The Michigan Department of Education has released its list of “Michigan Notable Books” for 2012. The topics covered in these titles are wonderfully varied, covering everything from “a collection of Michigan ghost stories,” “a biography of one of the most recognized women in the Republican Party” and a “history of the role Jacobson’s department stores played in Michigan communities,” among others on the list.
Twenty titles were named; the list originates from a program that began in 1991 as part of a Michigan Week celebration. According to the press release, “Each title on the 2012 list gives readers insight into what it means to make your home in Michigan and proves some of the greatest stories are indeed found in the Great Lakes region.”
The authors of two books — D.E. Johnson and Christine Byron and Tom Wilson — will take part in KDL’s “Celebrate The Mitten” Michigan Authors Series happening March through May at select branches.
Request any of these great books by clicking on its title below. Enjoy!
- Elly Peterson: “Mother” of the Moderates by Sara Fitzgerald
- Everyday Klansfolk: White Protestant Life and the KKK in 1920s Michigan by Craig Fox
- Fever: Little Willie John, A Fast Life, Mysterious Death and the Birth of Soul by Susan Whitall
- Ghost Writers: Us Haunting Them, Contemporary Michigan Literature edited by Keith Taylor and Laura Kasischke
- Hank Greenberg: The Hero Who Didn’t Want to Be One by Mark Kurlansky
- Here Comes Trouble: Stories from My Life by Michael Moore
- In Stitches: A Memoir by Anthony Youn, M.D.
- Jacobson’s, I Miss It So: The Story of a Michigan Fashion Institute by Bruce Allen Kopytek
- Magic Trash: A Story of Tyree Guyton and His Art by J. H. Shapiro and illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton
- Michigan and the Civil War: A Great and Bloody Sacrifice by Jack Dempsey
- Misery Bay by Steve Hamilton
- Miss Martin Is a Martian by Colleen Murray Fisher and illustrated by Jared Chapman
- Motor City Shakedown by D. E. Johnson
- A Nation’s Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis by Matt De La Pena and illustrated by Kadir Nelson
- Once Upon a Car: The Fall and Resurrection of America’s Big Three Automakers — GM, Ford, and Chrysler by Bill Vlasic
- Once Upon a River by Bonnie Jo Campbell
- Songs of Unreason by Jim Harrison
- South of Superior by Ellen Airgood
- Vintage Views Along the West Michigan Pike: From Sand Trails to US-31 by M. Christine Byron and Thomas R. Wilson
- Wire to Wire by Scott Sparling
Posted by: David