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March 2017

The Original Battle Creek Crime King: Adam The Original Battle Creek Crime King: Adam "Pump" Arnold's Vile Reign  
Pardoe, Blaine
Call Number: H 364.106 P226
Adam 'Pump' Arnold was both feared and regaled in Victorian-era Battle Creek. He was a bootlegger and a pimp, a robber and a con artist, an arsonist and a loan shark and even an assassin. Arnold faced off with the city over illegal liquor sales and flaunted his victory with a life-size statue of the mayor dressed as a hobo. Called the 'greatest criminal in the history of Battle Creek,' Arnold was convicted in a captivating public trial for the murder of his own son.
Letters from the Leelanau: Essays of People and Place by Kathleen StockingLetters from the Leelanau: Essays of People and Place  
Stocking, Kathleen
Call Number: H 977.4635 S864
Far away from everything and on the way to nowhere lies the Leelanau Peninsula. This gentle landscape of rolling hills and bays of Lake Michigan has become home to many a world-weary traveler. Letters from the Leelanau represents a ten-year slice of life on this northern peninsula. Writer Kathleen Stocking, daughter of Leelanau lumberman Pierce Stocking, shares in a genuinely infectious way an easy intimacy with both the people and the land in these essays written in the years 1979 to 1989.
Irish Immigrants of the Emigrant Industrial Savings Bank by Kevin  RichIrish Immigrants of the Emigrant Industrial Savings Bank  
Rich, Kevin
Call Number: H 929.37471 R373
Volume 4 in a continuing series.
The Long Arc of the Universe: Travels Beyond the Pale by Kathleen StockingThe Long Arc of the Universe: Travels Beyond the Pale  
Stocking, Kathleen
Call Number: H 910.4 S8649
Leelanau writer Stocking explores other countries and cultures, including her work in the prisons of California and her travel to third world countries. She attempts to understand the larger world in relationship to Michigan's remote and beautiful Leelanau Peninsula.
Torn in Two: The Sinking of the Daniel J. Morrell and One Man's Survival on the Open Sea by Michael SchumacherTorn in Two: The Sinking of the Daniel J. Morrell and One Man's Survival on the Open Sea  
Schumacher, Michael
Call Number: H 917.74 S3924
Dennis Hale reached the dock just in time to see the Daniel J. Morrell heading out to open waters, a 600-foot freighter that had plied the waters for sixty years, carrying ore from Minnesotas Iron Range to steel firms around the Great Lakes. The twenty-six-year-old watchman had, quite literally, missed the boatwhich meant scrambling to rejoin the Morrell at its next stop or forfeiting a good chunk of his pay package. Seventy-two hours later, Hale would find himself clinging to a life raft alongside the frozen bodies of his crewmates in the violent waves of Lake Huron. The boat would not be reported missing for another twenty-seven hours and by the time the life raft was found, Dennis Hale would remain as the sole survivor of the wreck of the Daniel J. Morrell.
Mastering Online Genealogy by Daniel QuillenMastering Online Genealogy  
Quillen, Daniel
Call Number: H 929.10285 Q67
Revised 5th edition. Covers the use of computers and the Internet to successfully do your own genealogical research. This book includes information on genealogy databases: what they are, where they are, and how to use them; free genealogy websites: who they are, strengths and weaknesses; subscription services: who they are, what they cost; pitfalls to watch out for, pratfalls to avoid the value of message boards, blogs, etc.; and what kind of computer and software to buy. The author also includes genealogy software reviews and a glossary of terms.
The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan EganThe Death and Life of the Great Lakes  
Egan, Dan
Call Number: H 577.63 E282
The Great Lakes--Erie, Huron, Michigan, Ontario and Superior--hold 20 percent of the world's supply of surface fresh water and provide sustenance, work and recreation for tens of millions of Americans. But they are under threat as never before, and their problems are spreading across the continent. The Death and Life of the Great Lakes is prize-winning reporter Dan Egan's compulsively readable portrait of an ecological catastrophe happening right before our eyes, blending the epic story of the lakes with an examination of the perils they face and the ways we can restore and preserve them for generations to come.For thousands of years the pristine Great Lakes were separated from the Atlantic Ocean by the roaring Niagara Falls and from the Mississippi River basin by a "sub-continental divide." Beginning in the late 1800s, these barriers were circumvented to attract oceangoing freighters from the Atlantic and to allow Chicago's sewage to float out to the Mississippi. These were engineering marvels in their time--and the changes in Chicago arrested a deadly cycle of waterborne illnesses--but they have had horrendous unforeseen consequences. Egan provides a chilling account of how sea lamprey, zebra and quagga mussels and other invaders have made their way into the lakes, decimating native species and largely destroying the age-old ecosystem. And because the lakes are no longer isolated, the invaders now threaten water intake pipes, hydroelectric dams and other infrastructure across the country.Egan also explores why outbreaks of toxic algae stemming from the overapplication of farm fertilizer have left massive biological "dead zones" that threaten the supply of fresh water. He examines fluctuations in the levels of the lakes caused by manmade climate change and overzealous dredging of shipping channels. And he reports on the chronic threats to siphon off Great Lakes water to slake drier regions of America or to be sold abroad.

