Featured Books thru July 16
The Poisoned City
Flint’s Water and the American Urban Tragedy
By Anna Clark
The first full account of this American tragedy, The Poisoned City recounts the gripping story of Flint’s poisoned water through the people who caused it, suffered from it, and exposed it. It is a chronicle of one town, but could also be about any American city, all made precarious by the neglect of infrastructure and the erosion of democratic decision making. Places like Flint are set up to fail―and for the people who live and work in them, the consequences can be fatal.
The Fall of Wisconsin
The Conservative Conquest of a Progressive Bastion and the Future of American Politics
By Dan Kaufman
For more than a century, Wisconsin has been known nationwide for its progressive ideas and government. The Fall of Wisconsin is a deeply reported, searing account of how the state’s progressive tradition was undone and turned into a model for national conservatives bent on remaking the country.
The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela
Edited by Sahm Venter w/Forward by Dlamini-Mandela
Arrested in 1962 as South Africa’s apartheid regime intensified its brutal campaign against political opponents, forty-four-year-old lawyer and African National Congress activist Nelson Mandela had no idea that he would spend the next twenty-seven years in jail. During his 10,052 days of incarceration, the future leader of South Africa wrote a multitude of letters to unyielding prison authorities, fellow activists, government officials, and, most memorably, to his courageous wife, Winnie, and his five children. Now, 255 of these letters, many of which have never been published, provide exceptional insight into how Mandela maintained his inner spirits while living in almost complete isolation, and how he engaged with an outside world that became increasingly outraged by his plight.
Someone Has Led This Child to Believe
By Regina Louise
This is the beautiful follow-up to Somebody’s Someone, Regina Louise’s harsh, often brutal, but always compelling” (Booklist) debut memoir about growing up in the US foster-care system. In this book, Louise once again draws on her experience as one of society’s abandoned children to tell how she emerged from the cruel, unjust system, not only to survive, but to flourish.
Other Featured Books for July
What The Eyes Don’t See
A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City
By Mona Hanna-Attisha
This book is featured in support of our off-site bookselling partnership with Random House for the 6/27 event An Evening of Hope for the Children of Flint.
What the Eyes Don’t See is the inspiring story of how Dr. Mona—accompanied by an idiosyncratic team of researchers, parents, friends, and community leaders—proved that Flint’s kids were exposed to lead and then fought her own government and a brutal backlash to expose that truth to the world. Paced like a scientific thriller, this book shows how misguided austerity policies, the withdrawal of democratic government, and callous bureaucratic indifference placed an entire city at risk. And at the center of the story is Dr. Mona herself—an immigrant, doctor, scientist, and mother whose family’s activist roots inspired her pursuit of justice.
The Colored Waiting Room
Empowering the Original and the New Civil Rights Movements
By Kevin Shired
This books is featured in support of our 6/30 Book Author Talk with Kevin Shired.
In The Colored Waiting Room, activist Kevin Shird heads from his hometown of Baltimore, MD to Montgomery to meet eighty-four-year-old Nelson Malden and contextualize the significance of recent racially motivated events, and the demonstrations is Charlottesville, Ferguson, Baltimore, and around the country. The result is a groundbreaking understanding of today’s burgeoning second-wave civil rights movement and the urgent actions necessary for racial equality and change.
The U.S. Constitution And Fascinating Facts About It
This book is featured in support of our 7/1 event - Reading of the U.S. Constitution and Discussion w/Robert Cooper.
In The U.S. Constitution & Fascinating Facts About It you'll see the entire text of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Independence–and much more! You'll find interesting insights into the men who wrote the Constitution, how it was created, and how the Supreme Court has interpreted the Constitution in the two centuries since its creation.
Blue Sky, White Stars
By Sarvinder Naberhaus
For readers of all ages! Wonderfully spare, deceptively simple verses pair with richly evocative paintings to celebrate the iconic imagery of our nation, beginning with the American flag. Each spread, sumptuously illustrated by award-winning artist Kadir Nelson, depicts a stirring tableau, from the view of the Statue of Library at Ellis Island to civil rights marchers shoulder to shoulder, to a spacecraft at Cape Canaveral blasting off. This book is an ode to America then and now, from sea to shining sea.
