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The Wright Brothers by David McCullough

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The Wright Brothers by David McCullough A charmingly pared-down life of the “boys” that grounds their dream of flight in decent character and work ethic. There is a quiet, stoical awe to the accomplishments of these two unprepossessing Ohio brothers in this fluently rendered, skillfully focused study by two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning and two-time National Book Award-winning historian McCullough (The Greater ... Read More »

Missing microbes : how the overuse of antibiotics is fueling our modern plagues / Dr. Martin Blaser.

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You share your body with a vast population of microorganisms. Ten trillion human cells coexist with 100 trillion bacterial cells. The human microbiome—an elaborate ecology of microbes on us and within us—plays a major role in health, especially immunity and metabolism. But this collection of mostly pacifistic and beneficial species of bacteria that coevolved with human beings is increasingly endangered—by ... Read More »

Going to pot : why the rush to legalize marijuana is harming America by William J. Bennett and Robert A. White.

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The former director of the National Drug Control policy and a former assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey argue against the legalization of marijuana, discussing studies that link marijuana use to abnormal brain structure and development. Contents:  Marijuana use is not safe or harmless : in fact, it is dangerous — What is medical marijuana? — Legalization ... Read More »

Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee

Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee

Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee An historic literary event: the publication of a newly discovered novel, the earliest known work from Harper Lee, the beloved, bestselling author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning classic,To Kill a Mockingbird. Originally written in the mid-1950s, Go Set a Watchman was the novel Harper Lee first submitted to her publishers before To Kill a Mockingbird. Assumed to ... Read More »

Frida

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Complement a visit to the Detroit Institute of Arts special exhibit on Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera in Detroit by watching the 2002 film Frida starring Salma Hayek and Alfred Molina. Nominated for 6 academy awards, including best actress. Read More »

Garden for the Blind by Kelly Fordon

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Garden for the Blind by Kelly Fordon The collection of interwoven stories by Grosse Pointe author Kelly Fordon is now in print. Read more at the Wayne State University Press website, including reviews and audio of two stories. A book launch will be held at the Ewald Branch of the Grosse Pointe Public Library on Wednesday, April 22 at 7:30 p.m. Click here ... Read More »