Beach reads recommended by McLean & Eakin Booksellers staff. Find eight more of their picks in the Up North department of the June 2009 issue of Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine.
One of the most engaging stories ever told. You will instantly fall in love with 11-year-old Francie, who is struggling to make sense of her world, despite her troubled family. This early 1900's memoir was altered just enough by Smith to be told as fiction. A classic.
This book is heart wrenching on many levels- first there are Frank and Ellie, who are recovering from the loss of a child; then there is the case of the American company Frank works for in India, wreaking havoc on the lives of native Indians in its typically naive American way; and lastly the Indian house servants Frank and Ellie have inherited, along with their bright young son...you see where this is going? Beautifully written!
In 1978 John L. Parker Jr. self-published Once a Runner and sold it out of the trunk of his car at road races around the country. Reading it became a rite of passage on many teams and in 2007 it was the most sought-after out-of-print book in the United States. Now back in print, it is the story of college student Quenton Cassidy's dream to run a four-minute mile. This is a rare insider's account of the incredibly intense lives of elite distance runners; an inspiring, funny, and spot-on tale of one man's quest to become a champion.
Starvation Lake is a Michigan town that doesn't have much to cheer about these days, which is why their winning hockey Coach Blackburn is such a legend. But when his snowmobile washes up on the shore, reporter Gus Carpenter digs deep to find that the past isn't always the way we remember it.