Sunscreen, sunglasses, towel, chair, a plastic-free feast… what else could you need for a day at the beach? How about a good book–no, a great book.

The Alliance staff compiled a list of Great Great Lakes books to read this summer while you’re enjoying the lakefront. These books are about the region, lakes, or by authors from the region. Next time you’re at the library, or your local bookstore, be sure to pick up one of these page turners.


The Living Great Lakes: Searching for the Heart of the Inland Seas, by Jerry Dennis

Living Waters: Reading the Rivers of the Lower Great Lakes by Margaret Wooster

A 1,000-Mile Walk on the Beach: One Woman’s Trek of the Perimeter of Lake Michigan by Loreen Niewenhuis

Shipwrecks, Monsters, and Mysteries of the Great Lakes by Ed Butts

Pandora’s Locks by Jeff Alexander

The Great Lakes Water Wars by Peter Annin

Overrun: Dispatches from the Asian Carp Crisis by Andrew Reeves


The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan


The Adventures of Augie March by Saul Bellow

The Legend of Sleepy Bear by Kathy-Jo Wargin

The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros



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The Jungle by Upton Sinclair

The Branch will Not Break: Poems by James Wright

Nancy Drew: Danger on the Great Lakes by Carolyn Keene

The Great Lakes Avengers by Zac Gorman