By ERIC FREEDMAN
Capital News Service
LANSING — Lake Superior has long entranced us – with its fickle, dramatic beauty and threats, with its historic legacies and legends, with its immensity and with the people who live along its shores. Now two new books highlight some of the reasons for our fascination and our awe. “Lake Superior is not as old as the hills,” author John Gagnon observes in “Lake Superior Profiles: People on the Big Lake” (Wayne State University Press, $24.95). At 9,500 years of age, the lake is a newborn in comparison to the billion-year-old surrounding hills. And the period of human habitation has been even shorter.