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January 5, 2014

George Weeks: Northern focus among Notable Books

Northern subjects and authors are prominent in the Library of Michigan’s just-released annual 20 Notable Books selections for 2014 celebrating Michigan people, places and events.

Although the list is heavy on Detroit and other downstate industrial, cultural and other books, it has a strong northern and Great Lakes flavor on historical and current matters, as well as fiction. Among them:

n November’s Fury: The Deadly Great Lakes Hurricane of 1913, by Michael Schumacher (University of Minnesota Press). It’s a timely book considering all of the recent recounts of the 100th anniversary of the event.

n Beyond Pontiac’s Shadow: Michilimackinac and the Anglo-Indian War of 1763, by Keith R. Widder (Michigan State University Press). It’s a guide to an important time in Michigan, U.S. and Canadian history.

n The Great Lake Sturgeon, edited by Nancy Auer and Dave Dempsey (Michigan State University Press). Blending history, biology, folklore environmental science and policy, it’s about a remarkable fish whose ancestry goes back millions of years.

n The Way North: Collected Upper Peninsula Works, edited by Ron Riekki (Wayne State University Press). In 49 poems and 20 stories, readers will discover new and established authors.

n Something That Feels Like Truth, by Donald Lystra (Northern Illinois University Press). A page-turning journey through the cities and countryside of the Great Lakes heartland.

n Bootstrapper: From Broke to Badass on a Northern Farm, by Mardi Jo Link (Alfred A. Knopf). A memoir by a Traverse City and former Notable author about survial and self-discovery about struggling to raise three sons as a single mother fighting to hang on to her century-old farmhouse.

n The River Swimmer, by Jim Harrison (Grove Press). A collection of novellas by longtime former northern Michigan (and previous Notable) author, who makes Michigan’s environment central to each tale. Other 2014 Michigan Notable Books:

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