Detroit Is No Dry Bones: The Eternal City of the Industrial Age
by Camilo Jose Vergara, Universityof Michigan Press304 pp., $55, hardcover
Beautiful Wasteland: The Rise of Detroit as America’s Postindustrial Frontier
by Rebecca J. Kinney, University of Minnesota Press, 209 pp., $25, softcover
Out less than a month, Kinney’s book is about Detroit’s rebirth as the poster child for postindustrialism. It’s part personal memoir, part reporting, part academic dissection, drawing on life history, pop culture, photojournalism, architecture, TV news, and more. Turns out that frontier metaphors and urban regeneration have plenty to do with race and whiteness. (Surprise, surprise.) This could be the perfect book for that high school graduate who’s going to study urban planning at Wayne State University and living off-campus.
The Detroit Symphony Orchestra: Grace, Grit, and Glory
by Laurie Lanzen Harris, Painted Turtle Press 301 pp.. $39.99, softcover
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