Jack Dempsey & Brian James Egen - Michigan at Antietam: The Wolverine State’s Sacrifice on America ‘s Bloodiest Day

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Sunday, January 24, 2016 - 3:00pm

Jack Dempsey & Brian James Egen - Michigan at Antietam: The Wolverine State’s Sacrifice on America ‘s Bloodiest Day

Jack Dempsey

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$24.99
ISBN: 9781626199279
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Published: History Press - August 31st, 2015

America's single bloodiest day was at the Battle of Antietam, and Michigan played a prominent role. Discover the state's connections to the Lost Order, one of the Civil War's greatest mysteries. Explore George A. Custer's role as a staff officer in combat. Mourn the extraordinary losses Michiganders suffered, including one regiment losing nearly half its strength at the epicenter of the battle. The Wolverine State's contributions to secure the Union and enable the Emancipation Proclamation are vast and worthy of a monument on the battlefield. Authors Jack Dempsey and Brian James Egen provide research and analysis that shed new insights on the role of Michigan soldiers and civilians during the epic struggle. 


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U of M Graduate Nicholas Petrie for his Debut Novel, ‘The Drifter’

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Monday, January 18, 2016 - 7:00pm

U of M Graduate Nicholas Petrie for his Debut Novel, ‘The Drifter’

Nicholas Petrie

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$27.00
ISBN: 9780399174568
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - January 12th, 2016

Peter Ash came home from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan with only one souvenir: what he calls his white static, the buzzing claustrophobia due to post-traumatic stress that has driven him to spend a year roaming in nature, sleeping under the stars. But when a friend from the Marines commits suicide, Ash returns to civilization to help the man's widow with some home repairs. Under her dilapidated porch, he finds more than he bargained for: the largest, ugliest, meanest dog he's ever encountered . . . and a Samsonite suitcase stuffed with cash and explosives. As Ash begins to investigate this unexpected discovery, he finds himself at the center of a plot that is far larger than he could have imagined . . . and it may lead straight back to the world he thought he d left for good.Suspenseful and thrilling, and featuring a compelling new hero, "The Drifter" is an exciting debut from a fresh voice in crime fiction.


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Mothers, Tell Your Daughters (Bonnie Jo Campbell)

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Saturday, December 12, 2015 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

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Mothers, Tell Your Daughters (Bonnie Jo Campbell)

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$25.95
ISBN: 9780393248456
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 5th, 2015

“This collection is Campbell at her best and most audaciously appealing. At the center of each of these stories is a fierce, floundering, and unmistakably familiar woman. Mother of a daughter in some instances but always a caretaker, aware of and struggling with a hellish truth, or at justified peace with her right to impose her flawed self on a tragic other. These women's violations -- both endured and perpetrated -- are most certainly recognizable, and their stories are stunning. Booksellers, tell your customers. Friends, tell your people. Mothers, tell your daughters. Read this book!” 
— Joanna Parzakoni (E), Bookbug, Kalamazoo, MI


Named by the Guardian as one of our top ten writers of rural noir, Bonnie Jo Campbell is a keen observer of life and trouble in rural America, and her working-class protagonists can be at once vulnerable, wise, cruel, and funny. The strong but flawed women of Mothers, Tell Your Daughters must negotiate a sexually charged atmosphere as they love, honor, and betray one another against the backdrop of all the men in their world. Such richly fraught mother-daughter relationships can be lifelines, anchors, or they can sink a woman like a stone.

In "My Dog Roscoe," a new bride becomes obsessed with the notion that her dead ex-boyfriend has returned to her in the form of a mongrel. In "Blood Work, 1999," a phlebotomist's desire to give away everything to the needy awakens her own sensuality. In "Home to Die," an abused woman takes revenge on her bedridden husband. In these fearless and darkly funny tales about women and those they love, Campbell's spirited American voice is at its most powerful.


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Early Blues: The First Stars of Blues Guitar (Jas Obrecht)

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Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 7:00pm

Jas Obrecht - Early Blues: The First Stars of Blues Guitar 

Jas Obrecht

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$22.95
ISBN: 9780816698042
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Published: University of Minnesota Press - November 9th, 2015

Since the early 1900s, blues and the guitar have traveled side by side. This book tells the story of their pairing from the first reported sightings of blues musicians, to the rise of nationally known stars, to the onset of the Great Depression, when blues recording virtually came to a halt.

Like the best music documentaries, "Early Blues: The First Stars of Blues Guitar" interweaves musical history, quotes from celebrated musicians (B.B. King, John Lee Hooker, Ry Cooder, and Johnny Winter, to name a few), and a spellbinding array of life stories to illustrate the early days of blues guitar in rich and resounding detail. In these chapters, you ll meet Sylvester Weaver, who recorded the world’s first guitar solos, and Paramount Records artists Papa Charlie Jackson, Blind Lemon Jefferson, and Blind Blake, the King of Ragtime Blues Guitar. Blind Willie McTell, the Southeast s superlative twelve-string guitar player, and Blind Willie Johnson, street-corner evangelist of sublime gospel blues, also get their due, as do Lonnie Johnson, the era s most influential blues guitarist; Mississippi John Hurt, with his gentle, guileless voice and syncopated fingerpicking style; and slide guitarist Tampa Red, the Guitar Wizard.

