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Hadha Baladuna

Arab American Narratives of Boundary and Belonging

Edited by Ghassan Zeineddine, Nabeel Abraham, and Sally Howell

Essays and poems exploring the diverse range of the Arab American experience.

Paperback
Available June 2022
ISBN: 9780814349250
$24.95
eBOOK
Available June 2022
ISBN: 9780814349267

Raising Bean

Essays on Laughing and Living

W. S. Penn

Essays from a Native American grandfather to help navigate life’s difficult experiences.

Paperback
Available June 2022
ISBN: 9780814349304
$18.99
eBOOK
Available June 2022
ISBN: 9780814349311

You Cannot Resist Me When My Hair Is in Braids

Frances Kai-Hwa Wang

Lyrical, hilarious, and heartbreaking collection exploring Asian American identity, love, community, and power.

Paperback
Available March 2022
ISBN: 9780814349410
$18.99
eBOOK
Available March 2022
ISBN: 9780814349427

Mortality, with Friends

Essays by Fleda Brown

A collection of intensely personal lyrical essays about mortality, living well, art, and love.

Paperback
Published: September 2021
ISBN: 9780814348741
$18.99
eBOOK
Published: September 2021
ISBN: 9780814348758

That They Lived

African Americans Who Changed the World

Rochelle Riley and Cristi Smith-Jones

Biographies on African Americans who will inspire today’s youth.

Paperback
Published: February 2021
ISBN: 9780814347546
$16.99
eBOOK
Published: February 2021
ISBN: 9780814347553
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Grief's Country

A Memoir in Pieces

Gail Griffin

An intimate look at widowhood.

Paperback
Published: March 2020
ISBN: 9780814347393
$18.99
eBOOK
Published: March 2020
ISBN: 9780814347409
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These are Love(d) Letters

Ames Hawkins

Intimate and unwavering exploration of love, loss, and the queer possibilities inherent in artistic aspiration.

Paperback
Published: September 2019
ISBN: 9780814347263
$21.99
eBOOK
Published: September 2019
ISBN: 9780814347270

The Desk on the Sea

A Memoir by Jonathan Johnson

Meditations on life and death from the shores of Lake Superior to the North Sea.

Paperback
Published: June 2019
ISBN: 9780814346655
$18.99
eBOOK
Published: June 2019
ISBN: 9780814346662
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Welcome to Replica Dodge

A Memoir by Natalie Ruth Joynton

A story about place, interfaith, and what it means to come home.

Paperback
Published: March 2019
ISBN: 9780814345573
$18.99
eBOOK
Published: March 2019
ISBN: 9780814345580
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Elemental

A Collection of Michigan Creative Nonfiction

Edited by Anne-Marie Oomen

New creative nonfiction by some of Michigan’s most well-known and highly acclaimed authors.

Paperback
Published: November 2018
ISBN: 9780814345672
$19.99
eBOOK
Published: November 2018
ISBN: 9780814345689
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To Light a Fire

20 Years with the InsideOut Literary Arts Project

Edited by Terry Blackhawk and Peter Markus

Twenty-three writers reflect on their experiences working with public school students as part of Detroit’s innovative InsideOut Literary Arts Project.

Paperback
Published: August 2015
ISBN: 9780814341179
$24.99
eBOOK
Published: August 2015
ISBN: 9780814341186
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Love, Sex, and 4-H

A Memoir by Anne-Marie Oomen

A unique take on the tumultuous 1960s from a young woman growing up in rural Michigan.

Paperback
Published: April 2015
ISBN: 9780814340783
$18.99
eBOOK
Published: April 2015
ISBN: 9780814340790

An American Map

Essays by Anne-Marie Oomen

Meditative travel essays by Michigan author Anne-Marie Oomen that explore new landscapes across America.

Paperback
Published: April 2010
ISBN: 9780814334201
$18.95
eBOOK
Published: April 2010
ISBN: 9780814335291

Trespassing

Dirt Stories and Field Notes

Janet Kauffman

Essays and stories that contemplate the exploitation of Michigan’s agricultural landscape by modern factory farms.

Paperback
Published: March 2008
ISBN: 9780814333747
$18.99
eBOOK
Published: March 2008
ISBN: 9780814335246

Brothers and Beasts

An Anthology of Men on Fairy Tales

Edited by Kate Bernheimer
With a Foreword by Maria Tatar and an Afterword by Jack Zipes

Breaks new ground in fairy-tale studies by offering male writers a chance to reflect on their relationships to fairy tales.

Paperback
Published: October 2007
ISBN: 9780814332672
$21.99
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House of Fields

Memories of a Rural Education

Anne-Marie Oomen

The follow-up to Pulling Down the Barn, House of Fields is a collection of evocative personal essays that recall the many facets of a young girl’s formal and informal education in rural Michigan.

Paperback
Published: November 2006
ISBN: 9780814332856
$22.99
eBOOK
Published: November 2006
ISBN: 9780814335666
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Pulling Down the Barn

Memories of a Rural Childhood

Anne-Marie Oomen

Blending artful language and style with the dirt, blood, and sweat of farm life, this collection of essays tells a moving story of growing up in rural Michigan.

Paperback
Published: July 2004
ISBN: 9780814332337
$23.99
eBOOK
Published: July 2004
ISBN: 9780814335796

Under the Influence of Water

Poems, Essays, and Stories

Michael Delp
Illustrations by Ladislav R. Hanka

Under the Influence of Water is about moments—how time goes away on a river.

Paperback
Published: July 1992
ISBN: 9780814323915
$18.99

The Situation in Flushing

By Edmund G. Love
Foreword by Judd Arnett

In a nostalgic, yet nimble telling of his boyhood in Flushing, Michigan, Edmund Love notes that he was born into a world that ceased to exist almost as soon as he entered it.

Paperback
Published: October 1987
ISBN: 9780814319178
$24.99