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MICHIGAN BESTSELLER LIST FOR FEBRUARY 2016

smolensMICHIGAN BESTSELLER LIST FOR FEBRUARY 2016

1) Jim Harrison–The Ancient Minstrel (Grove Press)

2) John Smolens–Wolf’s Mouth (Michigan State University Press)

3) Denise Brennan-Nelson–Leopold the Lion (Sleeping Bear Press)

4) Dr. Michael Petty–Dr. Petty’s Pain Relief for Dogs: The Complete Medical and Integrative Guide to Treating Pain (Countryman Press)

5) Gary D. Schmidt–Okay for Now (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers)

6) Z.G. Tomaszewski–All Things Dusk (Hong Kong University Press)

7) Joseph Heywood–Buckular Dystrophy: A Woods Cop Mystery (Lyons Press)

8) Lansing State Journal–Green Machine: The Story of Michigan State’s Return to Football Dominance (Lansing State Journal/Detroit Free Press)

9) Katherine Applegate–Crenshaw (Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan)

10) Jim C. Hines–Revisionary: Magic Ex Libris Book Four (DAW/Penguin Books)

11) Nancy E. Shaw–Sheep in a Jeep (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers)

12) Travis Mulhauser–Sweetgirl: a novel (Ecco Press/HarperCollins Publishers)

13) David Maraniss–Once in a Great City: A Detroit Story (Simon & Schuster) [last month #2]

14) Adam Grant–Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World (Viking Books/Penguin Books)

15) Bill Loomis–On This Day in Detroit History (Arcadia Publishing)

 

U.P. BESTSELLER LIST FOR FEBRUARY 2016 (TOP TEN)

1) Jim Harrison–The Ancient Minstrel (Grove Press)

2) John Smolens–Wolf’s Mouth (Michigan State University Press)

3) Joseph Heywood–Buckular Dystrophy: A Woods Cop Mystery (Lyons Press)

4) Jim Harrison–Dead Man’s Float (Copper Canyon Press) [previously #8]

5) Jim Harrison–The Big Seven (Grove Press)

6) Emily St. John Mandel–Station Eleven: A Novel (Knopf Doubleday) [was #1 in December]

7) Leslie Helakoski–Big Chickens (Puffin Books/Penguin Books USA)

8) Jerry Dennis–The Living Great Lakes: Searching for the Heart of the Inland Seas (St. Martin’s Griffin/Macmillan) [previously #2] [tie]

8) Michael McDonnell–Masters of Empire: Great Lakes Indians and the Making of America (Hill & Wang/Farrar, Straus and Giroux) [tie]

10) Tom Daldin, Jim Edelman, and Eric Tremonti–Under the Radar Michigan: The First 50 (Scribe Publishing Company) [tie]

10) Steve Hamilton–The Lock Artist: A Novel (Macmillan) [tie]

10) Mardi Link–The Drummond Girls: A Story of Fierce Friendship Beyond Time and Chance (Grand Central Publishing/Hachette Book Group) [tie]

 The Michigan Best Seller List for February includes 14 Michigan bookstores: Between the Covers in Harbor Springs, facebook.com/btcbookstore; Blue Frog Books in Howell, bluefrogbooksandmore.com; Bookbug in Kalamazoo, bookbugkalamazoo.com; Great Lakes Books & Supply in Big Rapids, greatlakesbook.com; Kazoo Books in north Kalamazoo and south Kalamazoo, kazoobooks.com/; McLean and Eakin Bookstore in Petoskey, mcleanandeakin.com; Nicola’s Books in Ann Arbor, nicolasbooks.com; North Wind Books in Hancock, bookstore.finlandia.edu; Saturn Booksellers in Gaylord, www.saturnbooksellers.com, Schuler Books & Music in Grand Rapids, Lansing and Okemos, schulerbooks.com, and Snowbound Books in Marquette, www.snowboundbooks.com.

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MICHIGAN BESTSELLER LIST FOR JANUARY 2016

Screen Shot 2016-02-17 at 5.44.25 AMMICHIGAN BESTSELLER LIST FOR JANUARY 2016

1) Emily St. John Mandel—Station Eleven: A Novel (Knopf) [last month #10]

2) David Maraniss—Once in a Great City: A Detroit Story (Simon & Schuster) [last month #3]

3) Norma Lewis—Lost Restaurants of Grand Rapids (Arcadia Publishing) [last month #7]

4) John U Bacon—Endzone: The Rise, Fall, and Return of Michigan Football (St. Martin’s Press) [last month #2]

5) Joyce Benvenuto—Poem Journey: More Poems & Prose from along Old Grand River (Thunder Bay Press) [tie]

5) Thomas R. Trautmann—Elephants and Kings: An Environmental History (The University of Chicago Press) [tie]

7) Christina Baker Kline—orphan train: a novel (HarperCollins Publishers)

8) Jim Harrison—Dead Man’s Float (Copper Canyon Press)

9) Joshua G. Cohen—A Field Guide to the Natural Communities of Michigan (Michigan State University Press)

10) Mitch Albom—The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto: A Novel (HarperCollins Publishers) [last month #1]

11) Michael Emmerich—100 Things Michigan State Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die (Triumph Books) [last month #4]

12) Jerry Dennis—The Living Great Lakes: Searching for the Heart of the Inland Seas (St. Martin’s Griffin)

13) Katherine Applegate—The One and Only Ivan (HarperCollins Publishers)

14) Jim C. Hines—Unbound: Magic Ex Libris (DAW/Penguin Books)

15) Anand Giridharadas—The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas (W.W. Norton & Company)

The Michigan Bestseller List for January includes 12 Michigan bookstores: Between the Covers in Harbor Springs, facebook.com/btcbookstore; Blue Frog Books in Howell, bluefrogbooksandmore.com; Bookbug in Kalamazoo, bookbugkalamazoo.com; Great Lakes Books & Supply in Big Rapids,greatlakesbook.com; Kazoo Books in north Kalamazoo and south Kalamazoo, http://www.kazoobooks.com/; McLean and Eakin Bookstore in Petoskey, mcleanandeakin.com; Nicola’s Books in Ann Arbor, nicolasbooks.com; North Wind Books in Hancock, bookstore.finlandia.edu; and Schuler Books & Music in Grand Rapids, Lansing, and Okemos, schulerbooks.com.

