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Book Signings and Reviews

 

 

METRO DETROIT AREA BOOK SIGNINGS

 
DATE
TIME
AUTHOR(S)
BOOK TITLE
LOCATION
October 18, 2014
12:00 p.m.
Dr. Bashar Salame
Let's Change That!: If Animals Can, We Can, Too! Q&A.
Barnes & Noble - 3120 Fairlane Drive
Allen Park, MI 48101
October 19, 2014
2:00 p.m.
Renee Hand
The Crypto-Capers
Barnes & Noble - 17111 Haggerty Rd.
Northville, MI 48168
October 19, 2014
4:00 p.m.
Kelle Sutliff
Listen Up! The Other Side is Talking
Barnes & Noble - 3120 Fairlane Drive
Allen Park, MI 48101
October 21, 2014
7:00 p.m.
Hampton Sides
Kingdom of Ice
Nicola's Books - 2513 Jackson Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
October 23, 2014
6:00 p.m.
Jesilyn Holdridge
Blue
Barnes & Noble - 17111 Haggerty Rd.
Northville, MI 48168
October 23, 2014
7:00 p.m.
Barbara VanderMolen
Discovering Michigan County by County
Nicola's Books - 2513 Jackson Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
October 30, 2014
6:30 p.m.
Kim Harrison
The Witch with No Name
Nicola's Books - 2513 Jackson Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
November 1, 2014
2:00 p.m.
Kimberla Lawson Roby
A Christmas Prayer
Barnes & Noble - 6800 Orchard Lake Rd
West Bloomfield, MI 48322
November 3, 2014
7:00 p.m.
Leslie Stainton
Staging Ground: An American Theater and Its Ghosts
Nicola's Books - 2513 Jackson Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
November 6, 2014
7:00 p.m.
John Connolly
The Wolf in Winter: A Charlie Parker Thriller
Nicola's Books - 2513 Jackson Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
November 8, 2014
2:30 p.m.
Maureen Jennings
No Known Grave
Aunt Agatha's - 213 South Fourth Avenue Ann Arbor, MI 48104
November 10, 2014
7:00 p.m.
Chris Chelios
Made in America
Barnes & Noble - 3120 Fairlane Drive
Allen Park, MI 48101
November 11, 2014
7:00 p.m.
Chris Chelios
Made in America
Barnes & Noble - 3235 Washtenaw Ave
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
November 12, 2014
7:00 p.m.
Chris Chelios
Made in America
Barnes & Noble - 14165 Hall Road, Shelby Township, MI 48315
November 13, 2014
7:00 p.m.
Flannery O'Connor
Bright Shards of Someplace Else
Nicola's Books - 2513 Jackson Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
November 16, 2014
2:00 p.m.
Sonali Dev
A Bollywood Affair
Nicola's Books - 2513 Jackson Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
November 17, 2014
7:00 p.m.
Harry Dolan
The Last Dead Girl
Nicola's Books - 2513 Jackson Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
November 24, 2014
7:00 p.m.
Katherine Freese
Cosmic Cocktail: Three Part Dark Matter
Nicola's Books - 2513 Jackson Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
December 8, 2014
7:00 p.m.
Chris Chelios
Made in America
Barnes & Noble - 17111 Haggerty Rd.
Northville, MI 48168
December 9, 2014
7:00 p.m.
Chris Chelios
Made in America
Barnes & Noble - 396 John R. Road
Troy, MI 48083

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BOOK REVIEWS AND AUTHOR INTERVIEWS

 
 

Book Review: 'The Sugar House' shines a light on Detroit's storied past By Garrett Godwin

From Kwame Kilpatrick to bankruptcy, Detroit has been cast in a bad light over the years under the acronym CCPI: crime, corruption, politics, and injustice. With Jean Scheffler's The Sugar House, you may think Detroit was always violent with stories of the mob, police officers on the take, and illegal bootlegging. However, once I began reading the book, I remembered being on a boat with my family going to Boblo Island -- which was a lifetime ago! Set during the 'Roaring Twenties' in the Prohibition era, the book followed Joe, a young boy who supports his Polish family by running booze for the Sugar House, where he finds a friend in Cappie. [9.26.14]

