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Books, Audiobooks, DVDs, and Music that are new to our collections or that are especially relevant to current events. Click on the titles for more information or to place a hold on the item.

The Guineveres by Sarah Domet


The Guineveres by Sarah Domet Four girls, each named Guinevere and each with her own secret, heart-wrenching story, are abandoned at an austere convent. Ginny, Gwen, Win, and Vere call themselves The Guineveres. While they share a name, they are very different. Artist Ginny, Hollywood hopeful Gwen, seemingly stoic Win, and nurturing Vere form a tight bond. When four unconscious ... Read More »

IQ by Joe Ide


IQ by Joe Ide There’s a new sleuth on the shelves… Isaiah Quintabe, known as IQ on the mean streets of his East Long Beach neighborhood, is a Sherlock-inspired sleuth (brains over brawn) who takes the cases the cops won’t touch…Ide’s deft touch with his richly diverse cast of characters, all of whom are capable of stealing scenes with just ... Read More »

Ghost Writers: Us Haunting Them


Ghost Writers: Us Haunting Them: Contemporary Michigan Literature Editors Keith Taylor and Laura Kasischke asked twelve celebrated Michigan writers to submit new stories on one subject: ghosts. The resulting collection (2011 Wayne State University Press) is a satisfying mix of tales by some of the state’s most well-known and award-winning writers. Some of the pieces are true stories written by ... Read More »

Terror in the City of Champions by Tom Stanton


Terror in the City of Champions: Murder, Baseball, and the Secret Society that Shocked Depression-era Detroit by Tom Stanton Stanton’s masterly prose is thoroughly engaging from cover to cover. Chronicling baseball legends such as Mickey Cochran and Hank Greenberg, Stanton offers engrossing stories that are filled with historical gems. He contrasts the awful crimes committed by the Black Legion with ... Read More »

Hero of the Empire by Candice Millard


Hero of the Empire:  the Boer War, a Daring Escape and the Making of Winston Churchill by Candice Millard A history of the danger-seeking young Winston Churchill during the Boer War, which “had turned out to be far more difficult and more devastating than the amusing colonial war the British had expected.”Although Churchill’s life has been amply documented by himself ... Read More »

Bob Seger’s House and Other Stories


Bob Seger’s House and Other Stories Bob Seger’s House and Other Stories is a collection of short stories written by some of Michigan’s most well-known fiction writers. This collection of twenty-two short stories serves as a celebration not only of the tenth anniversary of the Made in Michigan Writers Series in 2016 but also of the rich history of writing ... Read More »

The Perfect Horse by Elizabeth Letts


The Perfect Horse: the Daring U.S. Mission to Rescue the Priceless Stallions Kidnapped by the Nazi’s by Elizabeth Letts In the chaotic last days of the war a small troop of battle-weary American soldiers captures a German spy and makes an astonishing find.  His briefcase is empty but for photos of beautiful white horses that have been stolen and kept on ... Read More »

The Fortunes by Peter Ho Davies


The Fortunes by Peter Ho Davies University of Michigan professor Peter Ho Davies has a new novel, published this month.  According to Publishers Weekly, Davies (The Welsh Girl) has created a brilliant, absorbing masterpiece. It explores the Chinese American experience in four parts, weaving story lines over hundreds of years. Read More »

I Contain Multitudes by Ed Yong


I Contain Multitudes: the Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life by Ed Yong The microbiome is one of the most talked-about topics in modern science, but it’s a complex and evolving field with important nuances often missed by the media. Atlantic science writer Yong refines the natural history of these microscopic wonders and breaks down the cutting-edge ... Read More »