The closer by Mariano Rivera with Wayne Coffey
Clouds of glory: the life and legend of Robert E. Lee by Michael Korda
The extraordinary life of Rebecca West by Lorna Gibb
The good spy: the life and death of Robert Ames by Kai Bird
John Quincy Adams: American visionary by Fred Kaplan
Michael Jordan: the life by Roland Lazenby
Supreme City: how Jazz Age Manhattan gave birth to modern America by Donald L. Miller
The dead and those about to die: D-Day: the Big Red One at Omaha Beach by John C. McManus
Beyond Pontiac's shadow: Michilimackinac and the Anglo- Indian War of 1763 by Keith R. Widder
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
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
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
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.
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
Gandhi before India by Ramachandra Guha
John Wayne: the life and legend by Scott Eyman
The Hiltons: the true story of an American dynasty by J. Randy Taraborrelli
The last white rose by Desmond Seward
The embrace of unreason: France, 1914-1940 by Frederick Brown
Why the Germans? Why the Jews?: Envy, race hatred, and the prehistory of the Holocaust by Götz Aly ; translated by Jefferson Chase
Unassisted living: ageless homes for later life by Wid Chapman and Jeff Rosenfeld
The athlete's book of home remedies: 1,001 doctor- approved health fixes & injury-prevention secrets for a leaner, fitter, more athletic body! by Jordan Metzl, with Mike Zimmerman
Shaking the foundations: 200 years of investigative journalism in America by Edited by Bruce Shapiro
To keep the waters troubled: the life of Ida B. Wells by Linda O. McMurry
Covert warriors [large print] by W.E.B. Griffin ; with William E. Butterworth IV
A new brother or sister by Charlotte Guillain
Babies don't eat pizza: the big kids' book about baby brothers and baby sisters by Dianne Danzig ; illustrated by Debbie Tilley
Love that baby!: a book about babies for new big brothers, sisters, cousins, and friends by Kathryn Lasky ; illustrated by Jennifer Plecas
Will you still love me? by Carol Roth ; illustrated by Daniel Howarth
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.
A nice little place on the North Side: Wrigley Field at one hundred by George F. Will
Wrigley Field: a celebration of the friendly confines by photos by Stephen Green ; text by Mark Jacob ; foreword by Ernie Banks
100 years of Wrigley Field [videodisc] by producer, Major League Baseball Production ; writer, Jeff Scott
Lord Minimus: the extraordinary life of Britain's smallest man by Nick Page — Th true story of Jeffrey Hudson, the 18-inch "official dwarf" of the 17th century Stuart court.
The last alchemist: Count Cagliostro, master of magic in the age of reason by Iain McCalman — A fascinating account of the career of one of the most famous charlatans of the 18th century, Count Alessandro di Cagliostro, who traveled all over Europe - usually one step ahead of the authorities - passing himself off as an alchemist and a healer.
Agent Zigzag: a true story of Nazi espionage, love, and betrayal by Ben MacIntyre — Eddie Chapman was a charming criminal, a con man, and a philanderer. He was also one of the most remarkable double agents Britain has ever produced.
Resources for Earth Day 2014:
Sustainable urbanism: urban design with nature by Douglas Farr
Tomorrow's garden: design and inspiration for a new age of sustainable gardening by text and photographs by Stephen Orr
Biking to work by Rory McMullan
Edens lost & found: how ordinary citizens are restoring our great American cities: PBS series companion book by Harry Wiland ... [et al.]
DALLAS, 1963 by Bill Minutaglio and Steven L. Davis. Here at long last is an accurate understanding of what happened in the weeks and months leading to John F. Kennedy's assassination. DALLAS 1963 is not only a fresh look at a momentous national tragedy but a sobering reminder of how radical, polarizing ideologies can poison a city-and a nation. Winner of the PEN Center USA Literary Award for Research Nonfiction
George Washington's secret six: the spy ring that saved the American Revolution by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger
Nathan Hale: the life and death of America's first spy by M. William Phelps
Great cathedral mystery [videodisc] by written, produced & directed by David Murdock
Twenty feet from stardom [videodisc] by Radius TWC ; a Gil Friesen production ; a Morgan Neville film ; produced by Caitrin Rogers ; produced by Gil Friesen ; directed by Morgan Neville ; Tremolo Productions.
Secret state of North Korea [videodisc] by a Hardcash Production for WGBH/Frontline ; producer, writer, and director: James Jones
Rewind this! [videodisc] by MPI Media Group ; directed by Josh Johnson; produced by Carolee Mitchell
Red metal [videodisc]: the copper country strike of 1913 by produced and directed by Jonathan Silvers
Secrets of Selfridges [videodisc] by Pioneer Productions ; produced and directed by Sam Taplin