• The Death and Life of the Great Lakes, Dan Egan
      WW Norton, 9780393246438, March 7, 2017 (Non-Fiction)

      The Death and Life of the Great Lakes is the most evenhanded piece of ecological writing I’ve come across in a long time. It is an excellent account of the effects humankind has upon nature, in this case the Great Lakes, and of nature’s own resiliency. 

      -Pete Mock, McIntyre's Books (Pittsboro, NV)

      From Ontario to New York, past Illinois to Minnesota, and touching several U.S. states and Canadian provinces, the Great Lakes and their canals are both a natural and an engineering marvel. The Death and Life of the Great Lakes is a bit of a wonder, too, as Egan covers the lakes’ ecology, history, scientific and commercial uses, and importance to shipping and sports fishing. After more than 300 years, the challenge of connecting and using the Great Lakes has become a trial to save them from gross misuse. Egan has thoughtful options to share and makes the case for immediate, reasoned action. 

      -Becky Milner, Vintage Books (Vancouver, WA)

      A timely, important book, The Death and Life of the Great Lakes is an alarming read, no matter where you live in the U.S. Egan’s clear-sighted, thoroughly researched book provides us with in-depth knowledge of an ecosystem in crisis. As the world’s largest source of fresh water, you’d think we humans would be more careful with how we treat the lakes. Egan points out the years of bad policy and continuing disregard for the health of the lakes that is putting them in peril with each passing year. But Egan also provides possible solutions for those of us who hope for a different future than the one currently on the horizon. A necessary read for our times. 

      -Hilary Gustafson, Literati Bookstore (Ann Arbor, MI)

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