Main Events

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 6:00pm

We are happy to announce that we will be hosting an author reception for local author, Derek Chowen for his new book The Thawing Man on Tuesday, June 12th at 6:00pm. This is a free event though reservations are requested. To RSVP please call us at 231.347.1180 or email us at events@mcleanandeakin.com

The Thawing Man is an open and honest chronicle of a man that drove his alcoholism to rock bottom and how he found his way back. From the first day of walking through the door of AA to being able to go through life with renewed strength, this book details a journey of building success one day at a time with a vulnerability that will capture your heart. This is a story of overcoming life’s obstacles whether they be alcohol related or not. Amateur life observations of an ex-professional drinker. 

Derek Chowen was born in a tiny hospital in a little burg named Onaway, MI. Chowen was never one to sit still or settle for the status quo. From racing cars to racing sailboats, his desire for competition and pushing limits follows him wherever he goes. He has been everything from a successful tech company owner to stock broker to bank president to bartender and finally, one of the fabled "town drunks". Two years of sobriety later, Mr. Chowen has revived his business development company, Two Scotch Funk Holdings, and become a published author. He has become an advocate for the underdog, the struggling and those that need a hand up. He is a believer in the philosophy that in order to keep what you have, you need to give it away.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - 2:00pm

Stop in on Wednesday, June 13th from 2:00-4:00pm to meet local author, Rick Jurewicz and to get a signed copy of In the Shadows of Fate. This is a free event. Reservations are not required. 

When a young woman sets herself on a journey to discover a past she’s never known, she finds herself facing a destiny that touches the threshold of Heaven, Hell, and all that lies in between. Miranda Stratton is a fiercely independent college student plagued by the sudden recurrence of a nightmare that haunted her childhood nights, returning more intense than ever before. As her studies begin to suffer, Miranda makes the difficult decision to take time off from school and return to her home in the small northern Michigan town of Native Springs. The day after she arrives at her family’s new house, a package is delivered addressed to Miranda with no return address.

Miranda’s plans to get her life back on track again are turned upside down when the contents of the package set her on a journey into the depths of a past she’s never known, taking her from the rugged and remote wilderness of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to the urban landscapes of the cities of southern Michigan. Coming into possession of an ancient document revealing a very different take on the Adversary of God, Miranda is pursued by the mysterious and violent Mr. Cain and Mr. Skye. With almost no one she can trust except Jake, her high school ex-boyfriend with whom she shares a complicated relationship, and Lydia, her best friend and roommate, Miranda finds herself on the verge of discovering the dark truth about the nightmare that has followed her throughout her entire life – and a startling personal revelation that will forever change her destiny.

Rick Jurewicz was born in Southfield, Michigan, but grew up and has lived in the northern tip region of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula almost all of his life. While being raised in an environment rich in dense wilderness, filled with lakes and streams in a region of vastly changing seasons, Rick loved to live in his mind in worlds of far away places and dreamed of heroes and villains clashing in desperate battles to save kingdoms, worlds, and often their very souls.

Rick has been writing short stories and poetry for more than 20 years, featuring some works in newspaper publications local to the northern Michigan area, and has shared many of his works via his social media outlets. In the Shadows of Fate is Rick’s first full-length novel.

A lover of dark drama, horror and sci-fi, in both print and film media, Rick has found his greatest inspirations for writing in the modern works of Neil Gaiman, Anne Rice, Thomas Harris & Stephen King, to the gothic writings of the dark and beautiful Edgar Allan Poe and the adventurous tales of the legendary Robert Louis Stevenson.

Rick and his family reside in Indian River, Michigan.

Thursday, June 14, 2018 - 6:00pm

We are thrilled to be hosting a wine and cheese reception with local author, Randy Evans on on Thursday, June 14th at 6:00pm for his new book The Lawnmower Club: How Leo Zitzelberger Lost and Found Paradise on Earth. This is a free event though reservations are always appreciated. Please give us a call at 231.347.1180 or email events@mcleanandeakin.com to reserve your spot.
 

Leo Zitzelberger's well-ordered paradise plunges into chaos when Liza Fitting, an overzealous social worker, tries to funnel him into Mallard Pond, a retirement home that Leo regards as a death sentence.  As a clever countermeasure, he buys a bankrupt golf course and sells memberships to other grass-cutting fanatics who have lost their homes and yards.  Few people want the former repo man to succeed, including Hazzard Pembrook, a third-generation resorter, who would restore the club as a bastion of the rich, and a rogue Wisconsin cougar who wants to establish a new territory. This tender, comic, and lyrical novel takes readers to the shimmering edge of reality for an exuberantly wild ride through the broad fields, wooded hills, and inland waterways of northern Michigan.  Vividly worded, filled with eccentric characters, and suspenseful action, Randy surrounds everyday detail with a world of magic, while he explores the role of contemporary women in disparate settings, the different interests of locals and transplants in America's heartland, and the plight of animals in an ever-shrinking world.  The Lawnmower Club is an uplifting tale about the importance of love, home, and after losses and setbacks, redemption.

 

“The Lawnmower Club is a story that blends metaphysics, psychology, and cerebral anatomy into a humorous romp through northern Michigan.  Author Evans shifts his writing gears like a British racing car climbing Pike’s Peak, varying his delivery style from the fast pace of a Captain Marvel Comic to the penetrating look into our souls in a Bronte novel.  His improbable utopian view of a world in harmony seems logical and achievable by the time the reader comes to the end of this intricate and amusing story….”

