Monday, July 3, 2017

Local history

This week is all about exploring our history and surroundings. These new titles at the Peter White Public Library all focus on the UP and Michigan.

Upper Peninsula of Michigan: A History by Russell M. Magnaghi.

The latest book from NMU Professor of History Dr. Magnaghi. This 209-page book, wrapped in the colors of a well-worn flannel shirt, tells an all-encompassing history of the Upper Peninsula. The topics it covers include pre-history, first nations, geology, mining, lumber, fishing, and other industry, as well as how the UP formed a cultural identity as it bobbed along through world history.

New non-fiction 977.49 MA

100 Things to Do in the Upper Peninsula Before You Die by Kath Usitalo.

A very self-explanatory title. How many of the 100 things have you done? Author Usitalo’s family hails from the UP, and she resides in Naubinway. She also edits for Experience Michigan magazine and writes about Michigan for a variety of sources.

New non-fiction 917.749 US

Grown-Up Anger: The Connected Mysteries of Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie, and the Calumet Massacre of 1913 by Daniel Wolff.

This book is about much more than the events at the Italian Hall in Calumet. It weaves together over a century of accounts of the struggles between haves and have-nots, and the directed efforts to change those circumstances. This is what the author calls “grown-up anger”. He then combines them with the musical backdrop of Dylan and Guthrie, who transformed events into cultural touchstones.

New non-fiction 782.4216 WO

Detroit 1967: Origins, Impacts, Legacies.

This summer marks the 50th anniversary of one of the largest civil disturbances in United States history. With contributions from over two dozen writers, Detroit 1967 attempts to dissect and confront the difficult history of Detroit in the summer of 67, examining the history of Detroit far before 1967, and the decades that followed. Joel Stone, Senior Curator with the Detroit Historical Society is the editor, and also a contributor.

New non-fiction 303.623 DE

Tuebor I Will Defend: An Anatomy of a Michigan State Police Trooper by Robert Muladore.

A biography and collection of law enforcement tales drawing from the author’s 25-years with the MSP, and as a township patrolman beginning in 1976. While serving with the State Police at the Northville Post, he attended the Detroit College of Law in the evenings. Includes many vivid accounts, giving a candid look into the profession.

New non-fiction 363.2 MU

--Bruce MacDonald, Technical Services Librarian

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