Made in Detroit

Made in Detroit

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A New York Times Notable BookA powerfully candid memoir about growing up white in Detroit and the conflicted point of view it produced. Raised in Detroit during the a€˜70s, a€˜80s, and a€˜90s, Paul Clemens saw his family growing steadily isolated from its surroundings: white in a predominately black city, Catholic in an area where churches were closing at a rapid rate, and blue-collar in a steadily declining Rust Belt. As the city continued to collapsea€”from depopulation, indifference, and the racial antagonism between blacks and whitesa€”Clemens turned to writing and literature as his lifeline, his way of dealing with his contempt for suburban escapees and his frustration with the city proper. Sparing no onea€”particularly not himselfa€”this is an astonishing examination of race and class relations from a fresh perspective, one forged in a city both desperate and hopeful. From the Trade Paperback edition.One afternoon I parked along the I-94 service drive, climbed down from the truck, and watered a planter full of dying marigolds. ... When I got out of the truck the owner of a tiny Ford Festiva, the front fender of which was totaled, explained, anbsp;...

Title:Made in Detroit
Author: Paul Clemens
Publisher:Anchor - 2006-10-10

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