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MICHIGAN BESTSELLER LIST FOR DECEMBER 2015

MICHIGAN TOP FIFTEEN

1) Mitch Albom—the magic strings of Frankie Presto: a novel (HarperCollins Publishers) [last month #5]

2) John U Bacon—Endzone: The Rise, Fall, and Return of Michigan Football (St. Martin’s Press) [last month #2]

3) David Maraniss—Screen Shot 2016-01-20 at 10.11.55 AM (Simon & Schuster) [last month #6]

4) Michael Emmerich—100 Things Michigan State Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die (Triumph Books) [last month #11]

5) Tyler Oakley—Binge (Gallery Books/Simon and Schuster) [last month #3]

6) Detroit Free Press—Mr. March (The Free Press/Lansing State Journal)

7) Norma Lewis—Lost Restaurants of Grand Rapids (Arcadia Publishing)

8) Tom Daldin, Jim Edelman, and Eric Tremonti—Under the Radar Michigan: The First 50 (Scribe Publishing Company)

9) Chris Van Allsburg—The Polar Express: 30th Anniversary Edition (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers) [last month #1]

10) Emily St. John Mandel—Station Eleven: A Novel (Vintage) [last month #13]

11) Patti Smith—M Train (Knopf) [last month #14]

12) Bonnie Jo Campbell—Mothers, Tell Your Daughters: Stories (W.W. Norton & Co.) [last month #7]

13) Susan Thoms—Twelve Days of Christmas in Michigan (Sterling)

14) Stan Tekeila—Birds of Michigan Field Guide (Adventure Publications)

15) Kevin Allen and Art Regner—Red Wing Nation: Detroit’s Greatest Players Talk about Red Wings Hockey (Triumph Books)

 

U.P. TOP FIFTEEN

1) Emily St. John Mandel—Station Eleven: A Novel (Vintage) [last month #6]

2) Jerry Dennis—The Windward Shore: A Winter on the Great Lakes (The University of Michigan Press) [last month #6]

3) Steve Hamilton—A Cold Day in Paradise (Minotaur Books)

4) John Fortunato—Dark Reservations: A Mystery (Minotaur Books) [last month #13]

5) Alison DeCamp—My Near-Death Adventures (99% True) (Crown Books for Young Readers/Penguin Random House) [last month #5]

6) Bonnie Jo Campbell–Mothers, Tell Your Daughters (W.W. Norton and Company) [last month #11]

7) Jim Harrison—Brown Dog (Grove Press)

8) M.R. Federspiel–Picturing Michigan’s Hemingway (Wayne State University Press)

9) Charlie LeDuff—Detroit: An American Autopsy (Penguin Books) [last month #13]

10) Jim Harrison—Dead Man’s Float (Copper Canyon Press)

11) Peggy Christian–If You Find a Rock (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

12) Holling C. Holling—Paddle-to-the-Sea (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

13) Aimée Bissonette—North Woods Girl (Minnesota Historical Society Press)

14) Ronald Riekki—Here: Women Writing on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (Michigan State University Press) [last month #8]

15) Ellen Airgood–Prairie Evers (Penguin Books)

15) Aimée Bissonette—North Woods Girl (Minnesota Historical Society Press)

15) Denise Brennan-Nelson—Tallulah: Mermaid of the Great Lakes (Sleeping Bear Press)

The Michigan Bestseller List for December is compiled from 12 Michigan bookstores: Between the Covers in Harbor Springs, facebook.com/btcbookstore; Blue Frog Books in Howell, http://www.bluefrogbooksandmore.com; Bookbug in Kalamazoo, bookbugkalamazoo.com; Falling Rock Café and Bookstore in Munising, http://fallingrockcafe.com/; Great Lakes Books & Supply in Big Rapids, greatlakesbook.com; McLean and Eakin Bookstore in Petoskey, mcleanandeakin.com; Nicola’s Books in Ann Arbor, nicolasbooks.com; North Wind Books in Hancock, bookstore.finlandia.edu; Saturn Booksellers in Gaylord, saturnbooksellers.com; Schuler Books & Music in Grand Rapids, Lansing, and Okemos,schulerbooks.com; and Snowbound Books in Marquette, snowboundbooks.com.

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Michigan Bestseller list for November 2015

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1) Chris Van Allsburg—The Polar Express: 30th Anniversary Edition (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers)

2) John U Bacon—Endzone: The Rise, Fall, and Return of Michigan Football (St. Martin’s Press) [last month #5]

3) Tyler Oakley—Binge (Gallery Books/Simon and Schuster) [last month #2]

4) Juan Cole—The New Arabs: How the Millennial Generation is Changing the Middle East (Simon & Schuster)

5) Mitch Albom—the magic strings of Frankie Presto: a novel (HarperCollins Publishers)

6) David Maraniss—Once in a Great City: A Detroit Story (Simon & Schuster) [last month #7]

7) Bonnie Jo Campbell—Mothers, Tell Your Daughters: Stories (W.W. Norton & Co.) [last month #3]

8) Deborah Diesen—The Not Very Merry Pout-Pout Fish (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

9) Chris Van Allsburg—Jumanji: 30th Anniversary Edition (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers)

10) Ruta Sepetys—between shades of gray (Speak/Penguin Books)

11) Michael Emmerich—100 Things Michigan State Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die (Triumph Books)

