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MichiganNotableOn Sunday, January 14, in the Detroit Free Press, The Library of Michigan revealed the list of the 2018 Michigan Notable Books - 20 books that highlight the diversity of Michigan's people, places, issues, and events. The books must have been published during the last year, and be about Michigan or the Great Lakes region, or authored by a Michigan writer. The books are chosen by a committee of librarians, reviewers, booksellers, and authors working with the Library of Michigan's Center for the Book, to showcase the best of our state's literary culture and to raise awareness of the quality of Michiagn authors. The list contains novels, short stories, history, poetry, environmental books, a picture book, biographies, a Zingerman's cookbook and a book about Michigan's craft beer industry. Randy Riley, State Librarian of Michigan, writes, "Every year I am amazed by the variety of subject matter found in the books we review for the program and by the quality of the research and writing... It sounds cliché, but there really is something for everyone."



One of the novels, a psychological thriller titled The Marsh King's Daughter by Karen Dionne, is set in the marshes marshkingsdaughterof the Upper Peninsula. When the notorious child abductor, “The Marsh King,” escapes from prison, 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. "Detailed flashbacks show Helena had an odd but decent childhood. To the world, Jacob was a monster; to Helena, he was just her father, who taught her to fish, hunt, and track, and told involving stories, and was occasionally brutal. Helena's conflicting emotions about her father and her own identity elevate this powerful story." (Publishers Weekly)







February 2018 LibraryReads List

The top ten books published this month that librarians across the country love.

library reads logo websiteThis monthly list is created by librarians and library staff to help connect readers to new books and authors. An online community of librarians vote each month on their favorite new books and the results are tallied. "The list is a straightforward calculation: whichever ten books get the most nominations go onto the monthly list. The book with the most nominations becomes the #1 Pick. It’s as simple as that." The list is not meant to be a "best" list - just a list of collective favorites - books librarians loved and want to share.



#1 for February:

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

Great Aloneblog 196x300Kristin Hannah, author of the popular World War II novel, The Nightingale, examines the repercusssions of a different war in her new book. Set in 1974, the plot follows the Albrights as they struggle to heal their troubled family. Ernt Allbright, a former POW, came home from the Vietnam war a changed and volatile man. When he loses yet another job, he makes an impulsive decision: he will move his family north, to Alaska, where they will live off the grid in America's last true frontier. Thirteen-year-old Leni, caught in the riptide of her parents' passionate, stormy relationship, dares to hope that a new land will lead to a better future. She is desperate for a place to belong. Her mother, Cora, will do anything and go anywhere for the man she loves, even if means following him into the unknown. At first, Alaska seems to be the answer to their prayers. In a wild, remote corner of the state, they find a fiercely independent community of strong men and even stronger women. The long, sunlit days and the generosity of the locals make up for the Allbrights' lack of preparation and dwindling resources. But as winter approaches and darkness descends on Alaska, Ernt's fragile mental state deteriorates and the family begins to fracture. Soon the perils outside pale in comparison to threats from within. In their small cabin, covered in snow, blanketed in eighteen hours of night, Leni and her mother learn the terrible truth: they are on their own. In the wild, there is no one to save them but themselves. "Though smaller in scope than her previous blockbuster, in this tightly focused drama, Hannah vividly evokes the natural beauty and danger of Alaska and paints a compelling portrait of a family in crisis and a community on the brink of change." (Booklist)




mlkMonday, January 15, is the day designated for the observance of the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the day to commemorate his legacy of non-violent social change and commitment to equal rights and justice for all. Civic organizations, churches, and local governments across the country have programs, services, and other special events planned. In the announcement for this year's observances, The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta, issues this statement." The theme for this year’s commemoration is King: His Voice, His Teachings, His Love for Humanity. This theme underscores Dr. King’s commitment to spreading love and peace amongst all of humanity even through the most trying times. In the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., "Nonviolence is absolute commitment to the way of love. Love is not emotional sentimentalism. It is the active pouring of one's whole being into the being of another." This year marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. King; he died on April 4, 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee.




header logowinteroficeWinter of Ice and Iron by Rachel Neumeier

With the Mad King of Emmer in the north and the vicious King of Pohorir in the east, Kehara Raehema knows her country is in a vulnerable position. She never expected to give up everything she loves to save her people, but when the Mad King's fury leaves her land in danger, she has no choice but to try any stratagem that might buy time for her people to prepare for war--no matter the personal cost. Hundreds of miles away, the pitiless Wolf Duke of Pohorir, Innisth Eanete, dreams of breaking his people and his province free of the king he despises. But he has no way to make that happen--until chance unexpectedly leaves Kehara on his doorstep and at his mercy. Yet in a land where immanent spirits inhabit the earth, political disaster is not the greatest peril one can face. Now, as the year rushes toward the dangerous midwinter, Kehera and Innisth find themselves unwilling allies, and their joined strength is all that stands between the peoples of the Four Kingdoms and utter catastrophe. "Top-notch world building and in-depth character development...the dramatic conclusion will satisfy both lovers of romance and political fantasy." (Booklist)






Sue Grafton (1940 - 2017)

yisforyesterdayOn December 28, 2017, writer Sue Grafton passed away at the age of 77 after a two-year battle with cancer. Last August, Grafton published the 25th book in her popular detective series with the letters of the alphabet in the titles (starting with 1982's A is for Alibi and continuing through Y is for Yesterday) and featuring Kinsey Milhone, one of the first professional female private investigators in mystery fiction. Unfortunately the last book in the series, which would have started with "Z," was never written. As noted by her daughter's announcement, "as far as we in the family are concerned, the alphabet now ends at Y." Grafton had been a successful TV writer and aspiring novelist before her eighth novel, A is for Alibi, launched her best-selling series. She credited cartoonist Edward Gorey and his darkly humorous alphabet book, The Gashlycrumb Tinies for the inspiration for her titles. "I was smitten with all those little Victorian children being dispatched in various ways,” she told The New York Times in 2015. “ ‘A is for Amy who fell down the stairs; B is for Basil assaulted by bears; C is for Clara who wasted away; D is for Desmond thrown out of a sleigh.’ Edward Gorey was deliciously bent.” Gorey, who passed away in 2000, would probably appreciate the compliment.