Creecy Book Club – Once in a Great City

Creecy Book Club – Once in a Great City by David Maraniss

  • The Everyone’s Reading 2017 selection
  • Tuesday, April 11th at 2:00 p.m. in The Southfield Room
  • Wednesday, April 12th at 7:00 p.m. in The Meeting Room

Long before Detroit became the poster city for the Rust Belt and urban decay, its leading indicators were already faltering. David Maraniss, a native son and a continuing admirer despite the city’s travails, chronicles 18 months, from the fall of 1962 to the spring of 1964, to offer a compelling portrait of one of America’s most iconic cities. The car guys dominated the economy and the culture of the city, calling the shots on every major decision, deciding the fates of workers and politicos. At the same time, the emerging music scene of Motown gave promise to the aspirations of black Detroiters. It was a time when Detroit was so confident that it was making a bid for the 1968 Summer Olympics.

But a report by Wayne State University already foresaw many of the demographic and economic changes that would eventually lead to the decline of Detroit. Maraniss highlights the class and race frictions that demarcated and defined the city and gives readers a glimpse of the colorful life of mobsters and moguls, entertainers and entrepreneurs.– Bush, Vanessa Copyright 2015 Booklist

Join us for a fun and lively discussion of this title at our monthly book club meeting!

 

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