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A Detroit Anthology

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  89 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
Detroit is a city of stories. In this, we are rich. We begin with abundance.

But while much is written about our city these hard days, it is typically meant to explain Detroit to those who live elsewhere. Much of this writing is brilliant, but our anthology, this anthology, is different: it is a collection of Detroit stories for Detroiters. Through essays, photographs, poe
Paperback, 240 pages
Published May 12th 2014 by Rust Belt Chic Press (first published May 11th 2014)
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Jul 28, 2014 rated it liked it
I've read a number of books on modern day Detroit, a city whose story fascinates me, which is why I decided to buy this one last year. It's described in the intro as 'a book by Detroiters for Detroiters', and I'd say that this may be the reason why I didn't enjoy the book as much as I thought I would. There are some interesting pieces within, but often I feel my lack of local knowledge hampered my comprehension. I also have to admit that the poetry was completely lost on me.

I still feel that Cha
Oct 08, 2014 rated it liked it
Worth the read (even if you're not a Detroiter -- and I'm not, but know a bit about the city from friends and relations) if only because all the pieces are extremely short, too: read one or two or three in a sitting, and put the book down until you're ready to read another. A couple of the pieces are eye-openers about different aspects of big American cities, their successes, their failures, and some possible reasons about why... Example: Reading about the Redwings' (ice hockey) stadium is an es ...more
Apr 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Beautifully and thoughtfully curated, this book painted a lush picture of life in Detroit. I know Anna is a champion of representing the city's complexity and nuance, and the selection and diversity of essays really showed us that.
Apr 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: nonfiction, poetry
Yeah, I'm giving this five stars. Yeah.
Apr 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read this book in fits and starts. I devoured the first 75 some pages in a matter of hours and then didn’t pick it back up again for days. Then I would read another hundred pages in one go and not pick it up again for weeks. Because I read it the way I did, my reaction to this book is kind of all over the place.

At first I was going to give the book a 4 or 5 stars because I found myself in this book, particularly in Shannon Shelton Miller’s “I’m From Detroit”. Countless conversations I’ve had t
Dec 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
The opening pieces were too dry for me, maybe because I read and hear the news of Detroit regularly. The poetry and short prose pieces didnt do much for me either. The book took off with Im from Detroit which explored what it means to say one is from Detroit. The pieces about growing up and leaving or staying in the neighborhoods touched me the most, especially the ones that didnt call for the past or renewal. ...more
Dec 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: in-real-life
This anthology of stories - a collection of stories, reflections and poetry about the experience of life in Detroit - was beautiful. As a recent arrival in the metro Detroit area, I was intrigued by the perspectives about Detroit's recent history economically, culturally, racially and individually.

I am very glad these stories have been made available, and even more glad that I read them.
Bill DeGenaro
Dec 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Read much of this volume with my honors students as they worked on ethnographies of fieldsites in and around Detroit and the stories deepened their perspectives. Really appreciated the pieces that drew on thick description and other ethnographic methods in service of more essayist ends.
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An honest, heartbreaking, and sometimes vulgar look at Detroit, through the eyes of its residents.
Apr 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
biased, since I work for the company that published this book, as with Cinci book. But if you care about 1) Detroit 1a) places like Detroit 2) the human soul you will find this book rewarding. Stories about places that are coping with loss in the way that Detroit is and has been and will be tend to only capture one or several--not all--facets of the struggle. I wouldn't burden this book with saying that it covers everything, but these essays/poems/stories/photos capture more of what makes Detroi ...more
Sep 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
A collection of short essays and reflections on Detroit. My favorite essay was the opening piece by Aaron Foley, who also wrote How To Live In Detroit Without Being A Jackass, which I read recently.
Connie Harrison
May 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Fantastically brutal in presenting the love-hate relationship of being a Detroiter, new or old, given the ironic historical circumstances that have befallen the great city. The very things that gave rise to its glory are the very things that catalyze its fall from grace. Loved Marsha Music's writing. Great collection indicative of a collective of artist-movement that is community based. Must read more from Rust Belt Chic Press.
Oct 17, 2014 rated it it was ok
This collection of essays both personal and informational, poetry, and photos is probably interesting only to those with a Detroit connection. Since I have lived about 40 miles north of Detroit for 40 years, much of the material was familiar to me. Disturbing and depressing mostly, though there were some hopeful and upbeat selections as well.
Christie Bane
Aug 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
I love Detroit, but I don't pretend to understand it or own any part of it. This book is full of writings by people who both understand it and are part of it. Little by little I am getting to know Detroit.
Feb 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
I love decay. Reading the stories about the decay of Detroit fed that love of decay. This collection of short essays takes a very real look at the decline of Detroit.
Joël Ramos
Apr 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Best book about all the hype around a re-birth of Detroit, looking forward while honoring the bright spots of the past
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Anna Clark is a journalist in Detroit. Her writing has appeared in Elle Magazine, the New York Times, Politico, the Columbia Journalism Review, Next City, and other publications. She was a 2017 Knight-Wallace journalism fellow at the University of Michigan. Anna edited "A Detroit Anthology," a Michigan Notable Book, and authored "Michigan Literary Luminaries: From Elmore Leonard to Robert Hayden." ...more
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