If you're looking for something to read in the New Year, the Library of Michigan just released its list of 2016 Notable Books.
Making the list this year is local author Maureen Abood, for her cookbook, "Rose Water and Orange Blossoms: Fresh and Classic Recipes from my Lebanese Kitchen."
Abood told a local podcast this summer that the book is the result of answering her calling.
"I was working and living in Chicago for many years, working in fundraising and doing good work, but feeling like I had other work to do, my own work, my vocation, really, which was to write about food."
David Moraniss's "Once in a Great City: A Detroit Story" was also named a notable book. So was Angela Flournoy's debut novel, "The Turner House." The book already nabbed several other awards, and made many book blogs' lists of best books in 2015.
For kids, The Library of Michigan is also honoring Alison DeCamp's "My Near-Death Adventures, 99% True."
In all, 20 books were named 2016 Michigan Notable Books. The full list is currently available on the Detroit Free Press website, and will be posted to the Library of Michigan's website soon.