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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.

D-Day 70th Anniversary

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Allied invasion of occupied France during World War II. The operation began on June 6, 1944 and was the largest single-day amphibious invasion of all time, with 160,000 troops landing on the Normandy coast. President Obama will attend the D-Day commemorative events in France.

The dead and those about to die: D-Day: the Big Red One at Omaha Beach by John C. McManus


Neptune: the Allied invasion of Europe and the D-Day landings by Craig L. Symonds


Double cross: the true story of the D-day spies by Ben Macintyre


Fortitude: the D-Day deception campaign by Robert Hesketh ; introduction by Nigel West

Lunch & a Book August 2014

 On Thursday, August 14 at noon, we will be discussing:

The light between oceans: a novel by M.L. Stedman — After four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia and becomes the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes once a season and shore leaves are granted every other year at best, Tom brings his young wife Isabel. Years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel hears a baby's cries on the wind. A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby. Tom wants to report the man and infant immediately. But Isabel has taken the tiny baby to her breast. Against Tom's judgment, they claim her as their own and name her Lucy. Returning to the mainland when she is two, Tom and Isabel are reminded that there are other people in the world and discover that their choice has devastated one of them.

Lunch & a Book July 2014

On Thursday, July 10 at noon, we will be discussing:

Mr. Penumbra's 24-hour bookstore by Robin Sloan — A gleeful tale of global conspiracy, complex code-breaking, high-tech data visualization, young love, rollicking adventure, and the secret to eternal life--mostly set in a hole-in-the-wall San Francisco bookstore. The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon out of his job as a Web-design drone--and serendipity, sheer curiosity, and the ability to climb a ladder like a monkey has landed him a new gig working the night shift at Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore. But after just a few days on the job, Clay begins to realize that this store is even more curious than the name suggests.

Great Reads for Memorial Day

Baghdad at sunrise: a Brigade Commander's war in Iraq by Peter R. Mansoor ; foreword by Donald Kagan and Frederick Kagan


The coldest war: a memoir of Korea by James Brady


The coldest winter: America and the Korean War by David Halberstam


Countdown to victory: the final European campaigns of World War II by Barry Turner


Dear America: letters home from Vietnam by edited by Bernard Edelman for The New York Vietnam Veterans Memorial Commission ; [with a new introduction by Senator John McCain ; foreword by William Broyles, Jr.]


A life in a year: the American infantryman in Vietnam, 1965-1972 by James R. Ebert

Adult Contemporary Book Discussion June 16

Please join the Adult Contemporary Book Discussion Group on Monday, June 16 at 7:00 PM in the Purple Room to discuss:

We are water: a novel by Wally Lamb — An intricate and layered portrait of marriage and family in need of understanding and connection. Set in New England and New York during the first years of the Obama presidency, it is also a portrait of modern America, exploring issues of class, gay marriage, the legacy of racial violence, and the nature of creativity and art.

Made in Michigan

Michigan Week (May 17-24) is a good time to remember the state's celebrated natives from all walks of life. Communities across Michigan can lay claim to renowned authors, artists, musicians, actors, athletes, politicians, inventors and more. Film makers Francis Ford Coppola, Sam Raimi, Michael Moore, and Paul Schrader were all born in Michigan. Just some of the world famous musicians born here include Stevie Wonder, Kenny Burrell, Betty Carter, Earl Klugh, Bog Seger, Glen Frey, Madonna, and Iggy Pop. Actors born in the state include Bruce Campbell, Tom Selleck, Lily Tomlin, Ellen Burstyn, Kristen Bell, Julie Harris, George Peppard, George C. Scott, Danny Thomas, and Marlo Thomas — the list goes on. Noteworthy authors such as Edna Ferber, Terry McMillan, Judith Guest and Marguerite De Angeli are also Michigan natives. Famous Michigan born athletes include baseball players Charlie Gehringer, Jim Abbott and Hal Newhouser. Find out more about our state's notable heritage by checking out some of the following items from the Library's collection.

Alden B. Dow: midwestern modern by Diane Maddex — Architect

The Dodge brothers: the men, the motor cars, and the legacy by Charles K. Hyde — Automobile engineers

Murder Will Out and the winner is...

The Mystery Writers of America recently announced the 2014 Edgar Allan Poe Awards honoring the best mystery fiction and non-fiction published in 2013. Ann Arbor's Aunt Agatha's Bookstore won The Raven Mystery Award for outstanding achievement in the mystery field outside of creative writing.

Best Novel

Ordinary grace: a novel by William Kent Krueger

Best First Novel

Red sparrow: a novel by Jason Matthews

Best Paperback Original

The wicked girls by Alex Marwood

Mary Higgins Clark Award

Cover of snow: a novel by Jenny Milchman