Quiet Magic by Sam Cook, with illustrations by Bob Cary
University of Minnesota Press
This book is exactly what it promises: quiet and magical. It’s a collection of stories and essays the author wrote for the Duluth News-Tribune, grouped by season. Each piece is 2-4 pages in the book: a nice little morsel.
Each piece is 2-4 pages of observations and experiences related to the north country, the people to be found there, hunting and fishing, canoeing, etc. Cook’s gentle humor and perception make for a delightful few minutes of reading per story.
I find myself continually returning to Loomis Lips for the chuckle factor. Without spoiling it, I’ll just note that it’s about human nature. Oh, and fish.