Exploring the Weird and Wonderful: Amy Piper’s Guide to Secret Michigan

You’re going to be captivated by this book released just this week. Authored by my friend Amy Piper, Secret Michigan: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure unveils a treasure trove of intriguing tales.

From the only king who ruled in the United States to the only President who was also a king, this book dives deep into the enthralling histories that dot familiar Michigan locales.

Immerse yourself in the automotive legacy of a state famed for its love of cars, discovering the story behind

  • the globe’s largest tire,
  • the unique state highway forbidding motorized traffic and
  • the ship recognized as an extension of a US highway.

“Secret Michigan” is your gateway to unraveling these enigmas and many more. So buy the book now—it will be the perfect companion for relaxing at the beach or curling up next to the fire.

It also makes a thoughtful gift for the Michiganders on your list!

Secret Michigan includes weird museums, raft adventures and shipwrecks

Venture into bizarre museums where holding a human skull for a photo isn’t out of the ordinary, experience the pristine natural beauty where rafting above crystalline springs reveals the fish swimming beneath and uncover hidden shipwrecks lying in the depths of shipwreck alley.

Secret Michigan: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure

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This book not only explores places but also the remarkable individuals who shaped Michigan’s history—like a renowned rock band that changed the fortune of a local football team, the first Black woman who won a legal battle against a White man, and the survivor of the Nagasaki atomic bombing.

While some might prefer these stories remain untold, local writer Amy Piper draws back the curtain, sharing secrets that many in Michigan might rather keep under wraps.

Secret Michigan: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure is available on Amazon or wherever books are sold.

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About My Friend, the Author of Secret Michigan

While Amy Piper is a lifelong Michigander, she’s had adventures worldwide.

Worldwide adventure

Bomb-sniffing dogs chased her in the middle of the night in Bogota, gate agents refused her boarding to Paraguay (wrong visa), and US Marshals announced her seat number on a plane while looking for a murder suspect (she’d traded seats). It’s always an adventure!

She even finds adventure in her home state of Michigan, where she lives in Lansing with her husband, Ross Dingman, her daughter, Alexis, and two granddaughters.

Serving others

Amy and I serve together on the Board of Directors for IFWTWA (International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Assn™).

 Discover Amy Piper’s adventures at FollowthePiper.com.

Buy ‘Secret Michigan’ now

Find out more about this fabulous book on Amazon.

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Hi, I’m Stacey

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