Traverse City Record-Eagle


October 3, 2009

Books In Brief: 10/04/2009

Kids' book set along Good Harbor

SUTTONS BAY -- Author Barry Marsh, of Suttons Bay, has published "Good Harbor Bay." The book was released Sept. 27 to coincide with the Ken Burns' documentary "The National Parks: America's Best Idea."

The book, targeted for kids age 8 and older, is set in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

Josh Ogden's life is turned upside-down when his mother dies and his father moves the family to live with an eccentric grandpa in a cabin on the shores of Good Harbor Bay.

Illustrations are by Traverse City artist Jenifer Thomas.

Marsh will hold book signings in November, including noon-3 p.m. Nov. 14 at Horizon Books in Traverse City and noon-3 p.m. Nov. 27 at Leelanau Books in Leland.

The book is published by Crofton Creek Press of South Boardman and sells for $14.95 at bookstores and at and

Book tells of sinking of Morell

TRAVERSE CITY -- A book by a Ferris State University English professor tells of the sinking of the S.S. Daniel J. Morrell.

"Deadly Voyage," by Andrew Kantar, uses research he conducted at various public libraries, news stories, as well as interviews with the sole survivor, Dennis Hale. The ship sank in Lake Huron, off the tip of the thumb, in November 1966.

The book is published by Michigan State University Press and sells for $16.95 at bookstores or at

West Michigan's ghosts get writeup

TRAVERSE CITY -- Lighthouse keepers in Northport who refused to leave their post are among the ghosts in "Ghosts and Legends of Michigan's West Coast" by Amberrose Hammond.

Hammon has been involved in paranormal research since 2000 and is a founder of the Great Lakes Paranormal Research Organization. Her book tells of haunts in Holland's Castle, Saugatuck State Park and Grand Haven's Grand Theater, among other places.

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