List of notable Michigan books released for 2022 | WJMN


LANSING, Michigan (WJMN) – 20 books highlighting Michigan’s stories and culture have been announced to be on the Michigan Notable Books list.

The Michigan Library began publishing the listings as part of the Michigan Week celebration in 1991.

“The MNB’s selections clearly demonstrate the diversity of topics Michigan offers to inspire writers,” said State Librarian Randy Riley. “Everyone will find something interesting that speaks of their life or experiences in our great state. “

Michigan State Superintendent Dr Michael Rice said the books reflect some of Michigan’s rich diversity.

“People, especially children, need to discover by reading the lives and contributions of people like them in addition to others with whom they are unfamiliar,” said Rice. “Books should be mirrors that reflect our own life, as well as windows for us to see others. “

This year’s selection committee included representatives from the Michigan Library, Detroit Public Library, Clinton-Macomb District Library, Capital District Libraries, Herrick District Library, the University of Michigan Library, Lansing City Pulse Journal, Michigan’s State Historic Preservation Office, Michigan Department of Education, Michigan Center for the Book, and Michigan Humanities.

Here are the books that made the list this year:

Ancestor Approved: intertribal stories for children edited by Cynthia Leitich Smith – Heartdrum
A collection of stories and poems that intersect at an Ann Arbor powwow that is bursting with hope, joy, resilience, community strength and Indigenous pride. In a high school gymnasium full of color and song, Indigenous families from tribal nations within the borders of the United States and Canada dance, sell embroidery and books, and celebrate friendship and heritage. They are the heroes of their own stories.

Call Me Athena, Girl from Detroit: A Novel in Verse by Colby Cedar Smith – Andrews McMeel Publishing
Written from the perspectives of three very different narrators, this enchanting multigenerational verse novel follows Mary, the US-born daughter of Greek and French immigrants living in Detroit in the 1930s as she struggles for independence. , equality and identity.

The cup by John Wemlinger – Mission Point Press
Alvin Price and Lydia Cockrum literally cross paths in the summer of 1870 and fall in love. Coming from very different backgrounds, their romantic relationships fight amid conflicting farmers and the powerful lumber industry of Manistee, Michigan. In addition, a terrible storm on October 8, 1871 swept through the upper Midwest, setting off fires in Chicago and dozens of other cities, including Manistee. Will their love last?

Day of Days: a novel by John Smolens – Michigan State University Press
Decades after experiencing the Bath School bombing, survivor Beatrice Marie Turcott remembers the spring of 1927 and how that haunting experience led her to the belief that you cannot survive the present without reconcile the harsh truths of the past.

Death of winter by Stephen Mack Jones – Soho Press, Inc.
Ex-Detroit cop August Snow must fight for his life and the soul of Mexicantown itself when a local business owner is targeted by an anonymous entity linked to a dangerous network of ruthless billionaire developers.

The Dockporter: A Mackinac Island Novel by Dave McVeigh and Jim Bolone – Independently published
It is the summer of 1989. Jack McGuinn is a dock worker who carries tourist luggage piled up in his bicycle basket on Mackinac Island, Michigan. It has the season well wired: a family cottage on the cliff, a dream job and a loyal team of buddies who collect tips. When his old friend turned bitter rival challenges him to mount a record load, he takes the gamble and soon realizes that he is not just carrying suitcases, he is carrying the future of the island, which is on the verge of death. ‘be paved for profit.

Early riser in the morning by Katherine Heiny – Alfred A. Knopf
Jane moves to a small town in northern Michigan to teach second grade and immediately falls in love with Duncan, a charming, if not entirely reliable, carpenter whom she soon discovers with nearly every woman in Boyne City. Follow Jane for several years as she navigates the humor and disaster of a most unconventional relationship, while trying to find deeper happiness.

Daughter of the fire keeper by Angeline Boulley – Henry Holt and Company
Daunis Fontaine, 18, of Sault Ste. Marie, who is among the Ojibwa, postpones her studies at the University of Michigan to care for her mother and reluctantly becomes involved in the investigation into a series of drug-related deaths.

From whisper to rallying cry: the murder of Vincent Chin and the trial that galvanized the Asian American movement by Paula Yoo – Norton Young Readers
A captivating and well-documented non-fiction about the 1982 murder of Vincent Chin, a Chinese-American, beaten to death in Detroit by two white men, and the lenient sentence imposed on those who killed him. This murder and trial prompted Asian Americans to demand reforms against hate crimes.

