National Hip Hop History Month

For many people, hip hop is more than just music: it’s a lifestyle. November is National Hip Hop History month and we wanted to take a moment to appreciate some great books that document the history of the musical genre and the artists that made it great.

The concise guide to hip-hop music: a fresh look at the art of hip-hop, from old-school beats to freestyle rap by Paul Edwards— Although concise, this book is by no means basic. Edwards explores the full history of rap, including old school, new school, and the most influential artists in the business. Myths and misconceptions are dispelled surrounding artists and their music. Whether you’re new to the genre or an old school b-boy, this book has something new for everyone.

The gospel of hip hop : first instrument  presented by KRS-One for the Temple of Hip Hop—In this bible-style manifesto, philosophy and practical knowledge are combined to provide instruction for hip hop as a lifestyle. The past of the genre is explored as well as ways to preserve it in the future through “Health, Love, Awareness, and Wealth.” Having drawn praise and criticism from a multitude of readers, this inspiring book will undoubtedly immerse you in the Hip Hop culture.

The hip hop wars: what we talk about when we talk about hip hop–and why it matters by Tricia Rose—Hip hop is changing. Rose is concerned that hip hop is becoming increasingly saturated with caricatures of black culture, such as “gangsters, thugs, pimps, and ‘hos.” Hip hop has become a venue in which society can talk about race; but, the overabundance of stereotypes greatly inhibits that conversation. Rose examines whether these stereotypes are a reflection of hip hop culture or if it undermines it.

Hip hop matters: politics, pop culture, and the struggle for the soul of a movement by S. Craig Watkins—Hip hop is more than its own culture; it has been integrated into politics, American pop culture, and education. Unsurprisingly, this culture has its greatest influence on young people. Watkins argues that the corporate takeover of the industry greatly influences young people’s perceptions of the world around them. Ultimately, Watkins argues for the positive influences of hip hop culture on the younger generation.

Hip hop: bring the noise: the stories behind the biggest songs by Neil Kulkarni—As in every great genre, hip hop is more than just the songs, but the stories behind them.  Rap is highly political by nature, and its complex lyrics are rich with backstories. Kulkarni’s book is filled with pictures and stories about popular songs from NWA to Eminem. These accounts help reveal the artistry of hip hop music.

Dirty South : Outkast, Lil Wayne, Soulja Boy, and the Southern rappers who reinvented hip-hop by Ben Westhoff–  East Coast and West Coast rap have dominated the hip hop scene since the beginning. In recent years, a new style of rap has emerged: Southern rap. Although it is looked down upon by the coastal artists, rappers like Outcast and Lil Wayne continue to be successful among listeners.  Westhoff takes readers deep into the South to explore these popular artists and the neighborhoods that inspire their music. While interviewing rappers, producers, and dance-craze originators, readers are exposed to the rich and complicated culture of Southern hip hop.

Book of rhymes: the poetics of hip hop by Adam Bradley—Poetry’s greatest influence might not be coming from who you might think.  Many of today’s poetic innovators are rappers, such as Jay-Z and Eminem. Although lyrics are sometimes controversial, they follow the many of the rhythms of traditional poetry.  Bradley argues that if we do not view rap as poetry, we are missing out on revolutionary works by contemporary masters of the craft.

How to rap: the art and science of the hip-hop MC by Paul Edwards—Do you aspire to be the next great rapper? Do you love the music but don’t know where to start in writing your own lyrics? Edwards provides a comprehensive guide to help new rappers in the craft as well as provide helpful tips for experienced lyricists. Filled with research and interviews from 100 of the greatest rappers today, aspects of the craft are explored in their complexity. Breathing control, literary tools, constructing beats, and free-styling are just some of the many insights covered in this extensive manual.

NaNoWriMo Challenge

Do you ever feel like there’s a novel inside of you that’s waiting to be written? Now’s your chance! November is National Novel Writing Month and every year, writers from all over the country take part in the NaNoWriMo challenge. The goal is to write 50,000 in the 30 days of November. Whether you want to officially register for the challenge or you want to create a challenge of your own, here are some great books to inspire and break up your writer’s block.

