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

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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 »

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

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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

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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.

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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 »

Under the Radar Michigan

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  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 »

Leaving Before the Rains Come

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Leaving Before the Rains Come by Alexandra Fuller. Fuller, author of Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight and Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness, has written a new memoir of her life in America and the painful disintegration of her marriage.  Well-loved for her colorful memoirs of an African childhood with complicated, unorthodox parents, Fuller writes of  her struggles with ... Read More »

I Hate To Leave This Beautiful Place by Howard Norman

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I Hate To Leave This Beautiful Place A most unusual memoir written by novelist Howard Norman, in five essays, he recalls his connection to “place” in relation to his own personal development and “place” at that particular period of his life. Reviews describe this book as both “luminous” and “strange”, but also, decidedly disquieting,  haunting, and lovely. Youth in Grand Rapids, Michigan, ... Read More »