Dec 11, 2009
Michigan Notable Books of 2010 has something for every one
The 2010 list of Michigan Notable Books includes a famous author, a biography on Michigan’s most well-known rocker and the story if perhaps the most famous Michigan sporting event that changed how we watch college basketball in March.
Every year, the Library of Michigan selects up to 20 of the most notable books, either written by a Michigan resident or about Michigan or the Great Lakes. The selected books are honored in the year after their publication or copyright date. Each selected title speaks to our state's rich cultural, historical, and literary heritage and proves without a doubt that some of the greatest stories are found in the Great Lakes State. Michigan Notable Books selection committee includes journalists, library, book sellers and academics, and they screen 250 up to 400 titles per year to come up with the best of Michigan.
Michigan Notable Books is an annual program with roots stretching back to Michigan Week 1991. Here are 2010’s selections:
American Salvage: Stories by Bonnie Jo Campbell (Wayne State University Press).
Annie's Ghosts: A Journey into a Family's Secret by Steve Luxenberg (Hyperion).
The Art Student's War: A Novel by Brad Leithauser (Alfred A. Knopf).
Bath Massacre: America's First School Bombing by Arnie Bernstein (University of Michigan Press).
Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City by Greg Grandin (Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt).
Have a Little Faith: A True Story of a Last Request by Mitch Albom (Hyperion).
Isadore's Secret: Sin, Murder, and Confession in a Northern Michigan Town by Mardi Link (University of Michigan Press).
January's Sparrow by Patricia Polacco (Philomel).
The Lost Tiki Palaces of Detroit: Stories by Michael Zadoorian (Wayne State University Press).
Michigan's Columbus: The Life of Douglass Houghton by Steve Lehto (Momentum Books).
Nothing But a Smile: A Novel by Steve Amick (Pantheon Books).
Orlando M. Poe: Civil War General and Great Lakes Engineer, by Paul Taylor (Kent State University Press).
Our People, Our Journey: The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians by James M. McClurken (Michigan State University Press).
Pandora's Locks: The Opening of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway by Jeff Alexander (Michigan State University Press).
Roses and Revolutions: The Selected Writings of Dudley Randall edited by Melba Joyce Boyd (Wayne State University Press).
Season of Water and Ice by Donald Lystra (Switch Grass Books/Northern Illinois University Press).
Stitches: A Memoir by David Small (W. W. Norton)
Travelin' Man: On the Road and Behind the Scenes with Bob Seger by Tom Weschler (Wayne State University Press).
Up the Rouge!: Paddling Detroit's Hidden River by Joel Thurtell. Photographs by Patricia Beck (Wayne State University Press).
When March Went Mad: The Game That Transformed Basketball by Seth Davis (Times Books).