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8 Novels By Michigan Authors to Read During Quarantine

March 26, 2020

From stories of triumph and hardship to lighthearted escapism, dive into a good book by a Michigan author to help pass your newfound free time

By Chelsie Dzbanski

A $500 House in Detroit: Rebuilding an Abandoned Home and an American City

by Drew Phip

A young college grad documents his journey of restoring a $500 house he bought in Detroit, while laying down roots in a “broken”-yet-evolving city.

The Summer Cottage

by Viola Shipman

Escape to Adie Lou Kruger’s Lake Michigan cottage while she faces the realities of a broken marriage, an empty nest and middle age all while transforming her beloved childhood summer abode into a bed & breakfast and falling in love with her life all over again.

Once Upon a River

by Bonnie Jo Campbell

After the violent death of her father, 16-year-old Margo Crane embarks on a dangerous journey in search of her vanished mother down the Stark River, where she will have to use her knowledge of the natural world to survive.

45 Pounds (More or Less)

by K.A. Barson

After finding out she’s going to be a bridesmaid in her aunt’s wedding, Ann Galardi decides it’s time to lose 45 pounds. Her story explores the world of infomercial diet plans, wedding dance lessons, embarrassing run-ins and surprising twists and turns that all lead to up to feeling comfortable in the skin you’re in.

South of Superior

by Ellen Airgood

Madeline Stone swaps city life for small-town living when she decides to make the move from Chicago to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to care for an aging family friend. As she settles into her new situation, she finds herself in the middle of her new neighbor’s lives and drama that takes readers on a series of great and unfortunate events.

Bird Box

by Josh Malerman

This thrilling novel turned Netflix movie depicts a world where a mysterious entity is causing humans to commit deadly, violent acts. The only way to avoid this tragedy? Don’t look outside. The story follows survivor Malorie and her two young children as they navigate their way down a river in a rowboat, blindfolded, in hopes of finding safe shelter.

Say Nice Things About Detroit

by Scott Lasser

David Halpert makes the decision to return home to the the place that a lot of people choose to flee: Detroit. Once there, he discovers his high-school girlfriend and her brother were tragically shot. The story follows David as he tries to put the pieces of his own life back together in a collapsing city.

Notes from a Public Typewriter

by Michael Gustafson (Editor) and Oliver Uberti (Design)

When Michael Gustafson and his wife, Hilary, opened Literati Bookstore in Ann Arbor, they put out a typewriter for anyone to use. The pair compiled their favorite notes from over the years into this ode to the community.

For more great books to read by Michigan authors visit, goodreads.com/shelf/show/michigan-authors

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