Featured Books thru November 27
From the Perfect Gift Catalog
The Power of Living with a Wide-Open Heart
By Scott Stabile
What happens when you fully commit yourself to love? Endless good, insists Scott Stabile, who found that out by overcoming plenty of bad.In Big Love, his insightful and refreshingly honest collection of personal essays, Scott relates these profound experiences as well as everyday struggles and triumphs in ways that are universally applicable, uplifting, and laugh-out-loud funny. Whether silencing shame, rebounding after failure, or moving forward despite fears, Scott shares hard-won insights that consistently return readers to love, both of themselves and others.
The Battling Brothers of Battle Creek
By Howard Markel
In The Kelloggs, Howard Markel tells the sweeping saga of two extraordinary men, John Harvey Kellogg and his youngest brother, Will, whose lifelong competition and enmity toward one another changed America’s notion of health and wellness from the mid-nineteenth to the mid-twentieth centuries, and who helped change the course of American medicine, nutrition, wellness, and diet.
The Moosewood Restaurant Table
250 Brand-New Recipes from the Natural Foods Restaurant that Revolutionized Eating in America
From the Moosewood Collection
The creators of America’s beloved natural foods restaurant, Moosewood, are back with The Moosewood Restaurant Table, their new book with over 250 brand new, never-before-published recipes.
Where the Animals Go
Tracking Wildlife with Technology in 50 Maps and Graphics
By James Cheshire and Oliver Uberti
For thousands of years, tracking animals meant following footprints. Now satellites, drones, camera traps, cellphone networks, and accelerometers reveal the natural world as never before. Where the Animals Go is the first book to offer a comprehensive, data-driven portrait of how creatures like ants, otters, owls, turtles, and sharks navigate the world. Based on pioneering research by scientists at the forefront of the animal-tracking revolution, James Cheshire and Oliver Uberti’s stunning, four-color charts and maps tell fascinating stories of animal behavior.
The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine
By Mark Twain and Philip Stead with illustrations by Rein Stead
(For All Ages)
In a hotel in Paris one evening in 1879, Mark Twain sat with his young daughters, who begged their father for a story. Twain began telling them the tale of Johnny, a poor boy in possession of some magical seeds. Later, Twain would jot down some rough notes about the story, but the tale was left unfinished . . . until now. Plucked from the Mark Twain archive at the University of California at Berkeley, Twain’s notes now form the foundation of a fairy tale picked up over a century later. With only Twain’s fragmentary script and a story that stops partway as his guide, author Philip Stead has written a tale that imagines what might have been if Twain had fully realized this work.
More November Featured Books
The Capitalist-Christian Contradiction
God Against Greed
By Dr. Samuel White, III
This book is featured in support of our 11/16 Book/Author Talk w/Dr. White.
The Capitalist-Christian Contradiction exposes the political, economic, and spiritual contradictions in our society and the church. It points out how America's capitalist system creates and maintains economic inequality, political corruption, economic exploitation, racial oppression, and spiritual poverty to worship the almighty dollar bill. Furthermore, the love of money has transformed many churches into a den of thieves that promulgates a prosperity gospel, enriching its clergy and impoverishing the community. Humanity's only hope is to seek God's kingdom or the beloved community of peace, justice, equality, and freedom for all people regardless of race, class, creed, level of morality, gender, or religion.
The Connected Mysteries of Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie, and the Calumet Massacre of 1913
By Daniel Wolff
This book is featured in support of our 11/17 Book/Author Talk with Daniel Wolff.
A tour de force of storytelling years in the making: a dual biography of two of the greatest songwriters, Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie, that is also a murder mystery and a history of labor relations and socialism, big business and greed in twentieth-century America—woven together in one epic saga that holds meaning for all working Americans today.
In the Watershed
A Journey Down the Maumee River
By Ryan Schnurr
This book is featured in support of our 11/18 Book/Author Talk w/Ryan Schnurr.
Part cultural history, part nature writing, and part narrative, In the Watershed is a lyrical work of non-fiction in the vein of John McPhee and Ian Frazier with a timely and important warning at the core. “What is happening in Lake Erie,” Schnurr tells us, “is a disaster by nearly any measure—ecologically, economically, socially, culturally.”
