial center through to its current beleaguered state. (USM190, $24.95)

Golden Dream, A History of the St. Lawrence Seaway at Fifty

Golden Dream, A History of the St. Lawrence Seaway at Fifty


by Ronald Stagg

  • HISTORY
  • 2010
  • HARD COVER
  • 296 PAGES

Drawing on fifty years of history, this comprehensive study looks at the politics surrounding the creation of the St. Lawrence Seaway. Stagg, a Canadian historian, emphasizes that policymakers' "golden dream" of increased prosperity still has not been realized. (CND445, $35.00)

Great Lakes Lighthouses Encyclopedia

Great Lakes Lighthouses Encyclopedia


by Larry Wright

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 448 PAGES

This encyclopedia to the lighthouses of the all five Great Lakes captures their monumental beauty in full-color photographs. Each of the 650 lighthouse profiles includes information on history, construction materials, chronology of keepers and points of access. (GLK94, $35.00)

Inventing Niagara

Inventing Niagara


by Ginger Strand

  • HISTORY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

A witty, well-researched tale of the transformation of a natural wonder into an engineering feat, spectacle and monument. (CND302, $16.00)

Mackinac Island, Inside, Up Close, and Personal

Mackinac Island, Inside, Up Close, and Personal


by Dennis O. Cawthorne

  • HISTORY
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 224 PAGES

This entertaining account of Mackinac Island is equal parts memoir and history as Cawthorne sets his experiences (as a carriage driver, chamber of commerce manager, state legislator, restaurateur and attorney) within the island's last 50 years. (GLK90, $40.00)

Niagara, A History of the Falls

Niagara, A History of the Falls


by Pierre Berton

  • HISTORY
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 480 PAGES

Meticulously researched and entertaining, this history of Niagara Falls captures the sideshow atmosphere of the place with its honky-tonk attractions and daredevil feats. An engrossing social history. (GLK02, $24.95)

North American Indian Tribes of the Great Lakes

North American Indian Tribes of the Great Lakes


by Michael G. Johnson

  • HISTORY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 48 PAGES

Heavily illustrated, this handy primer presents the Native American tribes of the upper Midwest, their cultures, religions, leaders and roles in the colonial wars and the fur trade. (GLK69, $17.95)

Pandora's Locks, The Opening of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway

Pandora's Locks, The Opening of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway


by Jeff Alexander

  • HISTORY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 431 PAGES

This detailed history of the St. Lawrence Seaway, which opened in 1959, focuses on the engineering feat's often devastating environmental effects. (CND390, $19.95)

Perimeter, A Contemporary Portrait of Lake Michigan

Perimeter, A Contemporary Portrait of Lake Michigan


by Kevin J. Miyazaki

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 160 PAGES

An insightful series from photographer Kevin Miyazaki's 1,800-mile journey around Lake Michigan. The work gives much to peruse and ponder from faces and outfits to tools and toys, but mostly the lake itself. (GLK80, $29.95)

Shining Big Sea Water, The Story of Lake Superior

Shining Big Sea Water, The Story of Lake Superior


by Norman K. Risjord

  • HISTORY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 177 PAGES

A swift, illuminating history of Lake Superior, from its geological birth and native inhabitants to early explorers and industries, developers, cities and future challenges. (GLK58, $16.95)

Ships of the Great Lakes, An Inside Look at the World's Largest Inland Fleet

Ships of the Great Lakes, An Inside Look at the World's Largest Inland Fleet


by Patrick D. Lapinski

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 126 PAGES

Taking readers inside Great Lakes ship life, this book details the complex system of machinery, manpower and navigational technique that keeps the shipping industry moving. (GLK91, $39.95)

Shipwrecks and Lost Treasure Great Lakes, Legends and Lore, Pirates and More!

