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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 2 edition (May 31, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 149379261X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1493792610
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,774,762 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Whistlers Mom TOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 6, 2015
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I read this book about six months ago and looked through it again today. It's a unique story, but the book needs pruning.

The author and her husband moved to North Manitou Island during WWII when a chance encounter with the wealthy businessman-owner resulted in a job offer. They lived on the island full time for a decade, then moved to the mainland, but continued to spend summers there. The island inhabitants were a motley crew. Some were the remnants of the original farm families. Some moved in when the island was turned into a hunting preserve and stocked with deer. Life revolved around the isolation of an island frequently cut off from the mainland for days by bad weather. Such circumstances bring out the best and the worst in people and remaining aloof from your neighbors isn't an option.

The author was the island's historian and includes sections of history of the founding families that should be removed and made into a second book or pamphlet. It is of no interest except to their descendants. Some other cutting would be helpful, but there's some really good stuff in here. While most of us wouldn't care to live on an isolated island, it's fun to read about. The owner who set up the hunting preserve intended for the island's herd to be cared for, but after his death financial considerations were all that mattered to the new owners. The deer (who had been fed hay during the winter months) were allowed to starve.

Bottom line: if you enjoy a slice of American social history and have the patience to do a little skimming, it's worth your time.
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