If you are looking for a great book about Michigan's Treasures, the Great Lakes, then you must read Jerry Dennis' The Living Great Lakes. The book reads like a narrative and is extremely well researched. Dennis intertwines the natural history of the Great Lakes, their maritime history, with the likes and differences of the oceans and the Great Lakes. He covers the problems the Great Lakes faces, such as pollution, zebra mussles, and in addition, he discusses his personal experiences with the lakes. Dennis grew up in Michigan, always near the lakes, but eventually decided he wanted to know more about them. With hopes of learning more, he took a six-week voyage as a crew member on a tallmasted schooner from Grand Traverse Bay to Maine. He weaves his experiences on the ship, dealing with the captain and crew, and living through a terrifying storm while on board throughout The Living Great Lakes.
A book about the Great Lakes sounds like something dry, but not this book, it is interesting, fun to read, and very educational.
More Books About the Great Lakes:
- Bonfires & Beacons: Great Lakes Lighthouses by Larry Wright
- The Five Sisters: 299 Things Every Great Lakes Buff Should Know by William Ford Keefe
- Ghost Ships, Gales and Forgotten Tales: True Adventures of the Great Lakes by Wes Oleszewski
- Great Lakes Nature: An Outdoor Year by Mary Blocksma
- Great Lakes, Shipwrecks and Survivals by William Ratigan
- Pandora's Locks: The opening of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway by Jeff Alexander
- White Hurricane: a Great Lakes November Gale and America's Deadliest Maritime Disaster by David Brown