Main Events

Sunday, July 21, 2019 - 2:00pm


On Sunday, July 21st McLean & Eakin Booksellers will be playing host to Clifford the Big Red Dog and Dog Man between 2-4pm. As part of Scholastic’s Read-A-Palooza we will be collecting donations for the Women’s Resource Center Children’s Learning Center. This is a free kids event, though we encourage book donations. For any questions please contact us at events@mcleanandeakin.com. 

Character appearances:
2:00-2:30pm - Dog Man
2:30-3:00pm - Clifford
3:00-3:30pm - Dog Man
3:30-4:00pm - Clifford
 

Tuesday, July 23, 2019 - 2:00pm


Laurie Lounsbury will be in the store on Tuesday, July 23rd from 2-4pm signing copies of her latest book, Kingdom Forgotten. This is a free table signing, reservations are not necessary.  

A self-proclaimed prophet and king named James Jesse Strang had it all – power, fame and royalty – at least for awhile. James Strang ruled over his flock of Latter-Day Saints on a remote island in northern Lake Michigan in the mid-1800’s, leaving behind a legacy of tyranny, piracy and polygamy.  With his tremendous ego and oratorical skills, Strang built a community of over 2,500 Mormons and took political control of northern Michigan and its island inhabitants. A clash of cultures soon followed as King Strang tried to impose his beliefs and laws onto both his followers and the non-believing, native islanders. Kingdom Forgotten seamlessly stitches together the true events of James Strang's life with fictional characters that show what island life might have been like under Strang's rule. It is a story of kindness and killers; of ruthless pirates and innocent believers; of a Native American woman who had the courage to stand up to Strang, a man she both loved and hated; and it is the story of how one man’s craving for power and control over others proved to be his ultimate undoing. 
 

Laurie Lounsbury is a national award-winning journalist and editor who spent most of her writing career covering northern Michigan, including Petoskey, Charlevoix, Boyne City, Gaylord and Beaver Island. She lived in Charlevoix for 20 years and continues to spend a great deal of time up north. She currently lives in Ann Arbor, where she sings in a girl group dance band with great enthusiasm and exceptionally mediocre talent. Her band, She-Bop, was the opening act for The Miracles at the 2018 Charlevoix Venetian Festival on the grand finale night.

Tuesday, July 23, 2019 - 6:00pm


Allison Dickson will be in the store for a wine and cheese reception to discuss her latest book, The Other Mrs. Miller on Tuesday, July 23rd at 6pm. This is a free event though reservations are requested. To RSVP please call us at 231.347.1180, email us at events@mcleanandeakin.com or through Facebook or Eventbrite. 

In this unputdownable domestic suspense debut, a lonely suburban housewife finds her life entangled with the family that moves in across the street at the same time that she becomes convinced someone is watching her--perfect for fans of The Couple Next Door and The Last Mrs. Parrish.

Once a darling of Chicago's social scene, Phoebe Miller fears she's become irrelevant and cliché: just another miserably unfulfilled housewife who drowns her sorrows in chardonnay and ice cream and barely leaves her house. Maybe it's her dark thoughts and fertile imagination that lead her to believe the worst about everything she spies going on in the exclusive suburban cul-de-sac she calls home. But surely that rusty blue sedan that keeps idling by her driveway is a sign that she's being watched. And that new family that just moved in across the street--Dr. Ron Napier, his vivacious wife, Vicki, and their handsome college-bound son, Jake--can't be as perfect as they appear. Especially not with the bruises on Vicki's arms and the fear in Jake's eyes.

When a chance introduction to the exuberant Vicki--and a forbidden encounter with Jake--draws her out of her shell and deeper into the Napiers' orbit, Phoebe's life finally gets the infusion of excitement she's been missing. But when anonymous threatening notes begin landing on her doorstep, she'll have to ask herself just how well anyone can truly know their neighbors...and how close to home unforeseen danger sometimes lies. 

Allison Dickson is the author of several independently published horror and dystopian novels. She has also written nearly two dozen short stories, both independently and as part of anthologies. Dickson lives in Dayton, Ohio, and when not writing, she is typically gaming, blogging, or exploring.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019 - 6:00pm


We are thrilled to have Stephen Mack Jones back to McLean & Eakin for his latest book, Lives Laid Away, on Wednesday, July 24th at 6pm. This is a free wine and cheese event, reservations are requested. To RSVP please call us at 231.347.1180, email us at events@mcleanandeakin.com or through Facebook or Eventbrite. 

