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Nonfiction Books About Water

Here are some suggestions for the 2010 Adult Summer Reading Program. These titles can be used to earn nonfiction credits for either Stage I (Water) or Stage II (Michigan Author or Setting) of the race.

Wreck of the Carl D.: a true story of loss, survival, and rescue at sea by Michael Schumacher

Mighty fitz: the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald by Michael Schumacher

Eight steamboats: sailing through the sixties by Patrick Livingston; foreword by Neal Shine

White hurricane : a Great Lakes November gale and America's deadliest maritime disaster by David G. Brown

Schooner passage: sailing ships and the Lake Michigan frontier
by Theodore J. Karamanski

The waters of Michigan by David Lubbers and Dave Dempsey ; foreword by William G. Milliken

Of woods and water : a photographic journey across Michigan by Ron Leonetti and Christopher Jordan ; foreword by Dave Dempsey

Paddling across the peninsula : an important cross- Michigan canoe route during the French regime by Timothy J. Kent

Great Lakes for sale : from whitecaps to bottlecaps by Dave Dempsey ; with a foreword by Bart Stupak

Evolution of the Great Lakes water quality agreement by Lee Botts and Paul Muldoon

True Stories of Great Sea Adventures

In the land of white death: an epic story of survival in the Siberian Arctic by Valerian Albanov — In 1912, Albanov was one of 11 Russians who, when their ship froze into the Arctic ice, attempted to walk to survival.

The perfect storm: a true story of men against the sea by Sebastian Junger — A vivid reconstruction of the terrible Halloween Gale of 1991 in the Western Atlantic.

Sea of glory: America's voyage of discovery: the U.S. Exploring Expedition, 1838-1842 by Nathaniel Philbrick — Scientists charted the Pacific and brought back thousands of items to form the basis of the Smithsonian’s collections.

Trawler by Redmond O'Hanlon — A manic account of extreme conditions on a fishing trawler as it heads into the stormy North Atlantic in January.

At all costs: how a crippled ship and two American merchant marines turned the tide of World War II by Sam Moses — A riveting account of "the most heavily defended and heavily attacked naval convoy in history."

Frozen Water

Cool off on a hot summer day.

Ice : great moments in the history of hard, cold water by Karal Ann Marling

Ice time : a tale of fathers, sons, and hometown heroes by Jay Atkinson

In the empire of ice : encounters in a changing landscape by Gretel Ehrlich

The ice museum : in search of the lost land of Thule by Joanna Kavenna

Ice : the nature, the history, and the uses of this astonishing substance by Mariana Gosnell

Two against the ice by Ejnar Mikkelsen ; translated from the Danish by Maurice Michael

Ice bound : a doctor's incredible battle for survival at the South Pole by Jerri Nielsen with Maryanne Vollers

True Life Sailing Adventures

America's victory : the heroic story of a team of ordinary Americans, and how they won the greatest yacht race ever by David W. Shaw

At the mercy of the sea : the true story of three sailors in a Caribbean hurricane by John Krestschmer

Fatal storm : the inside story of the tragic Sydney- Hobart race by Rob Mundle

Knockdown : the harrowing true account of a yacht race turned deadly by Martin Dugard

Left for dead : the untold story of the tragic 1979 Fastnet Race by Nick Ward with Sinéad O'Brien

Morning light [videodisc]

A splendid madness : a man, a boat, a love story by Thomas Froncek

Ocean warriors : the thrilling story of the 2001/2002 Volvo Ocean Race round the world by Rob Mundle

Sailing Grace : a true story of death, life, and the sea by John Otterbacher

Three ways to capsize a boat : an optimist afloat by Chris Stewart

True north : journeys into the great Northern Ocean by Myron Arms

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