Greetings from Cutler County

Author: Travis Mulhauser
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
ISBN: 9780472021659
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Greetings from Cutler County is both a nonstop ride of tragic hilarity, and a piercing look at the complexities of youth. In one northern Michigan community the lives of desperate small-town dreamers are examined through an ensemble cast as earnest as they are outrageous, and as compelling as they are heartbreaking. The lovers, crooks, failures, and survivors of Cutler County are so flawed and genuine you can't help rooting for them-no matter how foolish or hopeless their pursuits may seem. The stories take place in Cutler County, Michigan. Most of the characters are young men who think of themselves as losers and outsiders. Short on cash, popularity, and the ambition needed for success, they nevertheless are able to examine their failings with the self-knowing humor and resignation of the perpetually thwarted ne'er-do-well. The stories are inseparable from the stark shoreline of their Lake Michigan settings-the cavernous woods and vast inland lakes that shape life in northern Michigan-and create a landscape as rugged and dramatic as youth itself. Greetings from Cutler County explores the common triumphs and tragedies of coming of age, while providing a rationale and humor that is uniquely and unforgettably its own.

How Like an Angel

Author: Jack Driscoll
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
ISBN: 9780472021628
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"How Like an Angel is a powerfully imagined, lyrically wrought novel, overflowing with the senses. Jack Driscoll is a marvel." ---Rick Bass "How Like an Angel is a lyrical, lonely ode to fatherhood, an aria in words that looks forward and backward at once. Jack Driscoll is a writer of deep heart, relentless honesty, uncanny gentleness, and irresistible spirit." ---Pam Houston How Like an Angel is the story of Archibald Angel. With his career going nowhere and a marriage in decline, Angel retreats to a rustic cabin in northern Michigan to make a new life for himself. In spite of his forward thinking, Angel's move is in many ways a journey into the past. Besides lacking modern comforts, the cabin conjures the ghost of Angel's troubled childhood, when his undertaker father took the cabin in trade as payment from a widow who couldn't otherwise afford the cost of her husband's burial. After Angel's mother subsequently fled, abandoning her family to recover from a mental breakdown, the cabin was an escape for father and son. While Archibald Angel revisits his knotted and difficult past, his ex-wife and young son contemplate their future. Slowly, with unexpected help from an unpredictable woman, Angel realizes he too must find a way to begin again or risk failing his son as his own father failed him. With pathos, humor, and unflagging generosity of spirit, How Like an Angel takes us deep into the hinterland of the human heart and discovers there the source of the love that keeps us holding on against all odds.

One Mile Past Dangerous Curve

Author: Darrell Spencer
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
ISBN: 9780472021482
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Praise for One Mile Past Dangerous Curve: "This book aims to be about the best of us as it shows us at our least. Thank goodness for Darrell Spencer, the only writer in America to be trusted on the subjects of faith, love, weal and woe." ---Lee K. Abbott " . . . absolutely dire and dear, his best book, a novel about American life right now. . . . this book is accurate, acerbic, and heartfelt at once." ---Ron Carlson Praise for Darrell Spencer: "Mr. Spencer's writing crackles with freshness and lucidity, featuring characters who slide into one another in random encounters and relationships." ---New York Times Book Review "[Spencer] possesses a remarkable ear for the cadence of everyday speech." ---Michael Chabon From the acclaimed author of Caution: Men in Trees and A Woman Packing a Pistol comes a tale of kinship, love, and lawlessness. One Mile Past Dangerous Curve is the story of the Dancers---a family on the verge of collapse. Glen Dancer has come to Ohio to set up another in a series of Snapper franchises. But in the midst of construction, Glen finds himself fighting a painful and futile battle with cancer. His son Eddie, recently divorced, moves from Las Vegas to help. A sign painter by trade, Eddie finds only intermittent work in town until the day a mysterious and wealthy businessman commissions a series of twenty road signs, each different, all featuring odd, cryptic messages. It is on a back-country road, where Eddie has gone to assemble one of the signs, that some previously vague threats become concrete. Though Eddie doesn't know it, the neighboring woods hide a secret, a secret that a gun-toting rural gang wants to keep at any cost.

A Spell on the Water

Author: Marjorie Kowalski Cole
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
ISBN: 0472034634
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The Cult of Quick Repair

Author: Dede Crane
Publisher: Coteau Books
ISBN: 1550504207
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A sassy collection of vivid and moving stores portraying edgy modern lives in highly-charged relationships. Not for the faint of heart, Crane's humour has a dark, almost sinister, edge. However, her tired pessimism is tempered with grace and frequent avenues of hope. A profusion of sex delivers surprises, not all of them pleasant. A new father, shopping for groceries with his baby and a hangover, worries that the child may not actually be his. An ultrasound technician, envious of her co-worker's sex life, has an unexpected second encounter with a creepy male patient. The wife of a hockey player is faced with his ambiguous sexuality. A young woman waits her turn at an abortion clinic, harbouring the secret that the baby's father might not be the boyfriend sitting beside her. These wonderfully-drawn characters sweep the reader into their anxious and often funny lives. Sophisticated story-telling makes the most complicated situations crystal clear and a pleasure to read. Crane's male points of view are as effective as the female. Her endings are just right and satisfying. Joint the Cult of Quick Repair and prepare to see another side of all-too-familiar contemporary life, in all its fraught and aching glory.

Crow Hollow

Author: Michael Wallace
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
ISBN: 9781477828014
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In 1676, an unlikely pair--a young Puritan widow and an English spy--journeys across a land where greed and treachery abound. Prudence Cotton has recently lost her husband and is desperate to find her daughter, captured by the Nipmuk tribe during King Philip's war. She's convinced her daughter is alive but cannot track her into the wilderness alone. Help arrives in the form of James Bailey, an agent of the crown sent to Boston to investigate the murder of Prudence's husband and to covertly cause a disturbance that would give the king just cause to install royal governors. After his partner is murdered, James needs help too. He strikes a deal with Prudence, and together they traverse the forbidding New England landscape looking for clues. What they confront in the wilderness--and what they discover about each other--could forever change their allegiances and alter their destinies.

40 Years Among the Indians

Author: Daniel W. Jones
Publisher: Cedar Fort
ISBN: 1462107729
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Enjoy this Dan Jones' classic which contains a fast-paced narrative of his many journeys across the American West, the difficult and sometimes secret jobs he did for Brigham Young, his adventures with Indians and outlaws, and finally his perilous missionary journey into Old Mexico.

The Most Beautiful Girl in the World

Author: Judy Doenges
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
ISBN: 9780472115617
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A beautiful and compelling story of a young girl's struggle to escape a town trapped by conformity and a family on the verge of dissolution

The Lions of the Lord

Author: Harry Leon Wilson
Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand
ISBN: 3732661296
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Reproduction of the original: The Lions of the Lord by Harry Leon Wilson

Life of Heber C Kimball

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Publisher: Zion's Camp Books
ISBN: 0988124521
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This biography of Heber C. Kimball was originally commissioned by the Kimball family and written by Kimball’s grandson, Orson F. Whitney, himself an apostle. Heber C. Kimball was a close friend of Brigham Young, one of the early apostles in this dispensation, a powerful missionary, and a long-time member of the first presidency. This biography shares many of the miracles that happened in Kimball’s life and paints a portrait of a lion of the Lord.