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
Every man in this village is a liar [Large print]: an education in war by Megan K. Stack
The American Revolution [Large print]: a history by Gordon S. Wood
Victory at Yorktown [Large print]: the campaign that won the Revolution by Richard M. Ketchum
The zookeeper's wife [Large print]: a war story by Diane Ackerman
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.
Reagan and Thatcher: the difficult relationship by Richard Aldous
Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher: a political marriage by Nicholas Wapshott
The Iron Lady: a biography of Margaret Thatcher by Hugo Young
The Downing Street years by Margaret Thatcher
The great railroad revolution: the history of trains in America by Christian Wolmar
Railroads across North America: an illustrated history by Claude Wiatrowski
The robber barons: the great American capitalists, 1861- 1901 by Matthew Josephson
Last flag down [Large print]: the epic journey of the last Confederate warship by John Baldwin and Ron Powers
At the center of the storm [Large print]: my years at the CIA by George Tenet
What a way to spend a war [Large print]: Navy nurse POWs in the Philippines by Dorothy Still Danner
Erin go Bragh! The celebration of St. Patrick's Day outside of Ireland is a clear indication of the Irish influence throughout the world. In the United States many cities and towns recognize March 17th with parades and parties to mark the holiday of Ireland's patron saint. Ireland has made a significant contribution to literature and the arts both in the United States and throughout the world. Celebrate the day by sampling a wee bit of Irish culture and history from some of the many titles available in the Library's collection:
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
The big screen: the story of the movies by David Thomson
The entertainer: movies, magic, and my father's twentieth century by Margaret Talbot
Madam Secretary by Madeleine Albright, with Bill Woodward — Madeleine Albright, Ambassador, first woman to become United States Secretary of State
Arbella: England's lost queen by Sarah Gristwood — Arbella, English Renaissance noblewoman
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
Sunday, February 24 is the 85th Oscar Awards. Brush up on your film history with...
Fans of PBS Mystery! are familiar with the work of Edward Gorey (1925-2000) born 88 years ago today in Chicago. His eerie illustrations have introduced Mystery! since 1980. Gorey wrote and/or illustrated over 70 books, his images reminiscent of Victorian or Edwardian times with a macabre twist are instantly recognized.