Writing Guide

The complete idiot’s guide to writing a novel by Tom Monteleone— Don’t let the title prevent you from checking out this complete writer’s guide. This book covers everything including interviews with bestselling authors, general writing techniques, writing genre fiction, and how to get your work published. This is a helpful reference book for any stage of the writing process.

No plot? No problem! : a low-stress, high-velocity guide to writing a novel in 30 days  Chris Baty—Get a leg-up on NaNoWriMo from one of the minds behind the writing challenge.  Baty provides pep talks and survival tips to help you through the grueling 30 day challenge. This book will help break your writer’s block and unleash your creative side.

The 3 a.m. epiphany : uncommon writing exercises that transform your fiction  by Brian Kiteley— Inspiration and the need to write can strike at any moment, sometimes in the middle of the night. Kiteley’s book is full of writing exercises designed to help you think, write, and revise your work. As the director of University of Denver’s creative writing program, he has crafted these exercises through his 15 years of experience. Transform your ideas and overcome your self-editing and doubts with this great book.

Spunk & bite: a writer’s guide to bold, contemporary style by Arthur Plotnik—Do you want to take your writing from blah to wow? Spunk and Bite is full of writing exercises to help you take your writing to the next level.  Plotnik’s book isn’t just for creative writers. It can help improve your everyday writing, such as business reports, memos, and emails.

Write is a verb: Sit down. Start writing. No excuses  by Bill O’Hanlo—The act of writing can be overwhelming. As a psychotherapist and writing coach, O’Hanlo brings unique principles and methods to help you sit down and write. These methods are meant to be customized to your preferences, so they work for you. These techniques include knowing how to manage overwhelming projects so you can finish what you start.

The pocket muse : ideas & inspirations for writing by Monica Wood— When writer’s block strikes, flip through The Pocket Muse! Full of pictures, prompts, and exercise, this book is great for breaking through the block and getting your creativity flowing again.

Help! for writers : 210 solutions to the problems every writer faces by Roy Peter Clark—Are you stuck in your writing process? Clark provides unique trouble shooting for the most common problems during the seven stages of the writing process. This book will have you looking for inspiration in everyday life from graffiti to the deleted scenes of your favorite DVD.

2015 guide to self-publishing by Robert Lee Brewer, editor—So you’ve successfully completed NaNoWriMo. Now what? If you’re looking to self-publish your newly minted manuscript, this guide provides advice on everything including cover design, copyright, and promoting your work. This book also includes great advice from successful independent authors.

Writers on Writing

Bird by bird: some instructions on writing and life by Anne Lamott—Writing can be overwhelming. Staring at a blank page, you might feel pressured to fill the whole document immediately. Lamott has a simple solution: take it one word at a time. Filled with great advice from her own experiences, Bird by Bird is a funny, insightful, and inspirational look into the life of an author.

The writing life: writers on how they think and work: a collection from the Washington post book world  edited and with an introduction by Marie Arana—Are you looking for a range of perspectives on writing to figure out what strategies work best for you? In this anthology, fifty authors share their tips and secrets to their writing success. This eclectic group of writers may contain the motivation you need to successfully finish NaNoWriMo.

Only as good as your word: writing lessons from my favorite literary gurus by Susan Shapiro—Shapiro knows that in order to be a great writer, you need to learn from the best. She shares her favorite advice from the authors that have inspired her career. Her mentors will quickly become your mentors for their support and advice.

Negotiating with the dead: a writer on writing by Margaret Atwood—What does it mean to be a writer? How do people connect with their audience? Atwood examines these questions and many more as she talks about her writing experiences and shares some of the great works of literature that have inspired her craft.

Whether you’re looking to write fiction, poetry, nonfiction, or a screenplay, the Southfield Public Library has books to guide your literary ambitions. For more information about National Writing Month, visit

Our ‘Big Ten’ of Football Books

There’s a coolness in the air (some days, anyway) and the football season is finally upon us. To celebrate, we compiled a list of ten great books about football from all different aspects of the sport. Whether you like to watch high school, college, or professional football, we have great suggestions for all football fans.

