Realizing River City (Melissa Grunow)

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Saturday, April 9, 2016 - 3:00pm

Melissa Grunow

Realizing River City

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ISBN: 9781928094159
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Published: Tumbleweed Books - February 14th, 2016

It’s a story about loss, love, compassion, and finally redemption.

At times, life can feel like a challenging feat of survival. Whether it’s living through abusive relationships or figuring out the complexities of what it means to be a woman searching for love, Realizing River City is a memoir that proves how despite the troubles we may face, there is hope in the way we continually risk ourselves in search for the life we want to live. In her poetic exploration of past relationships, Melissa Grunow’s honest words do not falter in the face of so much loss. Taking the rage we all feel about grief and pain, and funneling it into truth, beauty, and ultimately redemption on each page, Realizing River City is about discovering how the most important relationship is the one we have with ourselves.


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Days of Rage (Bryan Burrough)

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Thursday, April 7, 2016 - 7:00pm

Bryan Burrough

Days of Rage: America’s Radical Underground, the FBI and the Forgotten Age of Revolutionary Violence

Bryan Burrough is a special correspondent at Vanity Fair magazine and the author of six books, including the No. 1 New York Times Best-Seller Barbarians at the Gate and his latest, Days of Rage. He is also a three-time winner of the prestigious Gerald Loeb Award for Excellence in Financial Journalism.

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ISBN: 9781594204296
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Published: Penguin Press - April 7th, 2015

From the bestselling author of "Public Enemies" and "The Big Rich," anexplosive account of the decade-long battle between the FBI and the homegrown revolutionary movements of the 1970s 
The Weathermen. The Symbionese LiberationArmy. The FALN. The Black Liberation Army. The names seem quaint now, when not forgotten all together. But there was a stretch of time in America, during the 1970s, when bombings by domestic underground groups were a daily occurrence. The FBI combated these groups and others as nodes in a single revolutionary underground, dedicated to the violent overthrow of the American government. 

The FBI's response to the leftist revolutionary counterculture has not been treated kindly by history, and in hindsight many of its efforts seem almost comically ineffectual, if not criminal in themselves. But part of the extraordinary accomplishment of Bryan Burrough's Days of Rage is to temper those easy judgments with an understanding of just how deranged these times were, how charged with menace. Burrough re-creates an atmosphere that seems almost unbelievable just forty years later, conjuring a time of native-born radicals, most of them nice middle-class kids, smuggling bombs into skyscrapers and detonating them inside the Pentagon and the U.S. Capitol, at a Boston courthouse and a Wall Street restaurant packed with lunchtime diners radicals robbing dozens of banks and assassinating policemen in New York, San Francisco, Atlanta. The FBI, encouraged to do everything possible to undermine the radical underground, itself broke many laws in its attempts to bring the revolutionaries to justice often with disastrous consequences. 

Benefiting from the extraordinary number of people from the underground and the FBI who speak about their experiences for the first time, "Days of Rage" is filled with revelations and fresh details about the major revolutionaries and their connections and about the FBI and its desperate efforts to make the bombings stop. The result is a mesmerizing book that takes us into the hearts and minds of homegrown terrorists and federal agents alike and weaves their stories into a spellbinding secret history of the 1970s.


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Brick Walls (Saadia Faruqui)

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Wednesday, April 6, 2016 - 7:00pm

Saadia Faruqui - Brick Walls: Tales of Hope and Courage From Pakistan

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ISBN: 9780990387664
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Published: Fb Publishing - June 1st, 2015

Brick Walls: Tales of Hope and Courage from Pakistan is a heartwarming collection of short stories filled with larger-than-life characters and the seemingly impossible challenges they face. You will be captivated by these fictional depictions of everyday Pakistanis who struggle with poverty, violence, corruption and abuse, yet rise from the ashes stronger and more enduring. There is Asma the lackluster seamstress, Faisal the would-be terrorist, Javed Gul the Pushto rock singer, Farzana the cantankerous grandmother, Nida the ten-year-old girl with a cricket obsession, and many more. Together they form a rich mosaic that showcases the beauty of Pakistan, her culture and her people.


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Keep Me Posted (Lisa Beazley)

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Tuesday, April 5, 2016 - 7:00pm

Keep Me Posted (Lisa Beazley)

Lisa Beazley has worked in journalism and public relations for more than fifteen years. Before becoming self-employed, she worked as a Media Relations Manager for Gensler and as the managing editor at "Hawaii Woman "magazine. She received her bachelor's degree at Ohio University. "Keep Me Posted" is her first novel.

 

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ISBN: 9781101989869
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Published: Berkley Books - April 5th, 2016

Two sisters share the surprising highs and cringe-worthy lows of social media fame, when their most private thoughts become incredibly public in this fresh and funny debut novel.

