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Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+) pres.

“Downstream from Here” by Charles Eisendrath

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Tom Brokaw calls Eisendrath “a reporter’s reporter” and the book, “lyrical.” Jeff Daniels adds “prepare to be inspired.” Ellen Goodman says, “Too often we are told we have to choose between living wide or living deep, between traveling across the surface of the earth, or coming to truly know and love one place. But Charles Eisendrath has done both in his rich life. This is the memoir of a foreign correspondent and journalism mentor and yet a man who is spiritually rooted at his beloved Overlook Farm. The essays he has written about this life are a joy!”

Charles R. Eisendrath grew up in St. Louis, Missouri, in a family that had vacationed in Charlevoix County since the 1890’s. One of the loves of his life is Overlook Farm near East Jordan, Michigan, which produces timber, maple syrup, and tart cherries. He is a passionate sportsman and canoeist. Many of those subjects are the focus of “Downstream from Here: A Big Life in a Small Place”. It is a collection of essays originally intended as a personal history to be shared with friends and family. It is a meditation on a life well lived, a deep love of family, and the love of a very specific place in the world.

Eisendrath was the first Director of the Knight-Wallace Journalism Fellowships at the University of Michigan. He is a Yale graduate, a former Time magazine correspondent, and founder of the Livingston Awards, known as the Pulitzer Prize for journalists under 35 and known for providing early recognition for major talents.
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