You’re More Powerful Than You Think
A Citizen’s Guide to Making Change Happen
By Eric Liu
Are you ready for this age of bottom-up citizen power? Do you understand what power truly is, how it flows, who has it, and how you can claim and exercise it? Eric Liu, who has spent a career practicing and teaching civic power, lays out the answers in this incisive, inspiring, and provocative book. Using examples from the left and the right, past and present, he reveals the core laws of power. He shows that all of us can generate power-and then, step by step, he shows us how. The strategies of reform and revolution he lays out will help every reader make sense of our world today. If you want to be more than a spectator in this new era, you need to read this book.
A reading of the Declaration of Independence i Defense of Equality
By Danielle Allen
Featured on the front page of the New York Times, Our Declaration is already regarded as a seminal work that reinterprets the promise of American democracy through our founding text. Combining a personal account of teaching the Declaration with a vivid evocation of the colonial world between 1774 and 1777, Allen, a political philosopher renowned for her work on justice and citizenship reveals our nation’s founding text to be an animating force that not only changed the world more than two-hundred years ago, but also still can. Challenging conventional wisdom, she boldly makes the case that the Declaration is a document as much about political equality as about individual liberty. Beautifully illustrated throughout, Our Declaration is an “uncommonly elegant, incisive, and often poetic primer on America’s cardinal text” (David M. Kennedy). 35 illustrations
A 10,000-Year Food Fracas
By Mark Kurlansky
Profoundly intertwined with human civilization, milk has a compelling and a surprisingly global story to tell, and historian Mark Kurlansky is the perfect person to tell it. Tracing the liquid's diverse history from antiquity to the present, he details its curious and crucial role in cultural evolution, religion, nutrition, politics, and economics.
Ani’s Raw Asia
Easy East-West Fusion Recipes
By Ani Phyo
You've been to her kitchen, enjoyed her desserts, and mastered the essentials; now go with raw food goddess Ani Phyo back to her roots for the first ever Asian raw food cookbook. Along with recipes from Korea, China, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, India, Indonesia, and Hawaii and background information on traditional dishes, Ani's Raw Food Asia also offers essential tips on green living, well-being, longevity, fitness, beauty, and entertaining as inspired by a healthy Asian lifestyle.
The complete guide to eating well in the wild
By Don and Pam Philpott
There’s no reason to exist solely on granola and dried fruit when you’re in the great outdoors. Campfire Cookbookoffers guidance on the types of ingredients and how much food to pack, survival techniques if you run into trouble, and recipes for trailside culinary delights such as banana pancakes, quiche, omelets, stir-fry, pasta, soups, and stews. Muffins and bread are also covered, along with advice on using a Dutch oven to bake in the campfire. Beverages and desserts round out the wild cuisine. A useful gift for anyone who loves extended visits to nature’s five-star experience!
Great Food, All Day
Eat joyfully, Eat healthily
By Maya Angelou
With her second cookbook, Maya Angelou turns her attention to good food, well-made and eaten in moderation, and gives us time-tested recipes along with intimate autobiographical sketches of how they came to be. Packed with delicious dishes here can be eaten in small portions, many times a day and, more importantly, converted into other mouth-watering incarnations. Great Food, All Day Long is an essential reference for everyone who wants to eat more healthily and joyfully - and a delightful peek into the kitchen and heart of a remarkable woman.
Superiority Burger Cookbook
The Vegetarian Hamburger Is Now Delicious
By Brooks Headley
Superiority Burger is a cozy counter hangout filled with affordable, innovative food that is a protest against the idea that extraordinary fare is the exclusive domain of the elite. Now you can bring its blueprint for rebel compassion and culinary sophistication into your home with this cookbook; a must-read for home cooks who want something delicious, new, and imminently within their reach.
Ready to Stir-Fry
Over 70 Delicious one-wok meals
By Caroline Hwang
Stir Fry brings a collection of quick yet delicious Asian-inspired recipes. The book conveys the versatility of stir frying, with dishes that require easy-to-find ingredients and minimal cooking time. Get inspired with different takes on this much-loved dish.
Anatomy of an Industry
By Carol Off
Bitter Chocolate is an eye-opening look at one of our most beloved consumer products. Tracing the fascinating origins and evolution of chocolate from the banquet tables of Montezuma’s Aztec court in the early sixteenth century to the bustling factories of Hershey, Cadbury, and Mars today, investigative journalist Carol Off shows that slavery and injustice have always been key ingredients. The heart of the book takes place in West Africa inside the Ivory Coast—the world’s leading producer of cocoa beans—where profits from the multibillion-dollar chocolate industry fuel bloody civil war and widespread corruption.
