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Your Friday Five

America's High Five Edition

I'm off to my home state of Michigan... America's High Five! Here are five themes and five titles that go perfectly with a trip home to the big mitten.
Michigan
Wayward BusTheme: Buses and Trains
Book: The Wayward Bus. I will be riding a train and bus home, enjoying the calming ride across Pennsylvania and Ohio, perhaps chatting up some of the other passengers. I went through quite the Steinbeck phase once upon a time, and The Wayward Bus is a poignant, rarely read story about a group of day-trippers on a bus in California. I hope none of the events in the book happen to me on the way home. 
Sacred GamesTheme: Guilt
Book: Sacred Games. Guilt... I'm going home to be with my family... so... you know. Actually, it's going to be a wonderful time by the lake, reading and eating and swimming. The sprawling and mysterious tale of gangsters in India, I've felt guilty for not reading when it came out a few years ago. I'm going to download it from Overdrive as a perfect companion to my epic train ride. 
Richard the ThirdTheme: Pointless Conflict
Play: Richard III. On my way home, I will pass through Toledo, Ohio on my way to Detroit. Few people know that Michigan and Ohio once almost had a war over Toledo. The upshot was that Michigan got the Upper Peninsula. Shakespeare's Richard III is a beautiful play and is also about a stupid war. 
middlesexTheme: Detroit
Book: Middlesex. My favorite novel about my hometown... an epic, bizarre story of identity set against Detroit's tumultuous history. It has everything: mobsters, new religious movements, fake mermaids, and silkworms.
farm cityTheme: Urban Agriculture
Book: Farm City. Urban farming has become a huge part of Detroit's revitalization, and the contrast of the city's modern ruins with tracts of farm land is striking and beautiful. Farm City is a fabulous memoir of learning to grow food in the city.

-David