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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... 

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

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. .

New True Crime

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.

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

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!

Great Lakes Shipwrecks

Book Bundles

Looking for a book (or audiobook or movie) to complete a badge? Come into the library and grab a bundle. Bundles are two or three similar items which we've bundled together. Maybe they are read-alikes for a popular author, or perhaps they all share a theme.  Convenient and fun--pick one up today!

Show Me the Cookbook: TV Programs and Chefs

Wacky Food Books

All About Dogs

Dog Memoirs

Books About Animal-Human Relationships

Healthy Pets

Books About Animals for Children

Picture Books

The helpful puppy by Kim Zarins ; illustrated by Emily Arnold McCully

Click, clack, moo: cows that type by Doreen Cronin ; pictures by Betsy Lewin

Click, clack, moo: cows that type by Doreen Cronin ; pictures by Betsy Lewin

My farm friends by Wendell Minor

Chicken, chicken, duck! by Nadia Krilanovich

Gilbert Goldfish wants a pet by Kelly DiPucchio; illustrated by Bob Shea

Purple Little Bird by Greg Foley

All About Cats

Travelling with Juvenile Non-fiction

Kids have you ever wanted to travel but just don't have the time? We have some wonderful non-fiction titles that will help get you to new places and meeting new people from all over the world all from the comfort of your living room couch. Enjoy!

Afghanistan to Zimbabwe: country facts that helped me win the National Geographic Bee by Andrew Wojtanik


P is for passport: a world alphabet by Devin Scillian


Where on Earth? by [editors, Helen Abramson, Steve Setford, Rona Skene]


National Geographic kids world atlas


The Brontë sisters: the brief lives of Charlotte, Emily, and Anne by Catherine Reef


Go! by Daniel Kirk

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