Getting to the heart of the matter: my 36 years in the Senate by Senator Carl Levin, written with Linda Gustitus – Wayne State University Press
Representing Michigan for 36 years in the United States Senate, Carl Levin, the longest-serving United States Senator in Michigan history, was known for his relentless pursuit of the truth, his commitment to holding government accountable, and his basic decency. Follow Levin’s story – from his Detroit debut as the son of a respected lawyer to the peak of his career as Chairman of the Senate Committee on Armed Services and the Standing Senate Subcommittee on Investigations .

Long road to the circus by Betsy Bird, illustrated by David Small – Knopf Books for Young Readers
Suzy Bowles, 12, dreams of living outside the small town of Burr Oak, Michigan, but when she stumbles upon the opportunity to learn to ride with the infamous Madame Marantette, her obligations to her family on the farm threaten to derail his dreams. of a greater life.

Miles from Motown by Lisa Sukenic – Fitzroy Books
After abruptly leaving her beloved Detroit neighborhood for an unfamiliar suburb outside of town, Georgia Johnson secretly submits an entry for a poetry contest only for Detroit residents using her Aunt Birdie’s address. Georgia tries to adjust to her new life, but misses her Vietnam-deployed older brother and everything familiar to her at the same time, while trying to intercept the competition announcement in her aunt’s mailbox.

I never saw you coming by Erin Hahn – Wednesday Books
In this powerful story about forgiveness and love, 18-year-old Meg Hennessey travels to the northern Upper Peninsula of Michigan to meet the family she never knew existed for answers and falls in love with Micha Allen, who is dealing with his own traumatic past. .

The other me by Sarah Zachrich Jeng – Berkley
This unpredictable sci-fi thriller begins when a failed artist accidentally opens the door to an alternate reality where she has never pursued her dreams and must uncover the forces behind the Switch before time runs out.

Pewabic Pottery: The American Arts and Crafts Movement Expressed in Clay by Thomas W. Brunk, preface by Martin Eidelberg – Michigan State University Press
Founded in Detroit at the turn of the 20e century, this chronological history of Pewabic’s work focuses primarily on pottery as operated by its founders Mary Chase Perry and Horace James Caulkins, then dates back to the beginning of the Pewabic Society Inc. in 1979. It offers a fascinating, in-depth exploration of various aspects of Pewabic Pottery’s history, from the personal lives of its prominent founders and potters to discussions of tiles and glazes and finally Pewabic Pottery’s place at Michigan State University.

Private love, public school: gay teacher under fire by Christine A. Yared – Penning History Press
Gerry Crane was a talented high school music teacher, loved by students and parents, and hailed as one of the best teachers in his school. Everything changed once word spread that he had married a man. Follow the events of the true story of what happened when members of a Midwestern community demanded that their religious beliefs be imposed on a public school – and the school followed suit.

Power terminal: water delivery in flint by David Hardin – Belt Publishing
Memorizing the author’s work as a Red Cross volunteer providing emergency water to residents of Flint, Michigan, Standpipe depicts the struggles of a city in crisis against the personal journey of the author as his mother falls into dementia and eventually dies. The book is an intimate look at a man’s engagement with both civic and family trauma.

Tin Camp Road by Ellen Airgood – Riverhead Books
In a novel set against the open beauty of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, a young single mother and her 10-year-old daughter weather the trials of rural poverty and find the community they need to survive.

Trout water: a year on the AuSable by Josh Greenberg – Maison Melville
As the trout fishing season begins, Josh Greenberg, owner of a fishing tackle store on America’s most famous trout fishing creek, the Au Sable River, struggles to cope. to the slow death of a close friend. During the fishing season, he will revisit this relationship and its importance to him as he takes comfort in himself, and perhaps something more, from fishing.

Northward in Michigan: A Portrait of the Place in Four Seasons by Jerry Dennis – University of Michigan Press
A collection of essays that capture a lifelong journey to get to know northern Michigan better by exploring it every season, in all weather, on foot, by bike, canoe and by car. The essays are more than a tribute to a particular region, its people and its natural wonders. They are a reflection of the ‘Up North’ that can only be felt through your feet and your fingertips, through your ears, mouth and nose – the Up North that penetrates your bones as surely as the sand penetrates the grain of the wood. .

You can read more about the Michigan Notable Books List online.


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