Season of Saturdays: a history of college football in 14 games by Michael Weinreb—Part memoir, part reporting of some of the most influential games of college history, Weinreb examines the coaches and teams that made the games great. From the first college game in 1869 to the debate over amateur athletes, Weinreb tackles the controversy and the changes that formed the way we know the sport today.

Breaking the line: the season in Black college football that transformed the sport and changed the course of civil rights by Samuel G. Freedman—In 1967, during the Civil Rights Movement,  the coaches from two black colleges, Louisiana’s Grambling College and Florida A&M, teamed up to bring integration to the sport at both the college and professional level. Together they redefined the game.

The Southern tailgating cookbook: a game-day guide for lovers of food, football, & the South by Taylor Mathis—Spice up your tailgate or game day at home with these great southern recipes. With over 100 recipes and tons of mouth-watering pictures, you’ll be sure to find a new simple or extravagant recipe to add to your playbook.

Gridiron gauntlet: the story of the men who integrated pro football, in their own words by Andy Piascik—In 1947, four black players joined the Cleveland Browns and the Los Angeles Rams to become the first African-American professional football players.  These and eight other African American men tell their stories of discrimination and success in the world of professional football.

League of denial: the NFL, concussions, and the battle for truth by Mark Fainaru-Wada and Steve Fainaru—In 2005, the National Football League concluded, “Professional football players do not sustain frequent repetitive blows to the brain on a regular basis.” Even the casual football fan can see that professional football can be a dangerous sport. This fast-paced story follows players from the field to the lab to uncover the health concerns and pressures professional football players face.

I beat the odds: from homelessness, to the blind side, and beyond by Michael Oher—You may have seen The Blind Side, but you can also read about Michael Oher’s transformation from homelessness to success on the football field in his own words. Oher separates fact from movie fiction in an attempt to inspire the many children who find themselves in a similar circumstance.

Friday night lights: a town, a team, and a dream by H.G. Bissinger—In the small, west Texas town of Odessa, things are falling apart. The Permian High School Panthers and their winning record bring hope and pride to their community. Bissinger examines the town, the team, and the coaches in a snapshot of pure Americana.

Bloody Sundays: inside the dazzling, rough-and-tumble world of the NFL by Mike Freeman—Dig deeper into the world of football with this great book. Freeman breaks down and studies the game into three main components—coaching, offense, and defense—and uses these sections to profile football’s most iconic players and coaches. He also delves into the “secret society” of gay players; as well as, the physical and mental problems players face.

Carry the rock: race, football, and the soul of an American city by Jay Jennings—In 1957, the Little Rock Nine became famous for their bravery as they integrated into a predominantly white school in the fight for education equality. On the fiftieth anniversary of this event, Jennings returned to his hometown of Little Rock to revisit the fight for integration and equality. What he found was the compelling story of the school’s unified and diverse football team.

Tales from Michigan Stadium  by Jim Brandstatter—Relive some of the greatest moments in University of Michigan football history. From the first touchdown at Michigan Stadium to Lloyd Carr’s legendary coaching career, this book is full of stories from the Wolverine’s rich history.

The Deen bros. get fired up : grilling, tailgating, picnicking, and more by Jamie and Bobby Deen—Whether you’re grilling at home or at the stadium, here are some more great recipes for game day. With a variety of sides and entrees, there are a ton of easy recipes to choose from.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame 50th anniversary book: where greatness lives  edited by Joe Horrigan and John Thorn—The Professional Football Hall of Fame opened on September 7, 1963. In commemoration of the hall of fame’s 50th anniversary, essays from famous football journalists, newscasters, and players were compiled to celebrate the sport’s rich history. This book contains sidebars, pictures, and artifacts to honor some of the greatest players in the sport.

