This Week on Stateside

The August 19th edition of Stateside featured books about Michigan outdoors including novels, narratives and short stories. Literary critic Keith Taylor read passages from one of the most highly regarded novels of early Michigan, Loon Feather by Iola Fuller. It is the story of an Indian girl destined to grow up with the incompatible traditions of her own people and of the white traders on Mackinac Island. This sensitive and accurate portrayal of Native American culture won her the Hopwood Award as well as ongoing popularity among library patrons.

Robert Traver’s Trout Madness was another of Taylor’s favorites and, by his estimation, a better book than Traver’s more famous work, Anatomy of a Murder. Read them both and let us know whether you agree with Taylor.