2011 Michigan Notable Books
“Apparition & Late Fiction: A Novella and Stories” by Thomas Lynch (W. W. Norton & Co.) Lynch´s first collection of fiction focuses on the qualities that make us human.
“Blues in Black and White: The Landmark Ann Arbor Blues Festivals” by Michael Erlewine, Stanley Livingston (photographer) and Tom Erlewine (designer) (University of Michigan Press) Words and images document the early days of the Ann Arbor Blues Festival.
“Chrysler´s Turbine Car: The Rise and Fall of Detroit´s Coolest Creation” by Steve Lehto (Chicago Review Press) In 1964, Chrysler built a fleet of turbine cars; Lehto´s book explores how the program went wrong.
“Detroit Disassembled” by Andrew Moore (Damiani/Akron Art Museum) Photographer Moore finds beauty in what many consider Detroit´s decay.
“The Detroit Electric Scheme: A Mystery” by D.E. Johnson (Minotaur Books) A ride through early-1900s Detroit, involving murder, blackmail and the history of Detroit´s early electric cars.
“Eden Springs: A Novella” by Laura Kasischke (Wayne State University Press) A suspicious death is discovered at the House of David colony in Benton Harbor in 1923.
“Freshwater Boys: Stories by Adam Schuitema” (Delphinium Books) Michigan native Schuitema´s debut collection contains 11 short stories set in and around the Great Lakes.
“The Hanging Tree: A Starvation Lake Mystery” by Bryan Gruley (Simon & Schuster) When the "wild girl" that left town 18 years ago is found dead after returning home, reporter Gus Carpenter sets out to solve the mystery.
“Lord of Misrule” by Jaimy Gordon (McPherson) Gordon´s novel, set at half-mile horse racing track in the early 1970s, is the 2010 National Book Award winner for fiction.
“A Michigan Polar Bear Confronts the Bolsheviks: A War Memoir” by Godfrey J. Anderson, Gordon Olson (editor) (William B. Eerdman´s Publishing Co.) A West Michigan soldier´s memoir details his experiences as a member of the 337th Field Hospital Unit during the illfated "Polar Bear Expedition" in 1918-1919.
“Mine Towns: Buildings for Workers in Michigan´s Copper Country” by Alison K. Hoagland (University of Minnesota Press) A history of the labor/management tensions in the Upper Peninsula´s Copper Country mining towns.
“Picturing Hemingway´s Michigan” by Michael R. Federspiel (Wayne State University Press) In this illustrated look into the writer´s time at Walloon Lake, readers get a glimpse into Hemingway himself.
“Reimagining Detroit: Opportunities for Redefining an American City” by John Gallagher (Wayne State University Press) An analysis of a city faced with deindustrialization and population loss.
“Sawdusted: Notes from a Post-Boom Mill” by Raymond Goodwin (University of Wisconsin Press) A memoir of the author´s time spent work ing in a northern Michigan sawmill.
“Sixty to Zero: An Inside Look at the Collapse of General Motors and the Detroit Auto Industry” by Alex Taylor III (Yale University Press) Taylor shows how General Motors´ recent bankruptcy was 40 years in the making.
“The Sweetness of Freedom: Stories of Immigrants” by Stephen Ostrander and Martha Bloomfield (Michigan State University Press) Testimonies and family stories of immigrants who came to Michigan to make new lives for themselves.
“To Account for Murder” by William C. Whitbeck (Permanent Press) A fictional legal thriller about the Purple Gang, set in post-World War II Lansing.
“Working Words: Punching the Clock and Kicking Out the Jams,” edited by M.L. Liebler (Coffee House Press) Anthology of poems, essays and short stories by prominent poets, historians, rock stars and social activists.
“Wounded Warrior: The Rise and Fall of Michigan Governor John Swainson” by Lawrence M. Glazer (Michigan State University Press) A portrait of Michigan´s controversial 42nd Governor (1961-1962) and Michigan Supreme Court Justice (1971-1975).
“You Don´t Look Like Anyone I Know: A True Story of Family, Face-Blindness and Forgiveness” by Heather Sellers (Riverhead) Hope College professor discusses living with prosopagnosia, a neurological disorder that makes it difficult to reliably recognize people.