Shipwrecks and Lost Treasure Great Lakes, Legends and Lore, Pirates and More!


by Michael J. Varhola

  • HISTORY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 206 PAGES

Frederick Stonehouse provides the historical forward to these 21 riveting tales of ships that met their end in the treacherous waters of the Great Lakes, including the sinking of Civil War steamer Island Queen in 1864 and the tanker Edmund Fitzgerald in 1975. (GLK72, $14.95)

The Last Laker

The Last Laker


by Frederick Stonehouse

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2015
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

The riveting tale of the S.S. Henry B Smith, the deadly storm that sent her to the bottom of the Great Lakes and the search for the wreck. (GLK95, $19.95)

The Middle Ground, Indians, Empires, and Republics in the Great Lakes Region, 1650-1815

The Middle Ground, Indians, Empires, and Republics in the Great Lakes Region, 1650-1815


by Richard White

  • HISTORY
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 544 PAGES

White takes in the history of Daniel Boone, George Washington, Pontiac and Tecumseh in this scholarly history of relations between native peoples and Europeans in "pays d'en haut," the region around the Great Lakes. (GLK18, $49.99)

The Third Coast, When Chicago Built the American Dream

The Third Coast, When Chicago Built the American Dream


by Thomas Dyja

  • HISTORY
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 544 PAGES

Novelist and Chicagoan Dyja focuses on the hustle and muscle of mid-century Chicago, the years between the Great Depression and 1960, in this lively history shot through with personality. (USM222, $18.00)

The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald

The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald


by Frederick Stonehouse

  • HISTORY
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 268 PAGES

Stonehouse presents the circumstances and evidence for the loss of the S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald, which disappeared during a heavy snow storm on Lake Superior in the early evening of November 10, 1975. With no evidence and no witnesses, the captain and crew of 28 are still listed as missing. (GLK71, $17.95)

Toronto, Biography of a City

Toronto, Biography of a City


by Allan Levine

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2015
  • HARD COVER
  • 464 PAGES

From politics to transportation, public health to sports, historian Allan Levine explores four centuries of Toronto's history, introducing the forces and faces that shaped the city's multi-faceted identity. (CND440, $36.95)

Wreck Ashore, The US Life-Saving Service on the Great Lakes

Wreck Ashore, The US Life-Saving Service on the Great Lakes


by Frederick Stonehouse

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 213 PAGES

With great academic research, this history of the US Life-Saving Service profiles the life-savers who braved stormy shipwrecks to save Great Lakes sailors. Originally formed in the 1780s, the USLSS became the US Coast Guard in 1915. Illustrated with historic black-and-white pictures. (GLK93, $19.95)

Wrecks and Rescues of the Great Lakes


by James P. Barry

  • HISTORY
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 117 PAGES

This book reveals the severity of the weather around the Greak Lakes through dramatic photographs of shipwrecks, and graphic descriptions of the events surrounding them. (GLK51, $18.95)

Lake Country, A Series of Journeys

Lake Country, A Series of Journeys


by Kathleen Stocking

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 245 PAGES

In this second collection of 21 essays, Stocking writes with great affection and enthusiasm for her native Michigan. Themes of spirituality, nature and humanity permeate her reflections on Michigan's wildlife, small towns, local residents and the college town of Ann Arbor. (USM05, $19.95)

Uncommon Friends, Life With Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Harvey Firestone, Alexis Carrel, & Charles Lindbergh

Uncommon Friends, Life With Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Harvey Firestone, Alexis Carrel, & Charles Lindbergh


by James D. Newton

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1989
  • PAPER

Newton engagingly recalls a lifetime of friendship with five giants of the 20th century. With a foreword by Anne Morrow Lindbergh. (USM189, $17.95)

A Signal Victory, The Lake Erie Campaign, 1812-1813

A Signal Victory, The Lake Erie Campaign, 1812-1813


by David Curtis Skaggs

  • LITERATURE
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 264 PAGES

Drawing on British, Canadian and American documents, this history offers an impartial point of view on the Battle of Lake Erie, the most important naval battle of the War of 1812. The result of the battle: the Royal Navy surrenders an entire squadron and US Naval officer Perry remarks "We have met the enemy and they are ours." (GLK92, $19.95)

Selected Stories

Selected Stories


by Alice Munro

  • LITERATURE
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 688 PAGES

This collection of 28 short stories represents some of Munro's finest work. A powerful range of emotional, evocative tales set throughout the cities and rural towns of her native country. (CND200, $16.95)

The Song of Hiawatha

The Song of Hiawatha


by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

  • LITERATURE
  • 1993
  • PAPER
  • 192 PAGES

This Everyman's Library Classic of Longfellow's epic narrative poem, set along the south shore of Lake Superior and loosely based on the legends of the Ojibwe and other Native Americans, includes an introduction and the latest scholarship on the classic. (GLK77, $8.95)

