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2010 Michigan Notable Books

Andrew Norton

Once again, the Library of Michigan has come up with an eclectic list of books for the annual Michigan Notable Books list. I have already read a couple of the books on this list and they were quite good - Bath Massacre: America’s First School Bombing and Stitches: A Memoir. Do yourself a favor and pick at least a couple of these books to add to your reading list this year. You won't be disappointed. From the Library of Michigan -

Michigan Notable Books is a statewide program that began as part of the 1991 Michigan Week celebration, geared to pay tribute and draw attention to the many people, places and things that make Michigan life unique. In that regard, MNB successfully highlights Michigan books and writers focusing on the Great Lakes State. Each title on the 2010 list gives readers insight into what it means to make your home in Michigan and proves some of the greatest stories are indeed found in the Great Lakes region.

View previous lists of Michigan Notable Books

  1. American Salvage: Stories by Bonnie Jo Campbell
  2. Annie’s Ghosts: A Journey into a Family Secret by Steve Luxenberg
  3. The Art Student’s War: A Novel by Brad Leithauser
  4. Bath Massacre: America’s First School Bombing by Arnie Bernstein
  5. Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford’s Forgotten Jungle City by Greg Grandin
  6. Have a Little Faith: A True Story of a Last Request by Mitch Albom
  7. Isadore’s Secret: Sin, Murder and Confession in a Northern Michigan Town by Mardi Link
  8. January’s Sparrow by Patricia Polacco
  9. The Lost Tiki Palaces of Detroit: Stories by Michael Zadoorian
  10. Michigan’s Columbus: The Life of Douglass Houghton by Steve Lehto
  11. Nothing But a Smile: A Novel by Steve Amick
  12. Orlando M. Poe: Civil War General and Great Lakes Engineer by Paul Taylor
  13. Our People, Our Journey: The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians by James M. McClurken
  14. Pandora’s Locks: The Opening of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway by Jeff Alexander
  15. Roses and Revolutions: The Selected Writings of Dudley Randall edited by Melba Joyce Boyd
  16. Season of Water and Ice by Donald Lystra
  17. Stitches: A Memoir by David Small
  18. Travelin’ Man: On the Road and Behind the Scenes with Bob Seger by Tom Weschler and Gary Graff
  19. Up the Rouge!: Paddling Detroit’s Hidden River by Joel Thurtell. Photographs by Patricia Beck
  20. When March Went Mad: The Game That Transformed Basketball by Seth Davis

Feel free to discuss any of these books in the comments section for this post. I would love to hear what others have to say about the Michigan Notable Books.