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Non-Fiction

Great Lakes Island Escapes by Maureen Dunphy

Great Lakes Island Escapes: Ferries and Bridges to Adventure by Maureen Dunphy Dunphy explores over 30 of the Great Lakes Basin islands accessible by bridge or ferry and introduces more than 50 additional islands. Information about getting to each featured island, what to expect when you get there, the island’s history, and what natural and historical sites and cultural attractions are available ... Read More »

Three Days in January by Bret Baier with Catherine Whitney

Three Days in January: Dwight Eisenhower’s Final Mission by Bret Baier with Catherine Whitney Explores Eisenhower’s last days in office, especially his sense of needing to prepare JFK for the “fate of the civilized world” and brace him against the military-driven mindset. Unlike his relations with his own predecessor, Harry Truman, which were strained and chilly, the World War II hero ... Read More »

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

Hidden Figures: the American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly On a trip home to Hampton, Virginia, Shetterly stumbled upon an overlooked aspect of American history that is almost mythic in scope. As the daughter of an engineer who became a highly respected scientist, she was ... Read More »

Detroit Resurrected by Nathan Bomey

Detroit Resurrected: to Bankruptcy and Back by Nathan Bomey Author Nathan Bomey, now a journalist for USA Today, was lead reporter on Detroit’s bankruptcy for Detroit Free Press. In this narrative for general readers, he tells the story of Detroit’s bankruptcy, focusing on the decisions and conflicts among key figures such as judges, union leaders, politicians, bankers, and residents of ... Read More »

The Case Against Sugar by Gary Taubes

The Case Against Sugar by Gary Taubes The latest offering from health journalist Taubes (Why We Get Fat) prosecutes the case against sugar, in particular sucrose and high fructose corn syrup. His hypothesis is that “sugar is the dietary trigger of obesity and diabetes” and of related illnesses like heart disease. . . Readers will hate to love this book, ... Read More »

Heaven Was Detroit: From Jazz to Hip-Hop and Beyond

Heaven Was Detroit: From Jazz to Hip-Hop and Beyond edited by M. L. Liebler An anthology of new essays, and a few classics, by widely known and respected music writers, critics, and recording artists who weigh in on their careers and experiences in the Detroit music scene, from rock to jazz and everything in between.  From Wayne State University Press, ... Read More »

Victoria the Queen by Julia Baird

Victoria the Queen:  an Intimate Biography of the Woman Who Ruled an Empire by Julia Baird Australian-based journalist Baird offers an empire-scale biography of Queen Victoria, portraying her as witty, passionate, and happy to wield the scepter. Baird draws on newly discovered papers clarifying the relationship between Victoria and her servant John Brown and was also able to gain access ... Read More »

Hillbilly Elegy by J. D. Vance

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 »

A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson For reasons even he didn’t understand, Bill Bryson decided in 1996 to walk the 2,100-mile Appalachian trail. Winding from Georgia to Maine, this uninterrupted ‘hiker’s highway’ sweeps through the heart of some of America’s most beautiful and treacherous terrain. Accompanied by his infamous crony, Stephen Katz, ... Read More »