Detroit ex-cop August Snow takes up vigilante justice when his beloved neighborhood of Mexicantown is caught in the crosshairs of a human trafficking scheme.

When the body of an unidentified young Hispanic woman dressed as Queen Marie Antoinette is dredged from the Detroit River, the Detroit Police Department wants the case closed fast. Wayne County Coroner Bobby Falconi gives the woman’s photo to his old pal ex-police detective August Snow, insisting August show it around his native Mexicantown to see if anyone recognizes her. August’s good friend Elena, a prominent advocate for undocumented immigrants, recognizes the woman immediately as a local teenager, Isadora del Torres.

Izzy’s story is one the authorities don’t want getting around—and she’s not the only young woman to have disappeared during an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raid, only to turn up dead a few weeks later. Preyed upon by the law itself, the people of Mexicantown have no one to turn to. August Snow, the son of an African-American cop and a Mexican-American painter, will not sit by and watch his neighbors suffer in silence. In a guns-blazing wild ride across Detroit, from its neo-Nazi biker hole-ups to its hip-hop recording studios, its swanky social clubs to its seedy nightclubs, August puts his own life on the line to protect the community he loves. 

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

Tuesday, July 30, 2019 - 6:00pm


Katherine Reay will be in the store on Tuesday, July 30th at 6pm to discuss her latest book, The Printed Letter Bookshop. This is a free wine and cheese event, reservations are requested. To RSVP please call us at 231.347.1180, email at events@mcleanandeakin.com, or through Facebook or Eventbrite. 

"Powerful, enchanting, and spirited, this novel will delight." -Patti Callahan Henry, bestselling author of Becoming Mrs. Lewis

Love, friendship, and family find a home at the Printed Letter Bookshop

One of Madeline Cullen's happiest childhood memories is of working with her Aunt Maddie in the quaint and cozy Printed Letter Bookshop. But by the time Madeline inherits the shop nearly twenty years later, family troubles and her own bitter losses have hardened Madeline's heart toward her once-treasured aunt--and the now struggling bookshop left in her care.

While Madeline intends to sell the shop as quickly as possible, the Printed Letter's two employees have other ideas. Reeling from a recent divorce, Janet finds sanctuary within the books and within the decadent window displays she creates. Claire, though quieter than the acerbic Janet, feels equally drawn to the daily rhythms of the shop and its loyal clientele, finding a renewed purpose within its walls. When Madeline's professional life takes an unexpected turn, and when a handsome gardener upends all her preconceived notions, she questions her plans and her heart. She begins to envision a new path for herself and for her aunt's beloved shop--provided the women's best combined efforts are not too little, too late.

The Printed Letter Bookshop is a captivating story of good books, a testament to the beauty of new beginnings, and a sweet reminder of the power of friendship.

 Katherine Reay is a national bestselling and award-winning author of several novels, including Dear Mr. Knightley and the upcoming The Printed Letter Bookshop. She has enjoyed a lifelong affair with books and brings that love to her contemporary stories. Her first full-length nonfiction work will release in December 2019. Katherine holds a BA and MS from Northwestern University. She currently writes full time and lives outside Chicago, IL with her husband and three children. You can meet Katherine at www.katherinereay.com or on Facebook: KatherineReayBooks, Twitter: @katherine_reay and Instagram:@katherinereay.   

Wednesday, July 31, 2019 - 6:00pm


On Wednesday, July 31st at 6pm we will be welcoming John Smolens to the store to discuss his latest novel, Out. This is a free wine and cheese event, reservations are requested. To RSVP please call us at 231.347.1180, email us at events@mcleanandeakin.com or reserve online through Facebook or Eventbrite. 

