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Pearl Harbor Remembered

Today marks the 74th anniversary of the surprise attack on Hawaii's Pearl Harbor by the Imperial Japanese Navy. The early morning attack on December 7, 1941 on the U.S. fleet stationed in the harbor, and at Hickam Field where 51 airplanes were on the ground, was the catalyst for the United States' entry into World War II. Nine ships were sunk and twenty-one were severely damaged and nearly half of the airplanes were destroyed or severely damaged. The death toll numbered 2,403 - 1,177 from the battleship Arizona alone.

New Books on the Biography Shelf

The year of Lear: Shakespeare in 1606 by James Shapiro


Life in motion: an unlikely ballerina by Misty Copeland with Charisse Jones


Reckless: my life as a Pretender by Chrissie Hynde


My journey by Donna Karan ; with Kathleen Boyes ; foreword by Barbra Streisand


Joy: poet, seeker, and the woman who captivated C. S. Lewis by Abigail Santamaria


The lost detective: becoming Dashiell Hammett by Nathan Ward

Edmund Fitzgerald 40th Anniversary

November 10 marks the 40th anniversary of the sinking of the iron ore carrier Edmund Fitzgerald. The ship sank in Lake Superior in 1975 killing its crew of 29. The date will be commemorated by several events around the state including those at the Michigan Maritime Museum in South Haven, and at the Great Lakes Shipwreck Gallery in Whitefish Point.

The wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald by Frederick Stonehouse


Mighty Fitz: the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald by Michael Schumacher


Gales of November: the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald by Robert J. Hemming

New Books on the Biography Shelf

Cooking as fast as I can: a chef's story of family, food, and forgiveness by Cat Cora ; with Karen Karbo


Had I known: a memoir of survival by Joan Lunden ; with Laura Morton


Fortunate son: my life, my music by John Fogerty ; with Jimmy McDonough


Rosemary: the hidden Kennedy daughter by Kate Clifford Larson


The face that changed it all: a memoir by Beverly Johnson ; with Allison Samuels ; foreword by Andre Leon Talley


Elgin Baylor: the man who changed basketball by Bijan C. Bayne