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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 »

Canvas Detroit by Julie Pincus & Nichole Christian

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Julie Pincus and Nichole Christian combine vibrant full-color photography of the city’s much-buzzed-about art scene with thoughtful narrative that explores the art and artists that are re-creating Detroit. Canvas Detroit captures hundreds of pieces of artwork in many forms-including large-scale and small-scale murals, sculptures, portraits, light projections, wearable art, and installations (made with wood, glass, living plants, fiber, and fabric). ... Read More »

Best Book Lists

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Forget naughty or nice, it is that time of year for lists of the best books of the year!  These are great sources for your own reading pleasure, for gift giving, for your upcoming book discussion selections, and so forth.  So dig in!  The NPR Book Concierge app lets you pick and choose your way through 2014’s great reads.  The ... 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 »