Drawing on a deep archive of documents, photographs, record company ads, complete discographies, and up-to-date findings of leading researchers, this is the most comprehensive and complete account ever written of the early stars of blues guitar an essential chapter in the history of American music.


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Writing the War: Chronicles of a World War II Correspondent (David Kiley)

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Monday, November 2, 2015 - 7:00pm

David Kiley - Writing the War: Chronicles of a World War II Correspondent 

David Kiley

David Kileyis a journalist and editor, having held senior posts at"USA Today, Businessweek," AOL, the"HuffingtonPost, Adweek, "and CNN. He freelances for the"Chicago Tribune"and"Automobile Magazine," and is the author of two books on the automobile industry."  He currently resides in Ann Arbor, MI.

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By Charles Kiley, Anne Kiley (Editor), Thomas Pellechia (Editor)
$25.00
ISBN: 9781633881044
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Published: Prometheus Books - October 13th, 2015

As expansive as it is personal, this chronicle of World War II is a firsthand account by a journalist and the woman he would marry of the dramatic events that engulfed the world in the middle of the twentieth century. The correspondence between Charles Kiley and Billee Gray also tells the poignant tale of two young people in love but forced apart by the circumstances of war. Edited by Charles and Billee's daughter, son, and son-in-law, this never-before-published compilation of letters is a striking example of the heroic, call-to-duty spirit that characterized "the greatest generation." 

Charles was a soldier-journalist for the U.S. Army's "Stars and Stripes" newspaper and reported on the war from London, Normandy, Paris, Reims, Belgium, and Germany. As the sole reporter allowed direct access to Eisenhower's staff, he was the only reporter on the scene when the German high command was negotiating its unconditional surrender on May 7, 1945. Among his army newspaper friends and colleagues was Andy Rooney, later CBS correspondent and "60 Minutes" commentator. Billee, like many young women of her time, witnessed the war years from the home front and filled vital civilian roles--defense-industry plant worker, Red Cross volunteer, war bonds salesgirl, and civil defense plane-spotter--and wrote about it all in her letters to Charles. 

Peppered with fascinating details about soldiers' and civilians' lives, and including "Stars and Stripes" articles and personal photographs of the era, "Writing the War" is both important history and a tribute to two remarkable people as well as their extraordinary generation."


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The Muralist (B. A. Shapiro)

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Monday, November 30, 2015 - 7:00pm

B. A. Shapiro - The Muralist

B.A. SHAPIRO is the author of "The Art Forger", which was a "New York Times" bestseller, a #1 Indie Next Pick and the winner of the 2013 New England Book Award, among many other honours. Writing as Barbara Shapiro, she is also the author of five suspense novels and one non-fiction book. She lives in Boston and teaches creative writing at Northeastern University.

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$26.95
ISBN: 9781616203573
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Published: Algonquin Books - November 3rd, 2015

When Alizee Benoit, a young American painter working for the Works Progress Administration (WPA), vanishes in New York City in 1940, no one knows what happened to her. Not her Jewish family living in German-occupied France. Not her arts patron and political compatriot, Eleanor Roosevelt. Not her close-knit group of friends and fellow WPA painters, including Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock, and Lee Krasner. And, some seventy years later, not her great-niece, Danielle Abrams, who, while working at Christie's auction house, uncovers enigmatic paintings hidden behind works by those now famous Abstract Expressionist artists. Do they hold answers to the questions surrounding her missing aunt? Entwining the lives of both historical and fictional characters, and moving between the past and the present, "The Muralist" plunges readers into the divisiveness of prewar politics and the largely forgotten plight of European refugees refused entrance to the United States. It captures both the inner workings of New York's art scene and the beginnings of the vibrant and quintessentially American school of Abstract Expressionism. As she did in her bestselling novel "The Art Forger," B. A. Shapiro tells a gripping story while exploring provocative themes. In Alizee and Danielle she has created two unforgettable women, artists both, who compel us to ask: What happens when luminous talent collides with unstoppable historical forces? Does great art have the power to change the world?


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Monograph (Simeon Berry)

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015 - 7:00pm

Simeon Berry - Monograph

Simeon Berry has been an associate editor for "Ploughshares" and won a Massachusetts Cultural Council Individual Artist Grant and a Career Chapter Award from the National Society of Arts and Letters. His first book, "Ampersand Revisited," was selected for the 2013 National Poetry Series. He lives in Somerville, Massachusetts.

