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The Wright Brothers by David McCullough


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.


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 »

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 »

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 »

I Hate To Leave This Beautiful Place by Howard Norman


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 »