The Library of Michigan has announced the Michigan Notable Books for 2014, and the honor has been received by new and experienced authors alike. The diversity of the list and talent that can be found in Michigan is amazing. The PWPL has most of the Notable Books for 2014 on the shelves.
The Upper Peninsula can be proud of former Negaunee resident Ron Riekki who edited The Way North, Collected Upper Peninsula Works. This compendium includes 49 poems and 20 short stories written about the U.P. Riekki uses his U.P. contacts to gather previously unpublished works from well-known authors such as Steve Hamilton, April Lindala and Chad Faries.
The Bird; The Life and Legacy of Mark Fidrych by Doug Wilson is the first biography of the sensational 1970s Detroit Tigers pitcher. As a rookie he became one of the most popular players of all time. This book is especially meaningful following Fidrych's untimely death in 2009.
Nancy Auer and Dave Dempsey teamed up to edit The Great Lakes Sturgeon. This book captures many aspects of the impressive sturgeon that lives in the Great Lakes. A fish with an ancestry that reaches back millions of years, the sturgeon was once considered a nuisance. The mythical creature is now endangered and this book tries to tell a balanced story of this great fish.
Mardi Jo Link has built a reputation for mystery writing, but her latest book is a personal look at her own life. Bootstrapper: From Broke to Badass on a Northern Farm is a memoir focusing on her shattered life in 2005. As a broke single mother, Link recounts the struggles she faced and how her family triumphed and grew stronger for the experiences.
Bluffton, My Summers with Buster is the rowdy tale of a troupe of vaudeville performers who visit Muskegon in 1908. Henry spends the summer with the group that includes Buster Keaton, a boy his age. Henry wants to spend time with all of the vaudeville characters including a zebra and elephant, while Buster wants to be a boy and play baseball and hang out. This book is a nostalgic look at a time gone by in an idyllic Michigan setting.
Jim Harrison is a perennial Michigan Notable Book honoree. The River Swimmer, his latest book, is a collection of novellas that focus on Michigan's waters how the encroachment of suburbia affects Michigan's lush natural environments.
More than 100 years ago, the gales of November struck in a deadly way. November's Fury: The Deadly Great Lakes Hurricane of 1913 by Michael Schumacher recounts the dramatic events that caused havoc on the Great Lakes as ships tried to outrun a massive storm in order to finish the shipping season. Over 250 sailors lost their lives and scores of ships were lost.
Sweetie-licious Pies: Eat Pie, Love Life by Linda Hundt features the stories behind 52 of Hundt's signature pies from her bakery and cafes located in DeWitt and Grand Rapids. Hundt's nostalgic spirit and her belief in the ability of pies to spread goodwill is captured in this spirited cookbook. This award-winning book is a heartwarming companion to a good slice of pie.
Jean Alicia Elster recounts the personal impact of segregation and discrimination through the eyes of 12-year -old Patsy in The Colored Car. When her mother decides to take her children to Tennessee to visit their grandparents in 1937, Patsy witnesses first-hand the legacy of discrimination during her travels.
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Charlie LeDuff returns to his hometown to uncover what destroyed his city. He beats on the doors of union bosses, homeless squatters, businessmen and woman as well as struggling homeowners. What he reveals is a story of ordinary people holding the city together with sheer determination.