Collision low crossers: a year inside the turbulent world of NFL football by Nicholas Dawidoff—Dawidoff spent a year behind the scenes with the New York Jets. Equal parts Moneyball, The Office, and Friday Night Lights, Dawidoff gets to the heart of the team and brings their season to life.

Fantasy football: 7 valuable lessons that will make you a better fantasy football player by Ken Kocon—Are you looking to improve your chances of winning your fantasy football league this year? This insightful book has tips and tricks to help improve your season.

Okay, just like the real Big Ten, maybe we got a little carried away. Either way, grab one of these great books to read while you wait for the next game to start.

Famous Friends

Have you ever wonder what it would be like to be friends with someone famous? Do you ever wish you knew more about a celebrity beyond their public persona?  We’ve compiled a list of fascinating biographies that bring insight into the lives of people we’ve come to admire locally, nationally, and globally. Grab your best friend and delve into the lives of these famous friends.

Sparky and me : my friendship with Sparky Anderson and the lessons he shared about baseball and life by Dan Ewald—Sparky Anderson was the legendary manager of the Detroit Tigers from 1979 to 1995. In 1979, Sparky met Dan Ewald and a life-long friendship was established. From the front row at the ball park, Ewald was able to watch one of baseball’s most memorable managers bring his passion and knowledge of the game. While Ewald learned about the intricacies of the sport, Sparky taught him the “unwritten rules” of life, which he took to heart.

Elvis: my best man : a memoir : radio days, rock ‘n’ roll nights, and my lifelong friendship with Elvis Presley by George Klein with Chuck Crisafulli—In eighth grade, George Klein  became friends with the new kid in school with a guitar. When George heard him sing, he knew his new friend was someone extraordinary. Travel back to the early days of rock ‘n’roll with the King and one of his best friends Follow the whirlwind that shot Elvis to the height of fame. This heart-felt and entertaining homage to his friend takes you behind the lights and gives a glimpse of Elvis Presley beyond his stage persona.

As always, Julia : the letters of Julia Child and Avis DeVoto : food, friendship, and the making of a masterpiece  selected and edited by Joan Reardon—Julia Child was one of the original culinary personality. In this collection of over 200 letters between Julia and her “pen pal” and literary mentor, Avis DeVoto, we get a unique glimpse into the deepest thoughts and feelings of America’s favorite chef. Not only do we experience the growth of a life-long friendship, but the burgeoning of her most influential cookbook.

White heat: the friendship of Emily Dickinson and Thomas Wentworth Higginson by Brenda Wineapple—Emily Dickinson was a reclusive poet whose work was not discovered until after her death. Thomas Wentworth Higginson was the abolitionist who commanded the first unit of African American soldiers in the Civil War. Dickinson sent Higginson four poems, which launched a friendship and an intense correspondence between the two, covering art, politics, and everything in-between. After her death, Higginson worked to publish Emily’s collection of poems, which made her one of the most influential poets of the 20th century.

Mrs. Lincoln and Mrs. Keckly : the remarkable story of the friendship between a first lady and a former slave by Jennifer Fleischner—Elizabeth Keckly was Mary Todd Lincoln’s dressmaker and confident during her time in the White House and early years of widowhood. Keckley bought her freedom in 1855 and settled in Washington DC. She quickly created a name for herself as a dressmaker in high society, attracting the attention of the first lady, who often felt overwhelmed by the social elite.  As Abraham Lincoln tried to hold the country together, Mary turned to her seamstress for companionship and advice, building a lasting friendship during a turbulent time.

I loved Lucy : my friendship with Lucille Ball by Lee Tannen—Although they met when they were children, Lucy and Lee’s friendship didn’t blossom until twenty-five years later during the last decade of Lucy’s life. Lee has written a tribute of the “lost Lucy years,” as Ball receded from the stage into her personal life. This book gives an honest and insightful portrayal of the final years of Lucy’s life, from quiet moments at home to traveling the world.

