The list author says: "This is a list of my favorite books about the state where I've lived my whole life. Most of them are nature books, but there is a smattering of true crimes that occurred in Michigan, accounts of adventures on the Great Lakes, Michigan history, and some extraordinary biographies."
"A quixotic Mount Pleasant woman rescues an old Belgian work horse and brings him back to health. Ren is twenty-five when the author rescues him, which is very old for a draft horse. This is a luminous autobiography as well as a great horse story."
"both hilarious and touching: a sort of "Ring of Bright Water" as authored by Dave Barry; except it's not about otters. It stars the eponymous ducks, along with surly parrots, turkicidal turkeys, etc."
"This book has got all sorts of really cool information about the geology of this state, written in a fashion that kids should find easy to understand--this book is only 50 pages long, with many full-color drawings. It is arranged in chronological order, with a bit of plate tectonics, and short explanations of why our rocks and fossils are arranged in the order they're found."
"We live in the woods, not far from where this grotesque double homicide took place in 1985. A rumor had been circulating for almost two decades about a pair of downstate deer hunters, who had been beaten to death, chopped up and fed to the murderers’ pigs after an alcohol-fuelled encounter in a local bar. A dedicated State Trooper took on the cold case and brought the murderers to justice."
"Full-page photos and information about each tree's leaves or needles, bark, size, fall color, and Michigan range map. This book includes more than 100 common trees and is the right size for field trips."
"With the ‘Public Act 51’ of 1919, the Michigan legislature passed a law requiring teachers to teach at least one of Will Carleton’s poems to children in school. This book contains 33 ballads by this Michigan poet, including his famous "Over the Hill to the Poor-House.”"
"A biography of William Beaumont, who served in the U.S. army during the War of 1812. While posted on Mackinac Island, Dr. Beaumont healed his most famous patient: a voyageur, who ended up with a permanent 'window' into his stomach."
"We've become accustomed in modern biographies to learn everything about the subject, warts and all, but "Father Marquette" is old-fashioned in that respect. The subject and his author were both Jesuit priests, and this biography is an ardent panegyric in which Father Hamilton refutes even the slightest blemish that had been attributed to Jacques Marquette"
"The story of Frank Mays, one of only two sailors of a crew of 35 men, who survived the sinking of the 'Carl D. Bradley,' a 639-foot Great Lakes freighter that broke up in a savage storm on Lake Michigan on November 18, 1958."
"In a collection this extensive (90 poets) you have to expect a mix of great and not-so-great poetry. Some of Michigan's most famous poets are in here, including Conrad Hilberry and Diane Wakoski, but most of the names are unfamiliar to me. Taken as a whole, this book is a keenly honed tribute to this watery, industrial-strength peninsula."