In this hugely effective debut, Tom Carr sheds keen illumination upon a regional inventory of killers, kooks, cutthroats & the aggressively unhinged. The tales are horrific and humorous by turns — grisly, goofy, poignant dispatches expertly summated by a skilled veteran reporter who’s no stranger to the back stairs habituated by a true sleuth. Story telling at its fully imagined best.— Ben Hamper, author, “Rivethead”
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“Charles Eisendrath has long been considered a reporter’s reporter but with Downstream from Herehe takes us on a lyrical and altogether enchanting journey through a rich life of family, nature, farms, fish and fun. He reminds us to ignore deadlines and breathe deeply.”
“An amazing, beautifully written and unusual memoir.”
— KEN AULETTA, author, media columnist, The New Yorker
“Written with the eye of a journalist, the prose of a novelist and the wit of a humorist,Downstream from Here takes you on a long walk down the path that leads to a life truly lived. Prepare to be inspired.”
— JEFF DANIELS
“Eisendrath is a likeably voluble, well-informed Virgil through the rounds of his own life’s considerable exploits. And it all works here.”
— RICHARD FORD
Hobey Baker, Upon Further Review is a fantastic read. Not just a hockey story, but a real-life history lesson of an American sporting icon from years gone past.
—PIERRE MCGUIRE, NHL ON NBC
I couldn’t put it down. Tim Rappleye’s tenacious, indefatigable research style has produced hereto-fore unknown aspects of America’s greatest hockey player, Hobey Baker.
—STAN FISCHLER, HOCKEY AUTHOR/HISTORIAN
As a college hockey fanatic and a Princeton alum, I felt well versed in the Hobey story, but Tim Rappleye’s book introduced me to many more layers of the legend. —NATE EWELL, COLLEGE HOCKEY, INC.
Jack Kerkhoff was born to the news. His parents both worked at the Grand Rapids Herald, and Jack got an early start at theTraverse City Record-Eagle. Bigger papers followed: the Detroit News, New York Journal-American, and the New York Post.
How Thin the Veil is a 45-day account of Kerkhoff ’s treatment, his conversations with the nurses and doctors (some of them with their real names), his interactions with the inmates, and his trips to downtown Traverse City watering holes. There’s also romance in the form of Suzy, a pretty, lisping waif whose “bad spells” had kept her hospitalized for eight years.
Meet the man against insanity.
His laboratory? The sadly sinister wards of the 3,000-bed Traverse City State Hospital. His apparatus? Only his own eyes
and hands, plus the hands and eyes of more than one hundred nurse attendants.
And for his experiments, the patients whom staff referred to as the “cats and dogs”— the seemingly incurable psychotics resistant to all treatment and far beyond hope.
HUSTLE ‘TIL IT HAPPENS provides great guidance, and the right amount of motivation, to help anyone define their goals, develop the disciplines to achieve them, and recognize that they have the power within themselves to make their dreams a reality. If you’re feeling stuck, or not living the life you want to live, pick up this book and start taking action today.”
— ANGIE MORGAN, New York Times best-selling author of Spark: How to Lead Yourself and Others to Greater Success and Leading from the Front
If you want to go out like Ed Abbey—and who doesn’t— here’s the guide you need. — BILL MCKIBBEN, bestselling author, educator and environmentalist
A wonderful, uplifting little book whose relentless sense of humor is utterly appropriate. — DAVID PETERSEN, author of On the Wild Edge: In Search of a Natural Life
How the Good Times Rolled tells how we used to take joy in life before the digital age.
It reminds us that the real world of nature — and of flesh-and-blood people — offers the greatest reward of happiness. As we hurtle forward to a future we do not understand, it bids us to remember who we were and who, in our heart of hearts, we really are.
I seriously love this book. And what better time in human history to celebrate the small, ignored creatures, the ones considered alien?
— Fleda Brown, poet and essayist
Richard Fidler’s book contains a fascinating collection of descriptions of plants, animals, and natural phenomena that I’ve never seen gathered like this before.
