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Educated: A Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399590504
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Published: Random House - February 20th, 2018

File this one under "People actually live like this?!" or "I am so grateful my parents were normal," or "Holy crap, this woman can write." A stunning, unflinching memoir of self-determination, and flat-out stubborn curiosity. From the mountains of Idaho to the halls of Cambridge and Harvard, Westover slowly reveals her childhood with her extremist family, how this shaped (warped) her sense of self, and how she grew into her own person. This will join the canon of classic memoirs, to be taught in schools and marveled at for decades to come. ~ Dana

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Varina: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062405999
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Published: Ecco - April 16th, 2019

Reading and listening to Cold Mountain proved to be a transcendent experience. I felt that I was there. Varina conveys the intimate experience of being a prominent woman (the wife of Confederate “president” Jackson Davis) during the Civil War and the epic experience that resulted in most Southeners becoming fugitives or refugees. Frazier knows this place and time and these people. His gift is to help us remember our history-filled with anger, righteousness, and love. This necessary historical novel contains profound truths about our divisions and shared experiences. This story will take you there. ~ Dianne

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Mothers of Sparta: A Memoir in Pieces Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250133724
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Published: Flatiron Books - January 29th, 2019

This memoir is a series of essays that combine to deeply mine the riches and pitfalls of being a parent. Davies surmounts her own history and anxieties to raise a house full of children (and various critters). Her acceptance and critique of her own personality informs how difficult it is to be a parent under any circumstances. The attempts at giving her kids a “normal” upbringing alternate between laughter and heartbreak. Their situation is made all the harder by the presence of an autistic, sociopathic son. Anyone who is a parent or child would find some of their own truths shining through in this tough collection. ~Dianne

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The Cold and the Rust: Poems Cover Image
ISBN: 9780892554881
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Published: Persea - March 13th, 2018

Upon hearing Emily recite her poem “Varsity Athletics” several years ago at Wakefield High School, I found myself gasping at her courage. I knew that I needed to pay attention to this poet’s writing. Every poem in this collection braves the Upper Peninsula’s landscape instilling a sense of pride, wonder, and worry for all of its inhabitants and the land. She grew up here, she paid attention, and now gives back the gift of her insights. Many readers say something like “I don’t get it” when reading poetry. Those of us who are from remote rural places will find ourselves grateful for these poems. ~Dianne

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Daisy Jones & The Six: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781524798628
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Published: Ballantine Books - March 5th, 2019

Take a trip back to the 1970’s for the meteoric rise of the rock-and-roll band Daisy Jones & the Six. The genius of Reid’s book is that we can believe we’re reading about an actual denim-clad band with a free-wheeling, wild-at-heart beauty at the forefront.  If you had a record player in the 70’s, you know some version of this band. Reads like a behind-the-scenes documentary, the bandmates stories are believable, and the songs are cool (I actually want to hear them). Reese Witherspoon is reported to have a series in the works. For fans of the film Almost Famous! ~Lea

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ISBN: 9780802129031
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Published: Grove Press - March 12th, 2019

Remember the Spanish Inquisition! There was a time (prior to 1491) when the Western World and the Muslim World were not separate. The reader travels along as Fatima and Hassan, the Sultan’s concubine and his reality bending mapmaker, flee the Christian hoards to find freedom in the magical land of The Bird King. This fantasy novel aptly blends history, mythology, religion, politics, and the epic human quest for freedom. Introspection and adventure live hand in hand as the author of Alif the Unseen, the Ms. Marvel comics, and the memoir The Butterfly Mosque continues to be a writer worth reading. I have been waiting for Wilson’s next book. It was so very worth the wait. ~Dianne

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Inspection: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781524796990
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Published: Del Rey - March 19th, 2019

