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A View of the Lake Paperback – June 1, 2011
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"At once evocative, calming and deeply spiritual, Bissell's writing is something to be treasured."--Alison McGhee, Pulitzer Prize nominee and No. 1 New York Times bestselling author
"Beryl's personal story of life before the Lake, and the solace the Lake provides, are woven throughout, but the people of Lake Superior are her real subject." --Catherine Watson, author of Roads Less Traveled and Home on the Road
"Like collecting stones along the Big Lake's rugged shoreline, [her stories] are so beautiful you can't help but pick them up and refuse to let them go." --Chuck Frederick, author of Leatherheads of the North
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I was anxious to read her new work, and I just finished reading "A View of the Lake." I'm struck by what a generous gift of heart and soul it is from the author to all who will read. Reading Beryl's exquisite writing is truly like being vicariously immersed in her life on the North Shore of Lake Superior. The depth, honesty, humility and also humor with which she writes are truly rare.
I read as much as I can and love books...many books are readable; this one is to be absorbed and savored and exulted over more than once. This one is to be owned. I have also purchased another copy to give as a gift, and anyone looking for something to give a reading friend will want to stock up on "A View of the Lake" as well. Beauty and blessing ooze from the pages of this magnificent book of essays.
It wasn't until recently, when I read "A View of the Lake," did I fully come to appreciate what a wonderful, enchanting environment I live in. Beryl Singleton Bissell's words paint a picture of a beautiful landscape full of whimsical characters. Her delightfully simplistic yet profoundly meaningful stories and anecdotes have transformed my view of Schroeder from being fogged in dull, gray-scale to one overflowing with color. Her "newcomer" perspective allows long-time residents a rare opportunity to rethink their tired views about a place that they've long taken for granted. "A View of the Lake" is a must-read for anyone who has ever wanted to experience North Shore living at it's grandest, and especially for those who have forgotten the importance of appreciating all of the simple joys Mother Nature and kindly neighbors have to offer.
So begins the luminously beautiful journey of Beryl Singleton Bissell's, "A View of the Lake."
Beryl's short stories are like glimmering jewels for the mind and soul. She brings her readers into a world where humanity & nature become one. A world so thoroughly magical & melodious that we don't want to depart once we've entered.
And one needn't live on the North Shore or be good Minnesotan to cherish the insights about life.
"Place reveals itself one day at t time...in the end it's not the accumulation of facts that matter, but the wisdom born in the journey."
In "A Summer Case of Spring Fever," Beryl chats to the glue eyed grass. "....look at you," she exclaims, "if you aren't the most beautiful little things!" Moreover, she admits to Congratulating the winter wrens for their glorious songs.
I found myself shading with yellow marker line after line of beauty as I do with the great poets. I found myself wanting to visit the post office in Schroeder to sip strong coffee and gossip with the locals. I found myself wanting to sit on the deck with Beryl to listen to the rippling waves of Lake Superior.
"This is the place where we came in search of a home and found as well our reason for being."---A View of the Lake
----Oh, one more thing. Beryl, you may not see yourself as a naturalist... but you are. You Are!
I loved this book!!!!
one's place amid the North Woods and its denizens. These
captivating tales of wildlife encounters, Big Lake adventures,
fascinating neighbors and personal challenges will enchant
residents, visitors and those who have yet to experience the draw
of Lake Superior."
What an amazing book- I just received it this morning and read it right through- so amazing is the prose- the characters encountered- even the smallest of wildlife- this is a book to treasure- I wish I could give it 10 stars- I read it start to finish!!
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As soon as we reached our destination, I could hardly wait to get started on reading this beautiful and extremely well written book. Beryl's writing style is magnificent! She captures ones full attention with her fun and truthful stories which flow so well that I could imagine myself being in the midst all the places the author mentioned. I sat on the balcony of our condo right on the Lake and read each story with great passion and excitement. I could not put the book down even for a minute. As I was turning the pages I kept thinking "WOW, I purchased a treasure" which I will keep on my coffee table for all our friends and family to enjoy. I even bought several copies to give as gifts. I already know that all the recipients will be fascinated and entertained when reading the "A View of the Lake". It is my all time favorite book which I highly recommend to all readers.
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A nice collection of personal essays on a variety of topics, all centered around living on the shores of Lake Superior. Read morePublished 7 months ago by C. Norbury
Thoughtful, interesting, and insightful essays about the wonders and hardships of living on Lake Superior's North Shore. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Discriminating Reader
Perhaps I shouldn’t have read Beryl Singleton Bissell’s View of the Lake. Not that I didn’t enjoy the excellent vignettes of Beryl’s life on Minnesota’s North Shore of Lake... Read morePublished on January 14, 2014 by Donna M. Bergsgaard
I bought this book as a gift for my mom for Christmas. She read it right away and absolutely loved it. I have not read it, but hope to in the future.Published on January 1, 2014 by Ricky K.
I love the short stories to read when I have a little time and need to transported to another place. Read morePublished on October 7, 2013 by susan christopherso
Thankfully I haven't encountered a bear in my driveway ( or anywhere else!) I could relate and laugh out loud at many of the stories of this city couple transplanted to the wild! Read morePublished on September 4, 2013 by J. Weber
Nicely written book that allows me to vicariously spend some more time on the North Shore. I agree with all of the other reviewers. Thanks Beryl! Read morePublished on January 13, 2013 by Dana George
A View of the Lake is a collection of short and real stories from an author who is awake to her surroundings and has the gift of describing them in such a way that the reader feels... Read morePublished on October 25, 2012 by ruth
To say that Beryl Bissell's A View of the Lake is a collection of vignettes about life on Minnesota's North Shore is true but very delimiting. As a refugee from the fast lane, Ms. Read morePublished on September 19, 2012 by Sally Mayfield