— Daniel D. Palmer, author of Michigan Ferns and Their Allies
Guarding the Heart: A Guidebook of Contemplative Prayer Practices is designed for people who are on the faith journey and who want to experience more from their prayer life. For many on that journey there is a strong sense of being drawn by the Spirit towards a deeper way to enrich one’s contact with one’s source and to strengthen that relationship. This guidebook will provide some simple and powerful prayer practices to experiment with to continue that deeper descent into the Divine. Each of the prayer practices is designed to be a general starting point for the user to experiment with. If, after trying some of the practices, one resonates with you, I have provided an extensive list of resources where you will find many wonderful books by the experts in the world of prayer and contemplative practices.
Seeking respite from the rigors of a northern Michigan winter, Jo Anne Wilson spends time on an old restored lavender farm in the heart of Provence, southern France. Little does she know that this vacation will open the door to an opportunity to return for a year as guardian of these same vacation cottages.
When Paul and Becky, two Northwest Michigan high schoolers, met for the first time at a dance, they knew immediately that they would marry. As young marrieds, they faced hard decisions about money, morals, and faith. They also produced six amazing sons, and always a joyful home to raise them in.
But the truest test of Paul and Becky’s bond came when Becky was diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer. What followed in the weeks, months, and years after is a story sure to inspire — about the bravery and selflessness of a woman, the steadfast support of a man, and the knowledge that love and God’s love conquer all.
SEPARATED LITERALLY A WORLD APART, this mother and daughter were each brokenhearted from different forms of abandonment by their biological mothers. Similarly, each have (or had) to face life-threatening diseases. Joined through a series of miracles to become adoptive mother and daughter, they were each made emotionally whole again. The two now live happily together in paradise with their large, loving family.
The Good Fight goes well beyond the personal struggle of the single patient as he fights for his survival when confronted by cancer. The Good Fight puts the notion of self-advocacy in cancer therapy as being perhaps the most powerful therapy of all.
David Perlmutter, MD, Author of New York Times Bestseller, Grain Brain—The Surprising Truth About Wheat, Carbs and Sugar —Your Brain’s Silent Killers
PLANNING FOR ONE’S FINANCIAL FUTURE CAN SOMETIMES BE DIFFICULT. Raising children also has its challenges. Now imagine how hard it is for parents of special needs children to plan not only for their retirement but for the long-term care of their children. One entrepreneurial certified financial planner has dedicated the last three decades of her practice to helping families of special needs children. She has just released a book that assists them through the emotional, legal, and financial pitfalls,Beyond a Parent’s Love: Lessons Learned in Life Planning for Special Needs Children.
“Back to the simple earth” — Tom Conlan comes by his love of the land naturally, generations after a beloved grandfather worked and saved to escape Detroit and move north. Conlan inherited that longing; he reveled in his boyhood of treeforts, baseball, and Sloppy Joes, even as it was unfolding. He revels in it still, with graceful language and long thoughts, with good dogs, good horses, and even better homemade wine.
— Mardi Link, author of The Drummond Girls and Bootstrapper
When the United States declared war on Germany on April 9, 1917, there were only 403 U.S. Army nurses on active duty. Northwestern University’s U. S. Army Base Hospital 12 was among the first major U.S. Army units sent overseas in the First World War. To staff the hospital unit, Dr. Frederic A. Besley of Northwestern University Medical School relied on professional colleagues from the school, nurses and other personnel from Cooke County and Evanston hospitals, and young enlisted men principally recruited from the Chicago area’s college campuses or from the ranks of recent graduates. The Northwestern unit departed from Chicago on May 17, 1917, and was overseas longer than any other unit of any kind. They suffered the first casualties and treated more patients in France — over 60,000 — than any other American hospital, with the possible exception of its neighboring Harvard Unit.
One part memoir and one part essay, Peace in Justice offers an insightful analysis of the American criminal justice system by someone who spent decades working in the state and federal systems. Carol Getty’s illustrative career took her from the Arizona Board of Pardons and Paroles to the highest office of the United States Parole Commission.
This book is about you and the organizations where you contribute your time and talent. It explores a simple, impactful leadership concept along with specific tactics you can use to influence your organizations, whether for-profit or not-for- profit, small or large, to become cultures of valued leadership.
