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The Art Student's War by Brad Leithauser    
Adult FictionThe year is 1943. Bianca Paradiso is a pretty and ambitious eighteen-year-old studying to be an artist while her bustling, thriving hometown, Detroit, turns from mass-producing automobiles to rolling out fighter planes and tanks. For Bianca, national and personal conflicts begin to merge when she is asked to draw portraits of the wounded young soldiers who are filling local hospitals. Suddenly she must confront lives maimed at their outset as well as her own romantic yearnings, and she must do so at a time when another war--a war within her own immigrant family--is erupting. (2009)  9780307271112 

 

American Salvage: Stories by Bonnie Jo Campbell  
Adult Fiction
In these stories about cold, lonely, working-class Michigan life, Campbell creates a world where salvation counterbalances loss and despair, and she leaves the reader with a sense of hope and belief things will get better. Campbell's daring stories and exceptional writing create an image of rural Michigan that lingers and cannot be forgotten. (2009)

 

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Apparition & Late Fiction: A Novella and Stories by Thomas Lynchminotable_logo
Adult Fiction
Lynch has gained national attention for his work as a poet and essayist on death and dying. His first work of fiction is a powerful collection of stories focusing on what makes us all human. Lynch's "day job" as a funeral director allows him a certain familiarity with death that resonates in his stories. Set in Michigan's north woods, on Mackinac Island or distant cities the stories are linked by the memories and longing for divorced spouses, deceased parents and missed loved ones. Love and redemption play a central role in each of Lynch's stories.

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As if we were prey by Michael Delp
Adult Paperbacks
Set mostly in small-town northern Michigan, Delp follows boys and full-grown men who know how to fight, fish, and hunt, but struggle to use those skills to overcome the emptiness and dysfunction of their day-to-day lives.

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Big girl small by Rachel DeWoskin
Adult Fiction
Judy Lohden is your above-average sixteen-year-old—sarcastic and vulnerable, talented and uncertain, full of big dreams for a big future. With a singing voice that can shake an auditorium, she should be the star of Darcy Academy, located in Ann Arbor, Michigan. So why is a girl this promising hiding out in a seedy motel room on the edge of town?

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The Burning of Rachel Hayes by Doug Allyn
Adult Mysteries   
The new veterinarian in a small town gains unwanted attention when he discovers century-old skeletal remains while rescuing a child from a well.  Allyn weaves together the present day (fictional) rescue with the (very real) fires that burned out of control in Northern Lower Michigan in October of 1871.

 

Canada by Richard Ford

Adult Fiction

Ford's novel follows the trajectory of a 16-year-old boy whose life takes a dark turn. When the youth's parents are jailed for robbing a bank, he is spirited away from his home in Great Falls, Montana, to a small town in Saskatchewan. Completely out of his element and reeling from this sudden twist of fate, the boy struggles to adjust--even as he faces unexpected violence. (2012)

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Company Man by Joseph Finder
Adult Fiction   
The CEO of an office furniture company in mid-Michigan must deal with the passing of his wife, raising two children, corporate downsizing, community shunning, a stalker, a murder, the police, and corporate infighting.

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Dead Sleeping Shamanby Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli
Adult Mysteries
While an end-of-the-world revivalist group shakes up Leetsville, Emily Kincaid is deep in the northern Michigan woods researching her latest story for the local paper. But her walk gets cut short when she comes upon an eerily motionless woman propped against a tree.

 

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The Detroit Electric Scheme by D.E. Johnsonminotable_logo
Adult Mysteries
Will Anderson is a drunk, heartbroken over the breakup with his fiancée, Elizabeth.  When he finds Elizabeth's new fiancée crushed in a huge hydraulic roof press he panics-for good reason.What follows is a fast-paced, detail-filled ride through early-1900s Detroit, involving murder, blackmail, organized crime, the development of a wonderful friendship, and the inside story on early electric automobiles. Through it all, Will learns that clearing himself of the crime he was framed for is only the beginning. To survive, and for his loved ones to survive, he must also become a man. 