 

—David Thomas, Retired Healthcare Executive and United States Marine

 


RANDY EVANS: For the past ten years, Randy and his wife, Denise, have lived in Bay Harbor, Michigan.  During that time, Randy has taught Developmental Psychology at North Central Michigan Community College, served on local boards, and participated in Rotary International.  He enjoys outdoor sports, especially golf and pickleball.  Denise and Randy enjoy their blended family of five daughters and eight grandchildren. Randy’s debut novel, When Strangers Meet at Devil’s Elbow (published July 7, 2017 by CreateSpace) tells the story of eight disparate souls who in meet in the Michigan wilderness, and embark on a collective adventure that teaches them the meaning of love, home, and family.  Randy’s second novel, The Lawnmower Club:  How Leo Zitzelberger Lost and Found Paradise on Earth, was published April 2, 2018.

Saturday, June 16, 2018 - 10:30am

We are so excited to be hosting the Brain Quest Summer Kick Off party again this year! Beat the summer slide and come in for fun activities on Saturday, June 16th at 10:30 am and get your summer started off right. This is a free event but reservations are requested. To reserve your spot please call us at (231) 347-1180 or email us at events@mcleanandeakin.com
 

Stop the summer slide and stay summer smart with Brain Quest Workbooks!

Saturday, June 16, 2018 - 6:00pm

We are thrilled to have Charlie LeDuff back for another event for his newest book, Sh*tshow! The Country's Collapsing...and the Ratings Are Great. Charlie will be joining us on Saturday, June 16th at 6:00pm at The Crooked Tree Auditorium. This is a free event though reservations are requested. To reserve your spot please call us at 231.347.1180 or email at events@mcleanandeakin.com.

A daring, firsthand, and utterly-unscripted account of crisis in America, from Ferguson to Flint to Cliven Bundy's ranch to Donald Trump's unstoppable campaign for President--at every turn, Pulitzer-prize winner and bestselling author of Detroit: An American Autopsy, Charlie LeDuff was there in the Fall of 2013, long before any sane person had seriously considered the possibility of a Trump presidency, Charlie LeDuff sat in the office of then-Fox News CEO Roger Ailes, and made a simple but prophetic claim: The whole country is bankrupt and on high boil. It's a shitshow out there. No one in the bubbles of Washington, DC., New York, or Los Angles was talking about it--least of all the media. LeDuff wanted to go to the heart of the country to report what was really going on. Ailes balked. Could the hard-living and straight-shooting LeDuff be controlled? But, then, perhaps on a whim, he agreed. And so LeDuff set out to record a TV series called, "The Americans," and, along the way, ended up bearing witness to the ever-quickening unraveling of The American Dream.


For three years, LeDuff traveled the width and breadth of the country with his team of production irregulars, ending up on the Mexican border crossing the Rio Grande on a yellow rubber kayak alongside undocumented immigrants; in the middle of Ferguson as the city burned; and watching the children of Flint get sick from undrinkable water. Racial, political, social, and economic tensions were escalating by the day. The inexorable effects of technological change and globalization were being felt more and more acutely, at the same time as wages stagnated and the price of housing, education, and healthcare went through the roof. The American people felt defeated and abandoned by their politicians, and those politicians seemed incapable of rising to the occasion. The old way of life was slipping away, replaced only by social media, part-time work, and opioid addiction.
Sh*tshow is that true, tragic, and distinctively American story, told from the parts of the country hurting the most. A soul-baring, irreverent, and iconoclastic writer, LeDuff speaks the language of everyday Americans, and is unafraid of getting his hands dirty. He scrambles the tired-old political, social, and racial categories, taking no sides--or prisoners. Old-school, gonzo-style reporting, this is both a necessary confrontation with the darkest parts of the American psyche and a desperately-needed reminder of the country's best instincts. 

Charlie LeDuff is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, formerly at the New York Times and the Detroit News, and Detroit's Fox 2 News. The author of Detroit, US Guys, and Work and Other Sins, he lives near Detroit.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - 6:00pm

We are so excited and honored to be hosting a public Rep Night on Wednesday, June 20th at 6:00pm. Joining us will be Bridget Piekarz and Laura Baratto from Penguin Random House. 

Every season we are lucky enough to have publishing representatives come into the store to tell us about the books we should be aware of that will be coming out in the future or that have been recently published. On June 20th we are opening that up to the public and invite you to join us in learning about all the great books these publishers are promoting this season. Please join us for a fantastic event, perfect for bookworms and book clubs. This is a free event though reservations are requested. To reserve your spot please call us at 231.347.1180 or email us at events@mcleanandeakin.com. 

Bridget Piekarz: The little girl who sat in her room and cried alone for an hour when she finished Charlotte’s Web is beyond delighted to be in her 25th year bringing the best books in the world to the best readers in the world.
 

Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 2:00pm

 We will have Rachel May, Assistant Professor of English at Northern Michigan University, in the store for a signing on Thursday, June 21st from 2:00-4:00pm for her new book An American Quilt: Unfolding a Story of Family and Slavery. This is a free event, reservations are not required. 

When we think of slavery, most of us think of the American South. We think of chattel slavery, of back-breaking fieldwork, and of cruel and inhumane treatment on plantations. We don't think of slavery in the North, nor do we think of the grueling labor of urban and domestic/house slaves. Rachel May's remarkable book explores the far reach of slavery, from New England to the Caribbean, the role it played in the growth of mercantile America, and the unbreakable bonds between the agrarian south and the industrial north in the antebellum era--all through the discovery of a remarkable quilt.

