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Michigan Notable Books

Boostratpper: from broke to badass on a northern Michigan farm by Mardi LinkDetroit: an American autopsy by Charlie LeDuffBluffton: my summers with Buster by Matt PhelanThe Bird: the life and legacy of Mark Fidrych by Doug WilsonThe River Swimmer by Jim Harrison

Recently, I was in a Michigan library and they had a display of the 2014 Michigan Notable Books.  Here's some of the titles that can be found in our catalog.

Bootstrapper: from broke to badass on a northern Michigan farm by Mardi Link
"Poignant, irreverent, and hilarious: the memoir of a mother who, after ending her nineteen-year marriage, staves off a perpetually empty bank account and, with the help of her three young sons, saves her century-old farmhouse from foreclosure and reclaims her life. Bootstrapper is a story of motherhood and survival and self-discovery, of an indomitable woman who, against all the odds, holds on to what matters most"

Detroit: an American autopsy by Charlie LeDuff
"An explosive exposé of Detroit, icon of America’s lost prosperity, from a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist.  LeDuff sets out to uncover what destroyed his city.  "Detroit" is an unbelievable story of a hard town in a rough time filled with some of the strangest and strongest people our country has to offer—and a black comic tale of the absurdity of American life in the twenty-first century."

Bluffton: my summers with Buster by Matt Phelan
A children's book.  "The year is 1908, and a troupe of vaudeville performers has arrived in sleepy Muskegon, Michigan to spend the summer. Young Henry Harrison is fascinated with the animals and performers, but mostly with a slapstick performer his own age named Buster Keaton, who is also a master prankster and loves to play baseball."

The Bird : the life and legacy of Mark Fidrych by Doug Wilson
"The first biography of the eccentric pitcher, rookie All-Star starter, 70s pop icon, and first athlete on the cover of Rolling Stone.  Mark Fidrych exploded onto the scene in the summer of 1976 with the Detroit Tigers, capturing the hearts of Americans from coast to coast. Lanky with a curly mop, a nickname born of his resemblance to Sesame Street’s Big Bird would only hint at the large personality that was about to take baseball in a new direction."

The River Swimmer : novellas by Jim Harrison
"Two novellas provide insight into the human condition as a sixty-year-old art history academic embarks on an unexpected journey of discovery and a young farm boy is drawn to the water of Lake Michigan as an escape."

Public Speaking Made Easy

Pitch Perfect by Bill McGowan

Public speaking is scary for many people.  In "Pitch Perfect: how to say it right the first time, every time," successful speaking coach Bill McGowan will help you avoid the common pitfalls and come out looking good, whether in a large group situation or chatting with a few people.   Saying the right thing the right way can make the difference between sealing the deal or losing the account, advancing your career or suffering a demotion.  In the book, McGowan lays out his Seven Principles of Persuasion including The Scorsese Principle, The No-Tailgating Principle and The Pasta-Sauce Principle.

June LibraryReads List

China Dolls by Lisa SeeLibrarians have voted and the results are in for the top ten books that will be published in June.  Included on the list:

"China Dolls" by Lisa Sees, "Set in 1938 San Francisco, this book follows the lives of three young women up through WWII."

"I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You" by Courtney Maum, "Set mainly in Paris, this love story for grown-ups tells the story of a decent man who almost ruins his life and then goes to great lengths to restore his marriage."

"Hurricane Sisters" by Dorothea Benton Frank, "Having just completed my annual trek to the Carolina Lowcountry, compliments of Dorothea Benton Frank, I'm happy to report that a good time was had by all."  (Just read this book and agree)

"The Matchmaker" by Elin Hilderbrand, "Set in romantic Nantucket, Hilderbrand's newest novel is a heartwarming and moving story about the power of love."

Edgar Winners

Ordinary Grace by William Kent KruegerRed Sparrow by Jason MatthewsKetchup Clouds by Annabel PitcherOne Came Home by Amy Timberlake

Each Spring, Mystery Writers of America present the Edgar® Awards, widely acknowledged to be the most prestigious awards in the genre.  This year's winner for Best Novel is "Ordinary Grace" by William Kent Krueger.  Told from Frank's perspective forty years after that fateful summer, Ordinary Grace is a brilliantly moving account of a boy standing at the door of his young manhood, trying to understand a world that seems to be falling apart around him. It is an unforgettable novel about discovering the terrible price of wisdom and the enduring grace of God.  (author's website)

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