Explore Michigan!

The May display of Undergraduate Library books in the Shapiro Lobby focuses on exploring the state of Michigan. We have selected books related to local history, culture, and attractions. If you’re staying in town this summer, considering learning more about our state!

Oddball Michigan: a guide to 450 really strange places, Michigan: an explorer’s guide, and Backroads & byways of Michigan: drives, daytrips, & weekend excursions provide information related to local travel destinations.

Learn about broad local history through books like Michigan: a history of the Great Lakes State, Detroit: a motor city history, and Hidden History of Flint. Unique, nuanced histories are provided through titles like Untold Tales, Unsung Heroes: an oral history of Detroit’s African American community, 1918-1967 and Planning the Home Front: Building bombers and communities at Willow Run. Titles specifically related to Ann Arbor include Legendary Locals of Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor Beer: a hoppy history of Tree Town, and A History of Ann Arbor.

Interested in regional arts and culture? Check out Art in Detroit Public Places, Ann Arbor Architecture, Detroit Graffiti, and Grit, Noise, and Revolution: the birth of Detroit Rock n’ Roll.


This spreadsheet provides a complete list of the books on display and can help you locate the books after the display comes down.