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Michigan Authors


Who knew that some of our favorite authors all shared a connection to the Wolverine State? Fiction and nonfiction titles abound!


Blood in the Water

Heather Ann Thompson

Historian Heather Ann Thompson offers the first definitive telling of the Attica prison uprising, the state's violent response, and the victims' decades-long quest for justice--in time for the forty-fifth anniversary of the events.

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Here Comes Trouble

Michael Moore

Here Comes Trouble is Michael Moore's anti-memoir. Breaking the autobiographical mould, he hilariously presents twenty far-ranging, irreverent vignettes from his own life. Moore is his own meta-Forrest Gump, as one moment he's an eleven-yea

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The River Swimmer

Jim Harrison

Two outstanding late novellas from one of America’s most beloved and critically acclaimed authors. A brilliant rendering of two men striving to find their way in the world, written with freshness, abundant wit, and profound humanity, The River Swim

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What Is a Girl Worth?

Rachael Denhollander

Rachael Denhollander’s voice was heard around the world when she spoke out to end the most shocking US gymnastics scandal in history. The first victim to publicly accuse Larry Nassar, the former USA Gymnastics team doctor who sexually abused hundre

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The Detroit Electric Scheme

D. E. Johnson

Will Anderson is a drunk, heartbroken over the breakup with his fiancée, Elizabeth. He's barely kept his job at his father's company---Detroit Electric, 1910's leading electric automobile manufacturer. Late one night, Elizabeth's

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Black Bottom Saints

Alice Randall

An enthralling literary tour-de-force that pays tribute to Detroit's legendary neighborhood, a mecca for jazz, sports, and politics, Black Bottom Saints is a powerful blend of fact and imagination reminiscent of E.L. Doctorow's classic nove

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Fresh Complaint

Jeffrey Eugenides

The stories in Fresh Complaint explore equally rich—and intriguing—territory. Ranging from the bitingly reproductive antics of “Baster” to the dreamy, moving account of a young traveler’s search for enlightenment in “Air Mail” (selected

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The Soul Thief

Charles Baxter

Nathaniel Mason, a graduate student in upstate New York, is drawn into a tangle of relationships with the people around him--alluring but elusive Theresa, fickle Jamie, and Jerome Coolberg, an enigmatic figure who seems to have appropriated parts of

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Once Upon a River: A Novel

Bonnie Jo Campbell

After the violent death of her father, Margo takes to the river in search of her mother with only a biography of Annie Oakley to her name. Her river odyssey through rural Michigan becomes a defining journey, one that leads her beyond self-preservatio

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A House at the Bottom of a Lake

Josh Malerman

The story begins: young lovers, anxious to connect, agree to a first date, thinking outside of the box. At seventeen years old, James and Amelia can feel the rest of their lives beginning. They have got this summer and this summer alone to experience

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The Depositions: New and Selected Essays on Being and Ceasing to Be

Thomas Lynch

A wry and compassionate selection of essays reflecting on mortals and mortality, from the acclaimed author of The Undertaking. For nearly four decades, poet, essayist, and small-town funeral director Thomas Lynch has probed relations between the lite

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Buttered Side Down

Edna Ferber

"And so," the story writers used to say, "they lived happily ever after." Um-m-m—maybe. After the glamour had worn off, and the glass slippers were worn out, did the Prince never find Cinderella's manner redolent of the kit

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The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto

Mitch Albom

At nine years old, Frankie Presto is sent to America in the bottom of a boat. His only possession is an old guitar and six precious strings. But Frankie's talent is unique, and his amazing journey weaves him through the musical landscape of the

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Banewreaker

Jacqueline Carey

Hated by humans who believe him to be responsible for a war between the gods, the proud Satoris orders former mortal soldier Tanaros Blacksword to prevent an unfavorable prophecy from being fulfilled by capturing the Lady of the Ellylon and thwarting

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I Almost Forgot About You

Terry McMillan

In I Almost Forgot About You, Dr. Georgia Young's wonderful life—great friends, family, and successful career—aren't enough to keep her from feeling stuck and restless. When she decides to make some major changes in her life, including

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When the Women Come Out to Dance

Elmore Leonard

In this collection of new and recently published short fiction, Leonard demonstrates the superb characterizations, dead-on dialogue, vivid atmosphere, and driving plotting that have made him a household name. And once more this master of crime illust

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The Summer Cottage

Viola Shipman

Adie Lou Kruger’s ex never understood her affection for what her parents called their Cozy Cottage, the charming, ramshackle summer home—complete with its own set of rules for relaxing—that she’s inherited on Lake Michigan. But despite the fa

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When Old Midnight Comes Along

Loren D. Estleman

Amos Walker is hired by one Francis X. Lawes, a private-sector mover and shaker in Detroit politics, to prove that his wife, Paula, who disappeared under sinister circumstances shortly more than six years ago, is dead, so he can remarry without havin

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Michigan Lakeside Getaways, Scenic Drives, Outdoor Recreation

Paul Vachon

Moon Michigan reveals the best of the Great Lakes State's charming small towns, vibrant cities, and vast, untouched wilderness. Inside you'll find: Strategic, flexible itineraries for beach-goers, hikers, foodies, road-trippers, and more Un

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What the Eyes Don't See

Mona Hanna-Attisha

Here is the inspiring story of how Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, alongside a team of researchers, parents, friends, and community leaders, discovered that the children of Flint, Michigan, were being exposed to lead in their tap water—and then battled her

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