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The Devil’s Own Rag Doll by Mitchell Bartoy
Adult Mysteries   
When hard-boiled Detective Pete Caudill discovers the mutilated body of a rich white girl in a ghetto apartment, he receives threats from both the girl's auto-making father and their boss: find the perpetrator or lose the job. Racial tensions and economic stress temper their inquiry, as does Pete's search for a more human existence. An impressive debut that will appeal to devotees of gritty crime fiction.

 

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Eden Springs: a novella by Laura Kasischkeminotable_logo
Adult Paperbacks
A scandal is brewing inside the House of David in Benton Harbor, Michigan: a gravedigger has seen something suspicious in a recently-buried casket; the founder of the colony is plotting a cover-up; there is much talk about unmarried girls having babies; and a rebellious girl is ready to tell the truth.

 

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Freshwater Boys by Adam Schuitema minotable_logo
Adult Paperbacks
Freshwater Boys is a collection of eleven short stories set in and around the Great Lakes of Michigan. The opening narratives feature adolescent or pre-adolescent boys struggling with their conceptions of manhood. They are sizing themselves up against masculine ideals, and filled with doubt and confusion regarding their own paths. The landscapes and lakescapes serve as recurring characters in the book. The boys and men wander forests--sometimes finding tranquility, sometimes finding tragedy. They climb and descend dunes. And often, they encounter the Big Lake: Lake Michigan. The idea of a Third Coast figures prominently in the book, the lake and its horizon serving as a kind of world's end, where things pass away or come to life.

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Ghost Writers: Us haunting them edited by Keith Taylor & Laura Kasischke
Adult Short Stories
Tales of the ghostly and supernatural by some of Michigan's finest fiction writers.

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Good Family by Terry Gamble
Adult Fiction   
“In recovery and approaching forty, [Maddie] is summoned back to Sand Isle, where her widowed mother has suffered a stroke that has left her mute, immobile, and near death.  It is here that Maddie must reconnect with her past, assess what she has become, and confront the circumstances that changed her [death of daughter and subsequent alcoholism] and those she loved forever.”   —on book jacket

 

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The Hanging Tree: A Starvation Lake Mystery by Bryan Gruleyminotable_logo
Adult Mysteries
When the "wild girl" who left town 18 years ago is found dead of an apparent suicide after her homecoming, it sends shock waves through Starvation Lake. Reporter Gus Carpenter sets out to solve the mystery and as a result is forced to return to Detroit, the scene of his humiliating past. The second book in Gruley's Starvation Lake series is a well-written story about family and friendship, sex and violence and love's failure to fix all of life's problems.

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The Lake, the River, and the Other Lake by Steve Amick
Adult Fiction   
“At the start, the novel feels a bit quaint, but it quickly develops a sharp edge. Bitterly comic and surprisingly meaty, this roiling tale of passion, anger, regret and lust is dark fun for the Garrison Keillor demographic” - Publisher’s Weekly

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The Left Handed Dollar by Loren D. Estleman
Adult Mysteries
In his exciting twentieth mystery, hardboiled Detroit detective Amos Walker is hired to help free a mobster who once tried to kill Barry Stackpole, Walker's only true friend.  

 

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Lord of Misrule by Jaimy Gordan minotable_logo
Adult Fiction
Lord of Misrule is set at an out-of-the-way half-mile horse-racing track in the early '70s. Gordon masterfully captures the language of horse racing and the romance of rooting for long shots. A failing trainer attempts to revive business by making quick money with well-trained but unknown horses, while washed-up horses and people search for redemption.

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The Lost Tiki Palaces of Detroit by Michael Zadoorian
Adult Paperback
In The Lost Tiki Palaces of Detroit Michael Zadoorian follows characters coming to terms with the past and the present in a broken city.Rich with detail and brimming with feeling, Zadoorian’s deceptively simple stories lead readers into the inner lives of those making the best of their flawed surroundings and their own imperfections.