While studying objects in a textile collection, May opened a box that held a treasure-trove: a carefully folded, unfinished quilt made of 1830s-era fabrics, its backing containing fragile, aged papers with the dates 1798, 1808, and 1813, the words "shuger," "rum," "casks," and "West Indies," repeated over and over, along with "friendship," "kindness," "government," and "incident." The quilt top sent her on a journey to piece together a story from archives that include hundreds of letters between the Crouch-Cushman families of Charleston, South Carolina and Providence, Rhode Island, as well as contracts, receipts, logbooks, and other ephemera.

An American Quilt is a beautifully written and resonant historical examination blended with personal narrative that takes this tactile connection to the past and stitches together an often silenced legacy of slavery by revealing the lives of Minerva, Eliza, Jane, and Juba--urban enslaved women--and their owner, Susan Crouch.

Rachel May, PhD, MFA, is the author of The Benedictines, a novel, The Experiments: A Legend in Pictures and Words, sewn images and short fiction, and Quilting with a Modern Slant, which was named a Best Book of 2014 by Library Journal & Amazon.com and favorably reviewed in The Chicago Tribune, Publisher's Weekly, The Library Journal (starred), The LA Times, The Providence Journal, and MarthaStewartLiving.com. Her embroidered illustrations accompany two novellas published by Jaded Ibis Press and have been shown in galleries in the midwest. Her book of creative nonfiction, An American Quilt: Unfolding a Story of Family and Slavery, is forthcoming May 1, 2018, with Pegasus Books.

Her writing has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Michigan Quarterly Review, The Volta, LARB, Cream City Review, Word for/Word, Indiana Review, The Literary Review, Meridian, Sleepingfish, and other journals. She's been a resident and fellow at The Vermont Studio Center, the VCCA, and The Millay Colony, and is an Assistant Professor of English at Northern Michigan University.

Saturday, June 23, 2018 - 6:00pm

We are thrilled to be hosting Michigan author Sarah Miller for the paperback release of Caroline for an in-conversation style event at the store on Saturday, June 23rd at 6:00pm. This event is free though reservations are requested. To reserve your spot please give us a call at 231-347-1180 or email us at events@mcleanandeakin.com. 

In this novel authorized by the Little House Heritage Trust, Sarah Miller vividly recreates the beauty, hardship, and joys of the frontier in a dazzling work of historical fiction, a captivating story that illuminates one courageous, resilient, and loving pioneer woman as never before--Caroline Ingalls, "Ma" in Laura Ingalls Wilder's beloved Little House books.

In the frigid days of February, 1870, Caroline Ingalls and her family leave the familiar comforts of the Big Woods of Wisconsin and the warm bosom of her family, for a new life in Kansas Indian Territory. Packing what they can carry in their wagon, Caroline, her husband Charles, and their little girls, Mary and Laura, head west to settle in a beautiful, unpredictable land full of promise and peril.

The pioneer life is a hard one, especially for a pregnant woman with no friends or kin to turn to for comfort or help. The burden of work must be shouldered alone, sickness tended without the aid of doctors, and babies birthed without the accustomed hands of mothers or sisters. But Caroline's new world is also full of tender joys. In adapting to this strange new place and transforming a rough log house built by Charles' hands into a home, Caroline must draw on untapped wells of strength she does not know she possesses.

For more than eighty years, generations of readers have been enchanted by the adventures of the American frontier's most famous child, Laura Ingalls Wilder, in the Little House books. Now, that familiar story is retold in this captivating tale of family, fidelity, hardship, love, and survival that vividly re-imagines our past.

Sarah Miller began writing her first novel at the age of ten, and has spent the last two decades working in libraries and bookstores. She is the author of two previous historical novels, Miss Spitfire: Reaching Helen Keller and The Lost Crown. Her nonfiction debut, The Borden Murders: Lizzie Borden and the Trial of the Century, was hailed by the New York Times as "a historical version of Law & Order." She lives in Michigan. 

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 6:00pm

We are excited to announce the return of Michael Zadoorian to McLean & Eakin for a wine and cheese reception on Thursday, June 28th at 6:00 pm for his latest book, Beautiful Music. This is a free event though reservations are always appreciated. To reserve your spot please give us a call at (231) 347-1180 or email us at events@mcleanandeakin.com.


Set in early 1970s Detroit, a divided city still reeling from its violent race riot of 1967, Beautiful Music is the story of one young man’s transformation through music. Danny Yzemski is a husky, pop radio–loving loner balancing a dysfunctional home life with the sudden harsh realities of freshman year at a high school marked by racial turbulence. But after tragedy strikes the family, Danny’s mother becomes increasingly erratic and angry about the seismic cultural shifts unfolding in her city and the world. As she tries to hold it together with the help of Librium, highballs, and breakfast cereal, Danny finds his own reason to carry on: rock
and roll. In particular, the drum and guitar–heavy songs of local legends like the MC5 and Iggy Pop. In the vein of Nick Hornby and Tobias Wolff, yet with a style very much Zadoorian’s own, Beautiful Music is a touching story about the power of music and its ability to save one’s soul.

