The Michigan Notable Books program has made its annual selection of the 20 books published in the previous year that best reflect the state's diverse ethnic, historical, literary and cultural experiences. Many of the winning titles can be found in the library's collection, and the others can be delivered to the library via MeLCat interlibrary loan. From fiction to nonfiction, the list offers a variety of choices.
Bootstrapper: from broke to badass on a northern Michigan farm by Mardi Jo Link — The Friends of the Canton, Plymouth, Northville and Novi Libraries' selection for their Book & Author Luncheon on Thursday, May 8, this memoir about survival and self-discovery documents the summer of 2005 when debt, doubt and divorce forced the author to refocus.
Something that feels like truth: stories by Donald Lystra — In 16 compelling stories, award-winning author Donald Lystra takes us on a page-turning journey through the cities and countryside of the Great Lakes heartland to as far away as Paris.
Love me to death: a novel of suspense by Allison Brennan — First book in the Lucy Kincaid series: Surviving an attack by an online predator, Lucy Kincaid wants to join the FBI and fight cyber-crime, but in the meantime, she volunteers with a victim's rights group. But when the predators she hunts start turning up as murder victims, the FBI takes a whole new interest in Lucy.
Sworn to silence by Linda Castillo — First book in the Kate Burkholder series: Kate Burkholder grew up in idyllic Painters Mill, OH where many residents drive buggies, shun electricity, and distance themselves from the complications of modern life. The presence of a serial killer shatters the stillness of the town, leaving its citizenry terrified and on guard.
The dog stars by Peter Heller — Hig survived the flu that killed everyone he knows. He lives in the hangar of an abandoned airport with his dog, his only neighbor a gun-toting misanthrope. In his 1956 Cessna, Hig flies the perimeter of the airfield or sneaks off to the mountains to fish and to pretend that things are the way they used to be. But when a random transmission beams through his radio, the voice ignites a hope that a better life--something like his old life--exists beyond the airport. Knowing he will not have fuel to fly home, he follows the trail of the static-broken voice on the radio.
The library has many guides to Paris, and they are all helpful for planning a trip to the City of Light. But these books might help you find it something a bit unusual--whether it is fashion, food, or a quiet corner.
Fashion insiders' guide: Paris by Carole Sabas ; illustrated by Caroline Andrieu — Each entry includes a description of recommended spots with hints about when to go, who to ask for, and what to get. The inclusion of additional advice from local fashion celebrities on their favorite places to frequent puts readers in-the-know.
Quiet Paris by Siobhan Wall — From formal gardens to light-filled art galleries, chic boutiques, small tearooms and gourmet delicatessens, Quiet Paris has over one hundred and twenty tempting places to savor the quiet delights of this most seductive of cities.
Rawsome Vegan Baking: An Un-cookbook for Raw, Gluten- free, Vegan, Beautiful and Sinfully Sweet Cookies, Cakes, Bars and Cupcakes by Von Euw, Emily — Blogging at This Rawsome Vegan Life, Emily Von Euw's new cookbook is not only vegan, but also raw and gluten-free. Who knew all that healthy could look so good?
The oh she glows cookbook: over 100 vegan recipes to glow from the inside out by Angela Liddon — Another vegan book and blog. Oh She Glows is filled with healthy, vibrant recipes and the book promises more of the same.
Handmade Gatherings: Recipes and Crafts for Seasonal Celebrations and Potluck Parties by English, Ashley/ Altman, Jen (PHT) — Ashley English's blog, Small Measures covers more than food. Homesteading, sustainable living and the joy of life might just about cover it, but her newest book focuses on recipes and crafts.
Before you know kindness: a novel by Chris Bohjalian — On a balmy July night in New Hampshire a shot rings out, and a man falls to the ground, terribly wounded. The hurt man is Spencer McCullough an animal rights advocate. The shot that hit him was fired–accidentally?–by his adolescent daughter Charlotte at what she thought was a deer in the distance. Bohjalian uses his trademark emotional heft to create a literate page-turner is suspenseful, wryly funny, and humane.
Thrill ride by Julie Ann Walker — Ex-navy SEAL Rock Babineaux is as Cajun as they come---spicy, sexy, and more than a bit wicked. But would he actually betray his country? Even his friends on the special-ops Black Knights team aren't sure they can trust him. Now the target of a massive manhunt, Rock knows the only way to protect the team---especially his partner, Vanessa---is to run...
Coming undone by Lauren Dane — More than friends, Brody and Elise discover in each other what they need--wild, physical passion without commitment. But it’ll take a shadow from Elise’s past to make them look beyond what they need to what they truly desire.
Hot pursuit: a Sugarland blue novel by Jo Davis — Years ago, Taylor was part of a botched hostage situation that ended with him being hailed as a tough-as-nails hero, even though the pain, fear, and shame from that terrible day still haunt him. Cara Evans couldn’t care less about Taylor’s pain. In the moment he became a so-called hero, she lost someone she dearly loved. Yet neither of them is prepared for the instant attraction that flares between them--or the danger that’s soon hot on their heels.
Defending Jacob: a novel by William Landay — Andy Barber has been an Assistant District Attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than 20 years. He is respected in his community and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But after a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: His 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.