12) Katherine Applegate—Crenshaw (Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan) [last month #8]

13) Emily St. John Mandel–Station Eleven: A Novel (Vintage) [last month #9]

14) Patti Smith—M Train (Knopf) [last month #1]

15) Mardi Link—Wicked Takes the Witness Stand: A Tale of Murder and Twisted Deceit in Northern Michigan (University of Michigan Press) [last month #12]

U.P. TOP 15

1) Ellen Airgood—South of Superior: A Novel (Riverhead Books/Penguin Books USA)

2) Mardi Link—The Drummond Girls: A Story of Fierce Friendship Beyond Time and Chance (Grand Central Publishing/Hachette Book Group)

3) Loren R. Graham—A Face in the Rock: The Tale of a Grand Island Chippewa (University of California Press)

3) Ernest Hemingway—The Nick Adams Stories (Scribner Publishing/Simon & Schuster) [last month #2]

5) Alison DeCamp–My Near-Death Adventures (99% True) (Crown Books for Young Readers/Penguin Random House) [last month #6]

6) Jerry Dennis–The Windward Shore: A Winter on the Great Lakes (The University of Michigan Press)

6) Emily St. John Mandel–Station Eleven: A Novel (Vintage) [last month #4]

8) Ronald Riekki—Here: Women Writing on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (Michigan State University Press) [last month #6]

9) Bonnie Jo Campbell—Once Upon a River: A Novel (W.W. Norton & Company) [last month #5]

10) Christian Holmes—Company Towns of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (Arcadia Publishing) [last month #8]

11) Annie Appleford—M is for Mitten: A Michigan Alphabet (Sleeping Bear Press)

11) Bonnie Jo Campbell—Mothers, Tell Your Daughters: Stories (W.W. Norton & Co.) [last month #9]

13) John Fortunato—Dark Reservations: A Mystery (Minotaur Books/St. Martin’s Press)

13) R. Bruce Larson—Secrets and Rivals: Wartime Letters and the Parents I Never Knew (University of Missouri Press)

13) Charlie LeDuff—Detroit: An American Autopsy (Penguin Books)

The Michigan Bestseller List for November is compiled by @TheWayNorthWSUP/@RonRiekki, from thirteen Michigan bookstores: Between the Covers in Harbor Springs, facebook.com/btcbookstore; Bookbug in Kalamazoo, bookbugkalamazoo.com; Falling Rock Café & Bookstore in Munising, fallingrockcafe.com; Grandpa’s Barn in Copper Harbor, https://www.facebook.com/grandpasbarn/; Great Lakes Books & Supply in Big Rapids, greatlakesbook.com; McLean and Eakin Bookstore in Petoskey, mcleanandeakin.com; Nicola’s Books in Ann Arbor, nicolasbooks.com; North Wind Books in Hancock, bookstore.finlandia.edu; Saturn Booksellers in Gaylord, saturnbooksellers.com; Schuler Books & Music in Grand Rapids, Lansing, and Okemos, schulerbooks.com; and Snowbound Books in Marquette, snowboundbooks.com.

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Michigan Bestseller list for October 2015

Patti1) Patti Smith—M Train (Knopf)

2) Tyler Oakley—Binge (Gallery Books/Simon and Schuster)

3) Bonnie Jo Campbell—Mothers, Tell Your Daughters: Stories (W.W. Norton & Company)

4) Gary D. Schmidt—Orbiting Jupiter (Clarion Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

5) John U. Bacon—Endzone: The Rise, Fall, and Return of Michigan Football (St. Martin’s Press) [last month #1]

6) Aimée Bissonette—North Woods Girl (Minnesota Historical Society Press)

7) David Maraniss—Once in a Great City: A Detroit Story (Simon and Schuster)

8) Katherine Applegate—Crenshaw (Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan) [last month #2]

9) Emily St. John Mandel—Station Eleven: A Novel (Vintage) [last month #3]

10) Tim Hiller—Strive: Life is Short. Pursue What Matters. (Deep River Books)

11) Jane M. Rose—Images of America: Meridian Township (Arcadia Publishing)

12) Mardi Link—Wicked Takes the Witness Stand: A Tale of Murder and Twisted Deceit in Northern Michigan (University of Michigan Press) [last month #6]

13) Nancy W. Sindelar—Influencing Hemingway: People and Places That Shaped His Life and Work (Rowman & Littlefield)

14) Michelle Segar, Ph.D.—No Sweat: How the Simple Science of Motivation Can Bring You a Lifetime of Fitness (AMACOM)

15) Gary D. Schmidt—Okay for Now (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers)

 

U.P. BESTSELLER LIST 

1) Aimée Bissonette—North Woods Girl (Minnesota Historical Society Press)

2) Ernest Hemingway—The Nick Adams Stories (Scribner)

3) Ellen Airgood—Prairie Evers: A Novel (Nancy Paulsen Books/Penguin Books USA) [last month #3]

4) Emily St. John Mandel—Station Eleven: A Novel (Vintage) [last month #4]

5) Bonnie Jo Campbell—Once Upon a River: A Novel (W.W. Norton & Company) [last month #5]

6) Alison DeCamp–My Near-Death Adventures (99% True) (Crown Books for Young Readers)

6) Ronald Riekki—Here: Women Writing on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (Michigan State University Press) [last month #2]

8) Christian Holmes—Michigan Community Towns of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (Arcadia Publishing)

9) Bonnie Jo Campbell—Mothers, Tell Your Daughters: Stories (W.W. Norton & Company)

9) Jerry Dennis–The Living Great Lakes: Searching for the Heart of the Inland Seas (St. Martin’s Griffin)

9) James P. Leary—Folksongs of Another America: Field Recordings from the Upper Midwest, 1937-1946 (University of Wisconsin Press)

12) Loren Graham—A Face in the Rock: The Tale of a Grand Island Chippewa (University of California Press) [last month #8]

