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Sharon Whitehill Poetry Reading

Friday, September 21st at 5:30pm.

Sharon Whitehill, author of Umbilical Universe, will be at The Bookman reading her poems and signing books. Read more about Umbilical Universe below.

From the publisher:
Through the prism of personal crises, Whitehill’s poems mirror the flawed human search for connection. At the core of this collection are poems about a mother, her daughters, and the clash of competing realities—obligation to children versus the impulse to self-actualization.

“The book is my testament to the redeeming nature of love,” the poet says. “Though my life has been rich in achievements and human relations, my one great regret is having fallen so short of being the mother I wanted to be. But writing the poems has been restorative, therapeutic. I didn’t expect that, but it feels significant.”

Special Offer: Attend this event and be entered for a chance to win a $20 valued general admission ticket for the Diatribe Grand Showcase event in Grand Rapids!

The Great American Read

Great American Read

THE GREAT AMERICAN READ is an eight-part series that explores and celebrates the power of reading, told through the prism of America’s 100 best-loved novels (as chosen in a national survey).  It investigates how and why writers create their fictional worlds, how we as readers are affected by these stories, and what these 100 different books have to say about our diverse nation and our shared human experience.  

The television series features entertaining and informative documentary segments, with compelling testimonials from celebrities, authors, notable Americans and book lovers across the country. It is comprised of a two-hour launch episode in which the list of 100 books is revealed, five one-hour theme episodes that examine concepts common to groups of books on the list, and a finale, in which the results are announced of a nationwide vote to choose America’s best-loved book.  

The series is the centerpiece of an ambitious multi-platform digital, educational and community outreach campaign, designed to get the country reading and passionately talking about books.

The Bookman is sponsoring this fantastic program with WGVU. We are dedicated to providing access to great literature for people of all ages.

Find out more info here!

Poetry Lives!

Poetry Lives at The Bookman! All are invited to bring an original or favorite poem and share with a group of gentle folks. You are also welcome to just sit and listen, or participate in the always lively discussion.

Bookman Book Clubs

Great American ReadJoin a NEW book club!

The Bookman is starting up 5 new book clubs in conjuction with PBS' The Great American Read program.

Make your 2018 a "Summer of Reading!"

  • Each book club will only exist for five months, ending around the same time The Great American Read broadcasts its final show announcing America's favorite book. 
  • Each book club will be designed for a specific age group.
  • Every month will focus on a different theme, but each group has the same theme.
  • Time of each club will be announced later this month.

We've got more detailed info about the groups listed below.  But if you have any questions, or would like to express your interest in joining one of the groups, call us at 616-846-3520 or e-mail at

Reeths-Puffer AP Summer Reading

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A note from Ms. McGuinness:

Pick one memoir to read in July, and everyone will read "Station Eleven" in August.




Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace . . . One School at a Time Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143038252
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Penguin Books - January 30th, 2007

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Cover Image
ISBN: 9781400052189
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Published: Broadway Books - March 8th, 2011

The Glass Castle: A Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9780743247542
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Published: Scribner - January 17th, 2006

The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594481925
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 7th, 2006

A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374531263
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Sarah Crichton Books - August 5th, 2008

I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316322423
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Published: Back Bay Books - June 2nd, 2015

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812974492
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - July 29th, 2014

A Long Way Home: A Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9780425276198
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Published: Berkley - June 2nd, 2015

Station Eleven Cover Image
ISBN: 9780804172448
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Published: Vintage - June 2nd, 2015

Bookman Book Club - A Most Curious Murder

Most Curious Murder CoverJoin us at 7:00pm on Wednesday, May 30th for The Bookman Bookclub! This month we are reading "A Most Curious Murder: A Little Library Mystery" by Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli.

The discussion will be led by Liz Lystra

Jenny Weston moves home to Bear Falls, Michigan to nurse her bruised ego back to health after a bitter divorce. But the idyllic vision of her charming hometown crumbles when her mother's little library is destroyed. The next door neighbor, Zoe Zola, a little person and Lewis Carroll enthusiast, suspects local curmudgeon Adam Cane, but when he's suddenly found dead in Zoe's fairy garden, all roads lead back to her. Jenny, however, believes Zoe innocent, so the two women team up to find the true culprit, investigating the richest family in Bear Falls, interrogating a few odd townspeople and delving into old, hidden transgressions -- until another body turns up. Inspired by Alice in Wonderland, Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli's quaint and compelling series debut A Most Curious Murder will delight cozy mystery readers new and old.

This event will take place at 7:00pm on Wednesday, May 30th at The Bookman.

A Most Curious Murder: A Little Library Mystery Cover Image
ISBN: 9781683310174
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Crooked Lane Books - December 13th, 2016