• Sage Webb

Discovering Constance: Mackinac, Americans on the Road, and a Good Time In/Beneath the Lake

In my last post, I mentioned Anne’s Tablet and Mackinac’s affection for Constance Fenimore Woolson. At The Island Bookstore, I treated myself to a collection of her short stories and am into “St. Clair Flats.” A line caught my eye my: “It was the universal listlessness of the travelling American bereft of his business.” I’ve seen a bit of that on this island, especially in the realm of phone use.


The last few days have brought twilight walks in the woods, driving my own horse and buggy (a highlight!), a humorous carriage tour, and a snorkeling adventure.





To snorkel, I have waited for warm-ish weather and flat seas. Yesterday brought them, though the sun didn’t want to come out. I jumped in off Arch Rock, having read that the lake in this area hosts numerous interesting rock formations. Lake Huron was so, so clear. Tiny fish and rock jumbles and piles gave me something to look at, but it was surfacing that made my day: turning back and seeing Arch Rock and its hundreds of viewers from that angle.... The parasailors out over the lake.... All the bikes on M-185. A postcard view. And with a nice neoprene hood on, it wasn’t even that cold!




Read Local, L.L.C., is a small (we hope to grow!) community of book lovers. We review books published by independent/university/small presses and post our reviews and thoughts in an effort to raise awareness of independent-press books. The Read Local, L.L.C., entity is owned by the parent company of Stoneman House Press, L.L.C., and that publisher's work appears on this website (we make money when Stoneman House sells books), but not everyone who writes content for us or participates in our community works for Stoneman House. Aside from Stoneman House, we also have relationships (personal and/or professional) with some of the authors whose books appear here. Some (like Sage Webb) write reviews for us and help lead us (and they make money when their books sell). We note when we have a relationship with a book, publisher, or author. Otherwise, we do not have relationships with the authors and publishers listed here. They appear here only because we liked their books and we like reviewing books. (We will be as transparent as possible when we post here about things in which we have a financial stake. Not just because of regulations like those in Part 255 of Title 16 of the Code of Federal Regulations, but because we really are here just to have some literary fun.) If you are an author or publisher of a book that appears here, feel free to reach out to us! We'd love to hear from you. We are at readlocalbooks@hotmail.com. And if you are an author or publisher and you would like us to remove your book from our site, just let us know. We are here to serve the literary community. If you have questions, reach out.

(We also love innovative art and photography. Just sayin'.)

© 2018, 2019 , 2020 Read Local, L.L.C.

(All content on this site belongs exclusively to Read Local, L.L.C. No one may copy any portion of this site or its content without express written permission.)

Read Local is a registered service mark with the USPTO.

Read Local, L.L.C., reserves all rights in and to its marks.

Read

Local

®