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Bridge Book Club to read ‘The Death and Life of the Great Lakes’ in May

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Bridge Book Club makes its triumphant return in May and this time, the focus is on one of Michigan’s (and the world’s) most important natural resources. 

We will read “The Death and Life of the Great Lakes” by Pulitzer Prize finalist Dan Egan, and we’re honored he will join us to discuss this important book. “The Death and Life of the Great Lakes” is Egan’s portrait of an ecological catastrophe happening before our eyes, blending the epic story of the lakes with an examination of the perils they face and how they can be restored for generations.

Grab your lunch and join Bridge Book Club for a discussion of the book on Zoom from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m .on May 26. Bridge Michigan environmental reporter Kelly House will lead the conversation with Egan, who is the journalist in residence at the Center for Water Policy in the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's School of Freshwater Sciences.

Here’s our schedule

  • Book announced: Apr. 19
  • First discussion post on Bridge book club closed Facebook group: May 7
  • Second discussion post on Bridge book club closed Facebook group: May 14
  • Third discussion post on Bridge book club closed Facebook group: May 21

Live Zoom discussion: 12:30 to 1:30 pm May 26

To be invited to participate in this discussion, please complete this form and we’ll email you a calendar invitation with the link to join.


How to get the book

For Bridge Club members, we will provide an e-version of the selected book as a membership benefit. If you’re not already a member, join today for as little as $1 and support our nonprofit newsroom. Members will be sent a link via email from Membership Director Amber DeLind to redeem their free book.

For those who are not Bridge Club members, would like to borrow the book, or would prefer a physical copy, you have other options. You can order “The Death and Life of the Great Lakes” directly from the publisher, or download it from a Michigan library system to an e-reader or smartphone via Overdrive or Libby. The book may also be available for order from local bookstores, some of whom are offering curbside pickup. Call your local bookstore to inquire.

How to take part in the online discussion

To participate throughout the month in our weekly discussions, please join our closed Facebook group by clicking here. Bridge staff will approve your membership in this closed group. 

Each week in May, we will post several discussion questions about a section of chapters and group members will be invited to interact with our team and with one another.

Participation in these weekly discussions is not required to participate in the Zoom discussion.

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