From the author of Bird Box comes The Alphabet Boys, twenty-six boys raised unaware an opposite sex exists in an attempt to fuel genius.  As they grow so do concerns of puberty, fears of violence and rebellion as individual personalities develop. Similar concern seems to be lacking three miles away in an identical tower of Alphabet Girls. As genius successfully grows within these children, it’s only a matter of time before they discover each other and chaos ensues. A unique view of typical gender stereotypes, you’ll be grasping for the real threat until the very end. ~Shelby

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The Honey Bus: A Memoir of Loss, Courage and a Girl Saved by Bees Cover Image
ISBN: 9780778307785
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Published: Park Row - April 2nd, 2019

Meredith‘s life is upended when her mother moves them to live with their grandparents, who care for her and her brother while their mother sinks into misery after her divorce. Beekeeping with her grandfather soon becomes an escape from reality. She seamlessly intertwines her story with the facts her grandfather teaches her about bees throughout her life.  Sometimes people fail due to circumstances beyond their control. But this beautiful memoir proves that, like most bees, some people choose to adjust and even thrive despite what life hands them. ~Shelby

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The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101981634
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Published: Penguin Books - April 23rd, 2019

Just try and put this book down. It is part true crime heist, part ornithological history (with more than a dash of evolutionary theory), and a generous dose on the obsession of fly tying. Wallace’s own story is poignant and interesting. When he learns that a 22 year old man pulls off the natural history theft of the century he has to track down the thief and the birds. You may not have realized that you could be interested in the sub-culture of fly fishing and those artisans who tie magnificent ties but you will. This is a great read for anyone interested in fishing, the value of natural history collecting, and the power of art and beauty. ~Dianne 


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Good to Go: What the Athlete in All of Us Can Learn from the Strange Science of Recovery Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393254334
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 5th, 2019

Both a sports journalist and competitive athlete Aschwanden is uniquely situated to critique the various methods that most people use to recover. From Gatorade to Rest with all of the trendy interventions in-between she highlights the lengths and expense that people go through to get better. Recovery is often glossed over in the health arena unless you’re a professional athlete. They get the best of the best. The rest of us need to know our own baselines and ask questions of our care givers. This book will make you shake your head and ask questions. ~Dianne

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The Devoted: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393357301
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 4th, 2019

An impressive debut which contributes to the discussion of love-both religious and romantic.  The main character converts from Catholicism to Buddhism. Her crisis of faith and its repercussions add up to a very compelling, nuanced story about the expectations of family and religion. Very good. ~Dianne


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The Nickel Boys (Winner 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction): A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385537070
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Published: Doubleday - July 16th, 2019

The true evils of the Jim Crow-era come to light in this beautifully written tragedy. The Nickel Academy is a juvenile reformatory whose claim is to train delinquent boys into “honorable and honest” men. Instead it’s a dark place of mistreatment, abuse and corruption that even the worst of criminals shouldn’t endure. Elwood’s innocence shines through this darkness as he attempts to cling to Martin Luther King Jr.’s words he studied, including “throw us in jail and we will still love you.” A fictional telling of hauntingly real events, Whitehead reminds us of some of the darkest times in our country that went on far longer than we realize with affects that are still radiating through society today. -Shelby

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The Desk on the Sea (Made in Michigan Writers) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780814346655
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Published: Wayne State University Press - June 3rd, 2019

A-Day-in-the-Life.  That is my sub-title for this sincere memoir.  It chronicles Johnson’s yearlong sabbatical living with his wife and eight-year-old daughter in a 17th century stone cottage in Scotland. The consistent lighthouse beacon and the water and waves permeate their lives.  The village culture eventually seeps in.  Johnson has come here to write and honor the life and death of his beloved mother. His wife finds friends and meaningful volunteer work in the village, and their daughter is enrolled in school.  

If you happen to live on Lake Superior in Marquette, Michigan the home-town aspects ring especially true. Even if you call elsewhere home you may recognize many of these words and feelings as your own. Raising a child, caring for a dying parent, sustaining meaningful work, finding family-these are the actions that make a life. This memoir is steeped in grief and elevated by wonder. ~Dianne