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Album: Mayer Hawthorne, A Strange Arrangement (Stones Throw)

It's doubtful whether soul music is supposed to be this wimp-voiced or nerdily obsessive, but 29-year-old bedroom auteur Hawthorne – who writes, produces and plays many of the instruments himself – has created a deliciously vulnerable sound and persona that's as close to the Brian Wilson of "In My Room" as it is to Marvin or Smokey.

Short Girls, By Bich Minh Nguyen

A Vietnamese immigrant, Dinh Luong has always told his two diminutive daughters, Van and Linny, that America is the land of the tall. It's why he invented the "Luong Arm", a mechanism designed to enable "short girls" to secure items just out of reach. But as with his other inventions, such as the "Luong Eye", it's a design that's never been patented or sold. Of the two sisters, Van is the more serious and academic of the pair. An immigration lawyer with a preference for "sturdy chinos", she has never mastered the art of flirting. Meanwhile college drop-out, Linny, who works as a Chicago-based cook, flits from man to man. The two seem to share little in common, but at the start of this novel unexpectedly find themselves in the same boat: Van has been abandoned by her smug husband, Miles, and Linny by her latest married man.

Build it and they will come: How The Kalamazoo Klub won over the biggest acts on the folk music circuit

Paul Alcantara opened a folk club after despairing of a lack of live venues

Aliens in the Attic (PG)

A pleasant, inconsequential movie about resourceful kids fighting off an alien invasion in suburban Michigan.

John Hughes: Writer, director and producer whose Eighties teen movies captured a generation on film

John Hughes defined the 1980s teenager in a series of hugely successful and influential comedy films, including The Breakfast Club and Pretty in Pink, whose young stars became members of the group known as the "Brat Pack".

America, America, By Ethan Canin

Ethan Canin, who first made his name as a short-story writer, has turned his hand to a big, fat state-of-the-union novel. The narrator, Corey Sifter, is a 50-year-old Michigan newspaperman, who in his youth was co-opted by a powerful local family into Democratic politics.

Man's 1955 kidnap claim 'foolishness': dad

The father of a Michigan man who believes he was snatched from his real parents in New York half a century ago called the speculation “a bunch of foolishness.”

Why our ancestors couldn't ape chimps

Study of climbing abilities disproves long-held belief that the earliest humans were able to scale trees as easily as primates

Winter wonder: Michigan's small-scale slopes provide the perfect starting point for ski novices

Glancing at the icy speedometer as we barrelled along the narrow trail, I was astonished to see it creeping towards 50mph. Just minutes earlier, struggling to get to grips with this two-man snowmobile, 20mph had seemed absurdly fast. But then everything about this trip to the alternative winter wonderland of northern Michigan had proved pretty easy to master and, for a bunch of winter novices such as the five of us, wonderfully family-friendly.

Breakthrough could lead to new prostate cancer test

A newly discovered molecule linked to aggressive prostate cancer could open the door to better ways of tracking and treating the disease, say scientists.

Richard 'Popcorn' Wylie: Tamla Motown pioneer who became a cult hero for Northern Soul fans

The pianist, songwriter, producer, bandleader and occasional singer Richard "Popcorn" Wylie was in at the birth of Tamla Motown. He played on "Shop Around", a 1961 hit for the Miracles, on "Please Mr Postman", a US chart-topper in the same year by the Marvelettes, and also cut a rollicking cover version of Barrett Strong's "Money (That's What I Want)", the label's début hit.

Rupert Cornwell: Down trodden Detroit fights for its very soul

Out of America: How much worse can it get for a city, when a house is sold for $1, the mayor faces corruption charges, and even the T-shirts warn you off?

Democrat leaders snuff out Hillary Clinton’s last hope of the nomination

Officials decide Michigan and Florida delegates will only have half votes at party convention as Barack Obama suddenly quits his controversial Chicago church

Four injured as cargo plane splits in two on take-off in Belgium

An American Kalitta air cargo plane drove off the runway during take-off at Brussels's Zaventem airport yesterday and broke in two but there were no casualties, airport and fire brigade officials said.

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