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One Summer: America 1927 by Bill Bryson

One Summer: America 1927

One Summer : America 1927 The summer of 1927 began with one of the signature events of the twentieth century: on May 21, 1927, Charles Lindbergh became the first man to cross the Atlantic by plane nonstop, and when he landed in Le Bourget airfield near Paris, he ignited an explosion of worldwide rapture and instantly became the most famous ... Read More »

That Part Was True by Deborah McKinlay

That Part was True by Deborah McKinlay

That Part was True by Deborah McKinlay When Eve Petworth writes to Jackson Cooper to praise a scene in one of his books, they discover a mutual love of cookery and food. Their friendship blossoms against the backdrop of Jackson’s colorful, but ultimately unsatisfying, love-life and Eve’s tense relationship with her soon-to-be married daughter. As each of them offers, from ... Read More »

Vera

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Vera Two-time Oscar® nominee Brenda Blethyn (Little Voice) stars in a British detective series based on the bestselling mysteries by Ann Cleeves. DCI Vera Stanhope is a solitary, obsessed, caustic, brilliant investigator, and a bit disheveled; think female Columbo. Filmed in the Northumberland villages of the original books. With David Leon, Wunmi Mosaku, and Paul Ritter. Read More »

Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries

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Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries Meet Phryne Fisher, our lady sleuth, as she sashays through the back lanes and jazz clubs of late 1920′s Melbourne, fighting injustice with her pearl-handled pistol and her dagger sharp wit. Based on the novels by Kerry Greenwood. Starring Essie Davis, Nathan Page, Hugo Johnstone-Burt. Read More »

Best of 2013: Non-Fiction

Book of Ages The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin

The critics agree that these titles are the Best Non-fiction Books of 2013 1.   Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin by Jill Lepore 2.   Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief by Lawrence Wright 3.   Men We Reaped: A Memoir by Jesmyn Ward 4.   Command and Control by Eric Schlosser 5.  Five Days at ... Read More »

Me Before You by JoJo Moyes

Me Before You by JoJo Moyes

Me Before You by JoJo Moyes Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl who has never been farther afield than her tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after a motorcycle accident. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy–but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than ... Read More »

Best Fiction Books of 2013:The Critics Choice

Tenth of December by George Saunders

Best Fiction 2013 The critics agree that the following books are the Best Fiction Books of 2013. You can check them out from your Grosse Pointe Public Library!  Just click on the title to reserve…… Fiction 1.  Tenth of December: Stories by George Saunders 2. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt 3.   Life After Life by Kate Atkinson 4.  The ... Read More »

The Monuments Men by Robert M. Edsel

Monuments Men by Robert M. Edsel

The Monuments Men by Robert M. Edsel In a race against time, behind enemy lines, often unarmed, a special force of  American and British museum directors, curators, art historians, and others, called the Momuments Men, risked their lives scouring Europe to prevent the destruction of thousands of years of culture. Focusing on the eleven-month period between D-Day and V-E Day, ... Read More »

Empty mansions : the mysterious life of Huguette Clark and the spending of a great American fortune by Bill Dedman and Paul Clark Newell, Jr.

Empty Mansions by Bill Dedman and Paul Clark Newell, Jr.

I admit that I like my non-fiction to “read like fiction”.   I want a story that captures my imagination with facts and fascinating characters.    I want to learn something big about the subject……. and I want it to be entertaining. That is a tall order, I know.  Empty Mansions by Bill Dedman and Paul Clark Newell, Jr.  is all that and more. What ... Read More »

The Bully Pulpit

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Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin focuses on the relationship between Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft, friends and later rivals, and on the activities of the muckraking press in her latest book, The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism.         Read More »