Out, the sequel to John Smolens’s internationally acclaimed novel Cold, finds the former constable Del Maki recovering from surgery and haunted by the recent loss of his wife. His house, set deep in the woods of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, becomes a haven for refugees during a fierce blizzard. First his pregnant physical therapist’s car won’t start. Then her two lovers come for her—and after each other. After her current boyfriend saves an enigmatic Finnish woman from freezing to death in the storm, they are followed by her former boyfriend, a petty thief who is armed and seeks revenge. As the weather worsens, leading to a power outage, damage from a fallen tree, and a fire, tensions rise. Forced to abandon the house, their flight through the snowbound forest leads to a bad deal with a deadly result. John Smolens’s novel Cold was lauded for its “stunning brutality and uncommon tenderness.” In the sequel, Out, nature and human nature again collide, illuminating the difference between being rescued and being saved.

John Smolens has published ten works of fiction, most recently Wolf’s Mouth, which has been selected as a Library of Michigan Notable Book. In 2010 he was the recipient of the Michigan Author of the Year Award from the Michigan Library Association

Thursday, August 1, 2019 - 6:00pm


 Anna Clark will be joining us on Thursday, August 1st to discuss her book, The Poisoned City. This will be a free in-store event though reservations are requested. To RSVP please call us at 231.347.1180 or email us at events@mcleanandeakin.com. 


When the people of Flint, Michigan, turned on their faucets in April 2014, the water pouring out was poisoned with lead and other toxins.

Through a series of disastrous decisions, the state government had switched the city’s water supply to a source that corroded Flint’s aging lead pipes. Complaints about the foul-smelling water were dismissed: the residents of Flint, mostly poor and African American, were not seen as credible, even in matters of their own lives.

It took eighteen months of activism by city residents and a band of dogged outsiders to force the state to admit that the water was poisonous. By that time, twelve people had died and Flint’s children had suffered irreparable harm. The long battle for accountability and a humane response to this man-made disaster has only just begun.

In the first full account of this American tragedy, Anna Clark's The Poisoned City recounts the gripping story of Flint’s poisoned water through the people who caused it, suffered from it, and exposed it. It is a chronicle of one town, but could also be about any American city, all made precarious by the neglect of infrastructure and the erosion of democratic decision making. Places like Flint are set up to fail—and for the people who live and work in them, the consequences can be fatal.

Anna Clark is a journalist living in Detroit. Her writing has appeared in ELLE Magazine, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Politico, the Columbia Journalism Review, Next City, and other publications. Anna edited A Detroit Anthology, a Michigan Notable Book, and she had been a writer-in-residence in Detroit public schools as part of the InsideOut Literary Arts program. She has also been a Fulbright fellow in Nairobi, Kenya, and a Knight-Wallace journalism fellow at the University of Michigan. Her books include The Poisoned City and Literary Luminaries.  

Friday, August 2, 2019 - 2:00pm


Linda Hughes will be in the store signing copies of her latest book, Secrets of the Summer on Friday, August 2nd from 2:00-4:00pm. This is a free table signing, reservations are not necessary.

Summer Rose Krause tries – really she does – but she simply can’t manage to stay out of trouble. It’s 1965 and the twenty-one-year old; who hails from a prominent Michigan family, no less; finds herself in jail for the second time. When the judge renders a verdict of community service in a hick town Summer’s never heard of, the young woman thinks her life is doomed. Little does she expect to tumble onto a murder and fall in love with a man who’s all wrong for her, all in one fell swoop. 

As Summer becomes entangled in the lives of the sometimes quirky and always fascinating townsfolk, she can’t help but delve into helping them solve the murder, which steeps them in stories about the Roaring ‘20s, a snazzy speakeasy, the infamous Detroit Purple Gang, and a mysterious gangster moll. Shocking revelations teach Summer a lot over the summer, but will it be enough to get the girl to settle down?

Her secrets may run deeper than even she knows.  

Award-winning author Linda Hughes has a dozen books in publication. Secrets of the Summer is the third book in her historical romantic suspense trilogy set in her home state of Michigan, along with Secrets of the Asylum, set in Traverse City, and Secrets of the Island, set on Mackinac Island. 

Secrets of the Summer takes place in her small hometown, West Branch. Although Linda was born and raised in Michigan, and graduated from Central Michigan University, she has spent most of her adult life living in Georgia. So she considers herself to be a Yankee and a Southerner.  

