The list of the 2009 Michigan Notable Books is already out and I didn't even get to all of the ones I wanted to read from the 2008 list. My how time flies. The titles in bold are the ones that I have added to my "to read" list which (as hard as I try) never seems to shrink. Also, I've created an online bookstore featuring the 2009 Michigan Notable Books as well as some other non-fiction Michigan books. Check it out at 2009 Michigan Notable Books.
It was on the 2000 list (back when it was merely called Read Michigan Selections) that I found one of my favorite Michigan authors, Steve Hamilton. If you love mysteries and have not read any of his - do yourself a favor and start with his first, "A Cold Day in Paradise." It won the prestigious Edgar Award (top award for a mystery novel) and introduces us to Alex McKnight and the mysteries that await in Michigan's picturesque Upper Peninsula.
- Asylum for the Insane: A History of the Kalamazoo State Hospital
- The English Major
- The Expeditions: A Novel
- "Jiffy" A Family Tradition: Mixing Business and Old-Fashioned Values
- Knucklehead: Tall Tales and Mostly True Stories of Growing Up Scieszka
- Looking for Hickories: The Forgotten Wildness of the Midwest
- Measure of the Heart: A Father's Alzheimer's, a Daughter's Return
- The Model T: A Centennial History
- Ninety Years Crossing Lake Michigan: The History of the Ann Arbor Car Ferries
- A Picturesque Situation: Mackinac Before Photography, 1615-1860
- Ravens in the Storm: A Personal History of the 1960s Antiwar Movement
- Roadie: The Misunderstood World of a Bike Racer
- Sirens of Chrome: The Enduring Allure of the Auto Show Model
- Summer Dreams: The Story of Bob-Lo Island
- The Toledo War: The First Michigan-Ohio Rivalry
- War as They Knew It: Woody Hayes, Bo Schembechler, and America in a Time of Unrest
- When the Church Becomes Your Party: Contemporary Gospel Music
- Who's Jim Hines?
- Wreck of the Carl D.: A True Story of Loss, Survival, and Rescue at Sea
- Historic Cottages of Glen Lake
There is a plethora of great items from Michigan history in the 2009 list and as you can see, that's the bulk of what I have added to my "to read" list.
Have a Great Friday!