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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.

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!

Michigan Biographies For Kids

Young Jerry Ford: athlete and citizen by Hendrik Booraem, V


Little Stevie Wonder by Quincy Troupe ; illustrated by Lisa Cohen


Henry Ford by Steven Roberts ; [illustrations, Planman Technologies]


Rosa Parks by Gillian Gosman




Artists in the Real World

Into art? Here are some of our newest true stories of famous artists from around the world. Looking for more? Find other artists in our JBIO section by looking under their last name.

The scraps book: notes from a colorful life by Lois Ehlert

Leaving China: an artist paints his World War II childhood by James McMullan

The noisy paint box: the colors and sounds of Kandinsky's abstract art by Barb Rosenstock ; illustrated by Mary GrandPre

Mo Willems by Abby Colich

Francisco Goya by Alix Wood

More Michigan Biographies for Kids

True stories about people with a connection to Michigan. For more fascinating stories about real people, look in our JBIO collection.

 

Tim Allen by Terri Dougherty

Driven: a photobiography of Henry Ford by Don Mitchell ; foreword by Lee Iacocca

Malcolm Little: the boy who grew up to become Malcolm X by Ilyasah Shabazz ; illustrated by AG Ford

All aboard!: Elijah McCoy's steam engine by Monica Kulling ; illustrated by Bill Slavin

Real Life Performers

Be inspired by the lives of these real life performers.

Skit-scat raggedy cat: Ella Fitzgerald by written by Roxane Orgill ; illustrated by Sean Qualls

Footwork: the story of Fred and Adele Astaire by Roxane Orgill ; illustrated by Stéphane Jorisch

Louis Armstrong: jazz legend by Terry Collins ; illustrated by Richie Pope

The Beatles were fab (and they were funny) by Kathleen Krull and Paul Brewer ; illustrated by Stacy Innerst

Harlem's little blackbird by Renée Watson ; illustrated by Christian Robinson

Literary Biographies for Tweens

Ever wonder about the authors and illustrators behind your favorite stories? These biographies tell of fascinating lives and in some cases, the real-life inspiration behind classic works of literature.

Maya Angelou, 1928-2014

Maya Angelou, writer, poet, and activist, died today at the age of 86.  
Angelou was most well known for her autobiographical works, particularly I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Her books spoke honestly and openly about traumas and abuse, race, gender, and identity using writing techniques common in fiction writing. She received many awards and honorary degrees throughout her life, including the National Medal of Arts in 2000 and the National Medal of Freedom in 2010, the highest civilian honor awarded in the U.S. 

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

It Happened in May!

Read about some of the many history-making events occurred in the month of May:

National Poetry Month Biographies

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


Dante by R.W.B. Lewis

Look What's In Large Print: April 2014

Agatha Christie's mysteries are being re-released in large print. Anna Quindlen's latest is a fictional story of about a 60 something photographer coming to terms with her life.  Extremely private throughout his career, the new Johnny Carson biography by Harry Bushkin, Carson's lawyer from 1970-1988, reveals the complexity of Mr. Carson. Elo's first novel links the commercial fishing industry, the perfume industry, and conservation in a hunt for justice. The Cold War was warming up and President Truman saw the need to recruit European scientists to America.  He specifically stated no Nazi scientists should be recruited, Operation Paperclip tells what really happened.

Still life with bread crumbs [Large print]: a novel by Anna Quindlen

The regatta mystery, and other stories [large print] by Agatha Christie

Johnny Carson [large print] by Henry Bushkin

North of Boston [Large print] by Elisabeth Elo

Great Michigan Read 2013-2014: Annie's Ghosts

A Hospital Called Eloise.  As the Great Michigan Read 2013-2014 draws to a close Jo Johnson, an expert in the history of Eloise Hospital and the stories behind the walls will speak on Friday, June 6, 2014 at the Straight Farm House in Garden City from 6:00-8:00 PM.  A portion of the $25 fee will be donated to the Eloise Museum.  Reservations can be made by calling Party Animals at 734-525-9777.