Books by a Michigan Author or with a Michigan Setting

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Does This Church Make Me Look Fat?: A Mennonite Finds Faith, Meets Mr. Right, and Solves Her Lady Problems
Rhoda Janzen

BIOGRAPHY JANZEN

Rhoda Janzen had reconnected with her family and her roots, though her future felt uncertain. But when she starts dating a churchgoer, the skeptic begins a surprising journey to faith and love.


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Bootstrapper: From Broke to Badass on a Northern Michigan Farm
Mardi Jo Link

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A memoir of a mother who, after ending her nineteen-year marriage, staves off a perpetually empty bank account and, with the help of her three young sons, saves her century-old farmhouse from foreclosure, and reclaims her life on to what matters most.


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Annie's Ghosts: A Journey Into a Family Secret
Steve Luxenberg

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Traces the author’s surprise discovery that his late mother had had a sister who was sent away under mysterious circumstances and never mentioned by the family again, his efforts to research his long-lost aunt’s story and whereabouts, and his struggles to understand the secrecy of her existence.


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Stealing Buddha's Dinner: A Memoir
Bich Minh Nguyen

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Beginning with her family’s harrowing migration out of Saigon in 1975, Stealing Buddha’s Dinner follows Bich Nguyen as she comes of age in the pre-PC-era Midwest. Filled with a rapacious hunger for American identity, Nguyen’s desire to belong transmutes into a passion for American food-Pringles, Kit Kats, and Toll House cookies. More exotic-seeming than her Buddhist grandmother’s traditional specialties, the campy, preservative-filled “delicacies” of mainstream America become an ingenious metaphor for her struggle to become a “real” American.


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Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age
Kevin Boyle

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Follows the 1925 murder trial of African-American doctor Ossian Sweet, who was accused of murdering a white person during a mob attack on his home and includes a history of the Sweet family and a portrait of his attorney, Clarence Darrow.


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Detroit: A Biography
Scott Martelle

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Tells how Detroit grew to become the heart of American industry and how its collapse only six decades later resulted from a confluence of public policies, private industry decisions and racism.


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Isadore's Secret: Sin, Murder, and Confession in a Northern Michigan Town
Mardi Link

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A gripping account of the mysterious disappearance of a young nun in a northern Michigan town and the national controversy that followed when she turned up dead and buried in the basement of the church.


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