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Say Nice Things About Detroit!

Detroit turns 313 this year! The city was founded on July 24, 1701 by the French explorer Antoine Laumet de Lamothe Cadillac. Originally named Fort Pontchartrain du Detroit, its name was shortened by the British after they had gained control of the settlement during the French and Indian War. The city is known throughout the world as both an automotive center and the birthplace of some of the world's best known musical talent. Several nicknames have been attached to Detroit throughout its long history: Motown, Hockeytown, the Motor City, the City of Champions, and the Arsenal of Democracy all reflect the city's acheivements. Although the city has undergone some tough times in recent years, Detroit can be proud of its contributions to both the country - and the world. For a taste of the city's history, as well as a picture of its present, check out some of the titles below:

Before Motown: a history of jazz in Detroit, 1920-60 by Lars Bjorn with Jim Gallert

Michigan Fiction

The burning of Rachael Hayes by Doug Allyn


Company man: a novel by Joseph Finder


Eden Springs: a novella by Laura Kasischke


Freshwater boys by Adam Schuitema


The river swimmer: novellas by Jim Harrison


Ford Road by Amy Kenyon


Say nice things about Detroit by Scott Lasser

Imported from Detroit

Read about some of Detroit's greatest hits!

Brewed in Detroit: breweries and beers since 1830 by Peter H. Blum

The Vernor's story: from gnomes to now by Lawrence L. Rouch

TV land—Detroit by Gordon Castelnero

The birth of the Detroit sound: 1940-1964 by Marilyn Bond and S.R. Boland

100 years of Ford: a centennial celebration of the Ford Motor Company by David L. Lewis and the auto editors of Consumer Guide

The story of Motown by Peter Benjaminson

Michigan Mysteries

Upper Peninsula Fiction

Cold: a novel by John Smolens


North of nowhere: an Alex McKnight mystery by Steve Hamilton


Anatomy of a murder by Traver, Robert, 1903-


Returning to earth by Jim Harrison


Without a trace by Colleen Coble


Ursula, under: a novel by Ingrid Hill


Red jacket: a Lute Bapcat mystery by Joseph Heywood

Michigan Eats

Fascinating Michigan History

Mysterious Michigan

All Around Michigan

Take a tour of our great state and learn about some of its many interesting communities.

Ann Arbor observed: selections from Then & now by Grace Shackman

Lost Ann Arbor by Susan Cee Wineberg

Cadillac: vintage postcard memoirs by Debra Bricault

The Caro area by Marcia M. Dievendorf, Patricia E. Frazer, and Mark O. Keller for the Caro Area District Library

Vintage views of the Charlevoix-Petoskey region by M. Christine Byron & Thomas R. Wilson

More Fascinating Michigan History

Michigan remembered: photographs from the Farm Security Administration and the Office of War Information, 1936- 1943 by edited by Constance B. Schulz ; with introductory essays by Constance B. Schulz and William H. Mulligan, Jr

Father Abraham's children: Michigan episodes in the Civil War by Frank B. Woodford ; new foreword by Arthur M. Woodford

A drive down memory lane: the named state and federal highways of Michigan by LeRoy Barnett

The Potawatomis, keepers of the fire by R. David Edmunds

Picturing Hemingway's Michigan by Michael R. Federspiel

Lions and Tigers and Red Wings, Oh My!

Michigan is lucky to be home to many successful sports teams - both professional and collegiate. The Detroit Tigers, Red WIngs, Lions, and Pistons are all among the longest running franchises in their sports and have won several championships between them. In fact, in 1935, Detroit was nicknamed the City of Champions when the Tigers, Lions and Red Wings all won the first championships in their respective sport that year. In addition, boxer and local hero Joe Louis was named the "Most Outstanding Athlete of 1935." The University of Michigan, and Michigan State University both have a long tradition of winning teams in several sports as well.

Michigan at War

Michigan Short Stories

Amos Walker: the complete story collection by Loren D. Estleman


The lost tiki palaces of Detroit: stories by Michael Zadoorian


Sweetwater, storms, and spirits: stories of the Great Lakes by selected and edited by Victoria Brehm


The Third coast, contemporary Michigan fiction by edited by James Tipton and Robert E. Wegner


Trigger man: more tales of the Motor City by Jim Ray Daniels

Even More Fascinating Michigan History

Michigan eBooks

Documentary Michigan

Check out some of these interesting documentaries on all things Michigan.

Michigan's lumbering days & camp life [videodisc]: when the big trees fell by Program Source International

The Kellogg brothers [videodisc]: corn flake kings by A & E Television Networks

Mackinac Island [videodisc]: a 600 year history by Program Source International

Model T [videodisc] by The History Channel ; Motor Car Co. Inc

The city of Magic [videodisc] by Equity Studios

Borderline [videodisc]: the story of 8 Mile Road by an Urban Garlic production ; presented by Public Benefit Corporation and Oakland County Cable Communications Corporation

Henry Ford [videodisc]

Musical Michigan

music: musicThe legacy of music in the state of Michigan is truly impressive. From classical to rock and everything in between, our state can lay claim to hundreds of noteworthy musicians. Here are but a few:

Michigan Art & Architecture

Alden B. Dow: midwestern modern by Diane Maddex

Art Deco in Detroit by Rebecca Binno Savage and Greg Kowalski

Art in Detroit public places by text by Dennis Nawrocki ; photographs by David Clements

Buildings of Michigan by Kathryn Bishop Eckert

Artists of early Michigan: a biographical dictionary of artists native to or active in Michigan, 1701-1900 by compiled by Arthur Hopkin Gibson ; research assistants, Beverly Bassett and Jean Spang

Cool Cult Classics for Hot Summer Nights

Cult classics: the good, the so-bad-they're-good, and the ugly-but-still-pretty-good. They are the films that inspire a dedicated following, line-quoting, group viewings and many a Halloween costume. They may not have done that well at the box office, but they're survived the ages with their special cult status.

Have you seen these cult classics? If not, beat the heat with a viewing of some of these unconventionally cool movies.

The princess bride [videodisc] by [presented by] Act III Communications [Buttercup Films Ltd., The Princess Bride Ltd.]

Office space [videodisc] by Twentieth Century Fox presents a Mike Judge film

The Rocky Horror picture show [videodisc] by Twentieth Century Fox presents a Michael White-Lou Adler production

Labyrinth [videodisc] by the Jim Henson Company and Lucasfilm Ltd. presents a Jim Henson film

Raising Arizona [videodisc] by 20th Century Fox ; Circle Films presents a Ted and Jim Pedasa/Ben Barenholtz production

When Animals Attack!

We like to think that we live in relative harmony with the wild and dangerous creatures around us, but sometimes nature (or science) reminds us that there are bigger, badder creatures on this planet-and some of them want to eat us. Some are tiny and come in large numbers, some are large and have sharp claws, and some hide in deep waters and have many rows of sharp teeth, such as the airborne predators in Sharknado.

Check out these spine-tingling films about when animals (or lizards or arachnids or...) attack!

Snakes on a plane [videodisc] by Hannah Rachel Production Services Ltd. ; Mutual Film Corporation ; New Line Cinema ; Patchwork Productions

The birds [videodisc] by screenplay by Evan Hunter ; directed by Alfred Hitchcock

Jurassic Park [videodisc] by Universal Pictures presents an Amblin Entertainment Production ; directed by Steven Spielberg ; screenplay by Michael Crichton and David Koepp