• Recommended Reading: “Thin Ice: Coming of Age in Grand Rapids”

Thin IceThis volume includes 28 essays about growing up in Grand Rapids.  The editors, Reinder Van Til and former City Historian Gordon Olson, chose essays from a wide-range of authors, who evidence the diversity of our community.  

The publisher describes the book as follows:

The coming-of-age stories in Thin Ice relate a range of experiences both good and bad, including happy memories and heartwarming recollections but also personal traumas, intergenerational and racial conflicts, the strictures of religious belief and practice, the joys and sorrows of young romance, and more. Above and beyond the stories of the more notable personalities — Jim Harrison, Roger Wilkins, John Hockenberry, President Gerald Ford, Betty Ford, Al Green, Paul Schrader, William Brashler — the book as a whole is chock-full of crisp, humorous, irreverent, and moving writing.

Also included are essays by Levi Rickert, Hank Meijer, Bich Minh Nguyen, Max Apple, Laura Kasischke, John Otterbacher, Tom Rademacher, and others.