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Thursday, June 29, 2017

New Series from Up North’s Own Elizabeth Buzzelli

You loved her DEAD series (set in northern Michigan), and you laughed your way through the NUT HOUSE murders (set in Riverville, Texas, and published under her pen name, Elizabeth Lee). Now Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli has a new series bound to prove irresistible to booklovers. With the LITTLE LIBRARY mysteries, we are back on home (Michigan) ground again.

A Most Curious Murder introduces us to Jenny Weston, Zoe Zola, Adam Crane, and a whole cast of intriguing characters in Bear Falls, Michigan, and in the second novel, She Stopped for Death, we come back to Bear Falls for another quirky tale. Summer vacation is the perfect time for mysteries, and now is the perfect time to begin collecting this new series by Elizabeth Buzzelli and anticipating Book Number Three. What will she think up next?!

A Most Curious Murder &
She Stopped for Death
by Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli
Hardcover, $25.99 

The first book is also available in paperback, but I need to restock!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

When You Cross That Bridge

When Leelanau County residents “go Up North” in their home state, they're usually headed for the Upper Peninsula. If you’ve never crossed the Mackinac Bridge, that alone is worth a trip, but it’s only the beginning. I love the title 100 Things to Do in the Upper Peninsula Before You Die, because I always think that’s the best time to do things, don’t you? I’m also very happy to report that Snowbound Books in Marquette made the shopping section of Kath Usitalo’s new book.

100 Things to Do in the Upper Peninsula Before You Die
by Kath Usitalo
Paperback, 146pp, illus., index

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

It Isn't Even a Book!

"Farmageddon: The Unseen War on American Family Farms" is a documentary film, the story of small family farms practicing organic, sustainable agriculture who were forced to "cease and desist" by government agents -- yes, in the United States -- sometimes at gunpoint. The beginning of "Get Big or Get Out" began with Earl Butz in the 1970s, but "Farmageddon" highlights much more than the economic pressure of markets and government policies. You don't need to be a farmer to find this film compelling and riveting. You're an American, and you buy and eat food. You should hear and see this story.

"Farmageddon: The Unseen War on American Family Farms"
2011/90 minutes, $24.95

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Don't Miss Anything Up North

This is the perfect book to have on hand for your visitors who want to know what to do and where to go when they’re in the Grand Traverse area. From Lake Ann to Northport and over to Elk Rapids, with Traverse City as its center, Inside UpNorth is full of ideas for every season of the year. There are also maps, photographs, and other wonderful illustrations (some by Glenn Wolff). In fact, I can’t even begin to cover everything you’ll find in this indispensable guide.

Inside UpNorth: The Complete Tour, Sport and Country Living Guide to Traverse City, Traverse City Area, Leelanau County [and more, says your bookseller]
by Heather Shaw, Jodee Taylor, Tom Carr, and many more
Mission Point Press, paper, 250pp

Monday, June 19, 2017

Back by Popular Demand

That would be the Back Pages of Leelanau County, a decade's worth of beautiful color photographs by Ken Scott, originally featured on the back page of Section One of the Leelanau Enterprise -- because not everyone has a copy yet!

Hardcover, $40

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Bees and Butterflies and Some Surprising Others

A new children’s book from Charlevoix is here just in time to celebrate summer crops and gardens. Sip, Pick, and Pack..., by Polly W. Cheney and beautifully illustrated by Kim Overton, presents the role of pollinators in clear, readable, and exciting prose for all ages. Parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, and babysitters can learn right along with the little ones who focus on the pictures while taking in the facts. I love this book!

Sip, Pick, and Pack... How Pollinators Help Plants Make Seeds
by Polly W. Cheney & illustrated by Kim Overton
Wilmington, OH: Orange Frazer Press
Hardcover, $16.99

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Waterfalls, Anyone? Head North!

Waterfalls of Michigan: The Definitive Guide to the Waterfalls of Michigan, by Phil Stagg, comes in four volumes. Book 1 covers the Eastern Upper Peninsula, Book 2 the Central U.P., Book 3 West Central, and Book 4 the West, including Porcupine Mountain State Park. Phil has also put together a “best of” collection, Waterfalls of Michigan: The Essential Guidebook to Michigan’s Best & Easiest Waterfalls. All books are illustrated in full color, with large, helpful maps and access details. All are paper, very attractively and sturdily bound.

Waterfalls of Michigan, Book 1East (Alger, Chippewa, Delta, Luce, Manistee & Presque Isle Counties) $19.95

Book 2 – Central (Dickinson, Marquette, Menominee Counties) $24.95

Book 3 – West Central (Baraga, Houghton, Iron, Keweenaw Counties) $29.95

Book 4 – West (Gogebic, Ontonagon Counties & Porcupine Mountain State Park) $24.95

Waterfalls of Michigan: The Essential Guidebook to Michigan’s Best & Easiest Waterfalls – The Collection