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Love in a nutshell by Janet Evanovich
Adult New Display- Adult Fiction
Kate Appleton needs a job. Her husband has left her, she’s been fired from her position as a magazine editor, and the only place she wants to go is to her parents’ summer house, The Nutshell, in Keene’s Harbor, Michigan. Kate’s plan is to turn The Nutshell into a Bed and Breakfast. Problem is, she needs cash, and the only job she can land is less than savory.

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The Mercy Killers by Lisa Reardon
Adult Fiction 
Among the patrons and employees of McGurk’s Tap Room in Ypsilanti in the late 1960’s, there is an old man who wants to die and two brothers who always take care of each other.  When one brother covers for the other following the mercy killing, we learn they have always been in a war zone, as children at home, or as a soldier in Viet Nam.

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Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
Adult Paperbacks   
This Pulitzer Prize winning novel of self discovery is a multigenerational
tragio-comic family epic moving from Greece to Michigan centering on
Detroit in the 20th century and on the youth of a hermaphrodite twice born,
first as Calliope in 1960 Detroit and years later as Cal in 1974 Petoskey.

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Misery Bay by Steve Hamilton
Adult Mysteries
Two months after an apparent suicide in a place known as Misery Bay, PI Alex McKnight is asked for help from his professional nemesis Sault Ste. Marie police chief Roy Maven. What seems like a simple quest to find a few answers will turn into a nightmare of sudden violence and bloody revenge, and a race against time to catch a ruthless and methodical killer.

 

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Once upon a river by Bonnie Jo Campbell
Adult Fiction
After the violent death of her father, in which she is complicit, Margo takes to the Stark River in her boat, with only a few supplies and a biography of Annie Oakley, in search of her vanished mother. But the river, Margo's childhood paradise, is a dangerous place for a young woman traveling alone, and she must be strong to survive, using her knowledge of the natural world and her ability to look unsparingly into the hearts of those around her. Her river odyssey through rural Michigan becomes a defining journey, one that leads her beyond self-preservation and to the decision of what price she is willing to pay for her choices.

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Please Don’t Come Back From the Moon
by Dean Bakopoulos
Adult Fiction 
A coming-of-age tale of the teenage sons of fathers who disappeared from a depressed blue collar Detroit Suburb.  The young men deal with jobs, relationships, grief, depression, love, loyalty, loss and hope, amongst familiar Metro Detroit environs.

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Running Dark by Joseph Heywood
Adult Mysteries   
Set on a peninsula jutting into northern Lake Michigan between Escanaba & Manistique in the 1970’s when Grady Service first became a Conservation Officer (returning home after completing Marine Core Duty in Viet Nam), this novel provides back story to Heywood’s first three Woods Cop Mysteries.

 

Season of Water and Ice by Donald Lystra

Adult fiction

Set in rural northern Michigan in 1957, bookish loner Danny DeWitt befriends Amber Dwyer, a pregnant teenager who has been abandoned by her boyfriend and rejected by her family and community. Their friendship is tested when Amber's abusive boyfriend returns. 9780875806280

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Shadow of the Wolf Tree: A Woods Cop Mystery by Joseph Heywood
Adult Mysteries
Grady Service, Detective for Michican Upper Peninsula's DNR, is running hot and cold--Chasing an eco-terrorist trained in the most advanced and explosive guerrilla tactics AND tackling an eighty-year-old cold case involving racism, gold, and murder.

