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Dale Schriemer, associate professor of music, highly recommends this early book by Michigan native Jim Harrison. He said he loved the historical aspects of the novel and the seemingly effortless complexity of Harrison's writing. more info

Genre: Historical-Fiction
Author: Jim Harrison
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Recommendations: 4399
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Letters from Yellowstone
Letters from Yellowstone
Kathleen Underwood, director of Women and Gender Studies and associate professor of history, called this book one of her favorites. Set in 1898, it is an epistolary novel that centers on a field study of Yellowstone National Park. The central character, botanist A. E. (Alexandria) Bartram, is an independent young woman with an eye for adventure. more info

Genre: Historical-Fiction
Author: Diane Smith
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Recommendations: 4406
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Song Yet Sung
Song Yet Sung
The ending alone is worth the read, said Lee Van Orsdel, dean of University Libraries. The powerfully imagined tale is told through the eyes of an escaped young slave woman, who endures a head injury and wakes up to find that she can see into the future. more info

Genre: Historical-Fiction
Author: James McBride
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Recommendations: 4382
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The Madonnas of Leningrad
The Madonnas of Leningrad
Mary Pirkola, communications specialist in News and Information Services, recommended this intriguing book of historical fiction narrated by Marina, an 82-year-old woman who suffers from Alzheimer's disease. She worked in the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, during 1941. As the German Army advanced toward Leningrad, the frantic staff stripped canvases from their frames and hid them. more info

Genre: Historical-Fiction
Author: Debra Dean
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Recommendations: 4174
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When Things Were Black and White
When Things Were Black and White
Dan David is also a local author from Grand Rapids. The book documents the seemingly stable time in Detroit when photographs, televisions, attitudes, and neighborhoods were distinctly black and white. Major events such as the desegregation of the public schools and the 1967 riots serve as anchor points, but the story focuses on one family's attempt to find some kind of order in a world that is becoming increasingly chaotic. more info

Genre: Historical-Fiction
Author: Dan David
Keywords: Detroit, 1960s, Segregation
Recommendations: 4116
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