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Secret Evil

By Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas
CD

Ypsilanti, Ann Arbor, and Detroit produce so much incredible music, sometimes it’s hard to see it all! Occasionally, an artist...»

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By Benjamin, Michigan Avenue
09/11/14 | CDs

Freedom on my Mind

By Connie Field
DVD

Freedom on my Mind is a documentary different than others I have watched recently. Documenting the Freedom Summer movement, as well as...»

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By Benjamin, Michigan Avenue
09/11/14 | DVDs

Outside the Box : Interviews with Contemporary Cartoonists

By Hillary L. Chute
Book

 Hillary Chute is Professor of English at University of Chicago and a frequent contributor to the canon of writing on...»

The White Mary

By Kira Salak
Book

Marika Vacera is a fearless war correspondent who seems addicted to a dangerous solo lifestyle and suffers from PTSD due to too many...»

The White Mary

By Kira Salak
Book

Marika Vacera is a fearless war correspondent who seems addicted to a dangerous solo lifestyle and suffers from PTSD due to too many...»

All the Light We Cannot See

By Anthony Doerr
Book

Werner is an orphaned German teenager with a knack for electronics; his talent is noticed and he is selected for enrollment in an...»

Secret Evil

By Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas
CD

Ypsilanti, Ann Arbor, and Detroit produce so much incredible music, sometimes it’s hard to see it all! Occasionally, an artist...»

Freedom on my Mind

By Connie Field
DVD

Freedom on my Mind is a documentary different than others I have watched recently. Documenting the Freedom Summer movement, as well as...»

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Tabula Rasa

By Downie, Ruth

Downie continues her Roman Empire mystery series with this sixth offering starring Gaius Ruso and his wife Tilla.  In northern Britannia, a young British boy goes missing, and accusations fly that he was abducted by one of the soldiers.  Fans of historical mysteries wiill celebrate this new release, while newcomers will want to start at the beginning, with Medicus (2006), Terra Incognita (2008), Persona non Grata (2009), Caveat Emptor (2011), and Semper Fidelis (2013).  

Pure and Special: Gourmet Indian Vegetarian Cuisine

By Mittal, Vidhu

If cookbooks make your mouth water, this one will make you drool.  Vidhu Mittal takes Indian-Veg to a new level with recipes that are rich in texture, color, and flavor.  Each recipe contains a full color layout, both English and Indian ingredient lists, and historical sidebars with interesting tidbits about the food and its presentation and meaning.  Hearty Jackfruit Rice n Spice, anyone? 

The Invisible Woman

Nelly, a happily-married mother and schoolteacher, is haunted by her past. Her memories, provoked by remorse and guilt, take us back in time to follow the story of her relationship with Charles Dickens with whom she discovered an exciting but fragile complicity.

Detroit Unleaded

An ambitious Lebanese-American youth is forced to take over his family's gas station after his father's death.

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