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Aug. 9 2018
Then she rediscovered a short story she had written earlier, featuring a vampire protagonist in a world where everyone knows vampires exist. Her successful series was born, but she said it would be six...
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Aug. 2 2018
The 1969 draft lottery seemed like a good idea to level the playing field for young men facing the draft. In a single night, all males, ages 19-26; born between 1944 and 1950, would receive a supposedly...
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July 26 2018
Cheesemaking expertise was imported from Herkimer County, New York — a noted area of cheese production. Lucina Perkins Horton (no relation) moved to Lenawee County in 1851, and shared her recipe...
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July 19 2018
With so much fresh water around them, why did the residents of Flint in 2014 find themselves drinking poisonous water? Clark’s definitive book on the crisis helps us understand the complicated web...
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July 12 2018
In the oral tradition of the Anishinaabeg there exists a prophecy that the people would follow a sign moving inland to avoid the long boats of the European invaders. The prophecy said the people would...
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June 28 2018
Once you’ve visited the castle of author James Oliver Curwood (1878-1927), built in Owosso on the banks of the Shiawassee River, you will have a better understanding of the man
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June 21 2018
Henry’s short story “The Prisoner of Haiku,” illustrated by Neal Shannacappo, is an imaginative look at the negative impact of American Indian boarding schools. A young man loses his...
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June 14 2018
At the time, small photographs called cartes de visite were commonplace — especially of famous people. Photography was only 26 years old at the time of the assassination, but it blossomed during...
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June 7 2018
With the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy, the year 1968 was already pivotal in her young life. There was more yet to come. Fryer would go on to receive a Ph.D. at MSU and...
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May 31 2018
This summer, as always, the road between Petoskey and Mackinac City will be jammed with cars filled with vacationers and residents talking about the weather and the temperature of the water. However, 50...
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May 24 2018
The sartorial Wolfe, often seen in full-peacock splendor dressed in all white, preferred a formal topper, while the more casual O’Brien is seldom seen without his signature baseball cap. Both authors...
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May 17 2018
Michigan’s Looking Glass River twists and turns 70 miles from its source in Livingston County until it dumps into the Grand River in Portland. It was once a major trail for Native Americans, but...
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May 10 2018
While WWI raged in Europe, German citizens on the homefront faced violent backlash, including tarring and feathering from local vigilance committees — groups of private citizens that took the law...
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May 3 2018
The book, “Behind the Badge: the History of the Lansing Police Department,” by Patricia E. Heyden, was long thought to be out of print. It will be on sale for $25 at the celebration, with proceeds...
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April 26 2018
That window opened for Lille Foster of Holt when she finally decided to read her father’s World War II era letters. Foster’s father, Theodore Pattengill Foster, had sent hundreds of letters...
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April 19 2018
Much has changed in South Africa since apartheid’s 1994 abolishment, but a new book about a horrific massacre in 2012 reveals what awful things have stayed the same. It also reveals that many Westerners...
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April 12 2018
Horrific murders, a legal lynching and her father’s oral history draws Melanie Morrison, an Okemos-based author and civil rights activist, back in time to the Jim Crow South. It’s there she...
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April 5 2018
The City Pulse Book Club meets the first Thursday of each month, 7 p.m., at Schuler Books & Music in the Meridian Mall. April’s selection is “Parting the Waters: America in the King Years 1954-63,”...
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March 29 2018
Ernest Hemingway spent his first 21 summers in Michigan as his “up north” was being transformed from an Eden-like existence to a popular tourist destination. The languorous summers were filled...
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March 22 2018
Cities and corporations adore being on lists like “Best City to Raise a Family” or “Best Company to Work For.” But, beginning in 1988, there was a list that neither wanted its name...