The Huron River

Voices from the Watershed
John Knott and Keith Taylor, Editors
A collection of prose and poetry that celebrates the river and our lives

Description

The Huron River—stretching 130 miles through three counties—has inspired numerous writers throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Contained here is a collection of new poems, essays, and stories, accompanied by maps, photographs, and illustrations that celebrate the Huron River. Over twenty locally and nationally known literary figures have contributed to this volume. In addition, the work of biologists, naturalists, and even an archaeologist has been included to give the reader a richer sense of the river's physical and cultural environment.

John Knott is Professor of English at the University of Michigan.

Keith Taylor is a writer and an environmental activist.

Praise / Awards

  • "No one who reads this smart collection of imaginative responses to the Huron will be able to look at the river quite the same way."
    —Alison Swan, CURRENT, December 2000
  • ". . . a wonderful book, made spellbinding if you have lived along the river or in one of the communities within the watershed: Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, Milford, Pontiac, Belleville, to name a few. . . . [T]he stories ring true, both those of woe and those of celebration. For the Huron River, once so important to the commerce of the region's white settlers and those Indians who were there long before them, still can cast a spell on those who use it. . . . In short, this is a fascinating, multi-faceted look at an underappreciated river of this water wonderland. Once can only hope the love and respect these writers have found for the water in their backyard can be shared with others who have similar treasures, easily abused, near their homes."
    —Steve Begnoche, Ludington Daily News, August 16, 2001
  • "The three dozen selections compiled here sing the praises of the river and life along it without ignoring its warts. . . the result is a wonderful book, made spellbinding. . . . This is a fascinating multi-faceted look at an under-appreciated river of this water wonderland. One can only hope the love and respect these writers have found for the water in their backyard can be shared with others who have similar treasures, easily abused, near their homes."
    —Steve Begnoche, Ludington News, August 2001
  • ". . . the river can be dangerous; we've heard stories of experienced canoeists who have had accidents, even drowned here. But that, too, is part of the Huron's undomesticated allure. We know that for a few hours, just a few miles from home, we can experience a bit of its wildness. Anyone who reads this book should be able to experience a bit of that wildness too."
    Michigan Out-of-Doors, January 2001
  • ". . . revealing and constructive for those on both sides of the issue."
    North Woods Call, Vol. 50, No. 2
  • Selected for the 2001 Read Michigan List by the State of Michigan

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Copyright © 2000, University of Michigan. All rights reserved.

Product Details

  • 6 x 9.
  • 248pp.
  • 16 drawings, 13 photographs, 3 maps.
Available for sale worldwide

  • Paper
  • 2000
  • Available
  • 978-0-472-06729-9

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  • $19.95 U.S.

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