A Brief Look at the 2019 Door County Reads

The Door County Library announced on Dec. 14 their two selections for the 2019 Door County Reads. Unlike previous years, 2019 features two books; one fiction and one non-fiction.

The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan

Dan Egan, The Death and Life of the Great Lakes, Celebrate Water Door County, 2019 Door County Reads


The Death and Life of the Great Lakes takes readers on a journey, looking through the history and future of the Great Lakes. Egan uses his years as a Great Lakes reporter to weave together an educational and riveting story about what is happening in the waters we call home. The book is highly accessible to people of any background, and a must for those who want to protect the waters that are near and dear to us.

The Wintering by Peter Geye

The Wintering, Peter Geye, Celebrate Water Door County, 2019 Door County Reads


This novel is a love story that spans sixty years, generations worth of feuds, and secrets. The story is woven together with the stories of father and son, and the memories created in the harsh winter of Minnesota, traveling the waters of the area. The story is as much man vs nature as it is a story of love, revenge, and the human condition.


Free copies of both books are available at all Door County Library branches (while supplies last). You can take one or both, keep them, share them, or return them to the library when you are done.

Starting in February, the library will host a number of activities including book discussions, presentations, performances and more. A full calendar of 2019 Door County reads events can be found here.

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The Great Lakes make up 84% of North America’s surface fresh water and about 21% of the world’s supply of surface fresh water.

The Great Lakes water system is the largest inland shipping system in the world.

The only Great Lake entirely within the U.S. is Lake Michigan.

Lake Michigan’s shores hold the largest fresh water sand dunes in the world.

The Great Lakes were formed due to glacial movements that caused depressions in the earth that eventually filled with water.

Lake Michigan and Lake Huron are considered one lake hydrologically since they are connected by the Straits of Mackinac.

Although it falls under the category of what we define as a lake, Lake Superior acts more like an inland sea.

There are 9,000-year-old animal-herding structures below Lake Huron.

The Lake Huron shoreline extends 3,827 miles and encompasses 30,000 islands. It is the longest shoreline of the Great Lakes.

The water in Lake Erie is recycled every 2.6 years, the shortest of any Great Lake.


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