- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: Lake Superior Port Cities (June 1, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0942235746
- ISBN-13: 978-0942235746
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 23 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,007,468 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"For those eager to enjoy a vivid journey to this majestic inland sea, A View of the Lake is a splendid introduction" --Emilie Buchwald, publisher emeritus, Milkweed editions
"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
About the Author
Beryl Singleton Bissell was born in Saddle River, New Jersey; grew up in Puerto Rico, and for the past 30 years has called Minnesota home. Packing several lifetimes into one, Bissell was a cloistered contemplative nun for 15 years prior to becoming a wife, mother, widow, single mom, divorcee, bereaved parent, and grand parent.
She is author of The Scent of God: A Memoir (Counterpoint April 2006 hardcover, Counterpoint April 2007 paper) and A View of the Lake (Lake Superior Port Cities Inc June 2011). A columnist with the Cook County News Herald -- a local newspaper with a national subscription base - for 10 years, she has been published in The National Catholic Reporter, The Trenton Times, Your Life Magazine, The Sun Magazine, Minnesota Monthly, Lake Superior Magazine, The Himalayan Path, the online Visual Thesaurus, and the anthologies: Surviving Ophelia, edited by Cheryl Dellasega, Ph.D. (Perseus Publishing, 2001), and The New Writer's Handbook, Vol. 2, edited by Philip Martin with preface by Ted Kooser, U.S. Poet Laureate (Scarletta Press 2008). She was named "Best of 2006 Minnesota Authors" and her memoir, The Scent of God (berylsingletonbissell.com) was a "Notable" Book Sense selection for April 2006.
Bissell, now working on the sequel to The Scent of God, lives on Lake Superior in northeastern Minnesota with her husband Bill and their newly adopted 15 year-old "kitty," Candy.
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The book takes readers over all four seasons, beginning in fall, winter, spring and summer. Beryl was raised in Puerto Rico, didn't like winter, but after moving to Schroeder, decides she loves this time of year with all its ice, snow and beauty.
Ms Bissell and her husband, Bill, after a short vacation, decided they needed a home on the North Shore, especially Beryl. So they made it happen. The two found a house filled with windows looking out upon Lake Superior. The couple fell in love with this house and environment and bought it. Beryl felt, after living in many other places, that this is where she belonged.
Ms Bissell's book is filled with essays, one and a half to two pages. Each season is headed with Seasons of Learning. People are always learning or should be she feels. And how Beryl likes to learn as much as she can about her chosen home and its environment, and how she loves to write about it all.She wishes she had become a naturalist. Now she is one.
Her book is filled with so much joy of life. She loves her husband, Bill, who she dedicates her book to. She loves her home and all of her life.
The book is short, only 161 pages, but is packed with so much, fun, laughs, much else, taking readers into her life and home. There are so many dark books. I took my time reading to be able to fully enjoy. I will read it many times again.
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.