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The Kelloggs: the Battling Brothers of Battle Creek by Howard Markel

The Kelloggs:  the Battling Brothers of Battle Creek by Howard Markel John Harvey Kellogg was one of America’s most beloved physicians; a best-selling author, lecturer, and health-magazine publisher; founder of the Battle Creek Sanitarium; and patron saint of the pursuit of wellness. His youngest brother, Will, was the founder of the Battle Creek Toasted Corn Flake Company, which revolutionized the ... Read More »

Designing Detroit : Wirt Rowland and the Rise of Modern American Architecture by Michael G. Smith

Designing Detroit: Wirt Rowland and the Rise of Modern American Architecture by Michael G. Smith In the early 1900s, Detroit was leading the nation in architectural innovation and designer Wirt Rowland was at the forefront of this advancement, yet few are even aware of his substantial contribution to the evolution of architectural style. It is widely believed that celebrated local ... Read More »

American Fire: Love, Arson and Life in a Vanishing Land by Monica Hesse

American Fire: Love, Arson and Life in a Vanishing Land by Monica Hesse The arsons started on a cold November midnight and didn’t stop for months. Night after night, the people of Accomack County waited to see which building would burn down next, regarding each other at first with compassion, and later suspicion. Vigilante groups sprang up, patrolling the rural ... Read More »

The Detroit Public Library by Barbara Madgy Cohn and Patrice Rafail Merritt

The Detroit Public Library : an American Classic by Barbara Madgy Cohn and Patrice Rafail Merritt For the last century, the Detroit Public Library has ranked as one of the most beautiful buildings in Detroit—an important landmark as well as a significant monument serving generations of Detroiters. This book was born out of “Discover the Wonders,” an art and architectural tour ... Read More »

Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin

Young Jane Young: a Novel by Gabrielle Zevin Having charmed us with The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, an LJ Best Book that lingered four months on the NYT best sellers list, Zevin returns with Aviva Grossman, a hopeful congressional intern in Florida. An affair with her much-admired and much-married boss makes her toxic, and she escapes the media glare ... Read More »

Do Not Become Alarmed by Maile Meloy

Do Not Become Alarmed by Maile Meloy A vacation cruise turns nightmarish when children from two families disappear after the ship stops at a Central American port. What follows is a story not just of guilt, blame, and the desperate struggle to retrieve the children but of race, privilege, and parenthood. Read More »

The Clockwork Dynasty by Daniel Wilson

The Clockwork Dynasty by Daniel Wilson June travels the world seeking rare antique automatons. Her interest in such objects was fixed from an early age when her Russian grandfather told her a story of seeing a man on a World War II battlefield and then gave her a relic from that encounter, which seems to be a piece of intricate ... Read More »

Detroit 1967: Origins, Impacts, Legacies edited by Joel Stone

Detroit 1967: Origins, Impacts, Legacies edited by Joel Stone In the summer of 1967, Detroit experienced one of the worst racially charged civil disturbances in United States history. Years of frustration generated by entrenched and institutionalized racism boiled over late on a hot July night. In an event that has been called a ‘riot,’ ‘rebellion,’ ‘uprising,’ and ‘insurrection,’ thousands of ... Read More »

The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti

The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti Loo is twelve when she moves back to the New England fishing village of her early youth. Her father, Hawley, finds work on the boats, while she undergoes the usual heartaches of a new kid in school. But lurking over Loo are mysteries, both of the mother who passed away, of ... Read More »