13) Steve Hamilton—Misery Bay: An Alex McKnight Novel (Minotaur Books/Macmillan)

14) Jerry Dennis—The Windward Shore: A Winter on the Great Lakes (University of Michigan Press)

14) John S. Haeussler—Images of America: Hancock (Arcadia Publishing)

14) Jon Stott—Paul Bunyan in Michigan: Yooper Logging, Lore & Legends (Arcadia Publishing) [last month #12]

The Michigan Bestseller List is compiled from 14 Michigan bookstores: Between the Covers in Harbor Springs, facebook.com/btcbookstore; Blue Frog Books in Howell, bluefrogbooksandmore.com; Bookbug in Kalamazoo, bookbugkalamazoo.com; Falling Rock Café & Bookstore in Munising, fallingrockcafe.com; Grandpa’s Barn in Copper Harbor,facebook.com/grandpasbarn; Great Lakes Books & Supply in Big Rapids, www.greatlakesbook.com; McLean and Eakin in Petoskey,www.mcleanandeakin.com; Nicola’s Books in Ann Arbor, nicolasbooks.com; North Wind Books in Hancock, bookstore.finlandia.edu; Saturn Booksellers in Gaylord, saturnbooksellers.com; Schuler Books & Music in Grand Rapids, Lansing, and Okemos, schulerbooks.com; and Snowbound Books in Marquette, snowboundbooks.com.

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Michigan Bestseller list for September 2015

pic_rocksFiction: for September 2015, Mandel’s Station Eleven has its fourth consecutive month on the Michigan Bestseller List top ten.  Mandel’s Station Eleven also has its fourth consecutive month on the Michigan Bestseller List extended top fifteen.

Non-Fiction: for September 2015, Links’s Wicked Takes the Witness Stand has its fifth consecutive month on the Michigan Bestseller List top ten.  Link’s Wicked Takes the Witness Stand also has its eleventh consecutive month on the Michigan Bestseller List extended top fifteen.

1) John U. Bacon—Endzone: The Rise, Fall, and Return of Michigan Football (St. Martin’s Press) [last month #9]

2) Katherine Applegate–Crenshaw (Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan)

3) Emily St. John Mandel—Station Eleven: A Novel (Vintage) [last month #1]

4) Mardi Link—The Drummond Girls: A Story of Fierce Friendship Beyond Time and Chance (Grand Central Publishing/Hachette Book Group) [last month #2]

5) Kim Harrison—The Drafter: A Novel (Gallery Books/Simon and Schuster)

6) Mardi Link—Wicked Takes the Witness Stand: A Tale of Murder and Twisted Deceit in Northern Michigan (University of Michigan Press) [last month #4]

7) Tom Rath—StrengthsFinder 2.0 (Gallup Press)

8) Paula McLain—Circling the Sun: A Novel (Ballantine Books) [last month #3]

9) Lisa McMann—The Unwanteds (Aladdin/Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)

10) David Fitzsimmons—Curious Critters Michigan (Wild Iris Publishing)

11) Gene Klco—Loon Chick’s First Flight (Thunder Bay Press)

12) Paula McLain—The Paris Wife: A Novel (Ballantine Books)

13) Lori Nelson Spielman—Sweet Forgiveness: A Novel (Plume) [last month #6]

14) Jon Falk with Dan Ewald—Forty Years in the Big House: Michigan Tales from My Four Decades as a Wolverine (Triumph Books)

15) Lisa McMann—The Unwanteds: Island of Graves (Aladdin/Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)

The Michigan Bestseller List includes 15 participating bookstores: Between the Covers (106 E. Main St., Harbor Springs, www.facebook.com/btcbookstore)Blue Frog Books(3615 E. Grand River, Howell; www.bluefrogbooksandmore.com), Bookbug (3019 Oakland Dr, Kalamazoo; http://www.bookbugkalamazoo.com/), Falling Rock Café & Bookstore (104 E Munising Ave, Munising; www.fallingrockcafe.com), Grandpa’s Barn (385 4th Street Copper Harbor), https://www.facebook.com/grandpasbarn), Island Bookstore (7372 Main St., Mackinac Island, www.islandbookstore.com), Kazoo Books (407 N. Clarendon St, Kalamazoo; 2413 Parkview Ave, Kalamazoo,www.kazoobooks.com), Nicola’s Books (2513 Jackson Ave, Ann Arbor; www.nicolasbooks.com), North Wind Books (601 Quincy St, Hancock; https://bookstore.finlandia.edu), Saturn Booksellers (133 W Main St, Gaylord, www.saturnbooksellers.com), Schuler Books & Music (1982 W Grand River Ave, Okemos; 2660 28th Street SE, Grand Rapids; 2820 Towne Center Blvd, Lansing; www.schulerbooks.com), and Snowbound Books (118 N 3rd St, Marquette, www.snowboundbooks.com).

U.P. BESTSELLER LIST 

Fiction: for September 2015, Riekki’s Here has its fifth consecutive month on the Upper Peninsula Bestseller List top ten.  Airgood’s South of Superior has its sixth consecutive month on the Michigan Bestseller List extended top fifteen.

Non-Fiction: for September 2015, Marrone’s Wild Berries & Fruits has its second consecutive month on the Michigan Bestseller List top ten.  Marrone’s Wild Berries & Fruitsalso has its second consecutive month on the Michigan Bestseller List extended top fifteen.