MICHAEL ZADOORIAN is the author of the critically praised The Leisure Seeker—now a film starring Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland, released by Sony Pictures Classics this year. Zadoorian is a recipient of a Kresge Artist Fellowship in the Literary Arts, the Columbia University Anahid Literary Award, the Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award, and the Michigan Notable Book Award. His other books are
Second Hand: A Novel, and the story collection The Lost Tiki Palaces of Detroit. His fiction has appeared in the Literary Review, Beloit Fiction Journal, American Short Fiction, Witness, Great Lakes Review, and the North American Review. He lives with his wife in the Detroit area.
 

Saturday, June 30, 2018 - 6:00pm

We are thrilled to be hosting an event with Lisa Wingate for Before We Were Yours at the Crooked Tree Auditorium on Saturday, June 30th at 6:00pm. This is a ticketed event. Tickets are $5.00 and admit 2. To purchase your ticket please give us a call at (231) 347-1180, email us at events@mcleanandeakin.com, or drop by to purchase one in store. 
 
Memphis, 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family's Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge--until strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children's Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents--but they quickly realize the dark truth. At the mercy of the facility's cruel director, Rill fights to keep her sisters and brother together in a world of danger and uncertainty.
Aiken, South Carolina, present day. Born into wealth and privilege, Avery Stafford seems to have it all: a successful career as a federal prosecutor, a handsome fiance, and a lavish wedding on the horizon. But when Avery returns home to help her father weather a health crisis, a chance encounter leaves her with uncomfortable questions and compels her to take a journey through her family's long-hidden history, on a path that will ultimately lead either to devastation or to redemption.
Based on one of America's most notorious real-life scandals--in which Georgia Tann, director of a Memphis-based adoption organization, kidnapped and sold poor children to wealthy families all over the country--Lisa Wingate's riveting, wrenching, and ultimately uplifting tale reminds us how, even though the paths we take can lead to many places, the heart never forgets where we belong. 

Lisa Wingate is a former journalist, an inspirational speaker, and the bestselling author of more than twenty novels. Her work has won or been nominated for many awards, including the Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize, the Oklahoma Book Award, the Carol Award, the Christy Award, and the RT Reviewers' Choice Award. Wingate lives in the Ouachita Mountains of southwest Arkansas.

 

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 - 6:00pm

We are happy to be hosting a wine and cheese reception on Wednesday, July 11th at 6:00 pm for local author Tom Bailey and his new book, A North Country Almanac: Reflections of an Old-School Conservationist in a Modern World. This event is free though reservations are requested. Please reserve your spot by calling at 231.347.1180 or emailing at events@mcleanandeakin.com.

 

A North Country Almanac: Reflections of an Old-School Conservationist in a Modern World includes the musings of an independent mind on wilderness, the conservation ethic, and the joys of loving the outdoors. Although a lifelong conservationist, Thomas C. Bailey has never unquestioningly accepted environmental dogma. The essays here often challenge familiar assumptions about stewardship of natural resources. The former National Park ranger, fishing guide, and conservancy director offers a rich variety of perspectives on an interesting array of topics, returning always to his fundamental belief that conservation pioneers such as John Muir, Theodore Roosevelt, and Aldo Leopold had it right when they affirmed Walt Whitman's observation that "the secret of making the best person . . . is to grow in the open air and to eat and sleep with the earth.

 

THOMAS C. BAILEY has been Executive Director of the Little Traverse Conservancy for more than thirty years, having previously worked for the U.S. National Park Service and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. He was appointed to the Board of Trustees of Lake Superior State University in 2016 and to the Governor's Blue Ribbon Panel on Michigan State Parks and Outdoor Recreation in 2011. He is a cofounder of the Heart of the Lakes Center for Land Conservation Policy and the Top of Michigan Trails Council.
 

Friday, July 13, 2018 - 6:00pm


We are thrilled to have Dan Egan coming to the Petoskey High School Auditorium for an event on Friday, July 13th at 6:00 pm for a discussion of his fantastic book, The Death and Life of the Great Lakes. This event is free but reservations are requested. You can reserve your spot by calling us at 231.347.1180 or by emailing us at events@mcleanandeakin.com.

The Great Lakes--Erie, Huron, Michigan, Ontario and Superior--hold 20 percent of the world's supply of surface fresh water and provide sustenance, work and recreation for tens of millions of Americans. But they are under threat as never before, and their problems are spreading across the continent. The Death and Life of the Great Lakes is prize-winning reporter Dan Egan's compulsively readable portrait of an ecological catastrophe happening right before our eyes, blending the epic story of the lakes with an examination of the perils they face and the ways we can restore and preserve them for generations to come.

For thousands of years the pristine Great Lakes were separated from the Atlantic Ocean by the roaring Niagara Falls and from the Mississippi River basin by a "sub-continental divide." Beginning in the late 1800s, these barriers were circumvented to attract oceangoing freighters from the Atlantic and to allow Chicago's sewage to float out to the Mississippi. These were engineering marvels in their time--and the changes in Chicago arrested a deadly cycle of waterborne illnesses--but they have had horrendous unforeseen consequences. Egan provides a chilling account of how sea lamprey, zebra and quagga mussels and other invaders have made their way into the lakes, decimating native species and largely destroying the age-old ecosystem. And because the lakes are no longer isolated, the invaders now threaten water intake pipes, hydroelectric dams and other infrastructure across the country.

Egan also explores why outbreaks of toxic algae stemming from the overapplication of farm fertilizer have left massive biological "dead zones" that threaten the supply of fresh water. He examines fluctuations in the levels of the lakes caused by manmade climate change and overzealous dredging of shipping channels. And he reports on the chronic threats to siphon off Great Lakes water to slake drier regions of America or to be sold abroad.

