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Bob Seger’s House and Other Stories

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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

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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

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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

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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 »

The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore

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The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore An Academy Award-winning screenwriter (The Imitation Game) and New York Times best-selling author (The Sherlockian), Moore fictionalizes Thomas Edison’s efforts to eliminate rival George Westinghouse through an enormous lawsuit. Read More »

Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty

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Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty Three couples, one ordinary day, one barbecue. Clementine and Sam have a rock-solid marriage and are parents to two beautiful little girls. Clementine’s best friend Erika and her husband, Oliver, enjoy their child-free lifestyle. …What starts out as an ordinary afternoon quickly takes a turn for the worse. Moriarty’s fans will rejoice at her ... Read More »

Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

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Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead A Pulitzer Prize finalist and MacArthur Fellow, Whitehead goes all out in this imaginative reconstruction of the antebellum South. Here, the Underground Railroad is not metaphorical but real, a welter of tracks and tunnels hidden beneath the soil. A slave named Cora, brutalized by her Georgia master yet shunned by her own, determines to escape ... Read More »

Hillbilly Elegy by J. D. Vance

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Hillbilly Elegy: a Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J. D. Vance A Yale Law School graduate’s account of his traumatic hillbilly childhood and the plight of America’s angry white working class. “Americans call them hillbillies, rednecks, or white trash,” writes Vance, a biotech executive and National Review contributor. “I call them neighbors, friends, and family.” In ... Read More »

Listen to Me by Hannah Pittard

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Listen to Me by Hannah Pittard College professor Mark and his wife, Maggie, a veterinarian, are traveling from Chicago to his family’s East Coast home because Mark senses they need a break; after a mugging, Maggie has become brooding and suspicious, not the woman Mark married. They leave late, with Maggie intent on giving their dog, Gerome, a good walk ... Read More »

American Heiress by Jeffrey Toobin

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American Heiress: the Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst by Jeffrey Toobin The ubiquitous legal journalist and author returns with a detailed but swiftly moving account of the 1974 kidnapping that mesmerized the nation.  Readers of a certain age will be astonished that this case is more than 40 years old. So much has changed, ... Read More »