1) Ellen Airgood—South of Superior (Riverhead Trade/Penguin Books USA) [last month #11]

2) Ronald Riekki—Here: Women Writing on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (Michigan State University Press) [last month #3]

3) Ellen Airgood—Prairie Evers: a novel (Nancy Paulsen Books/Penguin Books USA)

4) Emily St. John Mandel—Station Eleven: A Novel (Vintage) [last month #2]

5) William Blewett—Geology and Landscape of Michigan’s Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and Vicinity (Wayne State University Press) [tie]

5) Bonnie Jo Campbell—Once Upon a River: A Novel (W.W. Norton & Company) [last month #7] [tie]

7) Danielle Sosin—The Long-Shining Waters (Milkweed Editions)

8) Teresa Marrone—Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan: Wild Berries & Fruits Field Guide (Adventure Publications) [last month #7] [tie]

8) Duffy Brown—Geared for the Grave: a cycle path mystery (Berkeley/Penguin Books USA) [last month #15] [tie]

8) Loren Graham—A Face in the Rock: The Tale of a Grand Island Chippewa (University of California Press) [last month #4] [tie]

11) Ladona Tornabene—Gentle Hikes of Upper Michigan: Upper Michigan’s most scenic Lake Superior hikes under 3 miles (Adventure Publications)

12) Steve Hamilton—A Cold Day in Paradise (Macmillan/St. Martin’s Press) [tie]

12) Holling C. Holling—Paddle-to-the-Sea (Sandpiper Books) [last month #15] [tie]

12) Jon Stott—Paul Bunyan in Michigan: Yooper Logging, Lore & Legends (Arcadia Publishing) [tie]

15) Nancy Coco—All Fudged Up: A Candy-Coated Mystery with Recipes (Kensington)

The Upper Peninsula Bestseller List includes 5 participating bookstores: Falling Rock Café & Bookstore (104 E Munising Ave, Munising; www.fallingrockcafe.com),Grandpa’s Barn (385 4th Street Copper Harbor), https://www.facebook.com/grandpasbarn), Island Bookstore (7372 Main St., Mackinac Island, www.islandbookstore.com),North Wind Books (601 Quincy St, Hancock; https://bookstore.finlandia.edu), and Snowbound Books (118 N 3rd St, Marquette, www.snowboundbooks.com).

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Michigan Bestseller list for August 2015

Face_In_rockFor August 2015, Green’s Paper Towns has its sixth consecutive month on the Michigan Bestseller List top ten.  Link’s Wicked Takes the Witness Stand has its tenth consecutive month on the Michigan Bestseller List top fifteen.

1) Emily St. John Mandel—Station Eleven: A Novel (Vintage) [last month #2]

2) Mardi Link—The Drummond Girls: A Story of Fierce Friendship Beyond Time and Chance (Grand Central Publishing/Hachette Book Group) [last month #4]

3) Paula McLain—Circling the Sun: A Novel (Ballantine Books)

4) Mardi Link—Wicked Takes the Witness Stand: A Tale of Murder and Twisted Deceit in Northern Michigan (University of Michigan Press) [last month #9]

5) John Green—Paper Towns (Speak) [last month #1]

6) Lori Nelson Spielman—Sweet Forgiveness: A Novel (Plume) [last month #3]

7) Joshua G. Cohen, Michael A. Kost, Bradford S. Slaughter, and Dennis A. Albert—A Field Guide to the Natural Communities of Michigan (Michigan State University Press)

8) Maureen Abood—Rose Water and Orange Blossoms: Fresh & Classic Recipes from My Lebanese Kitchen (Running Press/Perseus Books Group) [last month #7]

9) Mark Alpert—The Six (Sourcebooks Fire) [tie]

9) John U. Bacon—Endzone: The Rise, Fall, and Return of Michigan Football (St. Martin’s Press) [tie]

9) Robin Sloan—Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore: A Novel (Picador) [tie]

12) Jim C. Hines—Fable: Blood of Heroes (Del Rey)

13) Katherine Taylor—Valley Fever: A Novel (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

14) Anand Giridharadas—The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas (W.W. Norton & Company) [tie]

14) Ronald Riekki—Here: Women Writing On Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (Michigan State University Press) [last month #8] [tie]

14) Leah Thomas—Because You’ll Never Meet Me (Bloomsbury Children’s Publishing) [last month #15] [tie]

The Michigan Bestseller List includes 16 participating bookstores: Between the Covers (106 E. Main St., Harbor Springs, www.facebook.com/btcbookstore)Blue Frog Books (3615 E. Grand River, Howell; www.bluefrogbooksandmore.com), Bookbug (3019 Oakland Dr, Kalamazoo; http://www.bookbugkalamazoo.com/), Falling Rock Café & Bookstore (104 E Munising Ave, Munising; www.fallingrockcafe.com), Grandpa’s Barn (385 4th Street Copper Harbor), https://www.facebook.com/grandpasbarn), Great Lakes Books & Supply(840 Clark St #1, Big Rapids, www.greatlakesbook.com), Island Bookstore (7372 Main St., Mackinac Island, www.islandbookstore.com), Kazoo Books (407 N. Clarendon St, Kalamazoo; 2413 Parkview Ave, Kalamazoo, www.kazoobooks.com), Leelanau Books (109 N Main St, Leland, www.leelanaubooks.com), Nicola’s Books (2513 Jackson Ave, Ann Arbor; www.nicolasbooks.com), Saturn Booksellers (133 W Main St, Gaylord, www.saturnbooksellers.com), Schuler Books & Music (1982 W Grand River Ave, Okemos; 2660 28th Street SE, Grand Rapids; 2820 Towne Center Blvd, Lansing; www.schulerbooks.com), and Snowbound Books (118 N 3rd St, Marquette, www.snowboundbooks.com).

U.P. BESTSELLER LIST 

For August 2015, Riekki’s Here has its fourth consecutive month on the Upper Peninsula Bestseller List top ten.  Airgood’s South of Superior has its fifth consecutive month on the Upper Peninsula Bestseller List top fifteen.

