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
Will we ever be able to travel through time to different eras? These books tackle tough questions about "life, the universe, and everything."
Breaking the time barrier: the race to build the first time machine by Jenny Randles
Chronos: how time shapes our universe by Etienne Klein ; translated by Glenn Burney
How it began: a time-traveler's guide to the universe by Chris Impey
How to build a time machine by Paul Davies
Canton Seniors Book Group will meet on Thursday, September 26 from 2:00-3:00PM in Canton Public Library's Group Study Room A. We will be discussing The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey by Candace Millard. Copies of the book are distributed at the meeting or request a copy at the Adult Help Desk. No registration required.
River of doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's darkest journey by Candice Millard. The River of Doubt--it is a black, uncharted tributary of the Amazon that snakes through one of the most treacherous jungles in the world. Indians armed with poison-tipped arrows haunt its shadows; piranhas glide through its waters; boulder-strewn rapids turn the river into a roiling cauldron. After his humiliating election defeat in 1912, Roosevelt set his sights on the most punishing physical challenge he could find, the first descent of an unmapped, rapids-choked tributary of the Amazon. This is the true story of his journey.
George Washington, spymaster: how the Americans outspied the British and won the Revolutionary War by Thomas B. Allen ; featuring illustrations by Cheryl Harness
The worst of friends: Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and the true story of an American feud by Suzanne Tripp Jurmain ; illustrations by Larry Day
Marooned: the strange but true adventures of Alexander Selkirk, the real Robinson Crusoe by Robert Kraske ; illustrated by Robert Andrew Parker
Lincoln's grave robbers by Steve Sheinkin
One dead spy: the life, times, and last words of Nathan Hale, America's most famous spy by [text and illustrations], Nathan Hale
The shared wisdom of mothers and daughters: the timelessness of simple truths by Alexandra Stoddard
The legacy: Honor Flight Michigan by Timothy W. Downey ; with Melissa Downey, Catherine Kavanaugh, Gabe Downey
Celebrations: rituals of peace and prayer by Maya Angelou
Live by night by Dennis Lehane
The expats: a novel by Chris Pavone
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society [sound recording] by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows
The lost art of mixing by Erica Bauermeister
Peyton Place [videodisc] by Twentieth Century Fox presents a CinemaScope picture ; Jerry Wald's production
A wrinkle in time: the graphic novel by [Madeleine L'Engle] ; adapted and illustrated by Hope Larson ; [colored by Jenn Manley Lee]
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
Behind the beautiful forevers [kit] by Katherine Boo — In this brilliantly written, fast-paced book, based on three years of uncompromising reporting, a bewildering age of global change and inequality is made human. Annawadi is a makeshift settlement in the shadow of luxury hotels near the Mumbai airport, and as India starts to prosper, Annawadians are electric with hope. With intelligence, humor, and deep insight into what connects human beings to one another in an era of tumultuous change, Behind the Beautiful Forevers carries the reader headlong into one of the twenty-first century's hidden worlds, and into the lives of people impossible to forget.
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.
Autism spectrum disorders: what every parent needs to know by editors, Alan I. Rosenblatt, Paul S. Carbone ; with Winnie Yu
The autistic brain: thinking across the spectrum by Temple Grandin and Richard Panek
The spark: a mother's story of nuturing genius by Kristine Barnett
Autism, the invisible cord: a sibling's diary by Barbara Cain
In the presence of my enemies by Gracia Burnham, with Dean Merrill — A gripping true story of American missionaries Martin and Gracia Burnham’s year as hostages in the Philippine jungle, was a New York Times best seller and has sold nearly 350,000 copies. Now releasing in trade softcover for the first time, this updated edition has a new look and contains never-before-published information on the capture and trial of the Burnhams’ captors; Gracia’s secret return trip to the Philippines; and updates on recent events in Gracia’s life, ministry, and family.
America's neighborhood bats by Merlin D. Tuttle
The bat house builder's handbook by Merlin D. Tuttle, Mark Kiser, Selena Kiser
Bats by M. Brock Fenton
Wildlife heroes: 40 leading conservationists and the animals they are committed to saving by Julie Scardina and Jeff Flocken ; with photo editor Sterling Zumbrunn
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 Paris wife: a novel by Paula McLain
The art of racing in the rain: a novel by Garth Stein
Gone girl: a novel by Gillian Flynn
The language of flowers: [kit] a novel by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
The Rockefellers: an American dynasty by Peter Collier and David Horowitz
A collection of fictional biographies, War of 1812, baseball and Jackie Robinson, the Stanley Cup, and satire...
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
Modern trains and splendid stations: architecture, design, and rail travel for the twenty-first century by edited by Martha Thorne
Blood, iron, & gold: how the railroads transformed the world by Christian Wolmar
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