Democracy in Chains
The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America
By Nancy MacLean
This books is featured in support of our 11/19 Book/Author Talk w/Nancy MacLean.
Behind today’s headlines of billionaires taking over our government is a secretive political establishment with long, deep, and troubling roots. The capitalist radical right has been working not simply to change who rules, but to fundamentally alter the rules of democratic governance. But billionaires did not launch this movement; a white intellectual in the embattled Jim Crow South did. Democracy in Chains names its true architect—the Nobel Prize-winning political economist James McGill Buchanan—and dissects the operation he and his colleagues designed over six decades to alter every branch of government to disempower the majority.
Featured Books In Honor of the Lives and Legacy of the Nation's Indigenous Peoples
The Art of Tradition
Sacred Music, Dance & Myth of Michigan’s Anishinaabe, 1946-1955
By Gertrude Kurath, Jane Ettawagshik, Fred Ettawageshik
The Art of Tradition documents the complexity of Native life and culture at a critical juncture in Native American history, where the rekindling of pride in Native cultures characteristic of the later twentieth century met the generation of elders who spent their early years speaking Native tongues but who came of age in boarding schools and amid strong pressures of assimilation. Because this period was deemed by most ethnographers of the time to be one of "acculturation," marking the end of traditional Native cultures, the authors' appreciation for the integrity of mid-century Native culture stands out markedly from other scholarship of the day.
The Lakota Warrior’s Life & Legacy
By The Edward Clown Family as told to William B. Matson
The Edward Clown family, nearest living relatives to the Lakota war leader, presents the family tales and memories told to them about their famous grandfather. In many ways the oral history differs from what has become the standard and widely accepted biography of Crazy Horse. The family clarifies the inaccuracies and shares their story about the past, including what it means to them to be Lakota, the family genealogy, the life of Crazy Horse and his motivations, his death, and why they chose to keep quiet with their knowledge for so long before finally deciding to tell the truth as they know it.
(CD) The Wisdom of The Native Americans
Edited by Kent Nerburn, Kaipo Schwab, Narrator
This collections of writings by revered Native Americans offers timeless, meaningful lessons and thought-provoking teachings on living and learning.
The Autobiography of an American Indian
Edited by Paul Radin
Paul Radin, one of America''s first professional anthropologists, lived among the Winnebago Indians for years, and for years he tried without success to interview the notorious Crashing Thunder. This book shows that he eventually succeeded.
Images of Lac Courte Oreilles Elders
By Sara Balbin, James R. Bailey, and Thelma Nayquonab
Spirit of the Ojibwe is an intimate gathering of oral biographies and stunning color portraits of thirty-two Lac Courte Oreilles Indian elders painted by artist Sara Balbin. Their tribal history, told in story and image, is a compelling tale of how one people courageously adapted and triumphed over cultural oppression, broken government treaties, and the deliberate flooding of their reservation by the Wisconsin-Minnesota Power & Light Company.
The Color of Politics
Race and the Mainsprings of American Politics
By Michael Goldfield
This book is featured in support of our 11/12 Book/Author Talk w/Michael Goldfield.
How has race determined the course of American history? From the Revolution to the New Deal, from the Civil War to World War II, race has been at the center of virtually every national turning point. In a brilliant book, Michael Goldfield doggedly documents the persistence of racism in the American nation through a penetrating assessment of racism in the labor movement.
Stand By Your Truth
And Then Run for Your Life
By Rickey Smiley
This book is featured in support of our/11/13 Book Signing w/Rickey Smiley.
Rickey Smiley. Stand-up comic. Single dad. Radio personality. TV star. Prankster. Producer. Community activist. Man of faith. Visit a church, comedy club, college campus, or barber shop, and you’ll find few people who aren’t familiar with, or fans of, Rickey Smiley. Stand by Your Truth is part memoir, part testimonial, and part life guide, mixing Rickey’s down-home humor with the values he learned from being raised by three generations of elders, steeped in the Baptist church, and mentored by some of the most celebrated comics in the entertainment industry today.
