Local Nonfiction

This list is by no means comprehensive. We have a large selection of new, used, and out of print titles in the store.

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Grown-Up Anger: The Connected Mysteries of Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie, and the Calumet Massacre of 1913 Cover Image
$29.69
ISBN: 9780062451699
Availability: Backordered
Published: Harper - June 13th, 2017

Upper Peninsula of Michigan: A History Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781387016815
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Published: Lulu.com - July 13th, 2017

Finns of Michigan's Upper Peninsula (Images of America) Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9781467129787
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Published: Arcadia Publishing (SC) - November 19th, 2018

And Here: 100 Years of Upper Peninsula Writing, 1917–2017 Cover Image
By Ronald Riekki (Editor)
$32.95
ISBN: 9781611862591
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Published: Michigan State University Press - August 2017

The Salvager: The Life of Captain Tom Reid on the Great Lakes (Fesler-Lampert Minnesota Heritage) Cover Image
$21.95
ISBN: 9781517902308
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Published: Univ Of Minnesota Press - April 4th, 2017

The Living Great Lakes: Searching for the Heart of the Inland Seas Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780312331030
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - June 2004

Yooper Talk: Dialect as Identity in Michigan's Upper Peninsula (Languages and Folklore of Upper Midwest) Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9780299312503
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Published: University of Wisconsin Press - June 27th, 2017

Here: Women Writing on Michigan's Upper Peninsula Cover Image
By Ronald Riekki (Editor), Alison Swan (Foreword by)
$24.95
ISBN: 9781611861631
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Published: Michigan State University Press - May 2015

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The Desk on the Sea (Made in Michigan Writers) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780814346655
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Published: Wayne State University Press - June 3rd, 2019

A-Day-in-the-Life.  That is my sub-title for this sincere memoir.  It chronicles Johnson’s yearlong sabbatical living with his wife and eight-year-old daughter in a 17th century stone cottage in Scotland. The consistent lighthouse beacon and the water and waves permeate their lives.  The village culture eventually seeps in.  Johnson has come here to write and honor the life and death of his beloved mother. His wife finds friends and meaningful volunteer work in the village, and their daughter is enrolled in school.  

If you happen to live on Lake Superior in Marquette, Michigan the home-town aspects ring especially true. Even if you call elsewhere home you may recognize many of these words and feelings as your own. Raising a child, caring for a dying parent, sustaining meaningful work, finding family-these are the actions that make a life. This memoir is steeped in grief and elevated by wonder. ~Dianne