1) Robin Sloan–Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore: A Novel (Picador) [last month #2]

2) Emily St. John Mandel—Station Eleven: A Novel (Vintage) [last month #4]

3) Ronald Riekki—Here: Women Writing On Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (Michigan State University Press) [last month #1]

4) Loren Graham—A Face in the Rock: The Tale of a Grand Island Chippewa (University of California Press) [last month #5]

5) Jennifer Billock—Keweenaw County (Arcadia Publishing)

6) Christian Holmes—Company Towns of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (Arcadia Publishing) [last month #3]

7) Christina Baker Kline—orphan train: a novel (William Morrow Paperbacks/HarperCollins Publishers) [tie]

7) Bonnie Jo Campbell—Once Upon a River: A Novel (W.W. Norton & Company) [last month #6] [tie]

7) Teresa Marrone—Wild Berries & Fruits Field Guide: Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan (Adventure Publications) [tie]

7) Danielle Sosin—The Long-Shining Waters (Milkweed Editions) [tie]

11) Ellen Airgood—The Education of Ivy Blake (Nancy Paulsen Books/Penguin Books USA) [tie]

11) Ellen Airgood—South of Superior (Riverhead Trade/Penguin Books USA) [last month #8] [tie]

11) Richard L. Baldwin—Made a Killing in Copper: Murder on Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula (Buttonwood Press) [tie]

14) Todd Clements—Haunts of Mackinac: Ghost Stories, Legends, & Tragic Tales of Mackinac Island (House of Hawthorne Publishing) [last month #12]

15) Duffy Brown—Geared for the Grave: a cycle path mystery (Berkeley/Penguin Books USA) [last month #13]

15) Holling C. Holling—Paddle to the Sea (Sandpiper Books)

The Upper Peninsula Bestseller List includes 4 participating bookstores: Falling Rock Café & Bookstore (104 E Munising Ave, Munising; www.fallingrockcafe.com), Grandpa’s Barn (385 4th Street Copper Harbor), https://www.facebook.com/grandpasbarn), Island Bookstore (7372 Main St., Mackinac Island, www.islandbookstore.com), and Snowbound Books (118 N 3rd St, Marquette, www.snowboundbooks.com).

 

 

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LeRoy, Michigan: Coming Home to the Hill

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BY VICKIE ANDRESEN SEDILLO

This essay is part of the Great Lakes Review’s Narrative Map project.

In June, I came home to a hill on West 16 Mile Road in Michigan’s Osceola County. Life on the Texas Gulf Coast can be beautiful, but the sheer lush green of trees that aren’t bent by the wind, that are tall as centuries overhead and march sometimes in rows neatly ordered by the CCC decades ago, the glory of hills that roll up and down and give shape to land and sky. . . there is nothing like it. I know we’re almost home when the sound of the road under the tires changes from a blacktop “whoosh” to the crunch of gravel. I taste the dust in my mouth through the open windows, just a hint before the truck picks up speed and whisks the dust away behind us.

The stone house on the corner of those two roads, whose names I always forget (LeRoy Rd and something) is still my Grandma’s in my mind, and there just past the intersection is the Nelson place. There is a new house beside it, large and bright with gossip that my stepmom imparts as we pass.  Always there is something new: houses that look too shiny and raw, trees grown tall in my absence, the 1/16th mile of blacktop that spans the trout stream we used to throw rocks into in hopes of scaring the beavers away. The beavers, being smarter and not inclined to be stoned, never paid us any heed.

But some things are the same. The light is dappled where it slants through the trees, golden and almost warm to my southern skin. The ferns that grow in the shadow of the woods that have crept much closer to the road than I remember. The pines on the corner that used to be part of a tree farm are too tall for Christmas now, but they smell like Michigan: sharp and cool and redolent of camping trips under a sky bright with stars. My parents’ place is just beyond, at the top of a hill—the OLD Nelson place, folks still often call it, though it hasn’t been owned by the Nelsons since the late 80s.

I hate going inside when I first come home. The air is so clear, so clean and light without the cloying humidity of the Gulf, even with the dust of the dirt road hanging in the wake of our arrival. Birds, chickadees and finches and blue-jays, red-headed woodpeckers and grosbeaks and robins, the cacophony of my childhood, flutter up from the feeders as I bypass the door to wander instead across the patio along the flower garden. I have to see what’s in bloom, what’s still waiting. I have to revel in summer air that still has a slight chill in it. It’s June and I could put a sweater on!

Later, I am surprised by the turkey-hens pecking corn around the bird-feeders. These are new arrivals, and while they will leave if I go out, they stay while I sit on the deacon’s bench under the front window and watch them. I never realized how much dignity a wild turkey has, but these dames are stately in everything they do. Even when Dad comes around the corner with the dog and they decide it’s time to go, their haste has dignity. They are queens, and dog or no dog, will not be hurried across the driveway and into the pines.

After the sun goes down, much later than it does in Texas, so far to the south, I volunteer to take the dog out. There is too much light where I live, but here, if I step around the house and let the motion light switch itself off, the sky is breathtaking. It sweeps away from my little hilltop, so achingly clear that I feel my heart clench for a moment at the wonder of it. I feel, just for a moment, like I can see straight to Heaven from the top of that hill on West 16 Mile Rd.

Vickie Andresen Sedillo was born in Grayling, MI, and raised in LeRoy. Serving in the US Navy took her away from Michigan in 1990, and marrying a Navy man landed her in south Texas, where she still lives with him and their three children. She has a bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in Creative Writing, and a Master’s Degree in Rhetoric and Composition. Currently, she teaches academic English and writing to international students with ESLI at Texas A&M Corpus Christi, and writes in her spare time.

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Michigan Bestseller list for July 2015

For July 2015, Green’s Paper Towns has its fifth consecutive month on the Michigan Bestseller List top ten.  Link’s Wicked Takes the Witness Stand has its ninth consecutive month on the Michigan Bestseller List top fifteen.

