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."