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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 »

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 »

August Snow by Stephen Mack Jones

August Snow by Stephen Mack Jones A fast-paced tale of murder, greed, sex, economic cyber-terrorism, race and urban decay in modern Detroit. Author Stephen Mack Jones is a poet, award-winning playwright, and recipient of the Kresge Arts in Detroit Literary Fellowship. He lives in Farmington Hills. Read More »

The Marsh King’s Daughter by Karen Dionne

The Marsh King’s Daughter by Karen Dionne Taking its title from a Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale but set in the marshlands of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, this thriller features Helena Pelletier, raised by an abusive father who had kidnapped her teenage mother. Now he’s escaped from prison, and the adult Helena is the only person who can hunt him down ... Read More »

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman A very funny novel about the survivor of a childhood trauma. At 29, Eleanor Oliphant has built an utterly solitary life that almost works. . . Honeyman’s endearing debut is part comic novel, part emotional thriller, and part love story. – Kirkus Read More »

Lake Invaders by William Rapai

Lake Invaders by William Rapai There are more than 180 exotic species in the Great Lakes. Some, such as green algae, the Asian tapeworm, and the suckermouth minnow, have had little or no impact so far. But a handful of others—sea lamprey, alewife, round goby, quagga mussel, zebra mussel, Eurasian watermilfoil, spiny water flea, and rusty crayfish—have conducted an all-out ... Read More »

Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann

Killers of the Flower Moon: the Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann A true account of the early twentieth-century murders of dozens of wealthy Osage and law-enforcement officials, citing the contributions and missteps of a fledgling FBI that eventually uncovered one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history. In Killers of the Flower Moon, David ... Read More »

Last man off : a true story of disaster and survival on the Antarctic seas

“‘A sinister version of The Perfect Storm. Thrilling’–Sunday Times (UK). There’s nothing that armchair adventure lovers relish more than a gripping true story of disaster and heroism, and Last Man Off delivers all that against a breathtaking backdrop oficebergs and killer whales. On June 6, 1998, twenty-three-year-old Matt Lewis had just started his dream job as a scientific observer aboard ... Read More »