Books In Celebration of Detroit Institutions
The Detroit Public Library
An American Classic
By Barbara Madgy Cohn and Patrice Rafail Merritt
The Detroit Public Library unites the interests of history buffs, art enthusiasts, library lovers, and Detroit-area locals with a tribute to one of the city's most impressive structures. This book will appeal to those looking to learn about the builders, the history, and the stories that brought the Detroit Public Library to fruition.
The Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Grace, Grit, and Glory
By Laurie Lanzen Harris w/Paul Ganson
The Detroit Symphony Orchestra: Grace, Grit, and Glory details the history of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra as seen through the prism of the city it has called home for nearly 130 years.
A History of Wayne State University in Photographs
By Evelyn Aschenbrenner
A History of Wayne State University in Photographs compiles rare and intriguing images that will be of interest to anyone with ties to Wayne State University. It will make a perfect keepsake for current and former students, faculty and staff, and anyone interested in local history.
Michigan Opera Theatre
The DiChiera Legacy
By Timothy Paul Lentz
The opera company as we know it today had its inception in the fall of 1971 with the company's move into the Music Hall Theatre. This move was the spark that ignited the rebirth of Detroit's now magnificent theatre and entertainment district. David DiChiera and his young company were the first to commit to downtown and reinvest in a district that had seen many years of decline. It was a civic contribution of the highest order. He has been the heartbeat of the company for nearly fifty-five years, and it has indeed been a triumph, of and for regional opera as well as for the city of Detroit.
Young Black Men Moving from Chicago's South Side to Success in Higher Education
By Chezare Warren
Chezare A. Warren chronicles the transition of a cohort of young Black males from Urban Prep Charter Academy for Young Men to their early experiences in higher education. A rich and closely observed account of a mission-driven school and its students, Urban Preparation makes a significant contribution to our understanding of how young males of color can best be served in schools throughout the United States today.
Day of the Dead
Dot to Dot
By Maddy Brook
The 'Day of the Dead' (or Día de Muertos) is an ancient Mexican custom that dates back thousands of years and honors the souls of those who have died. It has inspired some beautifully macabre and intricate skeleton art that just so happens to make fantastic subjects for dot-to-dot drawing! Each of these sumptuous images is guaranteed to be a haunting journey of discovery. When you're done, you can even add color to bring your vibrant artworks to life.
From Here to Eternity
Traveling the World to Find the Good Death
By Caitlin Doughty
Fascinated by our pervasive fear of dead bodies, mortician Caitlin Doughty set out to discover how other cultures care for the dead. From Here to Eternity is an immersive global journey that introduces compelling, powerful rituals almost entirely unknown in America.
By Roxane Gay
In these funny and insightful essays, Roxane Gay takes us through the journey of her evolution as a woman (Sweet Valley High) of color (The Help) while also taking readers on a ride through culture of the last few years (Girls, Django in Chains) and commenting on the state of feminism today (abortion, Chris Brown). The portrait that emerges is not only one of an incredibly insightful woman continually growing to understand herself and our society, but also one of our culture.
A Good Cry
What We Learn From Tears and Laughter
By Nikki Giovanni
As energetic and relevant as ever, Nikki now offers us an intimate, affecting, and illuminating look at her personal history and the mysteries of her own heart. In A Good Cry, she takes us into her confidence, describing the joy and peril of aging and recalling the violence that permeated her parents’ marriage and her early life. She pays homage to the people who have given her life meaning and joy: her grandparents, who took her in and saved her life; the poets and thinkers who have influenced her; and the students who have surrounded her. Nikki also celebrates her good friend, Maya Angelou, and the many years of friendship, poetry, and kitchen-table laughter they shared before Angelou’s death in 2014.
By Elena Browner
Now, for those compelled to the pen and page, Elena invites us to gather our own wisdom through writing, self-inquiry, and reflection. Practice You is a portable sacred sanctuary to record our flashes of insight, find our ground, create and clarify our goals, and bear witness to our own evolution. With more than 150 beautiful pages of questions, teachings, inspiring imagery, and plenty of space to write, draw, and reflect, this journaling adventure guides us into nine compelling portals to our highest ways of living.