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Made in Detroit

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ISBN13: 9780307278531
ISBN10: 0307278530
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Paul Clemens grew up in the northeast corner of Detroit,

just south of the city’s famed 8 Mile border. Born the year

Detroit’s first black mayor was elected—the legendary

Coleman Young—Clemens’s moving and affectionate memoir traces

his own growth to maturity against the background of the

city’s long decline during Young’s twenty years at the helm.

Made in Detroit describes what it was like to grow up white

and working class in a city that had become emblematic of

white flight and urban decay. Clemens writes with passion

and unflinching honesty about the crime and the prejudices,

both black and white, that marked his days in Detroit, and

about the linguistic confusions that attend being a minority

in a city where minorities are the majority. His

neighborhood’s common denominator, Catholicism, helped keep

Detroit’s disorder at a distance. Likewise, Clemens’s father,

a car enthusiast and weekend drag racer of the kind only

Detroit can produce, helped keep at arm’s length the racism

that infected much of white Detroit. Though he may

have grumbled about the corruption and inefficiency of the

Young administration, he would not tolerate expressions

of racial hostility.

Made in Detroit is the story of a young man’s education in

social and racial realities most writers would rather

avoid. But it is also the story of a literary

apprenticeship in the classic American mold. In

addition to his youthful Catholicism, Clemens acquired

another belief—in reading and writing—and he embraced the

writer’s vocation with the enthusiasm that only those raised

in a household devoid of books can. Yet, in coming to grips

with Detroit, and race relations in America in general, he discovered

that there are places—geographic, mental, emotional—where

even literature cannot help.

This is a story about being caught in the middle: about

being white in a black city, urban in suburban America,

blue collar in an increasingly obsolete Rust Belt, and Catholic

in a place where churches close at an unprecedented pace.

Sparing no one—including himself—Clemens depicts with raw

authenticity and redemptive grace the realities of one

city’s, and one family’s, recent history.

Synopsis:

A New York Times Notable Book

A powerfully candid memoir about growing up white in Detroit and the conflicted point of view it produced.

Raised in Detroit during the ‘70s, ‘80s, and ‘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 collapse—from depopulation, indifference, and the racial antagonism between blacks and whites—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 one—particularly not himself—this is an astonishing examination of race and class relations from a fresh perspective, one forged in a city both desperate and hopeful.

Synopsis:

Paul Clemens was born in Detroit and raised on the city's East Side. His work has appeared in the New York Times and the New York Times Magazine. This is his first book.

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esoteric, January 6, 2009 (view all comments by esoteric)
Clemens expresses himself in ways that we all can understand.

Anyone in or from the Detroit area should read this book and pass it on to those that never can quite understand what it means to be "From Detroit"

A quick and easy read.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307278531
Publisher:
Anchor
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography-General
Author:
Clemens, Paul
Author:
Paul Clemens
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : General
Subject:
People of Color
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
cultural heritage
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20061010
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
256

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Biography » General
History and Social Science » Anthropology » Cultural Anthropology
History and Social Science » Ethnic Studies » Racism and Ethnic Conflict

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Product details 256 pages Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group - English 9780307278531 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , A New York Times Notable Book

A powerfully candid memoir about growing up white in Detroit and the conflicted point of view it produced.

Raised in Detroit during the ‘70s, ‘80s, and ‘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 collapse—from depopulation, indifference, and the racial antagonism between blacks and whites—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 one—particularly not himself—this is an astonishing examination of race and class relations from a fresh perspective, one forged in a city both desperate and hopeful.

"Synopsis" by , Paul Clemens was born in Detroit and raised on the city's East Side. His work has appeared in the New York Times and the New York Times Magazine. This is his first book.
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