New Michigan Non-Fiction

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By The Mitten Word Bookshop

Healing Politics: A Doctor's Journey Into the Heart of Our Political Epidemic

Abdul El-Sayed

$27.00 $24.30

Physician, epidemiologist, public health expert, progressive activist, and podcast host for America Dissected, Dr. Abdul El-Sayed, explores everything that’s wrong with our current political trajectory and gets to the heart of the “insecurity” epidemic plaguing all aspects of our lives.

A Good American Family: The Red Scare and My Father

David Maraniss

$28.00 $25.20

As a journalist he has won two Pulitzer Prizes, been nominated for three others David Maraniss should be a household name, sadly he is not. The book is the kind of narrative nonfiction that's hard to put down. It is a compelling story of how easy it is for facts to be distorted and for rumors to become policies. David Maraniss delves into the lives of the principal members of the House Un-American Activities Committee, exposing the racism that was at the core of some of the members' lives.

Gut Botany

Petra Kuppers

$16.99 $15.63

Poetry that inhabits and queers bodies and lands in an ecosomatic investigation. Petra Kuppers is a disability culture activist, a community performance artist, and a professor of English and women's studies at the University of Michigan. She lives in Ypsilanti, Michigan, where she co-creates Turtle Disco, a community arts space.

Broke: Hardship and Resilience in a City of Broken Promises

Jodie Adams Kirshner

$28.99 $26.09

Justice and fairness are luxuries beyond the reach of most Detroit residents. That makes recovery of the city even more challenging. This book takes a hard look at the state of affairs in Detroit by capturing the stories of seven citizens that fight against all odds to save Detroit’s soul.

Camera Hunter: George Shiras III and the Birth of Wildlife Photography

James H McCommons

$34.95 $31.46

A stunning look at a man who helped to change the world through his use of photography and his belief in wildlife conservation by creating some of the earliest camera traps, along with doing early flash photography and deploying them in Michigan's wilderness. Shiras' friendships with Roosevelt and Gilbert Grosvenor (first full-time editor of National Geographic Magazine) are eloquently portrayed through their extensive correspondence add to the richness of the book.

Across the Great Lake

Lee Zacharias

$23.95 $21.56

In her eighty-fifth year, Fern Halvorsen tells the story of a childhood journey across Lake Michigan and the secret she has kept since that ill-fated voyage.

Betty Ford: First Lady, Women's Advocate, Survivor, Trailblazer

Lisa McCubbin

$17.99

Setting a precedent as First Lady, Betty Ford refused to be silenced by her critics as she publicly championed equal rights for women, and spoke out about issues that had previously been taboo--breast cancer, depression, abortion, and sexuality.

Building the Modern World: Albert Kahn in Detroit

Michael H Hodges

$39.99 $35.99

In addition to designing many iconic buildings in Detroit, Albert Kahn was also the architect for numerous important buildings on the U-M campus.

Elemental: A Collection of Michigan Creative Nonfiction

$19.99 $18.39

A collection of pieces from twenty-three of Michigan’s most well-known essayists.

The Faygo Book

Joe Grimm

$24.99 $22.49

Joe Grimm tells the history of Detroit pop brand Faygo. Out of more than forty bottlers in Detroit’s "pop alley," Faygo remained the last one standing.

The Hard Stuff: Dope, Crime, the Mc5, and My Life of Impossibilities

Wayne Kramer

$28.00 $25.20

This is the first memoir by Wayne Kramer, legendary guitarist and cofounder of quintessential Detroit proto-punk legends The MC5.

The Page Fence Giants: A History of Black Baseball's Pioneering Champions

Mitch Lutzke

$47.94

Mitch Lutzke tells the story of an all-star black baseball club sponsored by a fence company in Adrian, Michigan in the 1890s.

The Poisoned City: Flint's Water and the American Urban Tragedy

Anna Clark

$18.00 $16.56

Detroit journalist Anna Clark has extensive experience reporting on cities, infrastructure, and urban policy. She says she brought all of that knowledge together to provide a comprehensive look at the Flint water crisis in The Poisoned City.

What the Eyes Don't See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City

Mona Hanna-Attisha

$18.00 $16.56

Following a tip from a friend in 2015, Flint pediatrician Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha was able to prove there had been an increase in children's blood lead levels after the city changed its water supply to the Flint River. Now, nearly three years later, she has published a memoir on her efforts to hold the state accountable.

The Russian Five: A Story of Espionage, Defection, Bribery and Courage

Keith Gave

$16.99 $15.63

When the Detroit Red Wings were rebooting their franchise after more than two decades of relative futility, they knew the best place to find world-class players who could help turn things around were players from the Soviet Union. What ensued was a series of secret meetings to help enable the players to exit their homeland. This is their story from the day Detroit drafted its first two Soviets in 1989 until they raised the Stanley Cup in 1997, then took it to Moscow for a victory lap.

Grief's Country: A Memoir in Pieces

Gail Griffin

$18.98 $17.46

An intimate look at widowhood from the banks of Manistee River.