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Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
Adult Paperbacks 
"Morrison's prose is a delight, full of the lyrical variety and allusiveness that distinguish a rich folkloric tradition. Her real gift, though, is for characterization, and Song of Solomon is peopled with an amazing collection of losers and fighters, innocents and murderers, followers of ghosts and followers of money, all of whom add to the pleasure of this exceptionally diverse novel." —The Atlantic Monthly

 

South of Superior by Ellen Airgood

"When Madeline Stone walks away from her Chicago life and moves five hundred miles north to the coast of Lake Superior in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, she isn't prepared for how much her life will change. Charged with caring for an aging family friend, Madeline finds herself in the middle of beautiful nowhere with Gladys and Arbutus, two octogenarian sisters--one sharp and stubborn, the other sweeter than sunshine. As she is drawn into the dramas of the small, tight-knit town, Madeline learns that it's a place where times are tough and debts run deep, but where friendship, community and compassion run deeper"--Publisher. (2011) Take a tour to learn about the inspiration for the novel

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The Summer He Didn’t Dieby Jim Harrison
Adult Fiction  
Three very different and challenging approaches to the novella form Harrison's latest.  Harrison's command of the novella form is as impressive as the range of his voices, with his prose moving from the interiorized Faulknerian third-person of the title story to the run-on, staccato first-person of the first, and best, of the "Republican Wives."

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The Tale of Halcyon Crane by Wendy Webb
Adult Paperbacks
When a mysterious letter lands in Hallie James’s mailbox, her life is upended. Hallie was raised by her loving father, having been told her mother died in a fire decades earlier. But it turns out that her mother, Madlyn, was alive until very recently. Why would Hallie’s father have taken her away from Madlyn? What really happened to her family thirty years ago? In search of answers, Hallie travels to the place where her mother lived, a remote island in the middle of the Great Lakes.

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Taking Care of Cleo by Bill Broder
Adult Fiction 
“Questions of independence, identity, courage, class consciousness, morality emerge [as] Broder manages to weave a compelling…tale in simple, unembellished language.” —Library Journal

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The Tarnished Eye by Judith Guest
Adult Mysteries  
Based on a true unsolved Michigan crime, Guest explores family dynamics following tragedy in this mystery linking a brutal mass murder in the north to coed murders in Ann Arbor.

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A Thousand Bones by P.J. Parrish
Adult Mysteries  
It all began when Joe was an ambitious rookie cop in a small Michigan town called Echo Bay....The bones found in the woods were the first clue in a string of unimaginably brutal murders of young women. Plunged into a heated investigation—and caught between the dictates of a reluctant local sheriff and the State police—Joe soon uncovers the chilling truth: In the dead of winter in the Michigan woods, she must face down a predator who has chosen her as a worthy opponent -- or become his next victim.

 

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To Account for Murder by William Whitbeck minotable_logo
Adult Mysteries
Loss haunts Charlie Cahill. He has lost his belief in the great game of the law, a game that is fixed from the beginning. He lost his father, who drowned during Prohibition smuggling whiskey across the Detroit River. He lost his left arm below the elbow to German machine-gun fire on D-Day. And he may lose the one thing that still matters to him, the woman who rescued him from his own despair. That woman is Sarah Maynard. She has chestnut hair with a single white streak, a wicked laugh, a thirst for love, and a corrupt state senator for a husband. With a probe into corruption at the state capital about to begin, the police find the senator dead in the middle of a cornfield

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Ursula Under by Ingrid Hill
Adult Fiction 
A tale of the rescue attempt to save two-year-old Ursula from an unmarked mine shaft in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula interwoven with the history of her ancestors from Ancient China and Northern Europe.

 

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Winter Study by Nevada Barr
Adult Mysteries
Visiting an isolated Lake Superior isle to study wolf behavior, ranger Anna Pigeon joins a scientific group that subsequently discovers unusual DNA evidence suggesting that a giant and dangerous wolf hybrid has been introduced by an unknown source.

 

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Witch Cradle by Kathleen Hills
Adult Mysteries
From the author of "Hunter's Dance" comes the newest mystery featuring 1950s Township Constable John McIntire, ever reluctant to police his neighbors in St. Adele, Michigan.  When two skeletons are discovered buried in a cistern, McIntire struggles to solve the two-decades-old murders.

Here’s a link to the new Michigan booklists found on Michigan.gov:
http://www.michigan.gov/libraryofmichigan/0,1607,7-160-54574_36788_36791---,00.html