April 20 2016
A review in the January 21, 1960, edition of the State News said of MSU Professor Glendon Swarthout’s ”Where the Boys Are,” “It’s a funny book and a serious book and gets...
April 13 2016
In 1961, child star Patty Duke was playing Helen Keller in the Broadway version of “The Miracle Worker” when a meeting was arranged between Duke and the 81-year-old Keller. Duke would later...
March 30 2016
It was a phone call I knew was coming. I was in the garden with my spouse, cleaning up the detritus of winter, giving the tiny buds room to breathe and making it easier for deer to nibble tender tulips,...
March 23 2016
Eight local poets, members of the Lansing Poetry Club, are once again rallying poetry enthusiasts to make the case for a state poet laureate. On March 31, the eve of National Poetry Month, the group will...
March 16 2016
Small’s pastoral home is a long way from his Detroit roots, which he wrote about in his disturbing 2009 graphic memoir, “Stitches,” which was a finalist for the National Book Award and...
March 9 2016
Millions of young people grew up reading Laura Ingalls Wilder’s “Little House on the Prairie” series — or watching the TV show based on the books — about a young girl growing...
March 2 2016
“Twisted Minds,” the latest mystery from local author Jody Valley, opens with a morbid and moody scene. A brutal murder is in process, but we don’t know the identity of the victim or...
Feb. 24 2016
When City Pulse caught up with author Tim Dorsey by phone last week, he was on the book promotion circuit in Florida. The author, who was trying to get to a bookstore on Sanibel Island, was caught in...
Feb. 10 2016
Fred Reif could have been the prototype for the record store geeks in Nick Hornby’s “High Fidelity.” Reif, 69, has owned two record stores and managed another. Along the way he has absorbed...
Feb. 4 2016
THURSDAY, Feb. 4 — In a time before the Internet, postcards were the tweets and Instagram posts of their day. For a few pennies, you could send a note to a friend across town or across the country
Feb. 3 2016
James MacLean’s new book on Lansing architect Darius Moon can be read in more than one way. You can either study each building, as pictured and described on the page, or read about the lady inside...
Jan. 27 2016
Each January, the Michigan Notable Books program, overseen by the Library of Michigan, recognizes 20 of the best books from the previous year
Jan. 20 2016
Author James Rollins’ newest book, “The Bone Labyrinth,” proves his “idea box” is still brimming with good ideas. This is not a metaphor. When Rollins thinks of a good idea,...
Jan. 13 2016
WEDNESDAY, Jan. 13 — Infatuation, puppy love, love at first sight — call it what you will, but author R.J. Fox took it to new heights after a serendipitous meeting
Jan. 13 2016
In a date book kept by civil rights leader and former MSU Professor Robert L. Green, a simple note, dated April 4, 1968, brings back a flood of memories. The entry reads, “MLK shot and killed.”
Jan. 6 2016
For five days straight, we woke early and drove a 1961 green Impala 50 miles from a cheap motel somewhere in New Jersey to the site of the World’s Fair. The exposition has been called the “greatest...
Dec. 30 2015
This past year, my reading leaned heavily toward non-fiction. The first standout book was “The Wright Brothers.” Written by David McCullough, this is possibly the best biography of the remarkable...
Dec. 23 2015
Social activist, pastor and MSU graduate Jim Wallis, in a visit to East Lansing in 2006, stressed how his involvement in the university’s antiwar protests of the late 1960s changed his life
Dec. 15 2015
With Christmas just around the corner, that New Year’s resolution to lose 10 pounds can’t be far behind. With a holiday season that now seems to stretch from Halloween to the mid-January college...
Dec. 9 2015
Without the handful of intrepid photographers who documented the Native Americans of North America at the turn of the last century, we would have little idea what their way of life looked like before...

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