Book Review: 'The End of the Suburbs' is definitely worth the money By Gloria Rzucidlo

For a half a century, census data reveals a shift from the suburbs to the larger cities. Author Leigh Gallagher reveals in her book that in the wake of the Great Recession, housing values have held up far better in cities as opposed to the suburbs. Building activity has also increased in cities and slowed down in the suburbs.Many young people, or so-called millennials, are either still living with their parents or when they move, they move to the urban areas. Some teenagers are delaying getting their driver's licenses. Even then, they are driving less. [9.22.13]

PHOTOS: Charlie LeDuff signs copies of his book, "Detroit: An American Autopsy"

AmericaJR.com's Jerome Rzucidlo was LIVE at the Barnes & Noble bookstore in Northville, Mich. on Saturday afternoon for a special discussion and book signing. WJBK-TV Ch. 2 Reporter turned author Charlie LeDuff made a special appearance to promote his new book, "Detroit: An American Autopsy." He talked about the book, took questions from the audience and then signed copies for those who purchased it. LeDuff is a graduate of Livonia Churchill High School and the University of Michigan. He previously worked as a New York Times reporter in Los Angeles from 1995 to 2007. [3.16.13]

Tom Brokaw offers solutions to America's challenges in 'The Time of Our Lives' By Jason Rzucidlo

When I say the words Tom Brokaw, the image of him anchoring the "NBC Nightly News" from 1982 to 2004, probably pops in your head. However, the 73-year-old journalist still works for the Peacock network. He produces long-form documentaries and regularly shares his insight on breaking news events. Brokaw has published several books over the course of his long broadcasting career. The first was “The Greatest Generation” back in 1999, followed by “The Greatest Generation Speaks” a year later. He released “An Album of Memories” in 2001, “A Long Way Home: Growing Up in the American Heartland” in 2002, “Galen Rowell: A Retrospective” in 2006 and “Boom! Voices of the Sixties Personal Reflections on the '60s and Today.” [2.18.13]

Nicholas Sparks signs 'Safe Haven' at Barnes & Noble at The Grove By Kelly Rosales

The well-known famous author Nicholas Sparks, whose books have been adapted into Hollywood hits, stopped by Barnes and Noble at the Grove in Los Angeles. His latest novel "Safe Haven," was adapted into yet another film, schedule to hit theaters Valentines Day. Safe Haven stars Josh Duhamel and Julianne Hough. A mysterious young woman, Katie, travels across the country to find herself in a small town in Southport, N.C., trying to escape her past. At first she's at ease, but soon finds comfort with Alex and his family, a widowed store owner with two children. When everything seems to fall into place, her dark secret will come back to haunt her. [1.27.13]

Book Review: 'Dave Bing: A Life of Challenge' makes for an interesting read By Gloria Rzucidlo

Dave Bing was born on November 24, 1943 in Washington D.C. by Hasker and Juanita Bing. He was the second of four children. Sundays were devoted to the Lord. His father was a deacon at Mount Olive Baptist Church. His mother was a domestic person, her jobs were from cleaning houses to babysitting. Bing was an impressive high school student with a grade point average of 4.0. It was there he took up basketball. Syracuse was the first college to offer him a scholarship, so he took it. He eventually became the best player in Syracuse. [1.3.13]

Book Review: '#Hooked' is definitely worth your money By Maggie Young

It seems like everywhere you look these days, everyone and everything is connected to an online site. It often feels that if you aren't connected you might just be missing out. When I began reading this book, the irony is that I was unconnected. My Internet had been down for three days. I hate to admit, but I did miss it. Maybe not the social networking sites, but you don't truly realize how much you use the Internet on a daily basis until it is down. I am constantly looking things up. [8.23.12]

