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In the shadow of the bear : a Michigan memoir

Author: James Holt McGavran, Jr.
Publisher: East Lansing : Michigan State University Press, ©2010.
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In the Shadow of the Bear chronicles the author's return, after a forty-year absence, to the site of his childhood summer vacations at Little Glen Lake in northwestern Lower Michigan's Leelanau peninsula. The ancient Ojibwa legend that gave a name to the area's most striking geographical feature, the Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes, offers a way of understanding his mother's powerful but sometimes restless force of love  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Biography
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
McGavran, Jim.
In the Shadow of the Bear : A Michigan Memoir.
East Lansing, MI : Michigan State University Press, ©2010
Named Person: Jim McGavran; Jim McGavran
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: James Holt McGavran, Jr.
ISBN: 9781609171278 1609171276 9781628951561 1628951567
OCLC Number: 774285424
Description: 1 online resource (153 pages [17] pages of plates) : illustrations
Contents: The way back --
Shadowing mom --
Shadows of dad --
Concerts, crossings, kinship, love --
Homecoming.
Responsibility: Jim McGavran.
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In the Shadow of the Bear chronicles the author's return, after a forty-year absence, to the site of his childhood summer vacations at Little Glen Lake in northwestern Lower Michigan's Leelanau peninsula. The ancient Ojibwa legend that gave a name to the area's most striking geographical feature, the Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes, offers a way of understanding his mother's powerful but sometimes restless force of love and ambition in the family, as well as his father's quieter, often self-sacrificing love. Chapters devoted to the return to Leelanau, to each of his parents, and to his father's family culminate in the narrative of his daughter's 2005 Leelanau wedding. Jim McGavran tells his story of self-discovery in prose that is alternatively frank and lyrical as he recaptures his bewildered yet enchanted boyhood self, filtered through his consciousness of longing and loss, lending the writing a particular poignancy.

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