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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 – Illustrated, February 1, 2008

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Southern pride is everywhere, from the radio to the presidency, but not much time or media coverage is devoted to northern pride, the essence of McClelland’s book oriented on the Great Lakes and the lands that surround them—the Freshwater Nation. Crossing borders and circumnavigating the lakes, McClelland made an almost 10,000-mile journey from Chicago to Wisconsin to upper Michigan to (via Isle Royale) Minnesota to Ontario to New York, Pennsylvania, and Ohio, and through lower Michigan to Michigan City, Indiana. His conversations with such characters met en route as Yuri the sailor and Oil Can Eddie constitute one of the book’s definite pleasures. Visits to the drunkest city in America (Milwaukee), the world’s largest barber pole, and natural wonders and their environs (Downtown Niagara Falls . . . looks like a carnival that has put down roots and incorporated itself); chats with Canadians who remain staunch Loyalists (to the crown, that is); and an REO Speedwagon–Styx concert at a county fair near Lake Erie are others this hearty, good-natured homage affords. --June Sawyers


"[A] hearty, good-natured homage."   —Booklist

"The author struts an extensive knowledge of the area that makes this a must for fans of travel literature."  —Kirkus Reviews

Captures a slice of North Americana with the precision of a Walker Evans photograph, and sentences worthy of John McPhee."  —Neal Pollack, author, Alternadad

"The Third Coast is much like the place it chronicles: interesting, not at all ostentatious, and a great amount of fun."  —Tom Bissell, author, The Father of All Things

"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

"To [Ted McClelland], the North is a state of mind, and it is the Great Lakes region that fuels his imagination."  —Chicago Tribune

"[A] quirky travelogue."  —Kenosha News

"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

Product details

  • Item Weight : 1.32 pounds
  • Hardcover : 352 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1556527217
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1556527210
  • Product Dimensions : 6 x 1.05 x 9 inches
  • Publisher : Chicago Review Press (February 1, 2008)
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.0 out of 5 stars 31 ratings
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