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Michigan Notable Books 2018 – Southfield Public Library

Michigan Notable Books 2018

Each year the MNB list features 20 books, published the previous calendar year [2016 for this set], which are about or set in Michigan or the Great Lakes region, or are written by a Michigan author. Selections include nonfiction and fiction books that appeal to a variety of audiences and cover various topics and issues close to the hearts of Michigan residents. MNB is a statewide program that began as part of the 1991 Michigan Week celebration, designed to pay tribute and draw attention to the many people, places and things that make Michigan life unique.

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Here are some of the 2018 winners from our catalog!

August Snow
Jones, Stephen Mack
The son of an African-American police officer and a Mexican-American painter, August Snow is most at home in Detroit’s Mexicantown neighborhood. He has plans to return and help revitalize the place where he grew up. Yet when an acquaintance is found dead, his plans shifted to find the killer.
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Black Detroit: A People's History of Self-Determination
Boyd, Herb
Black Detroit looks at the evolving culture, politics, economics, and spiritual life of Detroit – a blend of memoir, love letter, history, and clear-eyed reportage that explores the city’s past, present, and future and its significance to the African-American legacy and the nation’s fabric. It brings into focus the major figures who have defined and shaped Detroit, including William Lambert, the great abolitionist; Berry Gordy, the founder of Motown Records; Coleman Young, the city’s first black mayor; diva songstress Aretha Franklin; Malcolm X; and Ralph Bunche, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.
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The Dawn of Detroit: A Chronicle of Slavery and Freedom in the City of the Straits
Miles, Tiya
Most Americans believe that slavery was an institution of the South, and that Northern states and territories provided stops on the Underground Railroad for fugitive slaves on their way to Canada. In this paradigm-shifting book, Tiya Miles reveals that slavery was a deep-rooted element in Detroit. Miles has pieced together the experience of the unfree—both native and African American—in colonial Detroit, a place at the center of national and international conflict.
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The Death and Life of the Great Lakes
Egan, Dan
The Great Lakes—Erie, Huron, Michigan, Ontario, and Superior—hold 20 percent of the world’s supply of surface fresh water and provide sustenance, work, and recreation for tens of millions of Americans. But they are under threat as never before, and their problems are spreading across the continent. The Death and Life of the Great Lakes is Dan Egan’s portrait of an ecological catastrophe happening right before our eyes, blending the epic story of the lakes and the ways we can restore and preserve them for generations to come.
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Designing Detroit: Wirt Rowland and the Rise of Modern American Architecture [electronic resource]
Smith, Michael G.
In the early 1900s, Detroit was leading the nation in architectural innovation and designer Wirt Rowland was at the forefront of this advancement. Rowland devised a wholly new or "modern" design for buildings with new design methodologies and many improved technologies and materials that subsequently became commonplace. His work may be seen throughout Michigan and the U.S.
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Detroit 1967: Origins, Impacts, Legacies
Stone, Joel
In the summer of 1967, Detroit experienced one of the worst racially-charged civil disturbances in United States history. Law enforcement was overwhelmed, and it wasn’t until battle-tested federal troops arrived that the city returned to some semblance of normalcy. Detroit 1967 starts at the beginning with colonial slavery along the Detroit River and culminates with an examination of the state of race relations today and suggestions for the future.
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The Kelloggs: The Battling Brothers of Battle Creek
Markel, Howard
John Harvey Kellogg was a physician, a best-selling author, lecturer, and health-magazine publisher; and founder of the Battle Creek Sanitarium. His youngest brother, Will, was the founder of the Battle Creek Toasted Corn Flake Company, which revolutionized the mass production of food and what we eat for breakfast. In The Kelloggs, Howard Markel tells the sweeping saga of these two men, whose lifelong competition and enmity toward one another changed America’s notion of health and wellness from the mid-19th to the mid-20th centuries.
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Marlena: A Novel
Buntin, Julie
Everything about fifteen-year-old Cat’s new town in rural Michigan is lonely and off-kilter, until she meets her neighbor, the manic, beautiful, pill-popping Marlena. The two girls turn their small town into a rough-riding playground and within the year, Marlena is dead. Decades later, when a ghost from that pivotal year surfaces, Cat must try to forgive herself and move on, even as the memory of Marlena keeps her tangled in the past.
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The Marsh King's Daughter
Dionne, Karen
When the notorious child abductor, “The Marsh King,” escapes from prison in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Helena Pelletier is sure she can use the skills she learned as a child to find him. No one is The Marsh King’s equal when it comes to navigating the marshland – except Helena herself, his daughter. As their cat and quarry game unfolds, she must use all her wilderness skills to thwart his plan and survive it.
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Saving Arcadia: A Story of Conservation and Community in the Great Lakes
Shumaker, Heather
Saving Arcadia is a suspenseful and intimate land conservation adventure story set in the Great Lakes heartland. The story spans more than 40 years, following the fate of a magnificent sand dune on Lake Michigan and the people who care about it. It is these people who fought to reclaim the land that had been in their family for generations. It explores ideas about nature and community, and anyone from scholars of ecology and conservation biology to readers of naturalist writing can gain from Arcadia’s story.
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