Haunts_mac 1) John Green—Paper Towns (Speak) [last month #3]

2) Emily St. John Mandel—Station Eleven: A Novel (Vintage) [last month #2]

3) Lori Nelson Spielman—Sweet Forgiveness: A Novel (Plume) [last month #1]

4) Mardi Link—The Drummond Girls: A Story of Fierce Friendship Beyond Time and Chance (Grand Central Publishing/Hachette Book Group)

5) Daniel Silva—The English Spy (HarperCollins Publishers)

6) Dave Coverly—Dogs are People, Too: A Collection of Cartoons to Make Your Tail Wag (Henry Holt and Co.)

7) Maureen Abood—Rose Water and Orange Blossoms: Fresh & Classic Recipes from My Lebanese Kitchen (Running Press/Perseus Books Group) [last month #5]

8) Ronald Riekki—Here: Women Writing on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (Michigan State University Press) [last month #10]

9) Mardi Link—Wicked Takes the Witness Stand: A Tale of Murder and Twisted Deceit in Northern Michigan (University of Michigan Press) [last month #6]

10) John Green—Looking for Alaska (Speak)

11) Detroit Free Press—Mr. March (The Free Press/Lansing State Journal) [last month #4]

12) Lori Nelson Speilman—The Life List: A Novel (Bantam) [last month #8]

13) Lisa M. Rose—Midwest Foraging: 115 wild and flavorful edibles from burdock to wild peach (Timber Press)

14) Kate Bassett—Words and Their Meanings (Flux)

15) Leah Thomas—Because You’ll Never Meet Me (Bloomsbury Children’s Publishing)

The Michigan Bestseller List includes 15 participating bookstores: Between the Covers (106 E. Main St., Harbor Springs, www.facebook.com/btcbookstore)Blue Frog Books (3615 E. Grand River, Howell;www.bluefrogbooksandmore.com), Bookbug (3019 Oakland Dr, Kalamazoo; http://www.bookbugkalamazoo.com/), Falling Rock Café & Bookstore (104 E Munising Ave, Munising;www.fallingrockcafe.com), Great Lakes Books & Supply (840 Clark St #1, Big Rapids, www.greatlakesbook.com), Island Bookstore (7372 Main St., Mackinac Island, www.islandbookstore.com), Kazoo Books (407 N. Clarendon St, Kalamazoo; 2413 Parkview Ave, Kalamazoo, www.kazoobooks.com), Nicola’s Books (2513 Jackson Ave, Ann Arbor; www.nicolasbooks.com), North Wind Books (601 Quincy St, Hancock; https://bookstore.finlandia.edu), Saturn Booksellers (133 W Main St, Gaylord, www.saturnbooksellers.com), Schuler Books & Music (1982 W Grand River Ave, Okemos; 2660 28th Street SE, Grand Rapids; 2820 Towne Center Blvd, Lansing; www.schulerbooks.com), and Snowbound Books (118 N 3rd St, Marquette, www.snowboundbooks.com).

U.P. BESTSELLER LIST

For July 2015, Riekki’s Here has its third consecutive month on the Upper Peninsula Bestseller List top ten.  Airgood’s South of Superior has its fourth consecutive month on the Upper Peninsula Bestseller List top fifteen.

 

1) Ronald Riekki—Here: Women Writing on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (Michigan State University Press) [last month #2]

2) Robin Sloan—Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore: A Novel (Picador)

3) Christian Holmes—Company Towns of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (Arcadia Publishing)

4) Emily St. John Mandel—Station Eleven: A Novel (Vintage)

5) Loren R. Graham—A Face in the Rock: The Tale of a Grand Island Chippewa (University of California Press) [last month #3]

6) Bonnie Jo Campbell—Once Upon a River: A Novel (W.W. Norton & Company)

7) Jon Stott—Paul Bunyan in Michigan: Yooper Logging, Lore & Legends (Arcadia Publishing) [last month #6]

8) Ellen Airgood—Prairie Evers (Puffin Books) [tie]

8) Ellen Airgood—South of Superior (Riverhead Trade/Penguin Books USA) [tie, last month #3]

8) John S. Haeussler—Hancock (Arcadia Publishing) [tie]

11) Russell M. Magnaghi—Upper Peninsula Beer: A History of Brewing Above the Bridge (Arcadia Publishing) [last month #13]

12) Todd Clements–Haunts of Mackinac: Ghost Stories, Legends, & Tragic Tales of Mackinac Island (House of Hawthorne Publishing) [last month #8]

13) Duffy Brown–Geared for the Grave: a cycle path mystery (Berkley/Penguin Books USA) [tie, last month #8]

13) Mardi Link—Wicked Takes the Witness Stand: A Tale of Murder and Twisted Deceit in Northern Michigan (University of Michigan Press) [tie]

15) Mikel B. Classen—Teddy Roosevelt & the Marquette Libel Trial (The History Press) [tie, last month #15]

15) Robert Traver—Anatomy of a Murder (St. Martin’s Griffin) [tie]

The Upper Peninsula Bestseller List includes 4 participating bookstores: Falling Rock Café & Bookstore (104 E Munising Ave, Munising; www.fallingrockcafe.com), Island Bookstore (7372 Main St., Mackinac Island, www.islandbookstore.com), North Wind Books (601 Quincy St, Hancock; https://bookstore.finlandia.edu), and Snowbound Books (118 N 3rd St, Marquette, www.snowboundbooks.com).

 

 

 

 

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Michigan Bestseller list for June 2015

For June 2015, the largest rise on the Michigan Bestseller List was Spielman’s Sweet Forgiveness.  Green’s Paper Towns has its fourth consecutive month on the Michigan Bestseller List top ten.  Link’s Wicked Takes the Witness Stand has its eighth consecutive month on the Michigan Bestseller List top fifteen.

