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Sleuth It: Dead and Done V

Historical mysteries let the reader be picked up and be transported to different times and places. A good story is a painless way to get into the period, and, if it features a unsolved crime or two, give a look at history’s darker underside.

Silver lies by Ann Parker

Walking the perfect square: a novel by Reed Farrel Coleman

Jane and the unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor by Stephanie Barron

A plague on both your houses by Susanna Gregory

Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear

Murder Will Out: February 2014

My sister's keeper by Jodi Picoult

"My sister's keeper" is written by Jodi Picoult who is widely acclaimed for her keen insights into the hearts and minds of real people. Now she tells the emotionally riveting story of a family torn apart by conflicting needs and a passionate love that triumphs over human weakness. Anna is not sick, but she might as well be. By age thirteen, she has undergone countless surgeries, transfusions, and shots so that her older sister, Kate, can somehow fight the leukemia that has plagued her since childhood. The product of preimplantation genetic diagnosis, Anna was conceived as a bone marrow match for Kate -- a life and a role that she has never challenged...until now. Like most teenagers, Anna is beginning to question who she truly is. But unlike most teenagers, she has always been defined in terms of her sister -- and so Anna makes a decision that for most would be unthinkable, a decision that will tear her family apart and have perhaps fatal consequences for the sister she loves. My Sister's Keeper examines what it means to be a good parent, a good sister, a good person. Is it morally correct to do whatever it takes to save a child's life, even if that means infringing upon the rights of another? Is it worth trying to discover who you really are, if that quest makes you like yourself less? Should you follow your own heart, or let others lead you?

Detroit Fiction

Looking for Przybylski by K.C. Frederick


Detroit breakdown by D.E. Johnson


Say nice things about Detroit by Scott Lasser


Grand River and Joy by Susan Messer


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


See what I see by Gloria Whelan


The dollmaker by Harriette Arnow

Michigan in Song

music notes: music notesCheck out some of these tunes that mention Michigan or its cities:

Michigan Historical Fiction


Detroit breakdown by D.E. Johnson — Detroit, 1912.


The Detroit electric scheme by D. E. Johnson — Detroit, 1910.


The expeditions: a novel by Karl Iagnemma — Michigan Territory, 1844.


Grand River and Joy by Susan Messer — Detroit, 1967.


Looking for Przybylski by K.C. Frederick — Detroit, mid-1970s.


The mercy killers: a novel by Lisa Reardon — Ypsilanti, 1967.

Detroit ... Remember When?

Anybody who grew up in the Detroit area has fond memories of the people, places and things that formed their childhood. Some are still with us but others have disappeared into history. Whatever the case, take a trip back in time and revisit them right now!

Hudson's: Detroit's legendary department store by Michael Hauser and Marianne Weldon


Sanders confectionery by Greg Tasker


From Soupy to nuts: a history of Detroit television by Tim Kiska


Hydroplane racing in Detroit, 1946-2008 by David D. Williams and the Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum


Detroit's Belle Isle: island park gem by Michael Rodriguez and Thomas Featherstone

Michigan Born!

michigan: michiganMichigan is the birth place of many illustrious figures in all walks of life. The state can claim innumerable artists, actors, authors, sportsmen, scientists, musicians, innovators as native sons and daughters. Here are just a few!

Michigan at the Movies

Check out some of these films set in Michigan!

Anatomy of a murder [videodisc] by Columbia ; Otto Preminger presents — Upper Peninsula

The road to Wellville [videodisc] by Columbia Pictures — Battle Creek

Semi-pro [videodisc] by New Line Cinema presents a Mosaic Media Group production — Flint

Answer this! [videodisc] by Wrekin Hill Entertainment and ; Neka Films present ; produced by Mike Farah, Anna Wenger ; written & directed by Christopher Farah — Ann Arbor

Zebrahead [videodisc] by an Ixtlan Production ; Triumph Releasing Corporation — Detroit

Great Lakes Shipwrecks

Documentary Detroit

Detropia [videodisc] by Loki Films presents ; in association with Ford Foundation/Justfilms and ITVS, Impact Partners and Vital Projects ; produced and directed by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady


Detroit [videodisc]: remember when by produced by WTVS in association with the Detroit Historical Society and Museums


The Hudson's building [videodisc] by an Urban Gralic production ; presented by Public Benefit Corporation


Searching for Sugar Man [videodisc] by a Sony Pictures Classics release of a Red Box Films/Passion Pictures production in association with Canfield Pictures and the Documentary Co. ; produced by Simon Chinn, Malik Bendjelloul ; written and directed by Malik Bendjelloul


Henry Ford [videodisc]


Burn (DVD) [videorecording]

Michigan Authors

Michigan: MichiganMichigan is home to many noted authors. Whether native born or longtime residents, writing fiction, nonfiction or poetry, the following authors have produced a remarkable body of work.

Take a Trip with Adult Non-fiction

Summer will be here before we know it. Are you taking a trip this summer? Yes or no, be sure to earn your Around the World Badge by taking a jaunt through our wide array of Adult Non-fiction. Happy Trails!

Dearie: the remarkable life of Julia Child by Bob Spitz


Franz Kafka by Jeremy Adler


Castles of Britain & Ireland by Lise Hull ; photography by Stephen Whitehorne


Titanic: the tragedy that shook the world one century later


The 100 best affordable vacations by Jane Woolridge & Larry Bleiberg


Imagining Egypt: a living portrait of the time of the pharaohs by written and illustrated by Mark Millmore

hoopla eAudiobooks

Have you discovered how easy it is to listen to an audiobook from hoopla? You can either download or stream the recording onto your device, and there are about 9,800 titles for you to choose for yourself and your children. Open a hoopla account with your CPL card to start. Use 'hoopla digital' as keyword to search in our catalog, or just browse on the hoopla site. 

Mango Languages

Mango Languages is the most effective way to learn to speak a language. It's fast, and it's fun. Make it your goal this summer to learn or improve on a language. Free from the library, there are 62 languages for English speakers to choose from, and 17 English courses for non-English speakers. Sign up to start with your CPL library card today.

Read up on Yoga

Looking to start or grow a yoga practice? Reading up on yoga, and doing yoga at home, is a great opportunity to to learn the basics or focus on postures that you want to develop.

Essential yoga by Sarah Herrington

The women's health big book of yoga by [by Kathryn Budig]

Yoga for anxiety: meditations and practices for calming the body and mind by Mary NurrieStearns, Rick NurrieStearns

The power of ashtanga yoga: developing a practice that will bring you strength, flexibility, and inner peace by Kino MacGregor

1001 pearls of yoga wisdom: take your practice beyond the mat by Liz Lark

Weight-resistance yoga: practicing embodied spirituality by Max Popov

Look What's In Large Print: June 2014

This month's focus is on historical novels.  A well-written historical fiction offers a good story, a strong sense of place, and provides readers an understanding of another time.

New Documentaries on the Shelf

The address [videodisc] by a film by Ken Burns


Billie Jean King [videodisc] by director, producer, and writer James Erskine


Embracing dyslexia [videodisc] by directed by Luis Macias


Killer typhoon [videodisc]


Let the fire burn [videodisc] by School of Media & Public Affairs, The George Washington University ; Sundance Institute ; The Film Sales Company ; directed and produced by Jason Osder


Noah and the great ark [videodisc]


Picture of light [videodisc] by a film by Peter Mettler