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Harborless
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 80

Harborless

Harborless, a collection of poems informed by Great Lakes shipwrecks, is part history and part reinvention. The poems explore tragic wrecks in rivers and lakes, finding and forming artistic meaning from destruction and death. Each poem begins in a real, historical moment that Cindy Hunter Morgan transforms into an imagined truth. The imaginative element is essential to this work as it provides a previously unseen glimpse into the lives affected by shipwrecks. The poems in Harborless confront the mysteries surrounding the objects that cover the floor of the Great Lakes by both deepening our understanding of the unknown and teaching great empathy for a life most of us will never know. Morgan c...

States of Motion
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 328

States of Motion

Newton’s Laws of Motion describe the relationship between a body and its response to the forces acting upon it. For the men and women in States of Motion, imbalance is a way of life. Set in Michigan small towns both real and fictional, the stories in Laura Hulthen Thomas’s collection take place against a backdrop of economic turmoil and the domestic cost of the war on terror. As familiar places, privilege, and faith disappear, what remains leaves these broken characters wondering what hope is left for them. These stories follow blue collars and white, cops and immigrants, and mothers and sons as they defend a world that is quickly vanishing. The eight stories in States of Motion follow t...

Heaven Was Detroit
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 488

Heaven Was Detroit

Heaven Was Detroit: From Jazz to Hip Hop and Beyond is the first of its kind to capture the full spectrum of Detroit popular music from the early 1900s to the twenty-first century. Readers will find in this unique and stimulating anthology new essays, and a few classics, by widely known and respected music writers, critics, and recording artists who weigh in on their careers and experiences in the Detroit music scene, from rock to jazz and everything in between. With a foreword by the acclaimed rock writer Dave Marsh and iconic photos by Leni Sinclair, the book features such well-known writers as Greil Marcus, Jaan Uhelszki, Al Young, Susan Whitall, Gary Graff, John Sinclair, and many others...

Garden for the Blind
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 248

Garden for the Blind

In Garden for the Blind, trouble lurks just outside the door for Kelly Fordon’s diverse yet interdependent characters. As a young girl growing up in an affluent suburb bordering Detroit, Alice Townley witnesses a tragic accident at her parents’ lavish party. In the years that follow, Alice is left mostly in the care of the household staff, free to forge friendships with other pampered and damaged teens. When she and her friend Mike decide to pin a crime on another student at their exclusive high school, the consequences will reverberate for years to come. Set between 1974 and 2012, Fordon’s intricately woven stories follow Alice and Mike through high school, college, and into middle ag...

Saving Arcadia
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 168

Saving Arcadia

Saving Arcadia: A Story of Conservation and Community in the Great Lakes is a suspenseful and intimate land conservation adventure story set in the Great Lakes heartland. The story spans more than forty years, following the fate of a magnificent sand dune on Lake Michigan and the people who care about it. Author and narrator Heather Shumaker shares the remarkable untold stories behind protecting land and creating new nature preserves. Written in a compelling narrative style, the book is intended in part as a case study for landscape-level conservation and documents the challenges of integrating economic livelihoods into conservation and what it really means to “preserve” land over time. ...

A History of Wayne State University in Photographs
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 304

A History of Wayne State University in Photographs

Showcases the founding, development, and growth of Wayne State University, Michigan’s third largest public university, in historical photographs.

Coney Detroit
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 126

Coney Detroit

A lively and thorough history of Detroit's culinary icon: the coney island hot dog.

Talkin and Testifyin
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 285

Talkin and Testifyin

Defines Black English in the context of African-American culture and lifestyles and tackles the issue of white attitudes toward Black English

Picturing Hemingway's Michigan
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 200

Picturing Hemingway's Michigan

A compilation of personal photographs, historical images, and written excerpts illuminating Ernest Hemingway's significant ties to northern Michigan.

Before the Crash
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 272

Before the Crash

Contributors examine the early days of video game history before the industry crash of 1983 that ended the medium’s golden age.