In an age when dire problems like the Flint water crisis or the California drought bring ever more attention to the indispensability of safe, clean, easily available water, The Death and the Life of the Great Lakes is a powerful paean to what is arguably our most precious resource, an urgent examination of what threatens it and a convincing call to arms about the relatively simple things we need to do to protect it.

Dan Egan is a reporter at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and a senior water policy fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's School of Freshwater Sciences. He has twice been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and he has won the Alfred I. duPont–Columbia University Award, John B. Oakes Award, AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Award, and J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award. A graduate of the Columbia Journalism School, he lives in Milwaukee with his wife and children.
 

Saturday, July 14, 2018 - 6:00pm

We are so excited to be hosting Stephen Mack Jones for the paperback release of his book August Snow, for a wine and cheese reception at the store on Saturday, July 14th at 6:00pm. This event is free, reservations are requested. To make a reservation please call us at 231.347.1180 or email us at events@mcleanandeakin.com.
 

From the wealthy suburbs to the remains of Detroit's bankrupt factory districts, August Snow is a fast-paced tale of murder, greed, sex, economic cyber-terrorism, race and urban decay.

Tough, smart, and struggling to stay alive, August Snow is the embodiment of Detroit. The son of an African-American father and a Mexican-American mother, August grew up in the city's Mexican town and joined the police force only to be drummed out by a conspiracy of corrupt cops and politicians. But August fought back; he took on the city and got himself a $12 million wrongful dismissal settlement that left him low on friends. He has just returned to the house he grew up in after a year away, and quickly learns he has many scores to settle.

It's not long before he's summoned to the palatial Grosse Pointe Estates home of business magnate Eleanore Paget. Powerful and manipulative, Paget wants August to investigate the increasingly unusual happenings at her private wealth management bank. But detective work is no longer August's beat, and he declines. A day later, Paget is dead of an apparent suicide--which August isn't buying for a minute.

What begins as an inquiry into Eleanore Paget's death soon drags August into a rat's nest of Detroit's most dangerous criminals, from corporate embezzlers to tattooed mercenaries.

 

Stephen Mack Jones is a published poet, an award-winning playwright, and a recipient of the prestigious Kresge Arts in Detroit Literary Fellowship. He was born in Lansing, Michigan, and currently lives in Farmington Hills, outside of Detroit. He worked in advertising and marketing communications for a number of years before turning to fiction. August Snow is his first novel.
 

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - 6:00pm

We are thrilled to have Viola Shipman (Wade Rouse) back for a WINE AND PIE reception at the store on Wednesday, July 18th at 6:00pm for his new book, The Recipe Box. We will be partnering with Suzie’s Pies for a brief demonstration from Suzie and plenty of pie to suit your sweet tooth. This is a free event though reservations are requested. To reserve your place call us at 231.347.1180 or email us at events@mcleanandeakin.com.

Growing up in northern Michigan, Samantha "Sam" Mullins felt trapped on her family's orchard and pie shop, so she left with dreams of making her own mark in the world. But life as an overworked, undervalued sous chef at a reality star's New York bakery is not what Sam dreamed.

When the chef embarrasses Sam, she quits and returns home. Unemployed, single, and defeated, she spends a summer working on her family's orchard cooking and baking alongside the women in her life--including her mother, Deana, and grandmother, Willo. One beloved, flour-flecked, ink-smeared recipe at a time, Sam begins to learn about and understand the women in her life, her family's history, and her passion for food through their treasured recipe box.

As Sam discovers what matters most she opens her heart to a man she left behind, but who now might be the key to her happiness.

VIOLA SHIPMAN is a pen name for Wade Rouse, a popular, award-winning memoirist. Rouse chose his grandmother's name, Viola Shipman, to honor the woman whose heirlooms and family stories inspire his writing. Rouse lives in Michigan and writes regularly for People and Coastal Living, among other places, and is a contributor to All Things Considered. He is the author of The Charm Bracelet and The Hope Chest.
 

Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 10:00am

We are so excited to to be hosting an event with Anne and Jerzy Drozd for their book, Science Comics: Rockets: Defying Gravity on Thursday, July 19th at 10:00 am. This is a free event but reservations are always appreciated. To RSVP please call us at 231.347.1180 or email us at events@mcleanandeakin.com.

Every volume of Science Comics offers a complete introduction to a particular topic--dinosaurs, coral reefs, the solar system, volcanoes, bats, flying machines, and many more. These gorgeously illustrated graphic novels offer wildly entertaining views of their subjects. Whether you're a fourth grader doing a natural science unit at school or a thirty-year-old with a secret passion for airplanes, these books are for you

This volume: In Rockets we explore the 2,000 years that rockets have been in existence. We dive into Newton's Laws of Motion--learning all about gravity, force, acceleration, and the history of rockets made in the past and rockets to be made in the future

Jerzy Drozd is one of the artists of The Warren Commission Report. He has drawn special projects for Glencoe/McGraw-Hill, Marvel Comics, VIZ Media, and others. His favorite NASA mission is Apollo 15. He founded and runs the Ann Arbor Comics Arts Festival and also started a podcast called Galaxy of Super Adventure.