The Women's Great Lakes Reader


by Victoria Brehm

  • LITERATURE
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 389 PAGES

This literary survey presents narratives from 1789 to the present, written by Great Lakes women from all walks of life: lighthouse keepers, North American Indians, fur traders, cooks on sailing vessels, missionaries and fearless travelers. (GLK89, $22.95)

Fishing the Great Lakes, An Environmental History, 1783-1933

Fishing the Great Lakes, An Environmental History, 1783-1933


by Margaret Beattie Bogue

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 464 PAGES

This sweeping, readable history examines the political squabbles, misguided public policies and commercial exploitation that destroyed the once-abundant fisheries of Great Lakes. (GLK57, $27.95)

Great Lakes for Sale, From Whitecaps to Bottlecaps

Great Lakes for Sale, From Whitecaps to Bottlecaps


by Dave Dempsey

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 110 PAGES

Dempsey calls for action to stop the diversion of water from the Great Lakes watershed. (GLK50, $16.95)

Great Lakes Water Wars

Great Lakes Water Wars


by Peter Annin

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 303 PAGES

Annin weaves an intriguing tale of behind the scenes compromise and conflict among the states and provinces making a grab for a portion of the water in the Great Lakes. (GLK49, $30.00)

Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island


by Terry Phipps

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2008
  • HARD COVER
  • 28 PAGES
  • CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

Phipps captures the splendor of the architecture and gardens of Mackinac in this collection of photographs. (GLK36, $14.95)

A Field Guide to Wildflowers: Northeastern and North-Central North America

A Field Guide to Wildflowers: Northeastern and North-Central North America


by Roger Tory Peterson | Rosemary McKenna

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 420 PAGES

A best-selling guide to wildflowers in a handsome paper edition, featuring drawings, color illustrations and short descriptions. Covers 1,293 species. (FG38, $20.00)

Fishes of the Great Lakes Region

Fishes of the Great Lakes Region


by Robert G. Werner

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2011
  • PAPER

A heavy duty, laminated guide to 57 bird species commonly found in the Great Lakes and their tributaries. Includes preferred bait and edibility index for each species. (GLK81, $7.95)

Great Lakes Birds

Great Lakes Birds


by Raymond Leung | James Kavanaugh

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2001
  • PLASTIC CARD

This fold-out reference illustrates almost 150 species in the Great Lakes region. Laminated and pocket-sized, it's a handy item to take along in the field. (GLK24, $6.95)

Great Lakes Trees and Wildflowers

Great Lakes Trees and Wildflowers


by Raymond Leung | James Kavanaugh

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2001
  • PLASTIC CARD

This laminated fold-out reference illustrates almost 150 plants in the Great Lakes region. (GLK25, $6.95)

Great Lakes Wildlife

Great Lakes Wildlife


by Raymond Leung | James Kavanaugh

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2001
  • PLASTIC CARD

This laminated fold-out card illustrates almost 150 animals in the Great Lakes region. (GLK26, $6.95)

Know Your Ships

Know Your Ships


by Roger LeLievre

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2015
  • PAPER
  • 184 PAGES

An aficionado's field guide to the ships on the St. Lawrence Seaway and the Great Lakes. The freighter fleets of all the shipping companies are listed along with the vital statistics for each ship. (GLK12, $18.95)

Mammals of the Great Lakes Region

Mammals of the Great Lakes Region


by James F. Parnell | Allen Kurta | Scott A. Schwemmin

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 376 PAGES

A detailed, photographic reference manual to the mammals of the Great Lakes region. (GLK16, $18.95)

National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America

National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America


by Jon Dunn

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 576 PAGES

This guide is the veteran's choice for birding anywhere in the United States. Practical to use in the field, it has maps, illustrations and descriptions of the birds on facing pages. (FG09, $27.95)

Scats and Tracks of the Great Lakes

Scats and Tracks of the Great Lakes


by James Halfpenny

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2015
  • PAPER
  • 192 PAGES
  • COMING IN SEPTEMBER

A helpful trail companion, designed to help readers determine which Greak Lakes mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians have crossed their path (and could still be around). Includes an identification key, glossary, line drawings and tracking advice. (GLK88, $12.95)

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