Recipes and Stories from the Cuban Kitchen
By Dan Goldberg, Andrea Kuhn, and Jody Eddy
Brazen, bold, and colorful, Cuba is a country that pulses with life. Fascinated by its people and their endlessly delicious home-cooked cuisine, friends Dan Goldberg and Andrea Kuhn have been visiting this magnetic country, capturing its passion and vibrancy, for the past five years. Dan, an award-winning photographer and Andrea, an acclaimed prop stylist and art director, along with renowned food writer Jody Eddy, bring the best of Cuban food to home kitchens with more than 75 meticulously tested recipes.
More June Featured Books
Detroit City of Champions
The Players Vol. 1 Joe Louis and the 1935 Detroit Tigers
By Charles C. Avison
Detroit City of Champions
The Players: Vol. 2 The Lions, Red Wings and Other Champions of 1934
By Charles C. Avison
Detroit Sports Consumer
A Magazine Celebrating the City of Champions Issue 1 - 2014
This magazine is based upon one single belief: That Detroit is one of the most fascinating sports cities in the world and there is a wealth of information, stories, art and memorabilia which have no platform to be seen or heard.
Detroit City of Champions
The Story of the most Important Season in Detroit Sports History
By Charles C. Avison
Detroit. 1935. In the midst of the worst economic crisis in the istory of the United States, one city had reason to celebrate. Joe Lewis, a young unknown boxer at the beginning of the year, would galvanize the sports world by the end of it. The Detroit Tigers, coming off a near World Series victory in 1934, would raise the city to new heights of frenzied excitement with their first title in 1935. Less than two months later, the Detroit Lions, playing in only their second season would bring home their first NFL crown, after an astonishing comeback in the final weeks of the regular season. But there would be more. The newly christened Detroit Rew Wings were at this very moment playing their way to the first Stanley Cup of their storied history. These stories and more told through the words of the people who lived it.
Black Baseball in Detroit
By Larry Lester, Sammy J. Miller & Dick Clark
Black Baseball in Detroit chronicles the history of the various teams and players that spent time in the "Motor City." From the aftermath of the First World War, through the Jazz Age and Prohibition, the Great Depression, and through the 1950s, the history of the Negro Leagues parallels the history of Black America, from segregation to full inclusion. With the hiring of pioneers like Jackie Robinson by the major leagues came the end of the Negro Leagues, and the end of an era. You will meet the players--"Ghost" Marcell, "Cool Papa" Bell, "Bingo" DeMoss, and the great Norman "Turkey" Stearnes--who made this sport a vibrant and exciting part of the American landscape.
Turkey Stearnes and the Detroit All Stars
The Negro Leagues in Detroit, 1919-1933
By Richard Bak
In Turkey Stearnes and the Detroit Stars, Richard Bak documents the extraordinary history of Detroit's first and foremost black professional baseball team. This groundbreaking analysis of Detroit's entry in the Negro National League brings to life a fascinating story of skill, pride, and perseverance.
As a charter member of Andrew "Rube" Foster's National Negro League, the Detroit Stars quickly evolved into an integral part of black culture. From the team's beginning in 1919 to its demise in 1933, the Stars offered Detroit's black community entertainment and a short respite from the hardships of daily life. Moreover, the Detroit Stars represented a rare example of successful black entrepreneurship.
The greatest Star of them all was Norman "Turkey" Stearnes, the brilliant longball-hitting center fielder. Stearnes established virtually all of the team's individual and career records during his nine seasons with Detroit.
Hank Greenberg in 1938
Hatred and Home Runs in the Shadow of War
By Ron Kaplan
Hank Greenberg in 1938 chronicles the events of 1938, both on the baseball diamond and the streets of Europe. As Greenberg’s bat had him on course for Babe Ruth’s home run record, Hitler’s “Final Solution” was beginning to take shape. Jews across the US, worried about the issues overseas, looked to Greenberg as a symbol of hope. Though normally hesitant to speak about the anti-Semitism he dealt with, the slugger still knew the role he was playing for so many of his people, saying “I came to feel that if I, as a Jew, hit a home run, I was hitting one against Hitler.”
They Call Me Pudge
My Life Playing the Game I Love
By Ivan Rodriguez with Jeff Sullivan
With 14 All-Star appearances, 13 Gold Gloves, a Most Valuable Player Award, and, of course, a World Series ring, Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez has more than earned his spot in Cooperstown as one of the best Major League catchers of all time. In They Call Me Pudge, Rodriguez tells the story of his unforgettable baseball journey, from signing his first professional contract as a 16 year-old in Puerto Rico, to his years in Texas, Detroit, and beyond, to the World Series stage in Miami, and behind the doors of the Texas Rangers front office. Rodriguez's accomplishments, his teammates, and his biggest challenges all receive time in the spotlight in this refreshing memoir of a life and Hall-of-Fame career.
