Arc of Justice: a Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age by Kevin Boyle is this year's Great Michigan Read 2011-2012. To kick off the Great Michigan Read, Mr. Boyle will tour six cities throughout Michigan in late October. At each site, Boyle will host a presentation, question-and-answer session, and book signing. All events are free and open to the public.
What do a fiery patriot, a queen, a bank robber, a scientist, and a composer have in common? They were all born in the month of September.
Samuel Adams: a life by Ira Stoll
A life of discovery: Michael Faraday, giant of the scientific revolution by James Hamilton
George Gershwin: his life and work by Howard Pollack
Jeannie out of the bottle by Barbara Eden with Wendy Leigh
Eugene Robinson will receive an Honorary Degree from the University of Michigan at Saturday's graduation ceremony.
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Gloryland is the fictional memoir of a buffalo soldier — a black U.S. cavalryman and the son of slaves — who finds true freedom when he is posted to patrol the newly created Yosemite National Park in 1903.
Since 1967, on or around Hans Christian Andersen's birthday, April 2, International Children's Book Day (ICBD) is celebrated to inspire a love of reading and to call attention to children's books. This years theme, The Book Remembers, comes from Estonia. ICBD promotes the idea that children's books can help children learn about people from other countries, learn to appreciate and respect other cultures, and learn to get along with others. Here are some of the great books available to help you celebrate the day:
Ten little fingers and ten little toes by Mem Fox; illustrations by Helen Oxenbury
In recognition of Women's History Month:
Cleopatra: a life by Stacy Schiff
Livia, Empress of Rome: a biography by Matthew Dennison
And furthermore by Judi Dench
Bird Cloud: a memoir by Annie Proulx
150 facts about grieving children by Erin Linn
This unassuming book is a fascinating peek into a roadtrip of two young women who travel across the United States with no other goal than to connect with other women. They met and spent time with women of varying ages and experiences and this book contains their thoughts, commentary and photographs. Local note: Aronowitz and Bernstein spent time in several Michigan cities: Detroit, Flint, and Ypsilanti.
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- The older population (65+) numbered 38.9 million in 2008, an increase of 4.5 million or 13.0% since 1998
- The number of Americans aged 45-64 – who will reach 65 over the next two decades – increased by 31% during this decade
- Over one in every eight, or 12.8%, of the population is an older American
- Persons reaching age 65 have an average life expectancy of an additional 18.6 years (19.8 years for females and 17.1 years for males)
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