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ISBN: 9780820348452
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Published: University of Georgia Press - September 15th, 2015

Written in narrow sections that blur the distinction between flash fiction and prose poetry, between memoir and meditation, "Monograph" veers from the elliptical to the explosive as it dissects the Gordian knot of a marriage's intellectual, sexual, and domestic lives. Invoking Raymond Chandler, Pythagoras, Joan Didion, and Virginia Woolf as presiding spirits, Simeon Berry curates the negative space of each wry tableau, destabilizing the high seriousness of every lyric aside and slipping quantum uncertainty into the stark lineaments of loss.


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A Walk in the Animal Kingdom (Jerry Dennis)

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Saturday, November 14, 2015 - 3:00pm

Jerry Dennis and Glenn Wolff - A Walk in the Animal Kingdom

Jerry Dennis' essays on nature have appeared in The New York Times, Smithsonian, Audubon, Orion, and many other publications. His books, most of them illustrated by Glenn Wolff, have received wide acclaim, have been translated into five languages, and have won numerous awards. He lives in northern Michigan.

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By Jerry Dennis, Glenn Wolff (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781940941691
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Published: Dca, Inc. - July 1st, 2015

ANIMALS ARE EVERYWHERE IN OUR LIVES. We follow them into the wild, we invite them into our homes, they inhabit our dreams, mythologies, folklores, and popular cultures. What is this powerful bond? Why are we so fascinated with animals of every kind? And why has our relationship with them always been riddled with such complexity and contradiction?

"A Walk in the Animal Kingdom" explores the world of animals with the inquisitiveness, depth, and gentle humor that readers across the globe have come to expect from the acclaimed author-artist team of Jerry Dennis and Glenn Wolff. The book is an inquiry into animals of the world, their astonishing diversity and abundance; their mating habits, defensive strategies, and other behaviors; their extraordinary senses of sight, hearing, and smell. It is also an exploration of our profound connection with them, from the joys they inspire and the fears they arouse, to their prominence in our lives as pets, team mascots, and embodiments of wild nature-and the paradox that allows us to battle to protect certain species while ignoring others that are disappearing at a rate perhaps unequaled in the history of our planet.

Like the previous collaborations of Dennis and Wolff, "A Walk in the Animal Kingdom" is certain to become a classic among books about nature-its wonders, its complexities, and our place in it.

PRAISE FOR…

"This writer-artist team shines a bright and lovely light on nature." -"Los Angeles Times"

"Charming...informative...humorous...This wonderfully illustrated book will make heroes of parents and teachers, who will be able to explain nature's magic and the superstitions surrounding it." -"El Paso Times"

"Vastly entertaining, valuable... Makes natural history so much fun the reader is sucked from paragraph to paragraph, page to page, chapter to chapter." -"St. Louis Post-Dispatch"

"A perfect choice for adults and kids alike who want to discover more about how the world is put together... entertaining and fact-filled." -"Houston Post"

"As leaves fall and the sky becomes more noticeable, you're likely to look towards the heavens and wonder at their mysteries...Author Jerry Dennis and illustrator Glenn Wolff address the questions with intelligence, wit and artistry." -"Atlanta Constitution"

"A delightful book, both readable and informative-like the best of Hal Borland and Edwin Way Teale...You've many hours of pleasure waiting with "It's Raining Frogs and Fishes."" -"Richmond Times-Dispatch"

"With text that mesmerizes, drawings that enchant...this book calls you to hold it open before you." -"The Oakland Press"


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No Sweat: How a Simple Science of Motivation Can Bring You a Lifetime of Fitness (Dr. Michelle Segar)

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Sunday, November 8, 2015 - 3:00pm

Dr. Michelle Segar - No Sweat: How a Simple Science of Motivation Can Bring You a Lifetime of Fitness

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$16.95
ISBN: 9780814434857
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Published: Amacom - June 10th, 2015

We start out with the best intentions. We're going to exercise more and get in shape Then five days a week at the gym turns into two... then becomes none. We hit the snooze button and skip the morning run. We really do want to be healthy and fit, but we're over whelmed and overextended--and exercise feels like another chore to complete. Is it any wonder we don't stick with it? Behavior expert Michelle Segar has devoted her career to the science of motivation. In "No" "Sweat," she reveals that while "better health" or "weight loss" sound like strong incentives, human beings are hardwired to choose immediate gratification over delayed benefits. In other words, we're not going to exercise unless it makes us happy right now. So what's the solution? To achieve lasting fitness, we have to change our minds--before we can change our bodies. In "No Sweat," Segar shows us how. Translating twenty years of research on exercise and motivation into a simple four-point program, she helps readers broaden their definition of exercise, find pleasure in physical activity, and discover realistic ways to fit it into their lives. Activities we enjoy, we repeat--making this evidence-based system more sustainable in the long run than a regimen of intense workouts. Even if we don't sweat, we really benefit. The success of the clients Segar has coached testifies to the power of her program. Their stories punctuate the book, entertaining and emboldening readers to break the cycle of exercise failure once and for all. Getting in shape has never been so easy--or so much fun.


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