Books about Michigan & the Great Lakes

A Listmania! list by E. A. Lovitt "starmoth" (Gladwin, MI USA)
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The list author says: "This is a list of my favorite books about the state where I've lived my whole life. Most of them are nature books, but there is a smattering of true crimes that occurred in Michigan, accounts of adventures on the Great Lakes, Michigan history, and some extraordinary biographies."
Horsepower: A Memoir
1.  Horsepower: A Memoir by Annette Israel
The list author says:
  "A quixotic Mount Pleasant woman rescues an old Belgian work horse and brings him back to health.   Ren is twenty-five when the author rescues him, which is very old for a draft horse.  This is a luminous autobiography as well as a great horse story."
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Great Lakes Shipwrecks & Survivals
2.  Great Lakes Shipwrecks & Survivals by William Ratigan
The list author says:
  "My very favorite book on Great Lakes shipwrecks and disasters.  It is probably classified as a book with limited 'regional' interest, which is a shame because it deserves a much wider audience."
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The Potawatomi (Indians of North America)
3.  The Potawatomi (Indians of North America) by James A. Clifton
The list author says:
  "The author (an anthropologist) has written a truly interesting, sometimes poignant history of this Great Lakes tribe."
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Enslaved by Ducks
4.  Enslaved by Ducks by Bob Tarte
The list author says:
  "both hilarious and touching: a sort of "Ring of Bright Water" as authored by Dave Barry; except it's not about otters.  It stars the eponymous ducks, along with surly parrots, turkicidal turkeys, etc."
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Amphibians and Reptiles of the Great Lakes Region (Great Lakes Environment)
5.  Amphibians and Reptiles of the Great Lakes Region (Great Lakes Environment) by James H. Harding
The list author says:
  "well-organized, well-illustrated, & well-written"
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Mammals of the Great Lakes Region: Revised Edition (Great Lakes Environment)
6.  Mammals of the Great Lakes Region: Revised Edition (Great Lakes Environment) by Allen Kurta
The list author says:
  "the natural histories of eighty-three mammals living in the Great Lakes ecosystem, livened by the occasional wry personal anecdote."
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Michigan Wildflowers in Color, Revised Edition with Wildflower Walks
7.  Michigan Wildflowers in Color, Revised Edition with Wildflower Walks by Harry C. Lund
The list author says:
  "Very easy to use although pictures are a bit small.  Well-organized by flower color."
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Geology of Michigan
8.  Geology of Michigan by John A. Dorr
The list author says:
  "Dorr and Eschman take an elevator from the basement of time in the Precambrian up through Michigan's modern topological features that have been formed by wind and water."
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Under Michigan: The Story of Michigan's Rocks and Fossils (Great Lakes Books)
9.  Under Michigan: The Story of Michigan's Rocks and Fossils (Great Lakes Books) by Charles Ferguson Barker
The list author says:
  "This book has got all sorts of really cool information about the geology of this state, written in a fashion that kids should find easy to understand--this book is only 50 pages long, with many full-color drawings. It is arranged in chronological order, with a bit of plate tectonics, and short explanations of why our rocks and fossils are arranged in the order they're found."
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Michigan: A Bicentennial History (States and the Nation)
10.  Michigan: A Bicentennial History (States and the Nation) by Bruce Catton
The list author says:
  "The history of our state by a Michigander who also happens to be a world-class historian."
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The Birds of Michigan
11.  The Birds of Michigan by James Granlund
The list author says:
  "A treasure!  All birders in Michigan should have a copy of this oversize book."
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The Country Kitchen
12.  The Country Kitchen by Della T. Lutes
The list author says:
  "This is quite an extraordinary book:  a combination of "Little House on the Prairie" and one of my grandmother's old cookbooks.  Autobiography of growing up in Michigan in the late 1800s."
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Month-by-Month Gardening in Michigan
13.  Month-by-Month Gardening in Michigan by James A. Fizzell
The list author says:
  "Suppose you live in Michigan and want to know whether to prune your climbing roses in March.  This book is very well organized and easy to use."