Her writing honors – including awards and being a finalist for awards – come from the National Writers Association, Writer’s Digest, the American Screenwriters Association, eLit, Indie Book of the Day, Silver Falchion, and the Baltic Writing Residency.

Monday, August 5, 2019 - 6:00pm


Join us in the store on Monday, August 5th at 6pm for a wine and cheese reception with Maureen Joyce Connolly to discuss her book, Little Lovely Things. This is a free event though reservations are requested. To RSVP please call us at 231.347.1180, email us at events@mcleanandeakin.com, or through Facebook or Eventbrite. 

"A shattering adventure." -- Jacquelyn Mitchard, bestselling author of The Deep End of the Ocean

A mother's chance decision leads to a twist of fate that is every parent's worst nightmare

It is the wrong time to get sick. Speeding down the highway on the way to work, her two little girls sleeping in the back seat, medical resident Claire Rawlings doesn't have time for the nausea overtaking her. But as the world tilts sideways, she pulls into a gas station, runs to the bathroom, and passes out. When she wakes up minutes later, her car--and her daughters--are gone.

The police have no leads, and the weight of guilt presses down on Claire as each hour passes with no trace of her girls. All she has to hold on to are her strained marriage, a potentially unreliable witness who emerges days later, and the desperate but unquenchable belief that her daughters are out there somewhere.

As hopeful and uplifting as it is devastating, Little Lovely Things is the story of a family shattered by unthinkable tragedy, and the unexpected intersection of heartbreak and hope.

Perfect for readers of Watch Me Disappear and After Anna

Additional Praise for Little Lovely Things: 
"Little Lovely Things is an insightful and moving read that is well worth the journey." -- Vivian Schilling, bestselling author of Quietus

"Combining the suspense and razor-sharp outlook of a Gillian Flynn novel, Maureen Connolly's debut sizzles. I finished Little Lovely Things in one heartbreaking, tear-batting gulp. Connolly takes risks that make the reader's heart start anew. Finding shards of hope amidst the chaos of tragedy is a testament to both the writer, and the characters she creates." -- Jenny Milchman, USA Today bestselling author of Wicked River

Maureen Joyce Connolly is a former owner of a consulting firm that helped specialty drug companies to develop medications for ultra-rare diseases. Maureen received her Bachelor’s degree in physiology from Michigan State University and her Master’s degree in Liberal Studies from Wesleyan University. Her background in science and love of the natural world informs and inspires her writing. LITTLE LOVELY THINGS is her debut as a novelist. She is also an award-winning poet, published in diverse outlets such as Emory University’s Lullwater Review and Yankee Magazine.

Maureen is a foodie and appreciates interesting recipes. She also enjoys painting (especially flowers and sycamore trees), competing in races with her dragon boat team (Go Fierce)!, and reading (of course). She relishes spending time with her three children, her husband and her pets; a ridiculous terrier named Huckleberry, and a plump orange cat, Pumpkin.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019 - 2:00pm


On  Wednesday, August 7th from 2-4pm Peter Marabell will be in the store signing copies of his latest book, The Final Act of Conrad North. This is a free signing.

  

“Conrad North is a murderer,” the caller said. “People are dead because of him.”

It had been two years since Conrad North got away with murder. Two years. The cops didn’t put him away for Camille North, the prosecutors didn’t make the case, but Michael Russo still thinks he’s responsible for a killer being on the loose.  

Then one day, like a ghost from the past, a phone call; “This is Patricia Geary,” the caller said to Russo. “Conrad North killed Annie, too. I want you to get him for it.”
Suddenly, the two years vanished. Russo takes the case and accepts the daunting task of helping to bring a killer to justice. He chases the elusive Conrad North from Petoskey to Harbor Springs, Gaylord and the streets of Traverse City.
“Conrad’s a smart man,” AJ reminds him. “He beat all of you last time. This is personal for you. What if Conrad beats you this time, too?”
Second chances don’t come easily or often. Russo understands the risks because it’s his chance to clear his conscience and put a murderer behind bars.

      

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.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019 - 6:00pm


Join us on Wednesday, August 7th at 6:00pm for a wine and cheese event with David L. Roll for his latest book, George Marshall: Defender of the Republic. This is a free event, reservations are requested. 