Tales from the Detroit Tigers Dugout
A Collection of the Greatest Tigers Stories Ever Told
By Jack Ebling
The Detroit Tigers Old English "D" is one of the most recognized symbols in sports. A team rich with legends and history, the Tigers have endured in the hearts of fans and continue to up the ante of competition against rivals like the Cleveland Indians and Chicago White Sox.
Now fans of this indomitable franchise can relive the passion and excitement that has come to define the Tigers in this newly updated edition of Tales from the Detroit Tigers Dugout. Veteran sportswriter Jack Ebling brings to life a vision of what drives the Detroit Tigers franchise. Ebling highlights baseball stars, managers, and games that have come to define the Tigers over the years. Readers will experience the excitement of four World Championships, five other World Series appearances, and so much more.
The Peace Makers
Leadership Lessons from Twentieth-Century Statesmanship
By Bruce W. Jentleson
In the twentieth century, great leaders played vital roles in making the world a fairer and more peaceful place. How did they do it? What lessons can be drawn for the twenty-first-century global agenda? Those questions are at the heart of The Peacemakers, a kind of global edition of John F. Kennedy’s Profiles in Courage.
Black Soundscapes White Stages
The Meaning of Francophone Sound in the Black Atlantic
By Edwin C. Hill, Jr.
Black Soundscapes White Stages explores the role of sound in understanding the African Diaspora on both sides of the Atlantic, from the City of Light to the islands of the French Antilles. From the writings of European travelers in the seventeenth century to short-wave radio transmissions in the early twentieth century, Edwin C. Hill Jr. uses music, folk song, film, and poetry to listen for the tragic cri nègre.
Dancing with the Gods
Reflections in Life and Art
By Kent Nerburn
When Kent Nerburn received a letter from Jennifer, a young woman questioning her calling to spend her life in the arts, the writer and artist was struck by how closely her questions mirrored the doubts and yearnings of his own youth. From struggles with money and the bitterness of rejection, to spiritual questions of inspiration and authenticity, Dancing With the Gods offers insight, solace and courage to help young artists on the winding road to artistic fulfilment. Tender and joyous, it is a celebration of art's power to transform the darkest of human experience and give voice to the grandest of human hopes.
By Amy Dempsey
The first in a new series of essential introductions to art, Modern Art guides the reader through individual movements from Impressionism to Conceptual Art, situated within five broader chronological eras. Starting with Impressionism in 1860, art historian Amy Dempsey explains the essentials of Modernism, the postwar New Disorder, and beyond.
The Business of Design
Balancing Creativity and Profitability
By Keith Granet
For thirty years, consultant Keith Granet has enjoyed helping design professionals turn their passion into profit. In his new book, The Business of Design: Balancing Creativity and Profitability, Granet debunks the myth that business sense and creative talent are mutually exclusive. The Business of Design: Balancing Creativity and Profitability provides all of the necessary tools to create and run a thriving design business - from billing and human resources to branding and project management to marketing and licensing- in one easy-to-use guide.
More June Featured Books
The Secret World of Lakes
By Curt Stager
More than a century and a half have passed since Walden was first published, and the world is now a very different place. Lakes are changing rapidly, not because we are separate from nature but because we are so much a part of it. While many of our effects on the natural world today are new, from climate change to nuclear fallout, our connections to it are ancient, as core samples from lake beds reveal. In Still Waters, Curt Stager introduces us to the secret worlds hidden beneath the surfaces of our most remarkable lakes, leading us on a journey from the pristine waters of the Adirondack Mountains to the wilds of Siberia, from Thoreau’s cherished pond to the Sea of Galilee.
Rising Dispatches from the New American Shore
By Elizabeth Rush
Harvey. Maria. Irma. Sandy. Katrina. We live in a time of unprecedented hurricanes and catastrophic weather events, a time when it is increasingly clear that climate change is neither imagined nor distant―and that rising seas are transforming the coastline of the United States in irrevocable ways. In this highly original work of lyrical reportage, Elizabeth Rush guides readers through some of the places where this change has been most dramatic, from the Gulf Coast to Miami, and from New York City to the Bay Area.
The Making of An American Sea
By Jack E. Davis
Illuminating America’s political and economic relationship with the environment from the age of the conquistadors to the present, Davis demonstrates how the Gulf’s fruitful ecosystems and exceptional beauty empowered a growing nation.
