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Adult Contemporary Book Discussion June 16

Please join the Adult Contemporary Book Discussion Group on Monday, June 16 at 7:00 PM in the Purple Room to discuss:

We are water: a novel by Wally Lamb — An intricate and layered portrait of marriage and family in need of understanding and connection. Set in New England and New York during the first years of the Obama presidency, it is also a portrait of modern America, exploring issues of class, gay marriage, the legacy of racial violence, and the nature of creativity and art.

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

Murder Will Out and the winner is...

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.

Best Novel

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

Power of the Press

May 3 has been designated as World Press Freedom Day in recognition of a "free, pluralistic and independent press" and its essential part of a democratic society. Indeed, the purpose of journalism, said Chicago newspaper columnist and humorist Peter Finley Dunne in the early 1900s, is to "comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable." Although modern journalists have often been the targets of severe criticism, it is also true that throughout the centuries, and even today, journalism has been a force for making America a better place to live.

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


Taking on the trust: the epic battle of Ida Tarbell and John D. Rockefeller by Steve Weinberg

Murder Will Out May, 2014

Publishers, psychologist, police, politicians, and plants.  What do they have in common?  Murder...

A dangerous fiction: a novel by Barbara Rogan

Dante's wood: a Mark Angelotti novel by Lynne Raimondo

Dead man's time by Peter James

Deadly devotion: a novel by Sandra Orchard

Death of a chef by Alexander Campion

Big Brothers and Sisters

In honor of National Superhero Day (April 28), a list of books for the best kind of superheroes: big brothers and sisters.

Big Brothers

A new brother or sister by Charlotte Guillain

Will you still love me? by Carol Roth ; illustrated by Daniel Howarth

Sports Books for Teens

Baseball great by Tim Green


The rivalry: mystery at the Army-Navy game by John Feinstein


Deep zone by Tim Green


Whale talk by Chris Crutcher


Deadline by Chris Crutcher


Forward pass by Lorna Schultz Nicholson


Curveball: the year I lost my grip by Jordan Sonnenblick

Michigan Notable Books 2014

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.

Strange But True!

To quote Mark Twain "Truth is stranger than fiction..." and the following titles are certainly proof of that!

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.