LANSING, Mich. (AP) – The Library of Michigan has released its annual list of 20 notable books that celebrate the state’s people, places and events.
The state-run library based in Lansing has published a list of books focusing on Michigan or the Great Lakes Region, or written by a Michigan author every year since 1991. State Librarian Randy Riley says this year’s list represents a variety of fiction, story collections, history, children’s books, mysteries, poetry and memoirs.
“The Michigan Notable Books list is a great way to showcase each year a new crop of talented writers in a state steeped in history and natural beauty and rich in stories and characters,” said State Superintendent Mike Flanagan.
The 2015 Notable Book list features stories about Detroit’s role as the “arsenal of democracy” during World War II, fishing in the Au Sable River and the struggles of a Nazi concentration camp survivor as she settled into her postwar life in Detroit.
Representatives from 10 organizations and libraries sat on the selection committee.
2015 Michigan Notable Books List:
The Arsenal of Democracy: FDR, Detroit, and an Epic Quest to Arm an America at War – A.J. Baime (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
The Art of Memory: Historic Cemeteries of Grand Rapids, Michigan – Thomas R. Dilley (Wayne State University Press, Painted Turtle)
Bernida: A Michigan Sailing Legend – Al Delclercq and Tom Ervin with Gloria Whelan, Illustrated by David Miles (Sleeping Bear Press)
Bird Box: A Novel- Josh Malerman (Ecco)
Bright Shards of Someplace Else – Monica McFawn (University of Georgia Press)
Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good: A Memoir of Food and Love from an American Midwest Family – Kathleen Flinn (Viking)
The Contract – Derek Jeter (Jeter Publishing)
A Detroit Anthology – Anna Clark (Rust Belt Chic Press)
Eight Mile High – Jim Daniels (Michigan State University Press)
The Fish and Not the Fish –Peter Markus (Dzanc Books)
Making Callaloo in Detroit – Lolita Hernandez (Wayne State University Press)
Michigan Agricultural College Campus Life 1900-1925: A Postcard Tour– Stephen Terry (Thunder Bay)
Midnight Plan of the Repo Man – W. Bruce Cameron (A Forge Books published by Tom Doherty Associates)
Old Islam in Detroit: Rediscovering the Muslim American Past – Sally Howell (Oxford University Press)
A Polish Doctor in the Nazi Camps: My Mother’s Memories of Imprisonment, Immigration, and a Life Remade – Barbara Rylko-Bauer (University of Oklahoma Press)
Rivers of Sand: Fly Fishing Michigan and the Great Lakes Region – Josh Greenberg (Lyons Press)
Songs Only You Know: A Memoir – Sean Madigan Hoen (Soho Press)
Station Eleven: A Novel – Emily St. John Mandel (Knopf Doubleday Publishing)
Strange Love – Lisa Lenzo (Wayne State University Press)
Strings Attached – Diane DeCillas (Wayne State University Press)