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Rich and Judy Hill had a dream: to
build a simple handcrafted log home in
Michigan's Upper Peninsula. But what
began as a grand adventure soon
morphed into a complex entanglement
of blueprint designs, contractor
problems, and unforeseen financial
expense. Taking it upon themselves to
complete the construction of a 2500
square-foot full-size log house while
working with a very limited budget,
the Hills unwittingly waded into the
quicksand of dealing with unreliable
subcontractors, cost overruns, and
winter blizzards, as well as the unpredictable nature of building
with logs. Their venture in the north woods of Lake Superior
would test their persistence and resolve and teach them a great
deal not only about themselves but about the risks and rewards
of pursuing an obsessive American dream. (52 color photos)
Steamboats, Storms, and
Sea Stories
A deckhand's coming-of-age story
of sailing the Great Lakes
steamboats during the social and
political turbulence of the early
Lake Effect is a vivid and
memorable account, told in an
entertaining style, of life aboard
the giant ore boats.

Come Along For The
  • Stand watch in the rivers
  • Whoop it up at the bars in
  • Sail through formidable
    November storms
  • Chop ice off the hatches in a
    January blizzard
  • Meet the crew's colorful
  • Savor the light-hearted sea
    stories of a deckhand's life
In the early 1970s, Rich Hill sailed on four different US Steel
freighters as a deckhand and deckwatch. Ten years later, he
enrolled in the Great Lakes Maritime Academy as a deck cadet
and sailed on the 1000-foot
Columbia Star. This humorous yet
poignant memoir follows his voyage of self-discovery. (28 b &
w photos)
DM Clemson crossing Lake
Erie in a November storm
(photo,Fred Hill)
Irving S Olds downbound on
the St. Mary's River
(photo,Fred Hill)
Pursuing A Dream
Offbeat Storytelling With
A Twist
A wry and irreverent collection of
Hitchhiking After Dark
offers a comical and sometimes
ludicrous look at growing up and
working in small towns, mostly in
northern Michigan. It vividly
portrays a mixed bag of zany
characters and absurd everyday
encounters. The stories are eccentric
and sometimes outrageous, but
always entertaining.

1st Place Winner in Humor at
the Midwest Book Awards
Lost in the Woods                    $19.95
Lake Effect   $17.95
within U.S.
Hitchhiking After Dark                 $17.95