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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

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Thirteen years ago, my husband and I arrived on the North Shore having no idea of what life in that place entailed. While focusing first on the trials that beset us after our impulsive move, A View of the Lake becomes more reflective as the Lake became, as it were, my mentor. We'd arrived driving our SUVs, thinking that our only deprivations would be access to nearby groceries and Mr. Movies, but one does not live year-round on Lake Superior without noting the effects lifestyles such as ours have on the environment. Thus it was that A view of the Lake became a chronicle of how we learned to live on the North Shore, a "we came for the view but we stay because of the place" experience. 
Culled from hundreds of pages of journal notes, my weekly "Newcomer Notes" columns in the Cook County News Herald and daily logs,  A View of the Lake comprises the essence of our experience on the Big Lake. Ours is not a back-to-the-land story. We have running water and electricity and heat our home with propane. It is, rather, a narrative of two ordinary lives transposed into an extraordinary setting where nature and a small community became our teachers: An experience replicated wherever people encounter an environment so profuse with wonders that one wants never again to take them for granted. 
Like deep breathing, writing A View of the Lake nourished me between my first published memoir The Scent of God and its sequel, Looking for Francesca on which I've been working for the past 7 years and which is still in process. For the joy of this experience, I am deeply grateful. I hope you will enjoy reading A View of the Lake as much as I enjoyed writing it.
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Lake Superior Port Cities (June 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0942235746
  • ISBN-13: 978-0942235746
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,032,249 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Julie Balmer on July 5, 2011
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I read Bissell's "The Scent of God" a few years ago and its mood and beauty stayed with me for a long time after. I have purchased other copies to give as gifts over the years.

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.
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I grew up on Minnesota's North Shore. I spent all of my childhood and a significant amount of my young adult life mourning my sad existence in a "tourist town." Every day was spent fielding endless questions from haphazard traveler's who wonder such ridiculous things as, "Where can I find a campsite without bugs?" and, "How often do you go whale watching," or (my personal favorite), "How old does a deer need to be before it's considered a moose?" Living with cynical, ultra-conservative Northland parents I was doomed from the start to almost resent my northland home. I spent many an hour with my nose buried in various fantasy novels wishing for a more extraordinary existence, not realizing all of the magic that I was missing right outside my door.

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.
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"--The glass front door revealed a house filled with windows and these windows were filled with lake."

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!!!!
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"A View of the Lake chronicles the joys and lessons in finding
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!!

A JAMES MASON COMMUNITY BOOK CLUB MUST READ

Rick Friedman
Founder
THE JAMES MASON COMMUNITY BOOK CLUB
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I was patiently waiting for the book "A View of the Lake" to be published and purchased it with great excitement and enthusiasm during our vacation on majestic Lake Superior. I was lucky enough to have the most amazing and brilliant author Beryl Singleton Bissell sign my copies, what a special and memorable occasion.
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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