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True Tales of the Great Lakes
14.  True Tales of the Great Lakes by Dwight Boyer
The list author says:
  "All of Dwight Boyer's books on the Great Lakes are highly recommended.  A wealth of fire, ice, fog, collisions, and tragedy."
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Ghost Ships of the Great Lakes
15.  Ghost Ships of the Great Lakes by Dwight Boyer
The list author says:
  "Some ships sighted through night, fog, and ice sank or disappeared 'through a crack in the lake' many years ago."
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Great Stories of the Great Lakes
16.  Great Stories of the Great Lakes by Dwight Boyer
The list author says:
  "Well-researched and incurably romantic tales of the world's largest Inland Lakes."
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Ghost Ships, Gales and Forgotten Tales: True Adventures on the Great Lakes
17.  Ghost Ships, Gales and Forgotten Tales: True Adventures on the Great Lakes by Wes Oleszewski
The list author says:
  "I believe this book was written partly to counter-act the romantic story-telling of Great Lakes authors like Dwight Boyer.  Still very interesting."
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White Hurricane : A Great Lakes November Gale and America's Deadliest Maritime Disaster
18.  White Hurricane : A Great Lakes November Gale and America's Deadliest Maritime Disaster by David G. Brown
The list author says:
  "Meticulous meteorological reconstruction of the 1913 storm that raged for four days in early November and sank ships on Lakes Superior, Michigan, Huron (the worst hit) and Erie."
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Ships Gone Missing: The Great Lakes Storm of 1913
19.  Ships Gone Missing: The Great Lakes Storm of 1913 by Robert J. Hemming
The list author says:
  "I've read two of Robert J. Hemming's books about Great Lakes storms and shipwrecks--this volume plus his "Gales of November"--both recommended."
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Michigan Atlas & Gazetteer
20.  Michigan Atlas & Gazetteer by Delorme Mapping Company
The list author says:
  "Detailed, easy-to-use maps with natural features, game areas, sports locations."
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Anatomy of a Murder
21.  Anatomy of a Murder by Robert Traver
The list author says:
  "Number #1 bestseller in 1958, and still a gripping tale of murder in Thunder Bay country."
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Perennials for Michigan
22.  Perennials for Michigan by Nancy Szerlag
The list author says:
  "Not just for Michiganders.  One of the best perennial guides I've had the pleasure to read."
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Roses for Michigan
23.  Roses for Michigan by Nancy Lindley
The list author says:
  "Valuable info! The authors admonish us to be cautious when ordering from southern and western rose growers, as their roses may be grafted onto rootstock unsuitable for Michigan."
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Natural Michigan: A Nature Lover's Guide to 228 Attractions
24.  Natural Michigan: A Nature Lover's Guide to 228 Attractions by Tom Powers
The list author says:
  "Descriptions & maps to the parks, nature preserves, pathways, wetlands, & arboreteums of Michigan"
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Michigan Bird Watching
25.  Michigan Bird Watching by Bill Thompson
The list author says:
  "Excellent, fact-filled guide on 100 most commonly seen birds in Michigan."
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Darker than Night: The True Story of a Brutal Double Homicide and an 18-Year Long Quest for Justice (St. Martin's True Crime Library)
26.  Darker than Night: The True Story of a Brutal Double Homicide and an 18-Year Long Quest for Justice (St. Martin's True Crime Library) by Tom Henderson
The list author says:
  "We live in the woods, not far from where this grotesque double homicide took place in 1985.  A rumor had been circulating for almost two decades about a pair of downstate deer hunters, who had been beaten to death, chopped up and fed to the murderers’ pigs after an alcohol-fuelled encounter in a local bar. A dedicated State Trooper took on the cold case and brought the murderers to justice."
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Blood Justice (St. Martin's True Crime Library)
27.  Blood Justice (St. Martin's True Crime Library) by Tom Henderson
The list author says:
  "Two of Michigan's most notorious cold cases featuring serial killer Jeffrey Gorton."
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Trees of Michigan Field Guide (Our Nature Field Guides)
28.  Trees of Michigan Field Guide (Our Nature Field Guides) by Stan Tekiela
The list author says:
  "Full-page photos and information about each tree's leaves or needles, bark, size, fall color, and Michigan range map. This book includes more than 100 common trees and is the right size for field trips."
