The coldest girl in Coldtown

Holly Black's "The Coldest Girl in Cold Town" is an amazing dystopian story about a young girl who lives in a world where vampires often attack humans who meet at large gatherings; these vampires are illegal escapees from the Cold Towns that exist to contain them.  Often there is a bloodbath, and they kill everyone at the gathering.  Tana whose own mother was infected by a vampire when she went to a local Artists Meeting, knows full well what it means to fear vampires.

The Disease Delusion : Conquering the Causes of Chronic Illness for a Healthier, Longer and Happier Life

Dr. Jeffrey Bland is considered the father of functional medicine, which “looks at the patterns of dysfunction underlying…chronic diseases…and offers a model of care that can prevent or reverse these illnesses.” This model personalizes treatment to a patient’s particular genetic makeup, environment, lifestyle, and diet; if the latter elements can be changed, then the way genes are stimulated by, and respond to, outside influences can be changed as well.

A Tale for the Time Being

This imaginative story by Ruth Ozeki follows a split narrative between Nao, a 16-year-old Tokyo resident, and Ruth, a woman living in northwest Canada. Nao was born in Japan but raised primarily in California, having moved back to Tokyo only a couple years prior.

Death of a King : The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Final Year

Political commentator and popular talk-show host Tavis Smiley presents a close  examination of Dr. King’s last year: April 1967 to April 1968, during which he struggled to stay on the non-violence message, a radical position which did not set well with his friends and allies, who thought he was stepping outside the bounds of civil rights issues; the new younger activists thought his message was out of date and dismissed him.

Upgrading your Mac Illustrated

The “maker” phenomenon has grown over the past few years. Many towns have maker spaces like All Hands Active and Maker Works in Ann Arbor and many in metro Detroit including Mt. Elliott Makerspace, OmniCorpDetroit, both in the City itself .

The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, & The Fall Of Imperial Russia

Fleming tells the story of the Romanovs, one of the last royal families in Europe, against the backdrop of World War I and increasing unrest in the Russian empire. Perfect for budding historians, reluctant readers who thrive on nonfiction, or anyone interested in royalty rule, mystery, rebellions, or even dysfunctional parenting, this book has it all.

Neverhome: A Novel

Constance Thompson decides that someone in her family needs to step up and fight for the Union in the Civil War, and she’s stronger, braver, and a better shot than husband Bartholomew. So she renames herself Ash, practices walking in men’s clothing, and leaves their Indiana farm disguised as a man. She signs up in Ohio, then heads east. In her unit she soon earns a reputation for bravery. The book is written in first person, and, using a Civil War-era dialect, Ash describes the aftermath of battles in more detail than the actual fights.

Le Mystere des Voix Bulgares

Always powerful, sometimes softly soothing, oftentimes strident and dissonant in a clarifying way, Le Mystere des Voix Bulgares has become a classic of Bulgarian Folk Music.

The Narrow Road to the Deep North

Australian author Richard Flanagan won the 2014 Man Booker Prize for this literary war story. This is a grimly realistic book with many disturbing scenes of the brutal mistreatment  Australian POW’s suffered at the hands of the Japanese near the end of World War II, in this case, in Burma, tasked with building the Thai-Burma railroad through the jungle, (the same railroad immortalized in the movie Bridge on the River Kwai).  Flanagan alternates from the POW camp back to pre-war life in Australia, focused on a doctor named Dorrigo Evans.

The Impossible Knife of Memory

After driving a semi across the country for the past five years 17-year-old Hayley Kincaid and her dad Andy have settled down in Andy’s hometown in an attempt to regain some normalcy in their lives. Andy, a military man, served tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan that left him with crippling Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

An Age of License

One of the many current rising stars in the world of women in comics is Lucy Knisley.

Fire Shut Up in My Bones

Charles Blow, journalist for the New York Times as well as a frequent television and radio commentator, has written an intimate memoir of his childhood through his college years at Grambling.  The title is taken from a biblical text concerning the weight of carrying a painful childhood betrayal to such an extent that it defines his very self.  His path to forgiveness and the redemption of his spirit makes really interesting yet heartbreaking reading, realizing that so many young men struggle with the same demons.

El Deafo

In the growing genre of comics called “Graphic Medicine” most books are oriented towards grown ups. However, there are at least a handful of “Graphic Medicine” comics for kids to read. In many ways, these books could be even more helpful to children, for whom medical situations could be even more traumatic.

Who is AC ? /

I don’t often read comics about superheroes but this one really resonated with me. Who is AC? is another incredible comic by Hope Larson. The comic follows a family who has just moved to a new town through the eyes of their daughter Lin.

Broken Monsters

Broken Monsters is a compelling page-turner told from the rotating point of view of the five main characters. The suspense is unbearable as their lives steamroll toward one another. Gabi is a stressed-out Detroit homicide detective who is saddled with a high profile career breaking case while raising her assertive 15 year old daughter, Layla.  Thomas Keen (TK) is a homeless man with a checkered past, working at a church shelter with his best friend, Ramón. Jonno Haim is a relocated would-be journalist looking for his first big story.

Award Winners & Bestsellers

Nobel Prize
2014 Prize in Literature
Patrick Modiano

National Book Award

2014 Prize for Fiction
by Phil Klay

2014 Prize for Nonfiction
Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China
by Evan Osnos

Newbery Medal
2015 award
The Crossover
by Kwame Alexander

Caldecott Medal
2015 award
The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend

y Dan Santat

Printz Award

2015 award
I'll Give You the Sun
by Jandy Nelson

New York Times Fiction Bestsellers (top 5 combined print & e-book sales)
The Liar
, by Nora Roberts
The Girl on the Train
, by Paula Hawkins
The Stranger
, by Harlan Coben
The Longest Ride
, by Nicholas Sparks
Every Fifteen Minutes
, by Lisa Scottoline

New York Times Nonfiction Bestsellers (top 5 combined print & e-book sales)
The Road to Character
, by David Brooks
Bill O'Reilly's Legends and Lies, by David Fisher
Dead Wake
, by Erik Larson
The Boys in the Boat
, by Daniel James Brown
The Residence, by Kate Andersen Brower


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Academy Awards

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Billboard Top 100 songs

Caldecott Medal

Coretta Scott King Award

New York Times Bestsellers

Newbery Medal

Printz Award