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Happy Anyway: A Flint Anthology

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A collection of essays and personal narratives, the book captures a confounding, contradictory city, proving that Flint is far more than the common narrative of an industrial town picking itself up after a big company has moved out or as the site of a devastating public health crisis. The stories delve into the lives within the city—what it was like to be a child on the ea ...more
Paperback, 200 pages
Published July 13th 2016 by Belt Publishing
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Liz
It was a little weird reading about people and a city I have tangential knowledge of, even after working in it for 3 years. There is still so much to discover about Flint and this book helped to illuminate some of those secrets. Does it cover every aspect and demographic if the city? No, but it tries very hard to do so and creates a fairly broad spectrum of experiences: joyful, tragic, fearful, hopeful, and resilient. This book is for anyone who wants to learn about Flint beyond the water crisis ...more
Nicholas Gregory
Aug 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This collection of essays is a must-read for anyone who loves Flint, wants to know Flint or even those people whose hearts have been broken by Flint. Varied, engaging and authentic like the city itself, Happy Anyway is a collection of essays from talented local writers. Man, it just works. Read it and you'll see what I mean.
Alan
Sep 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
More than a collection of essays. The collection brings older and younger voices of Flint pointing to the complexity of a city that boomed and blighted over the course of a century and a half. The complexity points to the danger of simplifying the city to the notorious and criminal poisoning of the city's water supply. Other Rust Belt cities may have similar storylines, but this anthology captures the unique features of this city that once provided an enviable middle-class livelihood for 200,000 ...more
Cathy L.
Feb 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is my Flint. I am Flint.
Kayla
Aug 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
(4.5/5) I still have a couple essays left to read in this (although I should've finished by the end of last fall semester, sorry Dave), but I'm not sure when I'll get to finishing them so I'll just share my thoughts now. For a book that I was assigned to read for my college english course, it was actually quite remarkable. I found myself interested in almost every essay in the anthology. My favorite out of all was "Hyphen Flint" which was deeply relatable for me being a student of the university ...more
Patrick Hayes
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In the 15ish years I have lived and/or worked in Flint, the prevailing characteristic is that everyone here has a "Flint" story. That might not be appreciably different or remarkable in comparison to any other down-on-its-luck Rust Belt city, and my noticing that trait might speak more to my own naivete and lack of living anywhere else for an extended period of time, but Flint is home.

I was proud to contribute an essay about my experiences covering Flint basketball to this book, and humbled that
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Elizabeth
Nov 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So many passages of this book made my heart ache. Ache for how much I love my hometown and ache for how much sadness I have for it. I always feel that way when I think of Flint - that push and pull of love and sadness. This anthology did a great job of capturing both those emotions, while also representing Flint in a real way. It didn’t romanticize Flint’s troubles, or cast it as a war zone on the brink of oblivion. Flint is a city with bad water, poverty, violence. But it’s also a city with mon ...more
Matt
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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This is a terrific book about my hometown. Having spent my early childhood in Flint, this book connected with some of what I know and deepened my knowledge of Flint. As an anthology, some of the essays are better than others and, inevitably, some will resonant more with certain people than others--that's to be expected. But these essays are diverse and heartfelt and range a broad spectrum of foci, tone, and style. One of my favorites was about the collective trying to organize community gardens ...more
UM-Flint
There is so much to discover about Flint and this book helped to illuminate some of those secrets and perspectives. Does it cover every aspect and demographic if the city? No, but it tries very hard to do so and creates a fairly broad spectrum of experiences: joyful, tragic, fearful, hopeful, and resilient.
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