Northern Michigan Reads: We asked the insightful and voracious readers at The Cottage Book Shop, in Glen Arbor, to craft our summer beach reads list this July. Six picks, every one a winner. (Don’t forget the sunscreen.)

Set in the sun-drenched Greek islands, The Green Shore, by Michigan author Natalie Bakopoulos, explores the gradual disintegration of an intellectual Athenian family confronting the daily oppression of the 1967 military coup.

With a quiet rhythm Danielle Sosin conveys the hardships and journeys of three women, separated by centuries, yet connected through hardship, longing, aloneness, solace and place. The Long-Shining Waters captures the expansive, cold waters of Lake Superior.

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail is Cheryl Strayed’s unforgettable account of her brutal and courageous, lovely and heartbreaking three month trek on the Pacific Crest Trail.

After a family escapes to Michigan from Korea to avoid the father’s imprisonment, family duty requires one sister to search for her despised runaway sister. Catherine Chung writes Forgotten Country with understanding and tenderness.

Hudson Keenan tells the history of passenger vessels 100 years ago by using postcards, maps, accommodations, special events, and what became of the ships in Arrived on this Ship.

This Mancelona writer’s fourth Emily Kincade mystery, Dead Dogs and Englishmen, was voted in top ten by Kirkus Review. Read her now. Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli just signed a three book contract with Penguin.

This article was originally featured in the July 2012 issue of Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine. Order your copy at!

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