Here1) Lori Nelson Spielman—Sweet Forgiveness: A Novel (Plume)

2) Emily St. John Mandel—Station Eleven: A Novel (Vintage)

3) John Green—Paper Towns (Speak) [last month #2]

4) Detroit Free Press—Mr. March (The Free Press/Lansing State Journal) [last month #9]

5) Maureen Abood—Rose Water and Orange Blossoms: Fresh & Classic Recipes from My Lebanese Kitchen (Running Press/Perseus Books Group) [last month #1]

6) Mardi Link—Wicked Takes the Witness Stand: A Tale of Murder and Twisted Deceit in Northern Michigan (University of Michigan Press) [last month #3]

7) Elena Delbanco—The Silver Swan (Other Press)

8) Lori Nelson Spielman—The Life List: A Novel (Bantam)

9) Nancy E. Shaw—Sheep Go to Sleep (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers)

10) Danny Knobler—Numbers Don’t Lie—Tigers: The Biggest Numbers in Tigers History (Triumph Books) [tie]

10) Ronald Riekki—Here: Women Writing on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (Michigan State University Press) [tie]

12) Shutta Crum—Uh-Oh! (Knopf Books for Young Readers)

13) Alison DeCamp—My Near-Death Adventures (99% True!) (Crown Books for Young Readers) [last month #12]

14) Ellen Airgood—The Education of Ivy Blake (Nancy Paulsen Books/Penguin Books USA)

15) Ellen Airgood—South of Superior (Riverhead Trade/Penguin Books USA) [tie]

15) Loren Graham—A Face in the Rock: The Tale of a Grand Island Chippewa (University of California Press) [tie]

The June 2015 Michigan Bestseller List includes 16 participating bookstores: Between the Covers (106 E. Main St., Harbor Springs, www.facebook.com/btcbookstore)Blue Frog Books (3615 E. Grand River, Howell;www.bluefrogbooksandmore.com), Bookbug (3019 Oakland Dr, Kalamazoo; http://www.bookbugkalamazoo.com/), Falling Rock Café & Bookstore (104 E Munising Ave, Munising; www.fallingrockcafe.com), Great Lakes Books & Supply (840 Clark St #1, Big Rapids, www.greatlakesbook.com), Island Bookstore (7372 Main St., Mackinac Island, www.islandbookstore.com), Kazoo Books (407 N. Clarendon St, Kalamazoo; 2413 Parkview Ave, Kalamazoo, www.kazoobooks.com), Leelanau Books (109 N Main St, Leland, www.leelanaubooks.com), Nicola’s Books (2513 Jackson Ave, Ann Arbor; www.nicolasbooks.com), North Wind Books (601 Quincy St, Hancock; https://bookstore.finlandia.edu), Saturn Booksellers (133 W Main St, Gaylord, www.saturnbooksellers.com), Schuler Books & Music (1982 W Grand River Ave, Okemos; 2660 28th Street SE, Grand Rapids; 2820 Towne Center Blvd, Lansing; www.schulerbooks.com), and Snowbound Books (118 N 3rd St, Marquette, www.snowboundbooks.com).

U.P. BESTSELLER LIST

For June 2015, the largest rise on the Upper Peninsula Bestseller List was Airgood’s The Education of Ivy Blake.  Brown’s Geared for the Grave, Clements’ Haunts of Mackinac, and Riekki’s Here have their second consecutive month on the Upper Peninsula Bestseller List top ten.  Airgood’s South of Superior has its third consecutive month on the Upper Peninsula Bestseller List top fifteen.

1) Ellen Airgood–The Education of Ivy Blake (Nancy Paulsen Books/Penguin Books USA)

2) Ronald Riekki–Here: Women Writing on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (Michigan State University Press) [last month #6]

3) Ellen Airgood–South of Superior (Riverhead Trade/Penguin Books USA) [tie, last month #13]

3) Loren Graham–A Face in the Rock: The Tale of a Grand Island Chippewa (University of California Press) [tie, last month #15]

5) Peggy Christian–If You Find a Rock (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers)

6) Steve Hamilton–Let It Burn: An Alex McKnight Novel (Macmillan/Minotaur Books) [tie]

6) Jon C. Stott–Paul Bunyan in Michigan: Yooper Logging, Lore & Legends (Arcadia Publishing) [tie]

8) Duffy Brown–Geared for the Grave: a cycle path mystery (Berkley/Penguin Books USA) [tie]

8) Todd Clements–Haunts of Mackinac: Ghost Stories, Legends, & Tragic Tales of Mackinac Island (House of Hawthorne Publishing) [tie, last month #2]

10) Nancy Coco–All Fudged Up: A Candy-Coated Mystery with Recipes (Kensington)

11) Alison DeCamp–My Near-Death Adventures (99% True!) (Crown Books for Young Readers)

12) Denise Brennan-Nelson–Tallulah: Mermaid of the Great Lakes (Sleeping Bear Press)

13) Russell M. Magnaghi–Upper Peninsula Beer: A History of Brewing Above the Bridge (Arcadia Publishing)

14) Lisa A. Shiel–Forgotten Tales of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (The History Press)

15) Mikel B. Classen–Teddy Roosevelt & the Marquette Libel Trial (The History Press) [tie]

15) Nancy Coco–Oh Say Can You Fudge: A Candy-Coated Mystery with Recipes (Kensington) [tie, last month #7]

15) Joseph Heywood–Harder Ground: More Woods Cop Stories (Lyons Press) [tie]

The June 2015 Upper Peninsula Bestseller List includes 4 participating bookstores: Falling Rock Café & Bookstore (104 E Munising Ave, Munising; www.fallingrockcafe.com), Island Bookstore (7372 Main St., Mackinac Island, www.islandbookstore.com), North Wind Books (601 Quincy St, Hancock; https://bookstore.finlandia.edu), and Snowbound Books (118 N 3rd St, Marquette, www.snowboundbooks.com).

 

 

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