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Jerome81
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Posted on Thursday, January 04, 2007 - 1:55 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

This is the memoir by Paul Clemens. Got 1 chapter left and I actually really liked this book. I think it has, at a minimum, helped me to see the picture a little differently. To better understand a different perspective that I either didn't think about or kinda poo-poo'd in the past.

Anyway, I would recommend it. It didn't seem to quite keep it up all the way to the end, but worthwhile I think. Curious if anyone else here has read it.
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Kathleen
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Posted on Thursday, January 04, 2007 - 6:45 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Some previous discussion on the Forum about this book:

https://www.atdetroit.net/forum/mes sages/62684/64253.html

https://www.atdetroit.net/forum/mes sages/62684/66703.html

There are a few additional mentions in other threads as well, which can be located using the Search function on the left nav bar.
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Ordinary
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Posted on Thursday, January 04, 2007 - 10:37 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I read the book last X-mas. I think it was mostly a tribute to his father. I remember feeling kind of disappointed/dissatisfied. I agree with Tweed's post on the first forum that Kathleen posted. He seemed too self absorbed.
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Wash_man
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Posted on Thursday, January 04, 2007 - 10:49 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I got over half way through and never finished. Lost interest.
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Bob
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Posted on Thursday, January 04, 2007 - 12:10 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

He is a little self-obsessed, but I think the book does give a very real view of how Detroit became the way it is. We may not agree with it, but it tell what the mind-set was of a lot of people of the time.
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Jjw
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Posted on Thursday, January 04, 2007 - 12:17 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The book was mundane. I was very disappointed with it's lack of substance.
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Esp
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Posted on Thursday, January 04, 2007 - 12:24 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I believe some people on this forum could write a more interesting book about growing up in Detroit.
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Patrick
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Posted on Thursday, January 04, 2007 - 12:30 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I liked it since my family lived in that area and I am familiar with everything. Had it been on the west side, I would have stopped after the first page. I didnt complete it either.
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Karl
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Posted on Thursday, January 04, 2007 - 12:41 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I endured it to the very end. I was intrigued by his rather liberal viewpoints being tortured by the very real decline/demise/destruction of the neighborhood/city/church of his youth. In the end, while it isn't completely clear where he fled, it is obvious he no longer resides in the COD. I would guess Kalamazoo or Grand Rapids (I seem to recall he refers to the "western" side of the state)
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Bob
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Posted on Thursday, January 04, 2007 - 1:17 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I will have to read it again. I thought in the end he lived on the East Side by Alter Road after moving back from college.
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Supersport
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Posted on Thursday, January 04, 2007 - 1:54 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I just read it a few weeks back, I don't believe he says where he lives by the end of the book, aside from it being a bordering suburb to the city.
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E_hemingway
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Posted on Thursday, January 04, 2007 - 2:09 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

There was an Hour Detroit story about the author last year. If I remember correctly it mentioned that he now lives in one of the pointes.
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Beadgrl
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Posted on Thursday, January 04, 2007 - 2:12 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I prefer true crime Detroit books to books like this one. Read Masquerade by Lowell Cauffiel for an interesting Detroit story.

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