The extraordinary career of George Catlett Marshall—America’s most distinguished soldier–statesman since George Washington—whose selfless leadership and moral character influenced the course of two world wars and helped define the American century. 
Winston Churchill called him World War II's "organizer of victory." Harry Truman said he was "the greatest military man that this country ever produced." Today, in our era of failed leadership, few lives are more worthy of renewed examination than Marshall and his fifty years of loyal service to the defense of his nation and its values. 

Even as a young officer he was heralded as a genius, a reputation that grew when in WWI he planned and executed a nighttime movement of more than a half million troops from one battlefield to another that led to the armistice. Between the wars he helped modernize combat training, and re-staffed the U.S. Army's officer corps with the men who would lead in the next decades. But as WWII loomed, it was the role of army chief of staff in which Marshall's intellect and backbone were put to the test, when his blind commitment to duty would run up against the realities of Washington politics. Long seen as a stoic, almost statuesque figure, he emerges in these pages as a man both remarkable and deeply human, thanks to newly discovered sources.

Set against the backdrop of five major conflicts—two world wars, Palestine, Korea, and the Cold War—Marshall's education in military, diplomatic, and political power, replete with their nuances and ambiguities, runs parallel with America's emergence as a global superpower. The result is a defining account of one of our most consequential leaders. 

David L. Roll is the author of The Hopkins Touch: Harry Hopkins and the Forging of the Alliance to Defeat Hitler and the coauthor of Louis Johnson and the Arming of America, a biography of Harry Truman’s defense secretary. A partner at Steptoe & Johnson LLP and founder of the Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation, a public interest organization that provides pro bono legal services to social entrepreneurs around the world, he lives in Washington, DC.

Thursday, August 8, 2019 - 6:00pm


Join us for an event at Petoskey's Crooked Tree Auditorium with Terry Gamble to discuss her latest novel, The Eulogist, on Thursday, August 8th 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 event@mcleanandeakin.com. 
From the author of The Water Dancers and Good Family, an exquisitely crafted novel, set in Ohio in the decades leading to the Civil War, that illuminates the immigrant experience, the injustice of slavery, and the debts human beings owe to one another, witnessed through the endeavors of one Irish-American family.

Cheated out of their family estate in Northern Ireland after the Napoleonic Wars, the Givens family arrives in America in 1819. But in coming to this new land, they have lost nearly everything. Making their way west they settle in Cincinnati, a burgeoning town on the banks of the mighty Ohio River whose rise, like the Givenses’ own, will be fashioned by the colliding forces of Jacksonian populism, religious evangelism, industrial capitalism, and the struggle for emancipation.

After losing their mother in childbirth and their father to a riverboat headed for New Orleans, James, Olivia, and Erasmus Givens must fend for themselves. Ambitious James eventually marries into a prosperous family, builds a successful business, and rises in Cincinnati society. Taken by the spirit and wanderlust, Erasmus becomes an itinerant preacher, finding passion and heartbreak as he seeks God. Independent-minded Olivia, seemingly destined for spinsterhood, enters into a surprising partnership and marriage with Silas Orpheus, a local doctor who spurns social mores.

When her husband suddenly dies from an infection, Olivia travels to his family home in Kentucky, where she meets his estranged brother and encounters the horrors of slavery firsthand. After abetting the escape of one slave, Olivia is forced to confront the status of a young woman named Tilly, another slave owned by Olivia’s brother-in-law. When her attempt to help Tilly ends in disaster, Olivia tracks down Erasmus, who has begun smuggling runaways across the river—the borderline between freedom and slavery.

As the years pass, this family of immigrants initially indifferent to slavery will actively work for its end—performing courageous, often dangerous, occasionally foolhardy acts of moral rectitude that will reverberate through their lives for generations to come.

Terry Gamble is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Michigan. She lives in Sonoma and San Francisco, California.

Saturday, August 10, 2019 - 10:00am


Join us for a free event with Kate Hannigan for her latest book, Cape, on Saturday, August 10th at 10am. This is a free event though reservations are requested. To RSVP please call us at 231.347.1180, email us at events@mcleanandeakin.com or through Facebook or Eventbrite. 