February 2017

Michigan Modern by Amy ArnoldMichigan Modern  
Arnold, Amy
Call Number: H 745.09774 M6246
The Great Lakes State has always been known for its contributions to twentieth-century manufacturing, but it's only beginning to receive wide attention for its contributions to Modern design and architecture. Brian D. Conway, Michigan's State Historic Preservation Officer, and Amy L. Arnold, project manager for Michigan Modern, have curated nearly thirty essays and interviews from a number of prominent architects, academics, architectural historians, journalists, and designers, including historian Alan Hess, designers Mira Nakashima, Ruth Adler Schnee, and Todd Oldham, and architect Gunnar Birkerts, describing Michigan's contributions to Modern design in architecture, automobiles, furniture and education.
Body of Water by Chris DombrowskiBody of Water  
Dombrowski, Chris
Call Number: H 639.27 D667
Chris Dombrowski was playing a numbers game: two passions--poetry and fly-fishing; two children, one of them in utero; and an income hovering perilously close to zero. Enter, at this particularly challenging moment, a miraculous email: can't go, it's all paid for, just book a flight to Miami .Thus began a journey that would lead to the Bahamas and to David Pinder, a legendary bonefishing guide. Bonefish are prized for their elusiveness and their tenacity. And no one was better at hunting them than Pinder, a Bahamian whose accuracy and patience were virtuosic. He knows what the fish think , said one fisherman, before they think it .By the time Dombrowski meets Pinder, however, he has been abandoned by the industry he helped build. With cataracts from a lifetime of staring at the water and a tiny severance package after forty years of service, he watches as the world of his beloved bonefish is degraded by tourists he himself did so much to attract. But as Pinder's stories unfold, Dombrowski discovers a profound integrity and wisdom in the guide's life.
Called to Greatness: Seed of Champions by James TriumphCalled to Greatness: Seed of Champions  
Triumph, James
Call Number: H 248.4 T839
Called to greatness: seed of champions is for those who feel there is more to their life than what they are currently experiencing. A primary belief in this book is that mediocrity and complacency are enemies of a greater you.

January 2017

Another Soldier's Story by  Another Soldier's Story  
Call Number: H DVD 921 P913A
Chronology of the service of Judge Charles A Pratt, April 2, 1909 - March 22, 1989
Preston Tucker and His Battle to Build the Car of Tomorrow by Steve LehtoPreston Tucker and His Battle to Build the Car of Tomorrow  
Lehto, Steve
Call Number: H 338.76292 T894
In the wake of World War II, the U.S. automobile industry was fully unprepared to meet the growing demands of the public, for whom they had not made any cars for years. In stepped Preston Tucker, a salesman extraordinaire who announced the building of a revolutionary new car: the Tucker '48, the first car in almost a decade to be built fresh from the ground up. Tucker's car, which would include ingenious advances in design and engineering that other car companies could not match, captured the interest of the public, and automakers in Detroit took notice. Here, author Steve Lehto tackles Tucker's amazing story, relying on a huge trove of documents that has been used by no other writer to date.
Feast of Goodness by  Feast of Goodness  
Call Number: H 641.5 F2887
A collection of recipes by Presbyterian women and the congregation of the First Presbyterian Church, 321 West South Street, Kalamazoo.
When it Mattered Most by Samuel CasscellsWhen it Mattered Most  
Casscells, Samuel
Call Number: H 956.7 C343
Today's military medical personnel in Iraq, Afghanistan, and around the world are upholding that long, proud tradition of caring and sacrifice for their fellow comrades in arms, risking and even losing their own lives. When It Mattered Most is their story. Includes a biography, portrait and family photos for each soldier listed.