“I have always contended that
you can tell a lot about a person by the way they interact with animals. For various reasons, we humans sometimes don’t interact well with other people. We may be shy, short tempered, intimidated, intimidating, loners, insecure, or have a litany of other quirks when dealing with other members of our species. But when a bundle of sweet smelling puppy fur comes and places his or her head in close proximity to our hand, we will go out of our way to scratch, rub, and inquire how the beast is doing. We have learned it takes nine lives to work your way into a cat’s heart. But we can earn their devotion, via their stomachs, with one can of Meow-Mix.”
This book is not your normal politically correct, self-help book on retirement. It is not a result of attending seminars, workshops and conferences, nor countless readings on the subject. You know about those books— you’ve read them and they are boring, mundane, cliché, and definitely not fun.
FIFTY YEARS AFTER ANGER AND FRUSTRATION OVER POLICE-COMMUNITY RELATIONS BOILED
OVER INTO A REBELLION IN DETROIT, THERE ARE LOTS OF PEOPLE ASKING WHAT WE’VE LEARNED, HOW WE’VE CHANGED.
... There are so many ways that the factors that led to the uprising are still with us. There are so many reminders, both physical and metaphorical.
If there is good news, 50 years after the 1967 uprising, it is probably that we are all much more honest about the ways in which the problems of then still haunt us now. There’s nowhere near as much gloss or self-kidding as we used to indulge.
This book, a collection of the coverage by the Detroit Journalism Cooperative during 2016, is a testament to that.
— From the Foreword by Pulitzer Prize-winning, Detroit native Stephen Henderson
If you’ve ever had a great idea for a business, check out Michelle White’s candid and cautionary tale, On a Pit and a Prayer. A terrific idea is one thing, but turning it into a successful business is quite another [and] White’s story is both compelling and personal.
Rebecca Reynolds, Writer/Producer 8180 Films and Co-Creator/ Producer Hollywood & Crime
Abigail’s Exchange is the inspiring story of a young lady who comes of age in the late 1800s in Baltimore, Maryland. Raised to own and manage a candy shop, which is left in her hands following tragedy, she struggles with her career and her wedding vows when she finds herself locked in the stranglehold of a difficult marriage. In Abigail’s life, the reversals of fortune continually strike suddenly and unexpectedly, and at her lowest point, she watches her good intentions turn into unspeakable calamity. But, this is not the end of the story, for there is yet another reversal – a final, terrific tale of bravery, shrewdness, and unfaltering resilience. This story will resonate with women and men who are trying to navigate through real life with grace and honor.
Plagued by unanswered questions about her origins, Bree is drawn to the Sleeping Bear Dunes area and moves there. She meets Denver and a relationship develops between them. She also meets a man claiming to be her birth father. Things seem to be going great.One day, while on Lake Michigan with a storm brewing, Bree realizes, too late, that things aren’t always as they seem. She finds herself and those she loves in a battle for their lives. Survival seems to be just out of reach.
The Wolfkeeper immerses us into the harshness of northern Michigan winters, the wind howling, the waters surrounding the peninsula covered with ice beneath the swirling snow. They acquaint us with the flora and fauna from the cherry trees and morel mushrooms to wolves, lake trout and salmon.
Lewis’s prose is a formidable instrument. It can be poetic. Or darkly humorous. Or passionate in a compellingly understated way. This slim volume collects and preserves the work of this gifted writer.
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Coop Houghton thinks he has it all — his wife’s permission, willing partners and a first class ticket out of trouble … until equal opportunity blackmail takes the private, public.
Dangerous liaisons in the corporate world, indeed ... a page-turner. —Rick Bailey. author of American English, Italian Chocolate, and The Enjoy Agenda
DAREDEVIL CLEM SOHN was an airshow superman, famous throughout the United States and Europe for his 20,000-foot glides on wings of his own design.
By 1937, beautiful, graceful Margot Fonteyn was well on her way to becoming Britain’s Prima Ballerina. In her autobiog- raphy, she described receiving a bouquet of flowers and a note from Clem after one of her performances ... and just a few days before Clem perished.
