Library of Michigan releases 2015 Michigan Notable Books

This year's top 20 notable books that celebrate Michigan

By John Steckroth - Editor

LANSING, Mich. - The Library of Michigan released its annual list of the year's top 20 notable books that celebrate the state's people, places and events.

The state-run library based in Lansing has published the Michigan Notable Books list every year since 1991, focusing on books published during the previous calendar year about Michigan and the Great Lakes Region, or written by a Michigan author.

This year's list features a wide variety of fiction, short story collections, history, children's books, mysteries, poetry, and memoirs.

"The Michigan Notable Books selections clearly demonstrate the vast amount of talent found in writers focusing on Michigan and the Great Lakes region," said State Librarian Randy Riley.

Highlights of the 2015 list include books about Detroit's role in World War II, sailing on the Great Lakes and a children's book by Kalamazoo's Derek Jeter.

The selection committee includes representatives from 10 organizations and libraries across the state.

"The Michigan Notable Books (MNB) 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.

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)

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