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Shakespeare Saved My Life: Ten Years in Solitary with the Bard


Are you an e-book reader?  Overdrive is sponsoring a “Big Read” this month.  Shakespeare Saved My Life: Ten Years in Solitary with the Bard by Laura Bates will be available March 17 through March 31 to everyone – no holds, no waiting. Shakespeare professor and prison volunteer Laura Bates thought she had seen it all. That is, until she decided to teach ... Read More »

The Precious One by Marisa de los Santos

Precious One

The Precious One, Marisa de los Santos Both an “Indie Next” and a “Library Reads”pick: Taisy hasn’t seen her father since he dumped her family and started another one 17 years ago. An unexpected invitation to write his biography returns her to her hometown, and gives her a rare chance to knit together a broken web of relationships. Like all de ... Read More »

Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good : a Memoir of Food and Love from an American Midwest Family


Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good : a Memoir of Food and Love from an American Midwest Family by Kathleen Flinn Flinn affectionately recalls her family and growing up in the counties surrounding Flint, Michigan, in the days before America’s mighty auto industry collapsed. Typical of midwesterners in the middle of the twentieth century, the Flinns frequently motored around Michigan, ... Read More »

Dead Wake: the Last Crossing of the Lusitania


Dead Wake: the Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson The enthralling story of the sinking of the Lusitania, published to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the disaster.  Larson, author of In the Garden of Beasts and The Devil in the White City, is a master of narrative nonfiction. FYI, Larson will be appearing in Grosse Pointe for ... Read More »

Founders’ son : a life of Abraham Lincoln / Richard Brookhiser.


Argues that the sixteenth president of the United States was inspired by the Founding Fathers of the nation and struggled to carry on their work throughout his career. 1809-1830: youth — George Washington and liberty — 1830-1840: manhood — Thomas Paine, laughter, and reason — 1840-1852: maturity — Henry Clay and the Fourth of July — 1854: the repeal of ... Read More »

Vanessa and Her Sister by Priya Parmar

Vanessa and Her Sister

Vanessa and Her Sister by Priya Parmar London, 1905: The city is alight with change, and the Stephen siblings are at the forefront. Vanessa, Virginia, Thoby, and Adrian are leaving behind their childhood home and taking a house in the leafy heart of avant-garde Bloomsbury. There they bring together a glittering circle of bright, outrageous artistic friends who will grow into ... Read More »

Under the Radar Michigan


  Under the Radar Michigan: the First 50 by Tom Daldin. A guide to the Emmy award-winning PBS television series … Discover great Michigan cities, interesting people, incredible restaurants, romantic spaces and great places to vacation with the whole family. You”ll speed through Michigan’s Everglades; go to santa school; eat awesome food; hike giant dunes; meet inspired people; explore great wilderness; ... Read More »

The Nightingale


The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah “Viann and Isabelle have always been close despite their differences. Younger, bolder sister Isabelle lives in Paris while Viann lives a quiet and content life in the French countryside with her husband Antoine and their daughter. When World War II strikes and Antoine is sent off to fight, Viann and Isabelle’s father sends Isabelle to ... Read More »