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The emperor of all maladies : a biography of cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee

WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE The Emperor of All Maladies is a magnificent, profoundly humane "biography" of cancer-from its first documented appearances thousands of years ago through the epic battles in the twentieth century to cure, control, and conquer it to a radical new understanding of its essence. Physician, researcher, and award-winning science writer, Siddhartha Mukherjee examines cancer with a cellular biologist's precision, a historian's perspective, and a biographer's passion. The result is an astonishingly lucid and eloquent chronicle of a disease humans have lived with-and perished from-for more than five thousand years. The story of cancer is a story of human ingenuity, resilience, and perseverance, but also of hubris, paternalism, and misperception. Mukherjee recounts centuries of discoveries, setbacks, victories, and deaths, told through the eyes of his predecessors and peers, training their wits against an infinitely resourceful adversary that, just three decades ago, was thought to be easily vanquished in an all-out "war against cancer." The book reads like a literary thriller with cancer as the protagonist.

Running with Scissors: a memoir by Burroughs, Augusten

RUNNING WITH SCISSORS is the true story of a boy whose mother (a poet with delusions of Anne Sexton) gave him away to be raised by her unorthodox psychiatrist who bore a striking resemblance to Santa Claus. So at the age of twelve, Burroughs found himself amidst Victorian squalor living with the doctor's bizarre family, and befriending a pedophile who resided in the backyard shed. The story of an outlaw childhood where rules were unheard of, and the Christmas tree stayed up all year-round, where Valium was consumed like candy, and if things got dull, an electroshock therapy machine could provide entertainment. The funny, harrowing, and bestselling account of an ordinary boy's survival under the most extraordinary circumstances... 

Conspiracy Theories

Conspiracies: fact or fiction? Some are believable, others stretch the outer limits of credulity. Which are which? You, the reader, decide.

Collected Conspiracies

The new hate: a history of fear and loathing on the populist right by Arthur Goldwag

Among the truthers: a journey through America's growing conspiracist underground by Jonathan K

63 documents the government doesn't want you to read by Jesse Ventura, with Dick Russ

Secret societies [videodisc]: the dark mysteries of power revealed by produced by Content Inc. and Imagen Satelital/Infinito Channel

Circle of intrigue: the hidden inner circle of the global Illuminati conspiracy by Texe Marrs

And the band played on : politics, people, and the AIDS epidemic / Randy Shilts

Upon it's first publication twenty years ago, And The Band Played on was quickly recognized as a masterpiece of investigatve reporting. An international bestseller, a nominee for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and made into a critically acclaimed movie, Shilts' expose revealed why AIDS was allowed to spread unchecked during the early 80's while the most trusted institutions ignored or denied the threat.  One of the few true modern classics, it changed and framed how AIDS was discussed in the following years. Now republished ina special 20th Anniversary edition, And the Band Played On remains one of the essential books of our time. .

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Michigan Critters

Enslaved by ducks by Bob Tarte


The amphibians and reptiles of Michigan: a Quaternary and Recent faunal adventure by J. Alan Holman


Birds of Detroit by Chris C. Fisher, Allen T. Chartier


Michigan turtles and lizards: a field guide and pocket reference by James H. Harding and J. Alan Holman ; photography and illustrations by James H. Harding, except where otherwise credited


Fish of Michign field guide by David Bosanko


The wolves of Isle Royale: a broken balance by Rolf O. Peterson

Famous Nurses in Nonfiction

Beautiful unbroken: one nurse's life by Mary Jane Nealon

Call the midwife: a memoir of birth, joy, and hard times by Jennifer Worth ; clinical editor, Terri Coates

Farewell to the East End by Jennifer Worth ; clinical editor, Terri Coates

Shadows of the workhouse by Jennifer Worth

Call the nurse: true stories of a country nurse on a Scottish isle by Mary J. MacLeod ; foreword by Lady Claire Macdonald of Macdonald

I wasn't strong like this when I started out: true stories of becoming a nurse by edited by Lee Gutkind ; foreword by Karen Wolk Feinstein

Video Games Unplugged

From Pac-Man to the Xbox One, video games have kept our minds entertained and our thumbs (if not the rest of our body) moving. Check out these great reads on the history of digital gaming.