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Birds of Michigan Field Guide, Second Edition
29.  Birds of Michigan Field Guide, Second Edition by Stan Tekiela
The list author says:
  "Tekiela's notes are the best part of this well-illustrated book."
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Birds of Michigan Audio CDs: Compatible with Birds of Michigan Field Guide
30.  Birds of Michigan Audio CDs: Compatible with Birds of Michigan Field Guide by Stan Tekiela
The list author says:
  "Bird songs organized by bird color, which matches the field guide but is confusing if you don't have the book."
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Edible and Medicinal Plants of the Great Lakes Region
31.  Edible and Medicinal Plants of the Great Lakes Region by Thomas A. Naegele
The list author says:
  "This book is for you if you like an author who personally experiments with the plants he describes."
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The Atlas of Breeding Birds of Michigan
32.  The Atlas of Breeding Birds of Michigan by Richard Brewer
The list author says:
  "Extremely useful. I'm a field observer for ABBMII, and alas, the proposed new edition of this book won't go to print because of costs.  So get this book while it is still for sale."
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Farm Ballads
33.  Farm Ballads 
The list author says:
  "With the ‘Public Act 51’ of 1919, the Michigan legislature passed a law requiring teachers to teach at least one of Will Carleton’s poems to children in school.  This book contains 33 ballads by this Michigan poet, including his famous "Over the Hill to the Poor-House.”"
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Michigan Frogs, Toads, and Salamanders: A Field Guide and Pocket Reference
34.  Michigan Frogs, Toads, and Salamanders: A Field Guide and Pocket Reference by James H. Harding
The list author says:
  "Well-organized, well-written, and well-illustrated color guide of the 23 amphibians that live in our state."
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Michigan Turtles and Lizards: A Field Guide and Pocket Reference
35.  Michigan Turtles and Lizards: A Field Guide and Pocket Reference by James H. Harding
The list author says:
  "Another great field guide from Michigan State University, this one covering the 10 turtles and 2 lizards (minus snakes) that live in our state."
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William Beaumont: Frontier Doctor
36.  William Beaumont: Frontier Doctor by Virginia Law Burns
The list author says:
  "A biography of William Beaumont, who served in the U.S. army during the War of 1812. While posted on Mackinac Island, Dr. Beaumont healed his most famous patient:  a voyageur, who ended up with a permanent 'window' into his stomach."
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Father Marquette, (Great men of Michigan)
37.  Father Marquette, (Great men of Michigan) by Raphael N Hamilton
The list author says:
  "We've become accustomed in modern biographies to learn everything about the subject, warts and all, but "Father Marquette" is old-fashioned in that respect.  The subject and his author were both Jesuit priests, and this biography is an ardent panegyric in which Father Hamilton refutes even the slightest blemish that had been attributed to Jacques Marquette"
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If We Make It 'til Daylight : The Story of Frank Mays
38.  If We Make It 'til Daylight : The Story of Frank Mays by Pat Stayer
The list author says:
  "The story of Frank Mays, one of only two sailors of a crew of 35 men, who survived the sinking of the 'Carl D. Bradley,' a 639-foot Great Lakes freighter that broke up in a savage storm on Lake Michigan on November 18, 1958."
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Sole Survivor: Dennis Hale's Own Story
39.  Sole Survivor: Dennis Hale's Own Story 
The list author says:
  "The story of Dennis Hale, the only sailor of a crew of 29 men, who survived the sinking of the 'Daniel J. Morrell,' a 603-foot Great Lakes freighter that broke up in a savage storm on Lake Huron."
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Poetry in Michigan / Michigan in Poetry (Huron River Mist)
40.  Poetry in Michigan / Michigan in Poetry (Huron River Mist) by William Olsen
The list author says:
  "In a collection this extensive (90 poets) you have to expect a mix of great and not-so-great poetry.  Some of Michigan's most famous poets are in here, including Conrad Hilberry and Diane Wakoski, but most of the names are unfamiliar to me.  Taken as a whole, this book is a keenly honed tribute to this watery, industrial-strength peninsula."
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