Michigan Notable Books 2012.03.28

Written by David Green.

Stair Public Library was chosen again this year to serve as a host site for the Michigan Notable Books author tour.

Dr. Anthony Youn, who wrote the book “In Stitches: a memoir” with Alan Eisenstock, will visit Stair at 4 p.m. SundayApril 29 to talk about his book and his life.

Dr. Youn, a Korean-American plastic surgeon based in Troy, Mich., is well known in his field and has made several visits to the Rachael Ray Show to talk about facelifts, how to look younger, cellulite solutions and more. He’s also presented a segment about how to spot plastic surgery.

He’s written several scientific papers and he’s been quoted in many popular magazine articles. His “Celebrity Cosmetic Surgery” blog is considered the most popular in the country for plastic surgery talk.

Success in his field came long after his “awkward nerd” teen-age years. His book tells of the transition from the shy, skinny kid growing up in Greenville, Mich., to his current standing among the top plastic surgeons. It’s described as a “hilarious fish-out-of-water” memoir that tells what it’s like to become a doctor.

Augmentation

When a Michigan Notable Book author visits Stair Public Library, there are always several related activities to augment, lift and inject interest into the author’s talk.

Library staff members are planning a range of activities prior to Dr. Youn’s visit. Activities under consideration include a spa program with free samples, a yoga class and Korean food.

High school teacher Heather Walker’s AP English classes will explore topics including body image, eating disorders,  and changing ideas of beauty over time and in different cultures.

She expects a creative writing project to emerge from the unit. Maybe she’ll receive some heart-wrenching poetry about the trials and tribulations of being a teenager.

Kym Ries’s art students will present a display of work focusing on the transformation of the face. Students studied cultures that decorate the face, such as the Nuba people of South Africa, and did their own facial decorations following patterns from abroad.

A display of photographs and other art workwill be in place at the library starting April 9.

Expect other activities to be on the agenda in late April.

In addition to his visit in Morenci, Youn will speak at the Grand Rapids Public Library, the East Lansing Public Library and Houghton Lake Public Library.

Morenci’s Notable

Author Visits

• Steve Amick, 2006, “The Lake, the River and the Other Lake”

• Tyree Guyton, 2008, “Connecting the Dots: Tyree Guyton’s Heidleberg Project”

• Michael Rosenberg, 2009, “War as They Knew It: Woody Hayes, Bo Schembechler, and America in a Time of Unrest”

• Steve Luxemburg, 2010, “Annie’s Ghosts”

• Steve Lehto, 2011, “Chrysler’s Turbine Car: the rise and fall of Detroit’s coolest creation”

• Anthony Youn, 2012, “In Stitches: a memoir”

Other Michigan Notable Books chosen for 2012 by the Library of Michigan are available for loan at Stair Public Library.

Adult fiction

“South of Superior” by Ellen Airgood

“Once Upon a River” by Bonnie Jo Campbell

“Misery Bay” by Steve Hamilton 

“Motor City Shakedown” by D. E. Johnson

“Wire to Wire” by Scott Sparling

Adult non-fiction

“Elly Peterson: ‘mother’ of the moderates” by Sara Fitzgerald

“Everyday Klansfolk: white protestant life and the KKK in 1920s Michigan” by Craig Fox 

“Ghost Writers: us haunting them: contemporary Michigan literature” edited by Keith Taylor and Laura Kasischke 

“Hank Greenberg: the hero who didn't want to be one” by Mark Kurlansky

“Here Comes Trouble: stories from my life” by Michael Moore

“Jacobson’s, I miss it so! : the story of a Michigan fashion institution” by Bruce Allen Kopytek 

“Michigan and the Civil War: a great and bloody sacrifice” by Jack Dempsey 

“Once Upon a Car: the fall and resurrection of America's big three auto makers—GM, Ford, and Chrysler” by Bill Vlasic

“Songs of Unreason” poetry by Jim Harrison 

Juvenile fiction

“Miss Martin is a Martian” by Colleen Murray Fisher; illustrated by Jared Chapman

Juvenile non-fiction

“Magic trash—a story of Tyree Guyton and his art celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Heidelberg Project” by J.H. Shapiro

“A nation’s hope: the story of boxing legend Joe Louis” by Matt de la Pea.

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