The Third Coast (Hardcover)
Sailors, Strippers, Fishermen, Folksingers, Long-Haired Ojibway Painters, and God-Save-the-Queen Monarchists of the Great Lakes
Chicago Review Press, 9781556527210, 352pp.
Publication Date: February 1, 2008
Chronicling the author’s 10,000-mile “Great Lakes Circle Tour,” this travel memoir seeks to answer a burning question: Is there a Great Lakes culture, and if so, what is it? Largely associated with the Midwest, the Great Lakes region actually has a culture that transcends the border between the United States and Canada. United by a love of encased meats, hockey, beer, snowmobiling, deer hunting, and classic-rock power ballads, the folks in Detroit have more in common with citizens in Windsor, Ontario, than those in Wichita, Kansas—while Toronto residents have more in common with Chicagoans than Montreal's population. Much more than a typical armchair travel book, this humorous cultural exploration is filled with quirky people and unusual places that prove the obscure is far more interesting than the well known.
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Praise For The Third Coast: Sailors, Strippers, Fishermen, Folksingers, Long-Haired Ojibway Painters, and God-Save-the-Queen Monarchists of the Great Lakes…
"Is there a Great Lakes culture? Damned straight, and Ted McClelland nails it." —Jerry Dennis, author, The Living Great Lakes and A Place on the Water
"[A] quirky travelogue." —Kenosha News
"A very good read. I learned more about the Great Lakes region from it than I had in a half century of living in Michigan." —The Bay City Times