College student Joe Talbert has the modest goal of completing a writing assignment for an English class. His task is to interview a stranger and write a brief biography of the person. With deadlines looming, Joe heads to a nearby nursing home to find a willing subject. There he meets Carl Iverson, and soon nothing in Joe's life is ever the same.

In a life that spanned nearly a century and witnessed some of the most momentous events in American history, Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley was born a slave. A gifted seamstress, she earned her freedom by the skill of her needle, and won the friendship of First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln by her devotion. A sweeping historical novel, Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker illuminates the extraordinary relationship the two women shared, beginning in the hallowed halls of the White House during the trials of the Civil War and enduring almost, but not quite, to the end of Mrs. Lincoln’s days.

Past Years

2006 - "Pay it Forward" by Catherine Ryan Hyde
2007 - "Peace Like a River" by Leif Enger
2008 - "The Glass Castle" by Jeannette Walls
2009 - "How Starbucks Saved My Life" by Michael Gates Gill
2010 - "The Soloist" by Steve Lopez
2011 - "The Art of Racing in the Rain" by Garth Stein
2012 - "Major Pettigrew's Last Stand" by Helen Simonson; "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet" by Jamie Ford
2013 - "Eighty-Dollar Champion" by Elizabeth Letts; "The Day the World Came to Town" by Jim DeFede; "Night Circus" by Erin Morgenstern; "The Art of Fielding" by Chad Harbach
2014 - "The Leisure Seeker" by Michael Zadoorian; "An Invisible Thread" by Laura Schroff
2015 - "The Secret Gift" by Ted Gup; "The Orphan Train" by Christina Baker Kline
2016 -  "Safe from the Sea" by Peter Geye; "Delicious!" by Ruth Reichl

Please contact Cheryl Cavalear at 269-968-8166, ext. 504, with questions or comments regarding Battle Creek Reads.