 

Hidden Figures meets Wonder Woman in this action-packed, comic-inspired adventure about a brilliant girl puzzler who discovers she’s part of a superhero team!

Josie O’Malley does a lot to help out Mam after her father goes off to fight the Nazis, but she wishes she could do more—like all those caped heroes who now seem to have disappeared. If Josie can’t fly and control weather like her idol, Zenobia, maybe she can put her math smarts to use cracking puzzles for the government.

After an official tosses out her puzzler test because she’s a girl, it soon becomes clear that an even more top-secret agency has its eye on Josie, along with two other applicants: Akiko and Mae. The trio bonds over their shared love of female superhero celebrities, from Fantomah to Zenobia to the Black Cat. But during one extraordinary afternoon, they find themselves transformed into the newest (and youngest!) superheroes in town. As the girls’ abilities slowly begin to emerge, they learn that their skills will be crucial in thwarting a shapeshifting henchman of Hitler, and, just maybe, in solving an even larger mystery about the superheroes who’ve recently gone missing.

Inspired by remarkable real-life women from World War II—the human computers and earliest programmers called “the ENIAC Six”—this pulse-pounding adventure features bold action, brave thinking, and an empowering belief that each one of us has the stuff it takes to be a superhero.

Kate Hannigan is a noted author with a special passion for stories that empower girls and women. Her picture book biography, A Lady Has the Floor, received four starred reviews, was named a Junior Library Guild Selection, and was praised by Kirkus Reviews as “an excellent, well-researched model of its genre, which will inspire children to do whatever they desire in life, no matter what immediate restrictions exist.” In addition to the 2016 Golden Kite Award for Middle Grade Fiction, The Detective’s Assistant also received starred reviews from Kirkus Reviews and BCCB, and was a Booklist Editor’s Choice; a Bank Street College Best Children’s Book; a Nerdy Book Club award winner; an Amelia Bloomer List title; a Chicago Public Library Best Book; and a Mighty Girl Top Pick for Tweens and Teens. Hannigan recently presented at NCTE on “Our Mighty Girls,” about girl power in middle grade fiction, and was a judge for 2018’s Golden Kite Awards. Between her active presence on social media (@KateChicago), her work as founder of the Hyde Park/South Side Chicago chapter of SCBWI, and as an busy conference speaker, Kate is an involved, vocal, and respected member of the kid lit community. Visit her online at KatesBooks.com.  

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 - 6:00pm


Join us for a wine and cheese reception with Anissa Gray to discuss her debut novel, The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls on Wednesday, August 14th at 6pm. This is a free event but reservations are requested. To RSVP please call us at 231.347.1180, email us at events@mcleanandeakin.com or through Facebook or Eventbrite. 

“If you enjoyed An American Marriage by Tayari Jones, read The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls...an absorbing commentary on love, family and forgiveness.”—The Washington Post 

“A fast-paced, intriguing story...the novel’s real achievement is its uncommon perceptiveness on the origins and variations of addiction.”—The New York Times Book Review
 
One of the most anticipated reads of 2019 from Vogue, Vanity Fair, Washington Post, Buzzfeed, Essence, Bustle, HelloGiggles and Cosmo!
 
“The Mothers meets An American Marriage” (HelloGiggles) in this dazzling debut novel about mothers and daughters, identity and family, and how the relationships that sustain you can also be the ones that consume you.

The Butler family has had their share of trials—as sisters Althea, Viola, and Lillian can attest—but nothing prepared them for the literal trial that will upend their lives.
 
Althea, the eldest sister and substitute matriarch, is a force to be reckoned with and her younger sisters have alternately appreciated and chafed at her strong will. They are as stunned as the rest of the small community when she and her husband, Proctor, are arrested, and in a heartbeat the family goes from one of the most respected in town to utter disgrace. The worst part is, not even her sisters are sure exactly what happened.
 
As Althea awaits her fate, Lillian and Viola must come together in the house they grew up in to care for their sister’s teenage daughters. What unfolds is a stunning portrait of the heart and core of an American family in a story that is as page-turning as it is important. 

Anissa Gray is a Senior Editor at CNN Worldwide and a contributor to Emmy and DuPont-Columbia award-winning coverage of some of the most consequential stories of our time. She began her career at Reuters as a reporter, based in New York, covering business news and international finance. Born in St. Joseph, Michigan, Gray studied English and American literature at New York University. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with her wife.

Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 10:00am


Join us for a free children's event with author Patty Brozo to celebrate the release of her newest book, The Buddy Bench. The event will take place in the store on Saturday, August 17th at 10am. Please RSVP by calling us at 231.347.1180 or emailing us at events@mcleanandeakin.com. 

A school playground can be a solitary place for a kid without playmates; in one survey, 80 percent of 8- to 10-year-old respondents described being lonely at some point during a school day.

Patty Brozo's cast of kids brings a playground to raucous life, and Mike Deas's illustrations invest their games with imaginary planes to fly, dragons to tame, and elephants to ride. And these kids match their imaginations with empathy, identifying and swooping up the lonely among them.

Buddy benches are appearing in schoolyards around the country. Introduced from Germany in 2014, the concept is simple: When a child sits on the bench, it's a signal to other kids to ask him or her to play.
 

Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - 6:00pm


On Tuesday, August 20th at 6pm, join us for a wine and cheese reception with Fleda Brown for her latest book, Growing Old in Poetry. This is a free event though reservations are requested. To RSVP please call us at 231.347.1180, email us at events@mcleanandeakin.com or through Facebook or Eventbrite. 

Sydney Lea and Fleda Brown, past poets laureate of their respective states and both nationally recognized writers who’ve given their lives to their art, have conspired to write an unusual book of essays. They’ve picked a wide variety of topics and headed out as they wished with each, covering a lot of territory, both artistic and memoiristic. Some of the pieces, like “Wild Animals,” are downright silly; some, like “Sex,” “Music,” and “Food,” are provocative; some, like “Clothes,” “Sports,” and “Houses,” appear ordinary but are ultimately revealing. The final essay offers, from each, a personal look at how a poet lives and writes in this troubling time. The excitement of this collection is in the details—how lives are lived and poems written over time, and at last, an entire body of work as witness. 

Fleda Brown is professor emerita at the University of Delaware and is a faculty member of the Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. She served as Delaware’s poet laureate from 2001 to 2007 and is the author of nine poetry books, including The Devil’s Child and Fishing With Blood, and two memoirs, including Driving with Dvořák (Nebraska, 2010). Her work has twice appeared in The Best American Poetry and has won numerous awards, including a Pushcart Prize and the Felix Pollak Prize

Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 6:00pm


    Join us for a wine and cheese event with Frances de Pontes Peebles for her book, The Air You Breathe on Thursday, August 22nd at 6pm. This is a free event, reservations are requested. To RSVP please call us at 231.347.1180, email us at  events@mcleanandeakin.com or through Facebook or Eventbrite. 

"What a wonderful book. The Air You Breathe was my oxygen supply." --Sandra Cisneros, author of The House on Mango Street

The story of an intense female friendship fueled by affection, envy and pride--and each woman's fear that she would be nothing without the other.

Some friendships, like romance, have the feeling of fate.

Skinny, nine-year-old orphaned Dores is working in the kitchen of a sugar plantation in 1930s Brazil when in walks a girl who changes everything. Graça, the spoiled daughter of a wealthy sugar baron, is clever, well fed, pretty, and thrillingly ill behaved. Born to wildly different worlds, Dores and Graça quickly bond over shared mischief, and then, on a deeper level, over music. 

One has a voice like a songbird; the other feels melodies in her soul and composes lyrics to match. Music will become their shared passion, the source of their partnership and their rivalry, and for each, the only way out of the life to which each was born. But only one of the two is destined to be a star. Their intimate, volatile bond will determine each of their fortunes--and haunt their memories.

Traveling from Brazil's inland sugar plantations to the rowdy streets of Rio de Janeiro's famous Lapa neighborhood, from Los Angeles during the Golden Age of Hollywood back to the irresistible drumbeat of home, The Air You Breathe unfurls a moving portrait of a lifelong friendship--its unparalleled rewards and lasting losses--and considers what we owe to the relationships that shape our lives. 

Frances de Pontes Peebles is the author of the novel The Seamstress, which was translated into nine languages and won the Elle Grand Prix for fiction, the Friends of American Writers Award, and the James Michener-Copernicus Society of America Fellowship. Born in Pernambuco, Brazil, she is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop.

