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The Third Coast: Sailors, Strippers, Fishermen, Folksingers, Long-Haired Ojibway Painters, and God-Save-the-Queen Monarchists of the Great Lakes Hardcover – February 1, 2008
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"Is there a Great Lakes culture? Damned straight, and Ted McClelland nails it." Jerry Dennis, author, The Living Great Lakes and A Place on the Water
"[A] quirky travelogue." Kenosha News
"A very good read. I learned more about the Great Lakes region from it than I had in a half century of living in Michigan." The Bay City Times
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I loved the quirky people along the way; indeed, this is a book of travel essays that reads like a novel.
McClelland is a writer's writer, a droll and witty wordsmith whose writing isn't pretentious but is very good. I would call this book a true find, and would recommend this to anyone who likes to curl up in a chair and get lost in a story (or 20 stories!). Especially, "The Third Coast" will stir pride in anyone who lives on or near the great, Great Lakes.
Many of the things he wrote about happened by circumstance and may not be available to the average tourist. Overall, if you are planning on visiting any of the Great Lakes use this as a guide.
In a nutshell, McClelland spent 109 days driving more than 9,000 miles around all five of our Great Lakes; meeting people, exploring Lakes' history and lore, visiting offbeat places as well as famous landmarks, and learning the signature attitudes, traditions and cultures of the hometown peoples who live by the Lakes'. And the Lakes' people and culture is every bit as unique and interesting as those of The South, The Wild West, California, and possibly Mars.
Imagine going on an extended, leisurely vacation through History and a gorgeous and awesomely vigorous country with Mark Twain or Will Rogers as your travelling companion. McClelland's skills as an observer and the crisp freshness of his writing style are superlative... or better. His stunning command of Prose combined with his delightful candor and sly Twain-istic Wit makes the journey (and the pages) seem to flash by. Fact is: "The Third Coast" is a book you could thoroughly enjoy simply for the excellence of the writing regardless of whether you had any interest in the topic. I was on page 117 before I remembered to take a sip of my Pepsi ! You'll love it !
before I remembered to take a sip of my Pepsi ! You'll love it !
Starting from his lakeside apartment in Chicago, Ted McClelland goes for a drive--a long drive. With the blessing of his publisher, McClelland goes in search of what he calls the "Fresh Water Nation." Always keeping the water to his right, he circumnavigates every Great Lake, a coastline longer than the entire Eastern and Western seaboards combined.
The Third Coast: Sailors, Strippers, Fishermen, Folksingers, Long-Haired Ojibway Painters, and God-Save-the-Queen Monarchists, is a contemporary look at the people who live around the Great Lakes. Suspecting we have as distinctive a culture as the Deep South or California, he seeks out individuals who reflect that culture, and as the title suggests, Mr. McClelland has a knack for finding the more interesting residents.
He discovers that butchers are celebrities in Sheboygan County, Wisconsin and that Garrison Keeler is a superstar in St. Paul, Minnesota, a state that's the home of progressive politics; i.e. Hubert Humphrey, Gene McCarthy and ... Bob Dylan. Traveling the remote north shore of Lake Superior, he learns that two of Canada's largest cities--Thunder Bay and Sault Ste. Marie, border the shore that most Americans think of as inside the Arctic Circle, and that to Canadians, the north shore of Lake Erie is the "deep south." He learns that the south shore of Lake Ontario is a laboratory for social progress--the jump off spot for the Underground Railroad, and home of women's suffrage and temperance.
Attending a Styx / REO Speedwagon concert in Cleveland, he recalls how arena rock bands, Davey & Goliath morality cartoons, and Great Lake mariners are icons of the area's culture.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good read about an area close to our home. Easy read and interesting people the author meets.Published 23 days ago by Orv Bratland
Bought this book for two different people and they both loved it.Published 7 months ago by Kathleen Mattocks
Excellent. Well written, informative, fun, makes you want to follow in the authors footsteps.Published 12 months ago by juls24k
Ted understands the simple beauty of the lakes and the people who live here. He has traveled to areas I have not yet seen and opened them up to me. Read morePublished on August 29, 2014 by ryangs
I grew up near Toledo on Lake Erie. This book, while hilarious, also manages to capture so much more about those of us who don't understand what the big deal is about oceans when... Read morePublished on July 20, 2014 by Amazon Customer
Now that locavorism is all the rage, it's pretty clear to me that within the next generation we'll give the monoculture and McDonaldization of society the boot and return to our... Read morePublished on May 4, 2012 by Christine Borne
This might be a travelogue, but it won't put you to sleep. Read it to get a good glimpse of a 9,600 mile trip around the Great Lakes and appreciate all of the local color along... Read morePublished on February 6, 2012 by Yooper39
I just finished reading "The Third Coast" and found it a very interesting read. If you enjoy the style of William Least Heat Moon I believe you will like this book. Read morePublished on November 18, 2009 by Ken Engel