Mandela : my prisoner, my friend  by  Christo Brand, with Barbara Jones— When he enlisted in the army at 18 years old, Brand was confused and saddened by the realities of South African apartheid.  He opted to work as a prison guard instead of facing the dangerous life of a policeman or solider. By chance, he was given charge of South Africa’s most famous prisoner: Nelson Mandela. For over a decade, Brand watched Mandela face his injustices with dignity and hope. Eventually, the unlikely pair became close friends and, at times, accomplices. The two created a bond that would endure until Mandela’s death.

The extraordinary Mrs. R: a friend remembers Eleanor Roosevelt  William Turner Levy and Cynthia Eagle Russett—William Turner Levy was close friends with one of the most influential and admired women of the 20th century. Levy gives an intimate view of the former first lady and how she viewed the world. Russett brings a historical perspective to Roosevelt’s political and social accomplishments. Filled with intimate and fascinating anecdotes, the book gives a glimpse into the extraordinary life of the woman behind the public persona.

National Romance Awareness Month

Don’t let February fool you. August is National Romance Awareness Month. To celebrate, we wanted to read some great love stories besides the classics we know and love.  Here are just a handful of books filled with romance, laughter, missed opportunities, and deception.

One Day by David Nicholls—It’s amazing what a difference one day can make. On July 15, 1988, Dexter Mayhew and Emma Morley met.  On the same day for the next twenty years, a snapshot of their relationship is revealed. They face ups and downs and love and missed opportunities.

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon—After being torn apart during World War II, Claire Randall and her husband are finally together and on a second honeymoon in the British Isles.  When Claire walks through a standing stone, she is transported to 1743. Among fighting Scottish clans, she meets James Fraser, a young warrior. Together they experience a love so strong that Claire is torn between fidelity and desire.  Part historic romance and fantasy, the Outlander series is a complicated and adventurous love sage.

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger—Clare, an art student, and Henry, a librarian, met when Clare was six and Henry was thirty-six years old. When Clare was twenty-three and Henry was thirty-one, they were married.  Although this is seemingly impossible, Henry is the first person diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder, where his genetic clock is randomly reset and he finds himself misplaced in time.  Since his disappearances are unpredictable, it creates urgency to every moment Clare and Henry can spend together. Can their love endure their unusual relationship?

Love Stories introduction by Rosamunde Pilcher—This collection of romantic tales has stories from great authors, such as John Updike and Rosamunde Pilcher. In John Updike’s “A Constellation of Events,” a woman recounts her first affair. In Catherine Cookson’s  “Miss Geraldine Parkington” is about a woman who proposes to her gardener.  Rosamunde Pilcher’s “Lalla” is on a girl who gives up a modelling career to marry her childhood sweetheart.  Love stories has something for every kind of romantic.

Friends and lovers by Eric Jerome Dickey—Experience the love, betrayal, and friendship of two young men and two young women in Los Angeles.  This funny and heartbreaking story follows their ordinary and not-so-everyday lives.  Friends and lovers gives an honest portrayal of contemporary love, friendships, and the gender gap.

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion – Don Tillman is a brilliant but socially inept  genetics professor looking for love without much luck. In order to find the perfect woman he creates the Wife Project, a survey designed to weed out the smokers, the drinkers, and the chronically late.  When he meets Rosie, he automatically disqualifies her for the Wife Project; but, Rosie came to Don asking for help to find her biological father. While working with Rosie on the Father Project, Don quickly realizes that love cannot be quantified.

The Beekeeper’s Daughter by Santa Montefiore—Grace Hamblin’s life is safe and secure until her father dies.  She falls in love and marries her childhood friend, Freddie. He takes on Grace’s father’s duties; and, Grace is grateful, except there’s another man she can’t get off her mind. Years later, their daughter Trixie falls in love with a wild musician, Jasper, whose band might make it big. When Jasper’s brother dies, he is called home to England. Before he leaves, he asks Trixie to wait for him. Confident he will return for her, Trixie refuses to listen to her mother’s advice.  As both mother and daughter search for love and happiness, they must confront their past to change their future.

