1. "River Swimmer" by Jim Harrison, Grove Press, $25
2. "Chickadees at Night" by Bill O. Smith, illustrations by Charles Murphy, Sleepytime Press, $18.95
3. "Prairie Evers" by Ellen Airgood, Nancy Paulsen Books, $15.99
1. "The Paris Wife" by Paula McLain, Ballantine Books, $15
2. "50 Shades Freed" by E.L. James, Vintage, $15.95
3. "Litigators" by John Grisham, Bantam, $9.99
1. "Help, Thanks, Wow" by Anne Lamott, Riverhead, $17.95
2. "Underwater Dogs" by Seth Casteel, Little, Brown & Co., $19.99
3. "8 Hour Diet" by David Zinczenko, Rodale Books, $26.99
1. "7 Habits of Deeply Fulfilled Artists" by Ellie Harold, Clear Light Press, $14.95
2. "Waist Away" by Mary Clifton, Doctor Doctor Press, $14.95
3. "Team of Rivals" by Doris Kearns Goodwin, Simon & Schuster, $21
-- Horizon Books
1. "Gone Girl" by Gillian Flynn, Crown, $25
2. "Flight Behavior" by Barbara Kingsolver, Harper, $28.99
3. "The Round House" by Louise Erdrich, Harper, $27.99
1. "The Paris Wife" by Paula McLain, Ballantine, $15
2. "Life of Pi" by Yann Martel, Mariner, $15.95
3. "Wolf Hall" by Hilary Mantel, Picador, $16
1. "Help, Thanks, Wow" by Anne Lamott, Riverhead, $17.95
2. "The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn From Traditional Societies?" by Jared M. Diamond, Viking, $36
3. "Behind the Beautiful Forevers" by Katherine Boo, Random House, $27
1. "Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Journey Into the Afterlife" by Eben Alexander, M.D., Simon & Schuster, $15.99
2. "Team of Rivals" by Doris Kerns Goodwin, Simon & Schuster, $21
3. "The Swerve," Stephen J. Greenblatt, Norton, $16.95
-- American Booksellers Association
Food in Brief: 07/31/2014
Reading club finale; Founders dinner; Harbor Days. (Plus more)Continued ...
Lovina's Amish Kitchen: Amish wedding, Coblentz reunion highlight week
Such a lovely July morning. My wash and wringer machine is working again now, and it would be a great laundry day but we don’t have any hot water.Continued ...
Nancy Krcek Allen: Crudités à la Française
The crudités (kroo-deh-TAY) platter is the least visited part of a party. It’s no wonder. The word crudités brings up images of tough and tangy, raw broccoli and cauliflower florets, radishes and carrot and celery sticks cringing nakedly on a platterContinued ...
Food for the film-weary
There's nothing like a hot cup of coffee to kickoff the day, especially if you're waiting in line for an early screening at the Traverse City Film Festival.Continued ...
Historical Photo of the Week: 07/28/2014
Did you know that Traverse City’s own State Theater, the epicenter of the TC Film Festival, opened on July 4, 1916 as the Lyric Theater?Continued ...
Update on 07/21/2014 historical photo
Historical photo information, provided by readers, for the July 21 image:Continued ...
News From 100 Years Ago: 07/28/2014
Because of complaints lodged with the city commission in regards to the practice of residents in certain sections of the city allowing their chickens to run at large, the police department has been instructed to take steps at once to curb the nuisance.Continued ...
Northern Notes: Sheriff returns boat gone adrift
Bruce Bush, of Frederick, Md., wrote to express his gratitude to the Grand Traverse County Sheriff’s Department for their assistance in returning his sailboat that made an unscheduled trip during the night of July 17.Continued ...
- Sunday, July 27, 2014
Film Festival: 10 Seasons and Counting
The future of the Traverse City Film Festival was cemented the moment the curtain rose at the end of the first screening, at least that's how festival co-founder Michael Moore sees it.Continued ...
The cruise of a lifetime
Kathleen Ledezma spent nearly 30 years raising children, running a household, working and attending college while her husband spent up to 11 months at a time away at sea.Continued ...
Marta Hepler Drahos: When fireworks go from awesome to awful
Darkness falls like a curtain beyond our living room windows. The air is cool through the screens by the couch, where we sit holding our breath.Continued ...
Ed Hungness: Music strikes a familiar note
I had the pleasure of attending the Bonnie Raitt concert at Interlochen Center for the Arts. I’m a longtime fan of her music, but it was the first time I had the opportunity to see her perform last month. She didn’t disappoint anyone in a packed Kresge Auditorium.Continued ...
Books in Brief: 07/27/2014
Book signings; Book study group.Continued ...
Best Sellers: 07/27/2014
Best-selling books across northwest Michigan and the nation:Continued ...
- Friday, July 25, 2014
Education Newsmakers: 07/26/2014
Jared Ornelas, of Lake Leelanau, was named to the Dean’s List at Lake Superior State University, Sault Ste. Marie, for spring semester 2014. (Plus more)Continued ...
New street magazine helps homeless
Randy Parcher has lived in a van with his girlfriend for three years. He helps support the couple by day selling his art work, which he creates at public spaces like the library or coffee house. He burrows down in a pile of blankets at night and relies on body heat to stay warm.Continued ...
Body & Soul in Brief: 07/26/2014
Arcadia Daze luncheon; Grief workshops; Church histories. (Plus more)Continued ...
Blood Drive Calendar: 07/26/2014
Area Blood Drives: American Red Cross - Gaylord, 10 a.m.-3:45 p.m., July 30, F.O.E. Eagles Club, 515 S. Wisconsin Ave. (Plus more)Continued ...
Community in Brief: 07/25/2014
Christmas in July; Artist’s reception; Solar viewing party. (Plus more)Continued ...
- Thursday, July 24, 2014
Arts & Entertainment in Brief: 07/25/2014
Jacoby exhibit; Too Much Light; Leelanau artists' exhibit. (Plus more)Continued ...
Night Life Calendar: 07/25/2014
What's happening after dark:Continued ...
Movie Capsules: 07/25/2014
New this week — And So It Goes: A self-centered realtor enlists the help of his neighbor when he's suddenly left in charge of the granddaughter he never knew existed until his estranged son drops her off at his home. Rated PG-13 for some sexual references and drug elements. (GT9)Continued ...
They're going to Lovett
Six acres of horse park, horse-drawn hayrides and Lyle Lovett, it sounds like a country music match made in heaven.Continued ...
A new place for art
Visitors approaching the Dentolutions offices might mistake the sculpture outside for a giant red, avant garde toothbrush.Continued ...
TCFF's latest free venue is all 'The Buzz'
Harold “Buzz” Wilson was adamant that film should be enjoyed by all and not just those who can afford tickets.Continued ...
- Food in Brief: 07/31/2014