Author Onekama Title Added to Michigan’s Notable Books List

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The Great Lakes coastline borders eight states and two countries. To the north, small villages and towns, farmland and orchards abound. The metro skylines of Detroit, Ann Arbor, and Flint in southern Michigan border the I-75 corridor in the state.

All of these places and their people provide a plethora of spaces for Michigan authors. Each year, 20 titles that best represent this region are chosen by a committee to make up Michigan’s Notable Books list.

The Manistee County Library contains many notable Michigan books for current and past years. Other titles are also available through the Michigan Electronic Library system.

• Set in a small town on the Upper Peninsula, life as a mother-daughter duo is an endless series of obstacles. “Tin Camp Road” by Ellen Airgood is their story of a struggle against poverty and their journey to find a place in the world they can call home. The author owns and operates a restaurant in the Grand Marais.

• “Trout Water: A Year on the Au Sable” written by Josh Greenberg, owner of Gates Au Sable Lodge near Grayling. In this memoir, he shares his discoveries about the soothing ways of the river and the solace found in fishing that help him cope with the loss of a friend.

“Trout Water: A Year on the Au Sable” written by Josh Greenberg who is the owner of Gates Au Sable Lodge near Grayling. In this memoir, he shares his discoveries about the soothing ways of the river and the solace found in fishing that help him cope with the loss of a friend.

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• A young girl longs for a change in her life. When Suzy meets her uncle’s friend and discovers ostrich riding, it may be more than she bargained for. Betsy Bird’s “Long Road to the Circus” is a warm and funny look at farm life and the pursuit of dreams. Originally from Kalamazoo, Betsy Bird manages collection development at the Evanston Public Library in Illinois.

• “Ancestor Approved: Intertribal Stories for Kids” is a collection of short stories by various Native authors that celebrates Native American culture. At a powwow, several nations come together to honor family and friends.

“Ancestor Approved: Intertribal Stories for Kids” is a collection of short stories by various Native writers that celebrates Native American culture. At a powwow, several nations come together to honor family and friends.

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• Onekama author John Wemlinger’s latest book, “The Cut,” is a historical novel set in Manistee County. When a relationship develops between a farmer and a town girl, her father is upset. The situation deteriorates further when a group of farmers get together to dig a trench to prevent the flooding of their farmland while allowing the mill owners to operate their saws. This story is based on actual events involving Lake Portage and Lake Michigan.


• “The Dock Porter” by Dave McVeigh, originally from Milford near Detroit, and Jim Bolone, who grew up in Detroit, is set on Michigan’s famous Mackinac Island. At the time, porters were hired to use their bicycles to move luggage between docks and hotels. What happens when a young porter is offered a challenge brings back memories for anyone who has had the privilege of working or visiting the island.

• Coming to terms with your boyfriend’s past is the premise of “Early Morning Riser” by Katherine Heiny, who was born and raised in Midland. Jane meets Duncan’s exes everywhere! They show up at his apartment and ask him for favors which he willingly grants. Over time, Jane creates a life of family and friends, with happiness and sorrow among these people.

• “The Firekeeper’s Daughter” by Angeline Boulley, a former resident of Sault Ste. Marie, is a detective novel for young adults centered on Daunis, who decides to take a year off to help his mother. She is unwittingly involved in a drug investigation after witnessing a murder. This book beautifully illustrates tribal life.

• “Standpipe: Delivering Water in Flint” by David Hardin, a lifelong Michigan resident, is a memoir of Flint’s water crisis that combines the efforts of Red Cross volunteers to ensure the supply of the community with drinking water and the deterioration of her mother’s health. because of dementia.

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