The Rocks by Peter Nichols—A mysterious and traumatic secret tears two young honeymooners apart on a small Mediterranean island. For sixty years, they never spoke to each other, despite living on the same island. Decades after they part ways, their children (unrelated) are drawn together in a Romeo & Juliet inspired affair. The Rocks is a multi-generational love story and mystery that slowly unravels as it moves back in time to the moment that started it all.

How to Tell Toledo from the Night Sky by Lydia Netzer—The Toledo Institute of Astronomy is a premiere center for astronomical discover and research. Here, George Dermont searches the stars for proof of the existence of God.  Irene Sparks, another scientist in the institute, creates black holes in captivity.  While they share much in common and long for a connection with a partner, their differences keeps them apart.  Irene and George were raised separately to be each other’s soulmates; and, their chemistry together is palpable.  Will the two astronomers ever discover the truth of their destinies and find out if their love is written in the stars?

A Lover’s Vow by Brenda Jackson—Dalton Granger is passionate and handsome; but, Jules Brandshaw, a private investigator, is not impressed with his player reputation. Dalton is determined to show Jules that he’s more complicated than his reputation and prove that he’s an honest and devoted son and brother. As Jules and Dalton work together to save his family and their legacy, they grow closer together and realize there is even more at stake then what they imagined.

For these and other great books to bring a little romance to your life, stop by the 2nd floor of the library.

Book to Movie Adaptations 2015

We’ve entered movie season. Now through the rest of the year, some of the best movies of the year will finally be released.   Unsurprisingly, there are a few stories making the transition from book to silver screen. Here are a few that that we’re excited to see:

Paper Towns by John Green—Quentin Jacobsen has been in love with his neighbor, Margo Roth Spiegelman, for years. One night, she appears at his bedroom window and convinces him to be the get-away drive in her revenge mission. The next day, Margo disappears. Quentin believes Margo left a trail of clues and is determined to find her.

The Martian by Andy Weir—Astronaut Mark Watney is the first man to walk on Mars. Six days later, he and his crew are collecting samples when a massive dust storm blows through. The crew flees the storm in the nick of time; but, Watney is trapped behind and left for dead. His communication with NASA isn’t working and he has minimal supplies. Despite the odds, Watney is determined to survive.

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn—Libby Day was only seven years-old when her mother and sister were murdered. Libby testifies against her brother, Ben, claiming he’s the killer. Twenty-five years later, Libby is contacted by the Kill Club, a secret society of people obsessed with notorious crimes. Libby agrees to find out more information about her crime—for a price. As she investigates her own story, she begins to doubt her original testimony.

A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson—The Appalachian Trail extends from Georgia to Maine.  At times treacherous, but always breathe-taking, it is on the bucket-list of many outdoor enthusiasts. With the beginning of the trail not far from his house, Bill Bryson sets out to hike the famous trail with his friend Stephan Katz. Overweight and a recovering alcoholic, Bryson quickly realizes Katz may not have been the best partner in this adventure. While introducing readers to the history and ecology of the trail, Bryson takes readers on a memorable misadventure filled with quirky hikers and bears.

Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer—Journalist and mountaineer Jon Krakauer was a part of an expedition in 1996 to climb Mt Everest. From the summit, there did not appear to be any indication that a brutal storm was brewing.  The storm killed five people and left many more in danger as they fought for their lives. Krakauer examines the event as well as his part in the disaster, which continues to haunt him.

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins—In the final installation of The Hunger Games trilogy, Katniss Everdeen has survived two hunger games and her home is destroyed. The rebel resistance is growing and a revolution is eminent. Without intending to, Katniss has become the face of the rebellion. Will she accept the responsibility and change the future of Panem?

Me and Earl and the Dying girl  by Jesse Andrews—On the first day of his senior year of high school, Greg thinks he has it all figured out. By keeping an extremely low profile, he hopes the remainder of his high school experience will be as minimally painful as possible. For the remainder of the year, he plans to make films with his friend, Earl. This plan works for about eight hours until his mother makes him befriend a girl who has cancer.