Book Review: 'Sacre Bleu: A Comedy D'Art' is a painful read By Maggie Young

I have started and stopped this review at least a dozen times. I have been struggling to find the right words to describe this book. What began so well quickly went downhill at an alarmingly fast pace. Should I’ve been surprised? Probably not since Playboy was quoted on the back cover stating, “If there’s a funnier writer out there, step forward.”Should have been my first clue. Like I said, it started interestingly enough. As someone who studied art history throughout high school and parts of university, I was intrigued by the storyline. It begins with the death of Vincent van Gogh. Van Gogh famously shot himself in 1890 in a field. However no gun was ever retrieved from the site and van Gogh stumbled back to a small French village to die. This is where Moore’s story begins. [7.4.12]

Dan Rather speaks on 'Outspoken' in Ann Arbor By Pete Bublitz

Ann Arbor's Michigan Theater saw a packed house in its Main Auditorium Monday night, thanks to combined free admission and the presence of one of televised journalism's most notable figures: Dan Rather. On hand to speak about his new book, Rather Outspoken, and to open the forum in a followup Q&A session, the acclaimed newscaster formerly of CBS News was open on the events covered in this autobiographical work that shaped him and the events and topics he helped to shape in the minds of many through his coverage. [5.23.12]

Book Review: 'UnJunk Your Junk Food' is an eye-opening experience By Maggie Young

If you are what you eat that would make me… monosodium glutamate and partially hydrogenated soybean and cottonseed oil? Those are just some of the ingredients found in Doritos. Or did you know that Milk Chocolate M&M’s has no fewer than ten different artificial colours. And make sure your kids enjoy SunnyD, the orange punch that contains Neotame, the sweetest chemical sweetener ever made. These are just a few of the examples used in Unjunk Your Junk Food to get the reader aware of all the unnatural ingredients people consume regularly. [4.4.12]

Actress Mayim Bialik discusses her book 'Beyond the Sling' in Pasadena, CA By Jason Rzucidlo

The Big Bang Theory's Mayim Bialik held a book talk and signing event on Thursday evening. It took place inside the Vroman's Bookstore in Pasadena, Calif. Her new book, "Beyond the Sling: A Real-Life Guide to Raising Confident, Loving Children the Attachment Parenting Way," was released on March 6. It is about attachment parenting, which is a child-led approach to raising kids. This parenting style has alowed her to relax into her role as a mother instead of following a rigid parenting script. [3.16.12]

Journalist Frank DeCaro releases his third book, 'The Dead Celebrity Cookbook' By Jason Rzucidlo

Frank DeCaro was born on Nov. 6, 1962 in New York. He grew up in Little Falls, N.J. and graduated from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism in 1984. Shortly after, he worked as a media critic for The Detroit Free Press. DeCaro did movie reviews for The Daily Show from 1996 to 2003. Currently, he is the host of his own live daily radio show on Sirius XM. “Yeah, I was a writer at The Detroit Free Press first for years,” DeCaro recalled in an exclusive phone interview. [12.30.11]

Book Review: Hilary Duff’s sophomore novel, Devoted, makes a great holiday gift By Jason Rzucidlo

Hilary Duff is best known as an actress, musician and entrepreneur. Many people I spoke with didn’t know she was an author. Simon & Schuster released her first book, Elixir, on Oct. 12, 2010. Then, the sequel, Devoted, was published on Oct. 11, 2011. The second book begins where the first book left off. Both are all works of fiction. I received an advanced copy of the book from the publisher for the review. Having not read the first book, it was a little hard to follow. If you only read the first four chapters, you will probably be lost too. However, keep reading. [12.2.11]

Book Review: 'Hollywood Stories' is recommended for all movie lovers By Gloria Rzucidlo

Hollywood Stories is a book about short-tale stories about famous movie stars, movies and directors and trivia about the city of Hollywood and Beverly Hills. It discusses stars like Judy Garland, Marilyn Monroe to Walt Disney and Steven Spielberg. It opens with a couple of paragraphs about Jim Carrey, who got started his career as a young man portraying Norman Bates in the Psycho attraction of the Universal Studios Hollywood backlot tour. He got noticed and the rest is history. For example, Marilyn Monroe dreamed of being a movie star. [3.23.11]