Sisters Cassie and Sid Sunday have not done a bang-up job of keeping in touch. In their defense, it hasn’t been easy: life veered in sharply different directions for the once-close sisters. Today, beautiful and big-hearted Sid lives an expat’s life of leisure in far-off Singapore, while harried, iPhone-clutching Cassie can’t seem to make it work as a wife and a mom to twin toddlers in Manhattan.

It doesn’t help that Sid spurns all social media while Cassie is addicted to Facebook. So when Sid issues a challenge to reconnect the old-fashioned way—through real, handwritten letters—Cassie figures, why not?

The experiment exceeds both of their expectations, and the letters become a kind of mutual confessional that have real and soul-satisfying effects. And they just might have the power to help Cassie save her marriage, and give Sid the strength to get her life back on track.

But first, one of Cassie’s infamous lapses in judgment comes back to bite her, and all of the letters wind up the one place you’d never, ever want to see them: the Internet…


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The Watcher in the Wall (Owen Laukkanen)

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Saturday, March 19, 2016 - 3:00pm

The Watcher in the Wall (Owen Laukkanen)

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ISBN: 9780399174544
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - March 15th, 2016

A heart-pounding new Stevens and Windermere thriller from the award-winning author of The Stolen Ones and The Professionals.

Kirk Stevens and Carla Windermere of the joint BCA-FBI violent crime task force have handled shocking cases before, but this one is different. Stevens’s daughter, Andrea, is distraught over a classmate’s suicide, but what the two investigators find is even more disturbing—an online suicide club of unhappy teenagers, presided over by an anonymous presence who seems to be spurring them on. Soon, it becomes apparent that the classmate wasn’t the first victim—and won’t be the last, either, unless they can hunt down this psychopath once and for all.


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Launch Party for Shanda Trent - Giddy-Up Buckaroos!

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016 - 7:00pm

Launch Party for Shanda Trent - Giddy-Up Buckaroos!

Since I was a child, words flowed from my brain to the page. No…they gushed. I was a geyser of words.  From creative writing to journalism, I had a lot to say.   I am a lot like Lio Lionni’s character Frederick,  gathering words and colors and sun rays, for the winter days are long & gray & cold.

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ISBN: 9781680100082
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Published: Tiger Tales - March 1st, 2016

Two young buckaroos wake up, sneak past the sheriff (Mom), and head outside, using Spanish words as they go. "ndale! Hurry!" they cry. They enjoy chases, lasso games, and lots of dirt--but will the sheriff be able to round them up at the end of the day? It also includes a glossary of Spanish words.


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Wolf’s Mouth (John Smolens)

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Tuesday, March 8, 2016 - 7:00pm

Wolf’s Mouth (John Smolens)

John Smolens has published nine works of fiction, including Cold, Quarantine, and The Schoolmaster’s Daughter. He lives in Marquette, Michigan.

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ISBN: 9781611861976
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Published: Michigan State University Press - February 1st, 2016

In 1944 Italian officer Captain Francesco Verdi is captured by Allied forces in North Africa and shipped to a POW camp in Michigan s Upper Peninsula, where the senior POW, the ruthless Kommandant Vogel, demands that all prisoners adhere to his Nazi dictates. His life threatened, Verdi escapes from the camp and meets up with an American woman, Chiara Frangiapani, who helps him elude capture as they flee to the Lower Peninsula. By 1956 they have become Frank and Claire Green, a young married couple building a new life in postwar Detroit. When INS agent James Giannopoulos tracks them down, Frank learns that Vogel is executing men like Frank for their wartime transgressions. As a series of brutal murders rivets Detroit, Frank is caught between American justice and Nazi vengeance. In "Wolf s Mouth, " the recollections of Francesco Verdi/Frank Green give voice to the hopes, fears, and hard choices of a survivor as he strives to escape the ghosts of history."


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On This Day in Detroit History (Bill Loomis)

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Sunday, March 6, 2016 - 3:00pm

On This Day in Detroit History (Bill Loomis)

Bill Loomis is the author of Detroit's Delectable Past (2012), Detroit Food (2014) and numerous articles on culinary and social history. His writing has been published in the Detroit News, Michigan History Magazine, New York Times, Hour Detroit and more. Mr. Loomis was born in Detroit and lived for a number of years in the North Rosedale Park neighborhood in the city. Mr. Loomis now lives in Ann Arbor with his wife and children.

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ISBN: 9781626198333
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Published: History Press - January 11th, 2016

One day at a time, discover colorful Motor City moments in history spanning more than three centuries. On November 5, 1851, Voice of the Fugitive published a letter in support of escaped slaves. On July 3, 1904, Monk Parry became the first monkey to drive a car, and on January 16, 1919, the Statler Hotel menu offered whale meat for dinner. The legendary Steve Yzerman was named captain of the Red Wings on October 7, 1986. Local historian Bill Loomis covers the big events and remarkable stories of life and culture from Detroit's founding to its recent struggles and rebirth.


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