The Scorch Trials by James Dashner— This is the second book in the Maze Runner series. After surviving the Maze, Thomas thought the worst was behind him; but, phase two is about to begin: the Scorch. Thomas and nineteen other boys are forced into a scientific experiment designed to test their limits. The responses will be observed and the data will hopefully be the key to saving the human race. [/emebed]

Check out these great books before watching the movie adaptation. What film adaptation are you looking forward to?

Wedding Resources

Love is in the air! Wedding season is in full bloom.  Planning a wedding can be expensive. Couples that live Oakland County spend between $24,335 and $40,558 on average for their wedding (Cost of Wedding). Yikes! It can be overwhelming; but, we have a great list of resources to get you started. Check out some of these books to get organized, get ideas, and maybe even cut costs!

The wedding A to Z: everything you need to know—and stuff you never thought to ask by Karima El-Hakkaoui and Linda Hampshire—Hakkaoui and Hampshire provide a fun and comprehensive guide with some offbeat advice.  If you just started planning or if you need a few last minute question answered, you’ve found the right book. This book provides wisdom from wedding planning professions, doctors, celebrities, and magazine editors.

Your beautiful wedding on any budget by Todd Outcalt—Don’t go into debt planning a wedding! Outcalt’s book helps you plan a wedding on any budget. It gives great tips on creating budgets, saving money, getting what you want for less and much more.

How to have the wedding you want: (not the one everybody else wants you to have) by Christine Egan—From family members to wedding vendors, everyone seems to have an opinion on how to plan your wedding. Egan does a great job of explaining how to navigate sticky situations and formulate diplomatic responses. This creative and humorous book will help you with realistic strategies to tackle problems and have the wedding you and your partner envisioned.

Stylish weddings: 50 simple ideas to make from top designers by Jenny Doh—Are you looking to cut wedding costs by tackling some DIY wedding projects?  This book has great ideas that are both simple and stunning. The projects are broken down by wedding theme such as, “country wedding,” “natural and organic,” “vintage glam,” and “French-inspired.”  These quick projects will help you customize your wedding without breaking your budget.

Emily Post’s wedding etiquette by Anna Post and Lizzie Post—Emily Post was the queen of etiquette; her great-great-granddaughters Anna and Lizzie Post carried on the tradition. This etiquette book takes you through every step of the wedding planning process. It points out common wedding planning pitfalls and how to avoid them. This book is a timeless wedding guide, explaining everything from the engagement announcement to writing thank you notes.

The handcrafted wedding: more than 300 fun and imaginative handcrafted ways to personalize your wedding day by Emma Arendowski—Are you looking for more ways to customize your wedding through DIY projects? After discussing how to pick a theme, projects are organized by their type, such as save the date announcements, wedding programs, and reception décor. This book is full of pictures that will dazzle and inspire.

My fair wedding: finding your vision– through his revisions! by David Tutera—Celebrity wedding planner, David Tutera, gives the advice and inspiration that can take any wedding to the next level. This book contains advice and etiquette, quizzes to help you narrow in on your preferences, helpful pointers to keep the day stress free, and pictures with stories that will inspire.

The everything green wedding book: plan an elegant, affordable, earth-friendly wedding by Wenona Napolitano—Do you want to make your wedding more environmentally friendly; but, you don’t know how? More vendors are making “green” weddings more accessible to everyone. From picking to an organic caterer to finding an eco-friendly dress, Napolitano helps you plan the perfect wedding without leaving a large ecological footprint.

Makeup makeovers – weddings: stunning looks for the entire bridal party by Robert Jones—Whether you need ideas of how you want your make-up to look on your wedding day or you’re planning on doing your makeup yourself, this book will help you find the right look. Designed for the “every day woman,” this book is helpful for women of all ages and ethnic backgrounds. It has great instructions and tips to make sure you achieve the right look for the time of day or location so you can look your best in photographs. This book is great for all women in the bridal party.

To check out these and other great wedding and party-planning books, stop by the 3rd floor of the Southfield Public Library. For listings of local vendors, there are great wedding planning websites, such as the Knot, Wedding Wire, My Wedding and Metro Detroit Bride. Happy planning!