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By Allan Casey

Winner of the Governor General's award for Nonfiction

In this wry, sensual, and pleasing trip into the best lake kingdom on the earth, Allan Casey examines how lakes supply an open door to barren region for typical humans, how our inner most relationships with nature could be solid on their shorelines. it's a story of desire and chance mixed, for our colonization of the lakeshore can reduce the very traits that draw us there from the city—beauty, purity, simplicity.

Casey encounters cottagers, boat captains, marathon swimmers, Aboriginal fishery managers, hermits, and travelers. via his sharply drawn characters, energetic storytelling, and intimate evocation of untamed attractiveness, he celebrates the wealthy tradition and unsung beauty of lakeland. Decrying reckless improvement in a paradise usually taken with no consideration, Casey tempers evangelical outrage with deep compassion. usually funny, regularly thought-provoking, Lakeland should still discover a position in each lakeside cottage, within the nook of each tent.

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