March Reading Month

booksOften elementary and secondary schools celebrate March is Reading Month. There's no reason why we can't at Northern. 

NMU alumni are writing books on every topic. Here are some books they have written recently. Consider picking up one of their books to celebrate reading this month. 

For more alumni books, check out past editions of Horizons at


Murder Is a Bad Day To Have a Baby  by Jennifer Bennon, '03, '08 - Pregnant cop Freddie Nutter finds a murder scene in her mother's home, but the body is nowhere in sight. She struggles with grief and her relationship with her family while trying to solve the mystery of her mother's murder. 

Parlor Games  by Maryka Biaggio, '73 - this novel tells the story of May Dugas, a young Michigan woman who climbs the social ladder at the end of the 19th century. She finds herself in places around the world, pursued not only by men but by an enemy who intervenes with her plans. 

Miracle Beach  by Erin Celello '02, '04 - Macy Allen, an equestrienne who had a rough childhood, has depended on her husband, Nash, to help her through life. But when he dies in an accident, she finds herself drawn to his parents. Together, they uncover secrets that shake Macy's faith in herself and her relationship.

Mushrooms of Autumn by Don Giesen, '56 - This novel shares one woman's tale as she struggles to search for happiness and save herself from shame and guilt of her Catholic upbringing. 

Crying Bullets  by Conrad Johnson (John H. Byk, '84) - A war veteran and retired police officer uncovers a plan for a multiple-school shooting and has to work alone to stop it from happening. 

The Killing Song  by P.J. Parrish (Kristy Montee and Kelly Nichols, '72) - In this thriller novel, journalist Matt Owens invites his younger sister to visit him in Miami Beach, but she comes up missing. The only clue to her disappearance is a macabre rock song downloaded to her iPod. 

Heart of Ice by P.J. Parrish (Kristy Montee and Kelly Nichols, '72) - Louis Kincaid returns to Michigan to reunite with his family, but a relaxing vacation to Mackinac Island takes a chilling twist. 


Geology and Landscape of Michigan's Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and Vicinity  by William Blewett, '81 - This book explores one of the U.P.'s most popular gems: Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Blewett examines the history and geology of the area, and includes a hike map to major geologic sites, color photographs and detailed diagrams. 

Lake Superior Profiles, People on the Big Lake  by John Gagnon - Learn about the diverse population that lives along the shores of Lake Superior. Through biography, history, folklore, science and humor, Gagnon talks to a range of people, including a tugboat captain, Native Americans, a voyageur re-enactor, a monk and more. 

What Are you Waiting For? A Beginner's Guide to Weight Training by Jeff Hauswirth, '98 - With this book, learn how to improve your help by understanding elements of weight training in easy-to-understand instructions. 

The Cross Country Adventures of the Blue Highways Cycling Elite  by Eric  Krimmel, '82 - This book follows three friends who took a cycling trip across the country and the challenges they endured along the way. 

Raise The Flag  by James More​, '92 - In this collection of autobiographical and fictional stories, the author shares his own journey on finding value in an education. During this era of self-discovery, he also finds identity, a career and purpose. 

From Shifting Sand To Solid Rock by Melvin John Ruohonen, '70 - This autobiography takes a "brutally honest approach" on choices made to create the details of a life that ranges from happiness to despair. 

Deer Hunting by Richard P. Smith, '72 - New information was released in the fourth edition of this book to keep hunters up to date on new trends and techniques of deer hunting. 

Children's books

Pete The Pink Pelican by Sue Arndt, '71 - This children's book is about Pete, a pelican who is bullied because he's pink. But he overcomes it with help from his friends. 

A 'Tail' of Two Kitties by Sue Arndt '70 - In this children's book, a little girl gives up newly born kittens to a local shelter, and the retired couple who adopts two of the kittens gives them a home. All proceeds from the book are donated to the Humane Society. 

Tanner The Dragon by Aaron Krieger, '09 - Tanner is a young boy who wishes to become a dragon. Read this children's book to find out what happens when his wish comes true.