Cute Baby Animals

Check out these adorable books about the youngest animals out there!

Are you my baby? by Kathleen Rizzi

Baby animals by Roger Priddy

Animal babies by Andrea Pinnington and Tory Gordon- Harris

Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa: spring babies by written by Erica Silverman ; painted by Betsy Lewin

Biscuit and the little pup by story by Alyssa Satin Capucilli ; pictures by Pat Schories

Dog Tales: Streaming Audiobooks about Dogs from Hoopla

Animals on The Go: Downloadable eAudiobooks

Take these animal stories with you anywhere you go!  Download them to your smart phone, tablet, or MP3 player with OverDrive eAudiobooks.

Pure joy [electronic resource] by Danielle Steel


Making rounds with Oscar [electronic resource]: the extraordinary gift of an ordinary cat by David Dosa


The puppy diaries [electronic resource]: [raising a dog named Scout] by Jill Abramson


A lion called Christian [electronic resource] by Anthony Bourke and John Rendall ; foreword by George Adamson


Oogy [electronic resource]: the dog only a family could love by Larry Levin


Inside of a dog [electronic resource] by Alexandra Horowitz

Ethnic Michigan

Michigan has a rich history of ethnic diversity. Early European explorers were met by the most populous Native American tribes of the Ottawa, Potawatomi, and the Ojibwa (or Chippewa) people. Later, in the 17th century, the French voyageurs explored and settled in Michigan. These included Etienne Brule, Jacques Marquette, and Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac, the founder of the city of Detroit. However, over time large populations of various European, Middle Eastern, and Asian ethnicities have emigrated to our state. Find out more about the people who have contributed to Michigan's growth and culture.

Arab Americans in Metro Detroit: a pictorial history by Anan Ameri ; Yvonne Lockwood

Arab Americans in Michigan by Rosina J. Hassoun

Chaldeans in Michigan by Mary C. Sengstock

eBooks for Animal Lovers: Non-Fiction Edition

Looking for a good, true story about animals that you can take with you?  These downloadable eBooks are available through OverDrive.

Cat sense [electronic resource]: how the new feline science can make you a better friend to your pet by John Bradshaw


Decoding your dog [electronic resource] by American College of Veterinary Behaviorists


Dewey [electronic resource]: the small-town library cat who touched the world by Vicki Myron, with Bret Witter


Chaser [electronic resource]: unlocking the genius of the dog who knows a thousand words by John W. Pilley with Hilary Hinzmann


Decoding your dog [electronic resource] by American College of Veterinary Behaviorists

Cardiovascular Fitness

A Doctor's Insight: Medical Memoirs

Medical Drama Nonfiction

And the band played on: politics, people, and the AIDS epidemic by Randy Shilts

Awakenings by Oliver Sacks

Gifted hands: the Ben Carson story by Ben Carson ; with Cecil Murphey

Girl, interrupted by Susanna Kaysen

Sybil by Flora Rheta Schreiber

The three faces of Eve by Corbett H. Thigpen and Hervey M. Cleckley

The vow : the true story behind the movie by Kim & Krickett Carpenter, with Dana Wilkerson

Pure Michigan Travel

Michigan's motto declares: "If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you." With that in mind,  take some time to explore the natural beauty and wonder of our great state with the resources listed below. For more ideas explore the Pure Michigan website.

Of woods and water: a photographic journey across Michigan by Ron Leonetti and Christopher Jordan ; foreword by Dave Dempsey


The paddler's guide to Michigan by Jeff Counts


Hiking Michigan by Roger E. Storm, Susan M. Wedzel


Belle Isle to 8 Mile: an insider's guide to Detroit by edited by Andy Linn, Emily Linn and Rob Linn

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!