From these two facts, author Dean Feldpausch creates a gravity- defying love story for all ages.
“If you like good tales of the shadowy, often hard-edged world of counter- terrorism, read Mike4! Written by a veteran of ‘the community,’ it will teach while it entertains.”
GENERAL STANLEY MCCHRYSTAL
In this suspense-filled thriller, Seeger takes his readers on a voyage of discovery across a dangerous, clandestine world he knows so well. His own experience in special ops add unmatched granularity and reality to a fast-paced, terrific yarn.
“JR Seeger has written the heart and soul of person who must make hard decisions at the hardest moment, often in a world of grey, of lies, while in the search for a truth. Her struggle to maintain her humanity is drawn straight from the street, from the field, which Seeger knows better than anyone.”
THE FIRST TWO VOLUMNS IN THE ACCLAIMED CASTOR FAMILY TRILOGY
“An ornate, gruesome, and rigorously crafted Civil War novel.”
— Kirkus Reviews
BROTHERHOOD OF IRON
“A sharp, immersive family drama played out against the ravages of war.”
— Kirkus Reviews
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Wemlinger gets it. The nimbleness of our armed forces is as important today as its fire power. Operation Light Switch is a great read. Enjoyed it from cover to cover.
—Mike Kelleher, Brigadier General, US Army (Ret)
Operation Light Switch proves the importance of why we are all told today, “If you see something, say something.”
—Thomas E. Johnson, Colonel, US Army (Ret)
For over three decades, Rock Graham has carried the physical and emotional scars from a tour in Vietnam. He is a decorated war hero, but guilt from what happened one dark night in a steaming southeast Asia jungle is always lying in ambush, waiting for an unguarded moment to set his demons free. When he tries to find solitude at a cottage on Lake Michigan in the dead of winter, a chance encounter on the desolate, frozen shoreline changes his life forever.
When six-year-old Hope tells her 1st grade teacher there is no food at home and Mommy is always “asleep,” the school calls the Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline. The subsequent investigation triggers a five-year journey through the child welfare system for Hope and her older siblings Alysha and Tyrone.
At the center of this history-inspired mystery are the complex and secret relationships between fathers and sons. The sophistication and intricacy of these interactions—spoken and unspoken, buried and unburdened—make... Murder On Old Mission a haunting, rewarding read. —Anne Marie Oomen, author of Pulling Down the Barn
“Harry and the Hurricane ... combines some whimsical elements with real fear, and an excellent amount of local history.” —John Allen, Executive Director, Coral Gables Museum
“Read it with your kids!” —Anne-Marie Oomen, Next Generation Indie Award for Memoir and co-author of illustrated tale in poems, The Lake Michigan Mermaid
A Christmas tree is brought into Aiden’s home with great pomp and ceremony. It lights up the darkness of winter, fills the home with a cold piney scent, glistens with ornaments and is the protector of all gifts beneath it.
Aiden’s Tree is the story of a Michigan fir — from seedling to Christmas tree to a marker on the Mackinac Ice Bridge and more.
LESSON OF THE LARK is a moving one-sit, historical fiction, picture book for children and teens.
The Teacher Resources provided include: Vocabulary Terms, Vocabulary Test, Comprehension Study Guide, Comprehension Test,The Illustrations...A Closer Look, Essay Questions, Video Link References, and Test Keys.
Betsy Bobcat is the story of a young bobcat who loves school but because she is so well-behaved her classmates have nicknamed her “Goody-Goody.” One day she must make a difficult decision to either go along with a prank at school or make the decision to do the right thing and be kind to an elderly teacher.
Betsy learns that by sharing her feelings with her friends and family she is able to follow her conscience.
A collection of Northern Michigan and
Upper Peninsula-inspired tales and short stories, poetry and beautiful photography.
Walloon Writers Review Fourth Edition captures
a balance between the enthusiastic retelling
of Up North tales and reflections and creative interpretations in poetry, highlighted by stunning and unique Northern Michigan and UP photography.