Anne Drozd is a public librarian by day and a cartoonist by night. She's an avid space exploration enthusiast and a card-holding member of the Planetary Society. Her favorite NASA mission is Apollo 12. Anne helps to introduce people to comics through her work at the Ann Arbor District Library and as co-organizer of the Ann Arbor Comic Arts Festival.

Friday, July 20, 2018 - 6:00pm

On Friday, July 20th at 6:00 pm we are thrilled to be hosting a wine and cheese reception with Karen Dionne for the paperback release of The Marsh King's Daughter. This is a free event though reservations are requested. Please reserve your spot by calling us at (231) 347-1180 or emailing us at events@mcleanandeakin.com. 

Praised by Karin Slaughter and Megan Abbott, The Marsh King's Daughter is the mesmerizing tale of a woman who must risk everything to hunt down the dangerous man who shaped her past and threatens to steal her future: her father. Helena Pelletier has a loving husband, two beautiful daughters, and a business that fills her days. But she also has a secret: she is the product of an abduction. Her mother was kidnapped as a teenager by her father and kept in a remote cabin in the marshlands of Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Helena, born two years after the abduction, loved her home in nature, and despite her father's sometimes brutal behavior, she loved him, too...until she learned precisely how savage he could be.
More than twenty years later, she has buried her past so soundly that even her husband doesn't know the truth. But now her father has killed two guards, escaped from prison, and disappeared into the marsh. The police begin a manhunt, but Helena knows they don't stand a chance. Knows that only one person has the skills to find the survivalist the world calls the Marsh King--because only one person was ever trained by him: his daughter. 

Karen Dionne is the co-founder of the online writers community Backspace, the organizer of the Salt Cay Writers Retreat, and a member of the International Thriller Writers, where she served on the board of directors. She has been honored by the Michigan Humanities Council as a Humanities Scholar, and lives with her husband in Detroit's northern suburbs.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 6:00pm

We are happy to announce that R.J. Fox will be joining us for a wine and cheese reception for his newest book, Awaiting Identification on Tuesday, July 24th at 6:00pm. This event is free though reservations are appreciated. To reserve your spot please give us a call at 231.347.1180 or email us at events@mcleanandeakin.com

Five bodies, five intersecting story lines, five lives . . . each searching for hope and redemption
Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office, Detroit, Michigan: October 31, 1999.
Five unidentified bodies lie in the Wayne County morgue on Halloween night. Although each character was on a separate journey, fate leads each of the five victims to cross paths on the streets of Detroit en route to their tragic demise.
Set against the backdrop of a Devil's Night party at legendary Detroit concert venue and nightclub, Saint Andrew's Hall, Awaiting Identification details the final night on earth for five lost souls.
NYC Girl: a former dancer arrives back home from New York City to make amends with her mother and begin to rebuild her life.
Leaf Man: a musician and part-time DJ is on the cusp of his big break with one final, unexpected drug deal to complete before he can go totally straight.
R.I.P.: a career criminal must come up with a large sum of money to pay for his father's medical expenses, despite his yearning for a crime-free life.
The Zealot: a religious fanatic on a mission from God to rid the city of filth.
Cat Man: a kind and trusting homeless man wanders the city looking for new friends.
Like the city in which it takes place, Awaiting Identification is a story of hope, identity, and above all, redemption. 


R.J. Fox is an English and video production teacher who uses his own dream of making movies to inspire his students to follow their dreams. He has previously worked in public relations and as a journalist. He is the author of Love & Vodka. He lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 - 12:00pm

We are thrilled to have Howard Markel for a luncheon style event on Wednesday, August 1st from noon-2:00pm at the Perry Hotel's Rose Room. Markel will be here discussing his book, The Kelloggs: The Battling Brothers of Battle Creek. This is a ticketed event. Tickets are $25.00 and come with lunch. To purchase tickets call us at 231.347.1180 or purchase them on our website. Please direct any questions to events@mcleanandeakin.com.

From the much admired medical historian ("Markel shows just how compelling the medical history can be"--Andrea Barrett) and author of An Anatomy of Addiction ("Absorbing, vivid"--Sherwin Nuland, The New York Times Book Review, front page)--the story of America's empire builders: John and Will Kellogg.

John Harvey Kellogg was one of America's most beloved physicians; a best-selling author, lecturer, and health-magazine publisher; founder of the Battle Creek Sanitarium; and patron saint of the pursuit of wellness. His youngest brother, Will, was the founder of the Battle Creek Toasted Corn Flake Company, which revolutionized the mass production of food and what we eat for breakfast.

In The Kelloggs, Howard Markel tells the sweeping saga of these two extraordinary men, whose lifelong competition and enmity toward one another changed America's notion of health and wellness from the mid-nineteenth to the mid-twentieth centuries, and who helped change the course of American medicine, nutrition, wellness, and diet.

The Kelloggs were of Puritan stock, a family that came to the shores of New England in the mid-seventeenth century, that became one of the biggest in the county, and then renounced it all for the religious calling of Ellen Harmon White, a self-proclaimed prophetess, and James White, whose new Seventh-day Adventist theology was based on Christian principles and sound body, mind, and hygiene rules--Ellen called it "health reform."