HLN Anchor/Author Jane Velez-Mitchell releases her third book, 'Addict Nation: An Intervention for America' By Jason Rzucidlo

Jane Velez-Mitchell was born on Sept. 29, 1955 in New York City. Her mother is from Puerto Rico and her father is from Ireland. She covered the entire Michael Jackson child sexual abuse trial and reported on Nancy Grace. In addition, she appeared several times on CNN's Larry King Live. Velez-Mitchell is one of a few openly gay journalists on television. In addition, she is known for animal rights advocacy and is a vegan and an environmentalist. [2.5.11]

>> WATCH: Exclusive Interview with Jane Velez-Mitchell regarding her new book

Book Review: 'Addict Nation' by HLN's Jane Velez-Mitchell is a page turner By Gloria Rzucidlo

Jane Velez-Mitchell is the host of HLN's Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell and a New York Times Bestselling Author. Addict Nation talks about her own addictive personality regarding her over consumption of food, alcohol, her job and spending habits. Addicted people have secrets and are liars, she says. She talks about many cultural addictions such as overconsumption of things. America is using materialism to escape. Escape is the root of all addictions. The motive is always the same; to stuff down and escape painful feelings and unpleasant truths. [1.6.11]

Book Review: 'The New Normal: An Agenda for Responsible Living' is an easy read

The new "normal" refers to living in this new age. It puts responsibility of taking care of our health and this planet in ourselves. Instead of being susceptible to wasting and using synthetic products, why not use chemical-free and natural products? Why don't we buy locally instead of products that needs to be shipped to our towns, thus wasting gas in the trucks? Let's plant more trees to prevent global warming; use water from the tap instead of bottled water which trashes our planet. [12.21.10]

Book Review: 'They Don't Teach Corporate in College' is great for recent grads By Gloria Rzucidlo

This book is about a twenty-something's guide to the business world. It is for the young professional who wants to capture a good job while teaching job-hunting skills in the corporate world. The book begins with how to dress for an interview, how to act professional and how to check your attitude at the door. I'm sure you heard this before, "you only have three seconds to make a good impression." Also, what you should say and ask on the interview. [12.6.10]

Book Review: Kirk Franklin's 'The Blueprint' is definitely worth the read By Gloria Rzucidlo

The author, Kirk Franklin, wrote this book after he was abandoned by his father, his mother told him he was unwanted, his sister was a drug addict and thought all black men were unfaithful in their marriage. Today, he found success as a great gospel artist, is the winner of seven Grammy awards and is married with four children. The book shows how you can create a "blueprint" of your life and pursue your dreams, get past your fears and live a life of hope, devotion and strength. [11.29.10]

Book Review: 'Sweet Honey, Bitter Lemons: Travels in Sicily on a Vespa' is a good cookbook By Garrett Godwin

There are two books that I've been reading this summer: The 30-Day Heartbreak Cure by Catherine Hickland and Sweet Honey, Bitter Lemons: Travels in Sicily on a Vespa by British chef Matthew Fort. Fort takes us on his trip to Sicily, Italy, as he rides his scooter to try out the latest dish morning, noon, and night -- meeting interesting people along the way that shares his company as well as a love for food, family, and community. It is a cookbook that contains recipes of the most unique meals made on the other side of this world, so if you're ready for spaghetti or pasta with a twist (like squid or octopus, for instance), know Italian, and have a strong stomach, then this is the book for you. [9.15.09]

Book Review:'Simply Irresistible' is not worth the read By Steve Anderson

Ohhh boy. Brace yourselves, folks--if you can't get enough of the vacuous eye-candy nincompoops who infest the various largely interchangeable teen dramas, then you too can run right out and drop the insultingly high price of ten bucks (subject to change and tax before its actual release) to read two hundred and fifty six pages' worth of the "adventures" of a whole new set of vacuous eye-candy nincompoops. It's called "Simply Irresistable", and the title is wishful thinking at its best and an outright lie at worst. [7.12.09]

