Write On, Door County is partnering with DCMM to present a monthly book club discussing works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry that have the Great Lakes as their setting or subject matter. The group will meet on the first Thursday of every month, November through May, at 10:30 am at the Door County Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay. If you would like to participate in the Great Lakes/Great Books Club, call the museum at (920) 743-5958.
This month’s book is Ship Captain’s Daughter: Growing Up On the Great Lakes by Ann Michler Lewis.
Ann Lewis’s childhood was marked by an unusual rhythm. Each year the thawing and freezing of the Great Lakes signaled the beginning and end of the shipping season, months of waiting that were punctuated by brief trips to various ports to meet her father, the captain.
With lively storytelling and vivid details, Lewis captures the unusual life of shipping families whose days and weeks revolved around the shipping industry on the Great Lakes. The book is enhanced by the author’s vintage snapshots, depicting this bygone lifestyle.