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Reviews and media coverage of Canoes

"Crossing the Shallows, Snake River," 2014, oil on mounted linen by Mark Hamel, commissioned for Canoes. Featured in the Star Tribune

"Organized around a canoe’s building materials (birch bark, wood, metal) and uses (the fur trade, modern

recreation), this richly illustrated history will entrance any—and they are many—who have taken a paddle

in hand... a visual as well as informative feast." — Booklist, Nov. 15, 2016

"The 50 Best Books for Holiday Giving" — Star TribuneNov. 27, 2016

"Any book that boasts a foreword by John McPhee is a book bound to get attention. 'Canoes' traces the history of these lightweight boats from the American Indian dugouts and birchbark canoes to the fiberglass and aluminum boats of today. The book is gorgeously illustrated with paintings, period photographs and sundry ephemera. Neuzil and Sims do a nice job of giving us facts and history; McPhee provides story and emotion. (And, of course, his famous name.)" — review by Laurie Hertzel, Star Tribune books editor, Nov. 27, 2016

"New book plunges into the canoe's multilayered, rich history," by Tony Brown, Star TribuneNov. 25, 2016

"100 Books for Holiday Giving in 2016"  — Milwaukee Journal SentinelNov. 27, 2016

Paddle Minnesota interview with Jim Gallagher, KAXE Radio, Grand Rapids, Minnesota, Dec. 9, 2016

"Canoe ephemera — blueprints, vintage postcards and travel posters with lovers kissing in a canoe — is sprinkled throughout this book which documents the evolution of this particular form of transportation by indigenous peoples, its influence on North American settlers, different constructions of canoes, paddles, etc. and even a look at canoe tripping throughout the centuries. Lovely and practical." — Deborah Dundas, Toronto StarDec. 10, 2016

"A chronicle of what just might be North America's most important mode of transportation." — 2016 Globe books gift guideToronto Globe and Mail books editor Mark Medley, Dec. 9, 2016

"An Illustrated History of the Most Beautiful Canoes," by Timothy R. Smith, Washington Post, Dec. 28, 2016

"This book is just superbly written, photographed and illustrated ... It's a beautiful gift book."  — For Your Bookshelf.  Trout magazine, Winter 2017

The Larry Meiller Show, Wisconsin Public Radio, Dec. 14, 2016

"10,000 Years of History Captured in One Book," by Amy Goetzman, MinnPost, Jan. 6, 2017

"Excerpt: How Aluminum Revolutionized the Canoe," by Mark Neuzil and Norman Sims, Gear Junkie, Dec. 26, 2016

Grand Forks (N.D.) Herald annual outdoor gift guide, Dec. 9, 2016

"Local Author Brings Plenty of Depth into Book on Canoes," by Steve Sherman, Keene (NH) Sentinel, Jan. 8, 2017

"On the Trail: A Good Read by a Local Co-Author," by Gary Sanderson, Greenville (MA) Recorder, Jan. 4, 2017

"Curl up this fall with a good read from one of these Minnesota authors," by Mary Ann Grossmann, Saint Paul Pioneer Press, Sept. 11, 2016​

"A Gift Guide for Those Who Spend Their Time Outdoors," by Brad Dokken, West Fargo (ND) Pioneer, Dec. 11, 2016

"Canoes: Paddling Through North American History," Seattle Times, Jan. 22, 2017

"A Vibrant, Illustrative History of a North American Icon," Concord (NH) Monitor, Jan. 22, 2017

"Writing the book on canoes," by Kelly Engebretsen, St. Thomas Magazine, Jan. 31, 2017

Valentine's Day Special on Courting Canoes, with Jim Gallagher, KAXE-Radio, Grand Rapids, Minnesota, Feb. 14, 2017

Interview with Steve Thomson of WCCO Radio 830 AM, Minneapolis, 3:30 p.m. Nov. 13, 2016

WCCO-TV Mid-Morning Show, Nov. 16, 2016

Fox 9 Morning Show with M.A. Rosko, Dec. 19, 2016

KARE-11 Morning Show with Bryan Piatt, Jan. 16, 2017

Canadian Broadcasting Company-Thunder Bay radio interview, Dec. 6, 2016

Little Falls (Minn.) Radio, Dec. 6, 2016

KUMD-FM, Duluth interview, March 30, 2017

"Neuzil's 'Canoes' relates the natural history of native American watercraft," by Bill Stieger, The Highland Villager, March 29, 2017

"Canoes: A Natural History in North America," book review by Tom Henry, SEJ Journal, April 18, 2017

Book Notes New Hampshire: Book of the Week, State Library of New Hampshire, April 17, 2017

"Author event: Canoes," Brattleboro (VT) Reformer, April 20, 2017

"What We Find on the Water," Petoskey (MI) News-Review, April 27, 2017

Review of Canoes, Environmental History, 22:2, April 2017, p. 382

"Five Cool Canoe Facts," by Valerie Turgeon, Minnesota Monthly, May 1, 2017

"On the Water: A Canoe Enthusiast Explores Our History with the Humble Boat," Artful Living Magazine, Summer 2017

WTIP-FM, Grand Marais (Minn.) interview, June 9, 2017

Book review: Canoes, Appalachia Magazine, Summer/Fall 2017

Book review: Canoes, Whitewater Journal, July/August 2017

"'Canoes' Co-author Tells Nautical History at Book Signing," by Aaron Cerbone, Lake Placid News, Aug. 16, 2019