The genre abounds with summertime fare, including two new books in the theme that both so happen to be Michigan stories. Both are books I think we'll be hearing about. . . .
Seventeen-year-old Robin Adams vanished in 1976. It took the better part of a decade to find her.
A new book about a bizarre and complicated murder case that was eventually solved is earning rave reviews. It sounds particularly interesting to me because the story comes from Caro, Michigan, in the "Thumb" of Michigan, where I was born and raised and where my family has lived since the 19th century.
And, okay, maybe the place has some... quirks. As the author said in a recent interview, “We don’t run out of bizarres here.”
The author is a former editorial page editor for the Columbus Dispatch and editor at the Huron Daily Tribune. And he selected this story, of all the ones he must have heard and worked in a newsroom, as the most book-worthy. That's something.
I think I'll be hearing more about this book, as I've gotten note about it from several people who recommended it.
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I am glad that the University of Michigan press put its impratur on a new book about the Bath school massacre. I know a few dozen journalists who ought to bone up on their history with this title, the ones who failed to reference this crime when covering more recent examples of school violence. School massacres have so often been erroneously declared the "first" or "worst" by journalists who are not familar with the disaster that took place at Bath, Michigan.
It's the true but nearly forgotten story of a madman who killed 45 people -- most of them children -- with a bomb. He blew up the school. There is a lot of bad information about the case out there (Wikipedia is one place to find it), so I hope this new book sets the record straight.
Arnie Bernstein is the author of Bath Massacre: America's First School Bombing [Amazon; B&N], and he has a website for the book (and a Facebook page - which I hesitate to link to - is everyone on Facebook? Do I have to learn a new interface? Sigh.)