A Look at Its PastBook - 2008
Much of Michigan's history is not contained in the grand stories of great personages involved in epic accomplishments. Rather, the state's history?and for that matter, the histories of the world and even our own families?is in truth of a local scale and in minute detail, so local and so minute that it often goes unnoticed and unappreciated. But put together, those "histories" are the true substance of its fabric. And so it is with Sprague Taylor. He writes of people whose lives were marked by a majestic river, Michigan's Tahquamenon, and the land it sustained.
The Tahquamenon River wanders through woods, big woods, deep woods, full of the sorts of animals that look good in woods and people who generally do not mind they are there. With a long past, thanks to the Native Americans who lived amongst the animals and trees and cultivated what they could, the river and the county named after it echo, not with epic tales of battles and conquest, but with stories of people trying to make a living and get by. Taylor was born practically on the river and spent most of his life there, taking in the echoes and the small stories and delivering them with grace and quiet humor here. He is specific as to why logging became so important to the humans who gathered by the water's edge and why many quiet lives make up a region, a nation, a world. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)