The Whites groomed the young John Kellogg for a central role in the Seventh-day Adventist Church and sent him to America's finest Medical College. Kellogg's main medical focus--and America's number one malady: indigestion (Walt Whitman described it as "the great American evil"). Markel gives us the life and times of the Kellogg brothers of Battle Creek: Dr. John Harvey Kellogg and his world-famous Battle Creek Sanitarium medical center, spa, and grand hotel attracted thousands actively pursuing health and well-being. Among the guests: Mary Todd Lincoln, Amelia Earhart, Booker T. Washington, Johnny Weissmuller, Dale Carnegie, Sojourner Truth, Henry Ford, John D. Rockefeller, Jr., and George Bernard Shaw. And the presidents he advised: Taft, Harding, Hoover, and Roosevelt, with first lady Eleanor. The brothers Kellogg experimented on malt, wheat, and corn meal, and, tinkering with special ovens and toasting devices, came up with a ready-to-eat, easily digested cereal they called Corn Flakes.

As Markel chronicles the Kelloggs' fascinating, Magnificent Ambersons-like ascent into the pantheon of American industrialists, we see the vast changes in American social mores that took shape in diet, health, medicine, philanthropy, and food manufacturing during seven decades--changing the lives of millions and helping to shape our industrial age.

HOWARD MARKEL, M.D., Ph.D., is the George E. Wantz Distinguished Professor of the History of Medicine, and director of the Center for the History of Medicine at the University of Michigan. His books include Quarantine!, When Germs Travel, and An Anatomy of Addiction. His articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Journal of the American Medical Association, and The New England Journal of Medicine. Markel is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 - 2:00pm

We are happy to welcome Peter Marabell back to McLean & Eakin on Wednesday, August 1st for a signing in the store from 2:00-4:00pm for his most recent book, Death Lease. This is a free event, reservations are not required. 

In 1922, Augustus Sanderson hired Charles W. Caskey, architect of Grand Hotel, to build a “majestic cottage” high on the East Bluff of Mackinac Island. The Sanderson family spent summers enjoying warm weather and cool breezes off the Straits of Mackinac. They hosted elegant dinner parties for friends around the island. Camille Sanderson, like her ancestors, assumed responsibility for the cottage when her turn came. The lease for the land was transferred to her name as was the family custom. “Mackinac is my home,” she often said.

The lease remained in her name even when she married the imperious Conrad North.  When Conrad filed for divorce, Camille was stunned to learn that her name had been removed from the lease, replaced by only one name, her husband’s.

Camille hired private private investigator Michael Russo to learn what happened. “He’s taken my home,” Camille said. “Get my home back.” So Russo began a journey awash in deception, forgery and murder as he attempted to untangle the web of lies that enveloped Camille’s life on Mackinac Island.


Peter Marabell grew up in metro Detroit, spending as much time as possible street-racing on Woodward Avenue in the 1950s or visiting the Straits of Mackinac. With a Ph.D. in History and Politics, Peter spent most of his professional career on the faculty at Michigan State University. He is the author of Frederick Libby and the American Peace Movement. His first novel, More Than a Body, was published in 2013. As a freelance writer, Peter worked in several professional fields including politics, the arts, and health care. In 2002, Peter moved permanently to Northern Michigan with his spouse and business partner, Frances Barger, to live, write and work at their businesses on Mackinac Island. All things considered, he would rather obsess about American politics, or Spartan basketball, after a good five-mile run on the hills of Mackinac Island.

Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 6:00pm

We are thrilled to announce that Paula McLain will be joining us at the store for an evening of sangria and tapas on Thursday, August 2nd at 6:00pm for her new book Love and Ruin. This is a free event though reservations are requested. To reserve your spot please call us at 231.347.1180 or email us at events@mcleanandeakin.com. 

The bestselling author of The Paris Wife returns to the subject of Ernest Hemingway in a novel about his passionate, stormy marriage to Martha Gellhorn--a fiercely independent, ambitious young woman who would become one of the greatest war correspondents of the twentieth century.
In 1937, twenty-eight-year-old Martha Gellhorn travels alone to Madrid to report on the atrocities of the Spanish Civil War and becomes drawn to the stories of ordinary people caught in the devastating conflict. It's the adventure she's been looking for and her chance to prove herself a worthy journalist in a field dominated by men. But she also finds herself unexpectedly--and uncontrollably--falling in love with Hemingway, a man on his way to becoming a legend.
In the shadow of the impending Second World War, and set against the turbulent backdrops of Madrid and Cuba, Martha and Ernest's relationship and their professional careers ignite. But when Ernest publishes the biggest literary success of his career, For Whom the Bell Tolls, they are no longer equals, and Martha must make a choice: surrender to the confining demands of being a famous man's wife or risk losing Ernest by forging a path as her own woman and writer. It is a dilemma that could force her to break his heart, and hers.
Heralded by Ann Patchett as "the new star of historical fiction," Paula McLain brings Gellhorn's story richly to life and captures her as a heroine for the ages: a woman who will risk absolutely everything to find her own voice.
 
Paula McLain is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels Circling the Sun, The Paris Wife, and A Ticket to Ride, the memoir Like Family: Growing Up in Other People's Houses, and two collections of poetry. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Good Housekeeping, O: The Oprah Magazine, Town & Country, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and elsewhere. She lives in Ohio with her family.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018 - 6:00pm

We are excited to announce that Leah Weiss will be joining us in the store for a wine and cheese event on Tuesday, August 7th at 6:00pm. This is a free event though reservations are requested. To reserve your spot please call us at 231.347.1180 or email us at events@mcleanandeakin.com. 
He's gonna be sorry he ever messed with me and Loretta Lynn.

Sadie Blue has been a wife for fifteen days. That's long enough to know she should have never hitched herself to Roy Tupkin, even with the baby.

