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The Watsons Go to Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis
J CURTIS
The ordinary interactions and everyday routines of the Watsons, an African American family living in Flint, Michigan, are drastically changed after they go to visit Grandma in Alabama in the summer of 1963.
Sign Language by Amy Ackley
MICH TEEN ACKLEY
Teenaged Abby must deal with her feelings about her father's cancer and its aftermath while simultaneously navigating the difficult problems of growing up.
Once Upon a River by Bonnie Jo Campbell
MICH CAMPBELL
Margo Crane, a beautiful and uncanny markswoman, takes to the Stark River after being complicit in the death of her father and embarks on an odyssey in search of her vanished mother.
Grayson Rising by AJ Powell
LOCAL POWELL
The childhood I thought I had? That was a lie. The family I thought I knew? That was a lie, too. There's nobody left to help me, nobody to explain it to me, nobody to tell me that it's alright, nobody to tell me everything's going to be okay. I've got to run. I've got to get out of here. I've got to figure out what I am, and why I can do these impossible things. Am I a superhero? A monster? A freak? My name is Grayson Guinness. Who am I?
The Summer Cottage by Viola Shipman
MICH SHIPMAN
Adie Lou Kruger's ex never understood her affection for what her parents called their Cozy Cottage, the charming, ramshackle summer home-complete with its own set of rules for relaxing-that she's inherited on Lake Michigan. But despite the fact she's facing a broken marriage and empty nest, and middle age is looming in the distance, memories of happy childhoods on the beach give her reason for hope. She's determined not to let her husband's affair with a grad student reduce her to a cliché, or to waste one more minute in a career she doesn't love, so it becomes clear what Adie Lou must do: rebuild her life and restore her cottage shingle by shingle, on her terms.
A Game Worth Watching by Samantha Gudger
LOCAL GUDGER
All her life, people have told 17-year-old tomboy Emma Wrangton that she’s not good enough, smart enough, or strong enough to succeed in life. Somewhere along the way, she started to believe them. Without the promise of a respectable future after graduation, all Emma wants is to cherish her senior year by playing basketball with the guys and spending as much time as possible with her best friend before he heads off to some fancy university, leaving her behind. But when the high school basketball coach recruits her to join the team—the girls’ team—Emma discovers life is anything but a slam dunk. How is she supposed to know how to be one of the girls when all she’s ever been is one of the guys?
Bird Box by Josh Malerman
HORROR MALERMAN
In a world where no one can go outside for fear of something terrifying that when seen drives people to deadly violence, single mother Malorie and her two children must attempt a terrifying twenty-mile trip downriver while blindfolded.
Detroit Hustle: A Memoir of Love, Life & Home by Amy Haimerl
BIOGRAPHY HAIMERL
Journalist Amy Haimerl and her husband had been priced out of their Brooklyn neighborhood. Seeing this as a great opportunity to start over again, they decide to cash in their savings and buy an abandoned house for $35,000 in Detroit, the largest city in the United States to declare bankruptcy. As she and her husband restore the 1914 Georgian Revival, a stately brick house with no plumbing, no heat, and no electricity, Amy finds a community of Detroiters who, like herself, aren't afraid of a little hard work or things that are a little rough around the edges.
Behold a Rainbow by Susan Lovell
LOVELL
A must-read for women's book clubs, this is the story of good people facing hard challenges. Breast cancer. Alcoholism. Infertility. This sequel to the prize-winning novel the Sandpiper tells the story of the three Cameron women waging their individual battles with both fear and courage. Despair and hope. Tears and laughter. Readers will walk the tough walks with them rooting for them from page one to the end.
Cat Sidhe by Jeff Chapman
LOCAL CHAPMAN
A human spirit banished to the body of a cat. Merliss has seen centuries of change, centuries of trouble. Something nasty has come through one of the ley gates. It walks upright. It talks. And it looks like an oversized cat, but as Merliss can attest, it doesn't smell like a cat. It's a cat sidhe on the hunt for slaves, anyone with opposable thumbs. Merliss travels to unknown territories to rescue a friend and encounters more trouble making her way home. The situation on the moors is far more dire than Merliss and her friends could have imagined. Cat Sidhe is the first in a fantasy trilogy. Join Merliss on her prowls through dangerous lands.
In the Shadow of Death by Hans Giplaye
LOCAL GIPLAYE
The memoir of Giplaye as a child growing up during the Liberian civil war before heimmigrated to the Ivory Coast as a refugee in 1991.
Base Ten by Maryann Lesert
LESERT
As her fortieth birthday draws near, former astrophysicistJillian Greer decides that things have to change. Leaving her family for ten days, one day for each year she has put her career on hold, she seeks solitude in the sand dunes of Lake Michigan, where she struggles to see if she can find her way back to the stars.
The Poisoned City: Flint's Water and the American Urban Tragedy by Anna Clark
POLITICS CLA
The Poisoned City recounts the gripping story of Flint’s poisoned water through the people who caused it, suffered from it, and exposed it. It is a chronicle of one town, but could also be about any American city, all made precarious by the neglect of infrastructure through democratic decision-making. Cities like Flint are set up to fail―and for the people who live and work in them, the consequences may be mortal.
I Almost Forgot About You by Terry McMillan
MCMILLAN
In I almost forgot about you, Dr. Georgia Young's wonderful life--great friends, family, and successful career--aren't enough to keep her from feeling stuck and restless. When she decides to make some major changes in her life, quitting her job as an optometrist, and moving house, she finds herself on a wild journey that may or may not include a second chance at love. Like Waiting to Exhale and How Stella Got Her Groove Back, I Almost Forgot About You will show legions of readers what can happen when you face your fears, take a chance, and open yourself up to life, love, and the possibility of a new direction.
South of Superior by Ellen Airgood
MICH AIRGOOD
Moving to Michigan's Upper Peninsula to care for an aging family friend, Madeline Stone becomes involved in the lives of the small community and two octogenarian sisters who teach her valuable lessons about love and goodwill.