It’s common knowledge that reading makes you smarter, wiser, sexier, more mysterious and arguably stronger (those hardcovers are heavy).
Why, you’re reading right now! Just take a look around and see how impressed everyone is. Feel the intrigue, the desire, the respect emanating from their fixed gaze — that’s why Grand Rapids Public Library started GR Reads, its adult summer reading program.
While Schuler Books and local libraries are stocked with rock ‘n’ roll biographies spanning all genres — sometimes the hard-to-get, feasibly out-of-print, gems deliver more debauchery. If you’re willing to waken the sleuth in you, try digging around for these rare tell-alls detailing some of Michigan’s oddest icons.
Contrary to what Midwesterners often think, we do speak with an accent. And it’s a funny one at that, depending whom you ask.
It’s achieved by “talking as though your lower jaw has fallen off and you have to form words with the rest of your face,” according to Edward McClelland.
So the author explains in his new book, “How To Speak Midwestern,” which is both a cultural history of and field guide to the varieties of speech throughout middle (real?) America.
There’s nothing quite like the charming atmosphere of an old bookstore. It’s difficult to walk in and not immediately feel a wave of comfort wash over you.
A modern bookshop can’t replicate the vibes and many people say picking up an e-reader just doesn’t compare to the pages of a dusty, well-loved book. Here’s a small guide to get you started.
In 1989, River Phoenix walked into a bar in Gainesville, Fla. and ordered a beer. He was 19 years old, but famous enough to skirt the state’s drinking age of 21.
Talk to anyone who spent time in that Florida college town in the late ’80s and they have a River Phoenix story, mostly involving an intense guy who played in a local college jam band called Aleka’s Attic, lived on a 17-acre compound with his family in nearby Micanopy. Music was his first love, but his second job, being a Hollywood celebrity, had him often commuting to movie sets.
Trouble Boys: The True Story of The Replacements is as much a dissection of the music industry as it is the compelling narrative of an era’s media darlings.
Memphis-based author Bob Mehr is a no-frills communicator, crafting a moving chronicle that kept the interest of a reader who doesn’t even dig the alt-Americana that put the book’s subjects on the pop culture map.
West Michigan author Micheala Lynn seems to be on a mission to prove that opposites do, in fact, attract.
In her latest novel, Joie de Vivre, Lynn focuses on the budding love story between a workaholic forensic anthropologist, who spends the majority of her days peering at the dead, and a former basketball star turned kindergarten teacher whose partner of a decade recently died, leaving her 100 things to do in an “anti-bucket list.”
The Kalamazoo Poetry Festival returns this month with more than just a showcase for West Michigan’s budding Ginsbergs and Plaths.
The second-year festival, coinciding with National Poetry Month, celebrates the creation, presentation and appreciation of written art in all its forms — whether they wish to listen, to learn, or to share their experience of poetry with others.
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