Sadie is desperate to make her own mark on the world, but in remote Appalachia, a ticket out of town is hard to come by, and hope often gets stomped out. When a stranger sweeps into Baines Creek and knocks things off kilter, Sadie finds herself with an unexpected lifeline...if she can just figure out how to use it.

This intimate insight into a fiercely proud, tenacious community unfolds through the voices of the forgotten folks of Baines Creek. With a colorful cast of characters that each contribute a new perspective, IF THE CREEK DON'T RISE is a debut novel bursting with heart, honesty, and homegrown grit.

Leah Weiss is a Southern writer born in the flat lands of North Carolina and raised in the foothills of Virginia where she loves hiking short stretches of the Appalachian Trail. Her debut novel, IF THE CREEK DON’T RISE, is set in the Appalachian mountains of North Carolina. The book has been chosen as an Indie Next, Okra Pick and LibraryReads. Leah retired in 2015 from a 24-year career as Executive Assistant to the Headmaster at Virginia Episcopal School. She enjoys speaking with book clubs.

Friday, August 10, 2018 - 6:00pm

We are thrilled to have Annie Spence joining us for an event on Friday, August 10th at 6:00pm for her book Dear Fahrenheit 451: Love and Heartbreak in the Stacks. This is a free event though reservations are requested. To reserve your spot please call us at 231.347.1180 or email us at events@mcleanandeakin.com.

Librarians spend their lives weeding. Not weeds, but books! Books that have reached the end of their shelf life, both literally and figuratively. They remove the ones that patrons no longer check out, and they put back the ones they treasure. Annie Spence, who has a decade of experience as a Midwestern librarian, does this not only at her library but also at home, for her neighbors, at cocktail parties—everywhere. In Dear Fahrenheit 451, we read her love letters to Just Kids and Frog and Toad Storybook Treasury, as well as her break-ups with The Giving Tree and Dear John. Her notes to The Goldfinch and The Time Traveler’s Wife feel like classics. Through the lens of the books in her life, Annie comments on everything from women’s psychology to gay culture to health to poverty to childhood aspirations. Hilarious, compassionate, and wise, Dear Fahrenheit 451 is the consummate book-lover's book.

Annie Spence can read while doing almost anything else: walking, cooking breakfast, pretending to be interested in a conversation. She has spent the last decade as a librarian at public libraries in the Midwest and lives in Detroit with her husband and son. Dear Fahrenheit 451 is her first book.

Monday, August 13, 2018 - 6:00pm

Author Nick Petrie will be joining us at the store for an event on Monday, August 13th at 6:00pm  for his new book, Light it Up, the latest installment of the Peter Ash series. This is a free event though reservations are requested. To reserve your spot please call us at 231.347.1180 or email us at events@mcleanandeakin.com.

In this action-packed thriller starring war veteran Peter Ash, a well-planned and flawlessly executed hijacking reveals the hidden dangers of Colorado's mellowest business, but Ash may find there's more to this crime than meets the eye.
Combat veteran Peter Ash leaves a simple life rebuilding hiking trails in Oregon to help his good friend Henry Nygaard, whose daughter runs a Denver security company that protects cash-rich cannabis entrepreneurs from modern-day highwaymen. Henry's son-in-law and the company's operations manager were carrying a large sum of client money when their vehicle vanished without a trace, leaving Henry's daughter and her company vulnerable.
When Peter is riding shotgun on another cash run, the cargo he's guarding comes under attack and he narrowly escapes with his life. As the assaults escalate, Peter has to wonder: for criminals this sophisticated, is it really just about the cash?
After finding himself on the defensive for too long, Peter marshals his resources and begins to dig for the truth in a scheme that is bigger--and far more lucrative--than he'd ever anticipated. With so much on the line, his enemy will not give up quietly...and now he has Peter directly in his sights. 

Nick Petrie received his MFA in fiction from the University of Washington, won a Hopwood Award for short fiction while an undergraduate at the University of Michigan, and his story "At the Laundromat" won the 2006 Short Story Contest in the The Seattle Review, a national literary journal. A husband and father, he runs a home-inspection business in Milwaukee. His previous novels in the Peter Ash series are The Drifter, winner of the ITW Thriller Award and the Barry Award for Best First Novel, and Burning Bright.

Saturday, October 6, 2018 - 2:00pm

Travis Jonker will be in the store for an event on Saturday, October 6th at 2:00pm for the release of his book, The Very Last Castle. All books pre-ordered from McLean & Eakin will be signed and personalized and will include a limited edition mini-comic about the making of the book. This is a free event though reservations are requested. To reserve your spot please call us at 231.347.1180 or email us at events@mcleanandeakin.com. If you cannot attend the event in person, your book and mini-comic will be shipped to your provided address.

A curious little girl watches the man who guards the last castle in town. Every time she passes by him, she tries to catch his eye. While the other townspeople fear what may be locked up inside the mysterious castle, the girl finally gets up the courage to knock on the door and find out what's really behind the gate. A story about overcoming fear of the unknown, trying new things, and reaching out to make new friends, The Very Last Castle shows that bravery comes in packages both big and small.

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian and creator of 100 Scope Notes, a kidlit blog hosted by School Library Journal. He was a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. Jonker lives with his wife and two children in Zeeland, Michigan. Mark Pett is the author/illustrator of many books for children, including This Is My Book! and The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes. Before books, Pett created comic strips

 

 

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