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JUSTUS S STEARNS: MICHIGAN PINE KING AND KENTUCKY COAL BARON
Author: Michael W. Nagle

Near the turn of the twentieth century, "Pine King" Justus S. Stearns was Michigan’s largest producer of manufactured lumber and the owner of a prosperous coal mining operation headquartered in Stearns, Kentucky, a town he founded. Over the course of his career, Stearns would own at least thirty manufacturing businesses—making everything from finished lumber to kitchen utensils, game boards, and motors—as well as hotels, a railroad, and a power company. He was also an active member of the Republican Party who served one term as Michigan’s secretary of state and a philanthropist who gave a great deal of his wealth to causes in both Michigan and Kentucky. In Justus S. Stearns: Michigan Pine King and Kentucky Coal Baron, 1845–1933, author Michael W. Nagle details Stearns's astounding range of accomplishments and explores the influence of both paternalism and Social Darwinism in his business practices.

Nagle begins by addressing key events in the first few decades of Stearns’s life and his initial foray into the lumber industry. Subsequent chapters explore Stearns’s political career, his timber operations in Wisconsin, and his coal, lumber, and railroad operations in Kentucky and Tennessee. Nagle also details the ancillary businesses that Stearns founded or purchased in the early twentieth century, even as his Stearns Salt & Lumber Company served as the anchor of his Michigan holdings, while Stearns Coal & Lumber did the same for his operations in Kentucky. The final chapter offers an overview and analysis of Stearns’s lifetime of accomplishments, including his impact on the town of Ludington, Michigan, where he maintained a residence for over fifty years.

Nagle makes extensive use of primary source material from several historical archives as well as contemporary newspaper accounts, court documents, company records, and other primary sources. American history scholars, as well as general readers interested in Michigan’s lumbering era and Kentucky’s mining history, will enjoy this biography of an exceptionally influential businessman.


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MANIERRE DAWSON: INVENTIONS OF THE MIND
Author: Sharon Bluhm

Inventions of the Mind tells the story of Manierre Dawson (1887-1969), the first in America to move deliberately from representational painting that sought to copy nature and towards complete abstraction in its own right. In both his native city of Chicago and as a fruit-farmer in northern Michigan, Dawson produced bold, radical abstracts that challenged his viewers' preconceived ideas of art in the early twentieth century. Follow the genius of Dawson's life and work through the words of his father, memories of family and friends, letters, newspaper accounts, and the insightful words of the artist himself as he invents, dreams, and struggles to keep his art alive.


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THE DRIFTWOOD SHRINE
Author: John Gendo Wolff

Representing a new approach to the West's evolving understanding of Buddhism, The Driftwood Shrine is the first collection of Zen teachings to be based on the poems of great American writers. In reassuring, forthright, and often surprising language, Wolff explains how Emily Dickinson, William Carlos Williams, H.D., Richard Wright, and many other poets enshrined the gentle light of the Buddha's teaching in their work. Poetry lovers and Zen practitioners alike will find themselves moved toward a penetrating awareness of the realms of spiritual resolve, impermanence, desire, faith, and awakening.

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THE LAST PICKLED BEETS
Author: Roxanne Rowley

The Last Pickled Beets is a series of poignant memories about a time in America soon to be lost. It is simple, understated, and sad, but sad in a good way because when she talks of her grandparents, you will remember yours. Roxanne’s remembrances bring to life the reality that the older we get, the more clearly we can see that the most important things in our past are those experiences we begin to dwell on in the autumn of life. If you are a senior citizen, this is a wonderful experience in time travel and if you are young it will help you understand your parents or grandparents.

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WELCOME TO REPLICA DODGE
Author: Natalie Ruth Joynton

Not long after stumbling into Mason County, Natalie Ruth Joynton finds herself the owner of four acres, a big red barn, and a white farmhouse set among the picturesque rolling hills of Northern Michigan. But there’s a catch. Right in her front lawn stands a life-size tribute to the Old West—specifically, Dodge City, Kansas. Replica Dodge boasts a one-room schoolhouse, a general store, a bank, a saloon, a bunkhouse, a jail, and a church. Who built Replica Dodge and why? What was this person hoping to do or attract? And what’s stranger: a person who builds such a spectacle or the people who buy it?

Welcome to Replica Dodge follows Joynton, a newly converted Jew with strong city roots, as she begins a new life with her fiancé in Michigan’s Bible Belt. The irony of the situation is not lost on her. Jews are notorious city-dwellers. Even secular Jews tend to stay within urban Jewish communities. And yet, here she is: almost a hundred miles from the closest synagogue and marrying—despite the guidance of several rabbis—a partner outside the Jewish faith. Can that faith (and marriage) survive roadkill and rifle season and Replica Dodge?

As Joynton toils to build her own version of home in the heartland, she begins to discover that rural America is not one thing. It is many stories, and as varied as her experiences and hopes are, so too are those of her neighbors. Welcome to Replica Dodge suggests that we move slowly through the new spaces in our lives—removing tape and Bubble Wrap, working with your partner to find a place for that weird chair, and wiping away the cobwebs to start fresh. Anybody who has ever felt like they didn’t belong will take comfort in this enchanting memoir.

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WEST SHORE COMMUNITY COLLEGE: THE FIRST FIFTY YEARS
WEST SHORE COMMUNITY COLLEGE: THE FIRST FIFTY YEARS

Author: Sara Jensen

As part of its 50th anniversary celebration, West Shore Community College has published the history book West Shore Community College: The First Fifty Years.

The 128-page hardcover book unravels the history of how the college came into being and has helped shape the educational, economic, social, and cultural landscape of the area. It also chronicles key events and tells the story of the people who shaped and led the college since its beginnings in 1967.

"Building upon the history of the first 50 years, author and alumna Sarah Jensen has captured the special stories and events which reflect the college's journey from providing access to higher education in our region to our unwavering focus on student success,” said Trustee James Jensen, who chaired the committee which provided direction and oversight for the history book. “This book tells a unique story many people will enjoy because it is the story about all of us and the communities the college serves.”

Author Sarah Jensen spent more than two years on the project that included archival research and interviews with subjects around the country.

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