The Library of Michigan is pleased to announce the list of the 2017 Michigan Notable Books – 20 books highlighting Michigan people, places and events. The list highlights a wide range of exceptional “Michigan books” published in 2016 that bring attention to Michigan authors and topics.
Each year the list features 20 books, published the previous calendar year, which are about or set in Michigan or the Great Lakes region, or are written by a Michigan author.
The 2017 list represents fiction, short story collections, history, children’s picture books, mysteries, poetry and memoirs.
Beer Money: A Memoir of Privilege and Loss by Frances Stroh
The Charm Bracelet: A Novel by Viola Shipman
Children of the New World: Stories by Alexander Weinstein
Detroit Resurrected: To Bankruptcy and Back by Nathan Bomey
Great Lakes Island Escapes: Ferries and Bridges to Adventure by Maureen Dunphy
Heaven Was Detroit: From Jazz to Hip-Hop and Beyond edited by M.L. Liebler
Hystopia: A Novel by David Means
I Want to Be Once: Poems by M.L. Liebler
Know the Mother: Stories by Desiree Cooper
The Last Good Girl: A Novel by Allison Leotta
Michigan Modern: Design That Shaped America by Amy Arnold and Brian Conway
One Hundred-Knuckled Fist: Stories by Dustin M. Hoffman
Preston Tucker and His Battle to Build the Car of Tomorrow by Steve Lehto
Sweetgirl: A Novel by Travis Mulhauser
Twelve Twenty-Five: The Life and Times of a Steam Locomotive by Kevin Keefe
Wolf’s Mouth: A Novel by John Smolens
Women Doing Life: Gender, Punishment and the Struggle for Identity by Lora Bex Lempert