Strangers in Their Own Land
By Arlie Russell Hochschild
When Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election, a bewildered nation turned to Strangers in Their Own Land to understand what Trump voters were thinking when they cast their ballots. Arlie Hochschild, one of the most influential sociologists of her generation, had spent the preceding five years immersed in the community around Lake Charles, Louisiana, a Tea Party stronghold. The paperback edition features a new afterword by the author reflecting on the election of Donald Trump and the other events that have unfolded both in Louisiana and around the country since the hardcover edition was published, and also includes a readers’ group guide at the back of the book.
Cocktails Across America
A Postcard View of Cocktail Culture in the 1930s, 40s, and 50s
By Diane Lapis & Anne Peck-Davis
With over 50 vintage cocktail recipes (including several modern twists), fascinating historical vignettes, and more than 150 pieces of vintage ephemera, you will be transported to an era of unbridled indulgence and distinct glamour. The book holds 150 color illustrations.
Featured Books for Young Readers!
Yoga Adventure Card Deck
By Jennifer Carter Avgerinos, Illustrated by Rachel McLean
This color-coded deck takes kids through three imaginary adventures at the beach, in the zoo, and through India. Along the way, kids learn how to do 42 fun yoga poses. As they twist, stretch, crawl and bend, kids improve their flexibility, balance and focus. Each card presents a lively scene with easy instructions for the yoga pose on the back of the card.
By Julian Tuwim, Drawings by Lewis and Him
In the late 1930s renowned Polish poet Julian Tuwim, was asked to write three poems for children. The publisher Przeworski connected the three poems into one book, Locomotive, and commissioned illustrations from celebrated Polish illustration duo Lewitt and Him. Locomotive was the beginning of a creative partnership that lasted many years. Featuring the original three poems, Locomotive, The Turnip, and The Bird’s Broadcast, children learn what’s inside each train carriage as it chugs along, how many people, animals, and friends it takes to pull a turnip from the ground, and what happens when birds of all kinds gather for a meeting in the woods.
Classic Little Golden Book Library
A Collection to Treasure
Counting on Katherine
How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo
By Helaine Becker
The bold story of Katherine Johnson, an African-American mathematician who worked for NASA during the space race and was depicted in the film Hidden Figures.
As a child, Katherine Johnson loved to count. She counted the steps on the road, the number of dishes and spoons she washed in the kitchen sink, everything! Boundless, curious, and excited by calculations, young Katherine longed to know as much as she could about math, about the universe. From Katherine's early beginnings as a gifted student to her heroic accomplishments as a prominent mathematician at NASA, this is the story of a groundbreaking American woman who not only calculated the course of moon landings but, in turn, saved lives and made enormous contributions to history.
The Kid’s Guide to Birds of Michigan
Stan Tekiela’s famous Birds of Michigan Field Guide has been delighting bird watchers for decades. Now, the award-winning author has written the perfect bird identification guide for children! The Kids’ Guide to Birds of Michigan features 86 of the most common and important birds to know, with species organized by color for ease of use.
Fun Facts, Activities and 86 Birds
By Stan Tekiela
Evolution of Babies
By Chris Ferrie and Cara Florence
Written by an expert, Evolution for Babies is a colorfully simple introduction to evolutionary biology. Babies (and grownups!) will learn how organisms mutate, evolve, and survive. Co-written by Cara Florance, who has a PhD in Biochemistry and a BS in Chemistry with work experience in astrobiololgy and radiation decontamination. With a tongue-in-cheek approach that adults will love, this installment of the Baby University board book series is the perfect way to introduce basic concepts to even the youngest scientists. After all, it's never too early to become a scientist!
What is Light?
By Markette Sheppard, Illustrated by Cathy Ann Johnson
Lyrical text and crisp, cheerful illustrations illuminate What Is Light?, each page revealing the sparkle found in a child’s simple but extraordinary world. Young readers will enjoy discovering the special glow in everything from nature to the smiles of loved ones. The light revealed on the final page makes a fitting finale for this sweet, bright tale. This board book edition is the perfect size for little hands.
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Detroit Resurgent by Howard Bossen, John P. Beck, Gilles Perrin and Nicole Ewenczyk
Detroit Resurgent explores the city through the voices of those working in a multitude of ways to reshape it into a twenty-first century urban space through the auto industry, urban agriculture and food production, entrepreneurial action and small business, visual and performing arts, activism, and visionary leadership.
A Detroit Anthology Edited by Anna Clark