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...
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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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Dec. 4 2015
FRIDAY, Dec. 4 — If this was Rate-a-Record from Dick Clark’s “American Bandstand,” I’d give Mitch Albom’s new book, “The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto,”...
Dec. 2 2015
If you’re looking for a holiday present for your favorite bookworm, this year’s slate of literary releases offers a wide variety of gift options. This list of recent releases, most by local...
Nov. 25 2015
All over Greater Lansing — and all around the country — little take-one-or-leave-one book boxes are popping up
Nov. 18 2015
The late Rodney Dangerfield once quipped, “I went to a fight the other night, and a hockey game broke out
Nov. 11 2015
The poem “Dialysis” describes his mother’s dialysis treatment with both lyricism and scientific precision. This comes easily for Hinrichsen, who spent the first 10 years of his writing...
Nov. 4 2015
The Meridian Township most of us think of is the bustling shopping area where Grand River Avenue meets Marsh Road