Michigan 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!
Driving Detroit: the quest for respect in Motown by George Galster
Hockeytown doc: a half-century of Red Wings stories from Howe to Yzerman by John "Jack" Finley ; [foreword by Gordie Howe]
The glory years of the Detroit Tigers: 1920-1950 by William M. Anderson ; with a foreword by Dan Dickerson
Detroit's historic places of worship by compiled and edited by Marla O. Collum, Barbara E. Krueger, Dorothy Kostuch ; photographs by Dirk Bakker ; with a foreword by John Gallagher
Conspiracies: fact or fiction? Some are believable, others stretch the outer limits of credulity. Which are which? You, the reader, decide.
Conspiracy theories by edited by Paul McCaffrey
The new hate: a history of fear and loathing on the populist right by Arthur Goldwag
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
Earn your Geek Out badge with one of these books from some of the Internet's most popular bloggers:
Let's pretend this never happened: (a mostly true memoir) by Jenny Lawson
Sleep is for the weak: the best of the mommybloggers including Amalah, Finslippy, Fussy, Woulda Coulda Shoulda, Mom-101, and more!: a blogHer book by edited by Rita Arens ; forward by Stacy Morrison
Sparkly green earrings: catching the light at every turn by Melanie Shankle
Heaven is here: an incredible story of hope, triumph, and everyday joy by Stephanie Nielson ; with Amy Ferguson Hackworth
Carry on, warrior: thoughts on life unarmed by Glennon Doyle Melton
Becoming Babe Ruth by Matt Tavares
Mighty Jackie: the strike out queen by Marissa Moss ; illustrated by C.F. Payne
Lipman Pike: America's first home run king by Richard Michelson ; and illustrated by Zachary Pullen
Black Jack: the ballad of Jack Johnson by Charles R. Smith Jr. ; illustrated by Shane W. Evans
You never heard of Willie Mays?! by written by Jonah Winter ; illustrated by Terry Widener
Brothers at bat: the true story of an amazing all-brother baseball team by written by Audrey Vernick ; illustrated by Steven Salerno
Harlem's little blackbird by Renée Watson ; illustrated by Christian Robinson
Mister and Lady Day: Billie Holiday and the dog who loved her by Amy Novesky ; illustrated by Vanessa Brantley Newton
Forgotten heroes: inspiring American portraits from our leading historians by edited by Susan Ware ; with a foreword by David McCullough
The cruelest miles: the heroic story of dogs and men in a race against an epidemic by Gay Salisbury & Laney Salisbury
Willie Mays: the life, the legend by James S. Hirsch, authorized by Willie Mays
Wildlife heroes: 40 leading conservationists and the animals they are committed to saving by Julie Scardina and Jeff Flocken ; with photo editor Sterling Zumbrunn
Check out these inspirational stories from people who have hit rock bottom and lived to tell the tale.
Broken: my story of addiction and redemption by William Cope Moyers with Katherine Ketcham
Fall to pieces: a memoir of drugs, rock 'n' roll, and mental illness by Mary Forsberg Weiland
Guts: the endless follies and tiny triumphs of a giant disaster by Kristen Johnston
Drinking: a love story by Caroline Knapp
The heroin diaries: a year in the life of a shattered rock star by Nikki Sixx ; with Ian Gittins
Long past stopping: a memoir by Oran Canfield
Memoirs About Dogs — Some of these titles may also be available as books on CD or e-books and a few have been made into DVDs:
A dog for all seasons: a memoir by Patti Sherlock
Dog house: a love story by Carol Prisant
Drinking with Miss Dutchie: a memoir by Ed Breslin
On Thursday, August 8 at noon, we will be discussing:
Lots of candles, plenty of cake by Anna Quindlen — From childhood memories to manic motherhood to middle age, Quindlen uses the events of her own life to illuminate our own in this humorous memoir. Along with the downsides of age, she says, can come wisdom, a perspective on life that makes it satisfying and even joyful. Candid, funny, moving, Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake is filled with the sharp insights and revealing observations that have long confirmed Quindlen's status as America's laureate of real life.
South of Broad: a novel by Pat Conroy meets July 25
Case histories: a novel by Kate Atkinson meets August 22
River of doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's darkest journey by Candice Millard meets September 26
Say nice things about Detroit by Scott Lasser meets October 24
The Paris wife: a novel by Paula McLain meets November 21
Michigan Week (May 18-25) 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
Celebrate National Poetry Month by getting to know more about the lives of some of our greatest poets:
Longfellow: a rediscovered life by Charles C. Calhoun
Yeats's ghosts: the secret life of W.B. Yeats by Brenda Maddox
Dylan Thomas: a new life by Andrew Lycett
From noon to starry night: a life of Walt Whitman by Philip Callow
Rough magic: a biography of Sylvia Plath by Paul Alexander
Life itself: a memoir by Roger Ebert
I hated, hated, hated this movie by Roger Ebert
The great movies III by Roger Ebert
The great movies II by Roger Ebert ; photo stills by Mary Corliss
Jocelyn Elders, M.D.: from sharecropper's daughter to surgeon general of the United States of America by Joycelyn Elders and David Chanoff — Jocelyn Elders, pediatrician, public health administrator & the first woman Surgeon General of the United States
In honor of St. Patrick’s Day (March 17), think about reading an Irish author or about Irish history.
Pioneering women who led and won struggles for equality and civil rights; created and advanced educational and professional opportunities; and made great contributions to the arts, sciences and humanistic causes are honored each year during the month of March — National Women's History Month.
Chronology of women worldwide: people, places & events that shaped women's history by Lynne Brakeman, editor ; Susan Gall, managing editor
Lives like loaded guns: Emily Dickinson and her family's feuds [kit] by Lyndall Gordon - In 1882, Emily Dickinson's brother Austin began a passionate love affair with Mabel Todd, a young Amherst faculty wife, setting in motion a series of events that would forever change the lives of the Dickinson family. The feud that erupted as a result has continued for over a century. Lyndall Gordon, tells the riveting story of the Dickinsons, and reveals Emily as a very different woman from the pale, lovelorn recluse that exists in the popular imagination. Gordon digs deep into the life and work of Emily Dickinson, to reveal the secret behind the poet's insistent seclusion, and presents a woman beyond her time who found love, spiritual sustenance, and immortality all on her own terms.