Saturday, September 7, 2019 - 6:00pm


On Saturday, September 7th join us for an event with John U. Bacon at the Petoskey Middle School to discuss his latest book, Overtime: Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan Wolverines at the Crossroads of College Football. This is a ticketed event, tickets are $5 and will go toward $5 off the purchase of the book at the time of the event. Please purchase tickets through our website or by calling us at 231.347.1180. 

From “the poet laureate of Michigan football” and three-time New York Times bestselling chronicler of the Wolverines, a riveting and revealing insider’s account of the Jim Harbaugh era and a deeply reported human portrait of life within a big-time college football program. 

John U. Bacon is the author of five New York Times bestsellers, including Three and Out; Fourth and Long; and Endzone. He appears often on NPR and national television, and teaches at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and the University of Michigan. He lives in Ann Arbor with his wife and son.

Saturday, September 14, 2019 - 10:00am


On Saturday, September 14th at 10:00am Tony Steeno will be in the store reading and signing copies of his book, Beyond the Lighthouse, Over the Mountains. This is a free kids event, perfect for ages 4-9. Reservations are requested. To RSVP please call us at 231.347.1180, email us at events@mcleanandeakin.com or through Facebook or Eventbrite. 

Three friends embark upon a hero's journey, questing for a distant treasure. The way is arduous and fraught with peril, yet the trio boldly presses on. Much to their relief, help comes along when they least expect it --- a guiding bright light, help from a thoughtful village. But is the kindness of strangers enough to help the three friends survive vicious storms, fend off fire-breathing monsters and conquer their own fears? Find out as the adventure builds a toward a prize worthy of a treasure chest. 

Beyond the Lighthouse, Over the Mountains is a fairy tale of contrasting experiences where cozy spaces exist within the context of a formidable journey and dire situations. it is a book to be shared-- to be ready by a parent, grandparent, or friend, with a child they care about -- in the shade of a tall tree on a warm summer day, or snuggled by the fireside on a cold winter evening. 

Tony Steeno has lived a unique life. His experiences growing up and life as a dad strongly shaped Beyond the Lighthouse, Over the Mountains, his first book.
 

Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 6:00pm


We are thrilled to have J. Ryan Stradal back to the store on Thursday, September 26th for a 6pm Wine & Cheese reception to discuss his latest book, The Lager Queen of Minnesota. This is a free event though reservations are appreciated. To RSVP please call us at 231-347-1180, email us at events@mcleanandeakin.com or through Facebook or Eventbrite. 

 

A novel of family, Midwestern values, hard work, fate and the secrets of making a world-class beer, from the bestselling author of Kitchens of the Great Midwest

Two sisters, one farm. A family is split when their father leaves their shared inheritance entirely to Helen, his younger daughter. Despite baking award-winning pies at the local nursing home, her older sister, Edith, struggles to make what most people would call a living. So she can't help wondering what her life would have been like with even a portion of the farm money her sister kept for herself. 
With the proceeds from the farm, Helen builds one of the most successful light breweries in the country, and makes their company motto ubiquitous: "Drink lots. It's Blotz." Where Edith has a heart as big as Minnesota, Helen's is as rigid as a steel keg. Yet one day, Helen will find she needs some help herself, and she could find a potential savior close to home. . . if it's not too late.
Meanwhile, Edith's granddaughter, Diana, grows up knowing that the real world requires a tougher constitution than her grandmother possesses. She earns a shot at learning the IPA business from the ground up--will that change their fortunes forever, and perhaps reunite her splintered family?
Here we meet a cast of lovable, funny, quintessentially American characters eager to make their mark in a world that's often stacked against them. In this deeply affecting family saga, resolution can take generations, but when it finally comes, we're surprised, moved, and delighted. 

 

J. Ryan Stradal is a contributing editor at TASTE Magazine. His bestselling debut, Kitchens of the Great Midwest, won the 2016 American Booksellers Association Indie's Choice Award for Adult Debut Book of the Year and also the 2016 Midwest Booksellers Choice Award for debut fiction. Born and raised in Minnesota, he now lives in Los Angeles.

 

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