Book Review: 'Boca Knights' is an action-packed story with a good plot by Jason Rzucidlo

Boca Knights by Steven M. Foreman is a novel about a man who finds himself a hero when his anger issues help him bring a year-long murder mystery to a close. Eddie Perlmutter is a retired cop that is talked into moving to Florida by his friends. He is the grandson of Sirota, who killed a bare in the Ukrainian wilderness, saving small village. Sirota moved to the United States and started a new life under the name of Hans Perlmutter. Eddie moved to Boca Raton up on the insistence of his friends who thought the warmer climate would be a huge relief to his arthritis. [6.1.09]

Bob Barker's 'Priceless Memories' is a highly recommended read By Gloria Rzucidlo

Bob Barker is a lucky guy. Things went well for him as he says, and he is very grateful. From growing up on a Native Indian reservation in South Dakota to receiving an honorary doctorate from Drury University in Springfield, Missouri, he connected with people his whole life. After meeting his wife, Dorothy Jo, at college, they headed for Hollywood, pursuing his dream of being an "aduience participation host." Barker shares his stories about his first lucky break onto the show called Truth or Consequences. [5.13.09]

Book Review: 'A Chance to Say Yes' should be passed up By Steve Anderson

A Chance to Say Yes, or as it should be more accurately titled, Adultery A Go-Go, is 304 pages of self-indulgent drivel perpetrated by a woman who should've stayed out of novel writing and should have instead stuck to whatever it was her Ph.D. is in. I really don't care WHAT her Ph.D. is in, because frankly, she can't be any worse at that than she can be at writing. Think I'm being too harsh? Well, sit down and brace yourselves, folks, because I'm about to prove this beyond all reasonable doubt with the plot analysis. [4.11.09]

Book Review: 'Mom-in-Chief' is very informative and helpful By Gloria Rzucidlo

Jamie Woolf discusses strategies from the workforce which can be used at home regarding leadership, balance and relationship issues. She teaches you how to motivate, focus on the big picture, empower, connect and set an example with regards to raising responsible human beings. This book takes you through several strategies that addresses the challenges of Leadership in the business world and in family life. You discover your leadership style in managing conflict, setting big-picture goals, leading through crisis, navigating through growing pains of adolescence and balancing priorities. [3.31.09]

Book Review: 'Hardcastle and McCormick: A Complete Viewers' Guide to the Classic Eighties Action Series' By Garrett Godwin

Stephen J. Cannell has proven through his career that he has the Drive to succeed as creator, writer, and executive producer on the small screen and as an author of several books. Throughout the 1970s, '80s, and '90s, he put some of the most popular action/adventure and crime shows on television such as The Rockford Files, 21 Jump Street, and Wiseguy. In 1983, following the mega-success of The A-Team, Cannell went Back to Back with his next series, Hardcastle and McCormick. [3.4.09]

Book Review: 'Tarizon: The Liberator Vol. 1' is very clever and highly engaging By Steve Anderson

This is something of a new experience for me, folks--I'm actually bringing you a BOOK review today, if you can believe that. So for those of you who might have been accusing me of being the bellringer of a post-literate America, you can retract your claws because I'm getting LITERATE today. And today I'm handling William Manchee's Tarizon: The Liberator, first in I don't know how many volumes, though the supplementary material sent along with the book suggests a trilogy. [12.17.08]

Book Review: 'I.O.U.S.A.' Is Definitely Worth The Read By Gloria Rzucidlo

"I.O.U.S.A." by Addison Wiggin and Kate Incontrera, is about our nation which has been spending way beyond our means and guess who will be paying for it? It is immoral to expect our children to pay for our mistakes. The book talks about the four different deficits plaguing the United States. First is the budget deficit, second is the savings deficit, third is the trade deficit and finally the leadership deficit. There has been only five years of surpluses and 35 years of deficits. [11.22.08]

 

 

 

 

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