Made in Detroit by Paul Clemens
A South of 8 Mile Memoir

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A New York Times Notable BookA 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.


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About Paul Clemens

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PAUL CLEMENS was born in 1973 and raised on Detroit's East Side. His work has appeared in the New York Times and the New York Times Magazine. His book Made in Detroit (Doubleday, 2005) was a 2005 New York Times Book Review Notable Book. He is the recipient of a 2008 Guggenheim Fellowship.
 
Published October 10, 2006 by Anchor. 256 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History. Non-fiction

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If Detroit is grim and fraught, it is in its tensions that Clemens finds the material to make his memoir thrum like his father's dragster.

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A deep-running portrait of growing up in Detroit during the 1970s and 80s.

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Paul Clemens has written a memoir of growing up as a working-class white in a black city, Detroit.

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Entertainment Weekly

Born in Detroit in 1973 when the city was ''already black and getting blacker,'' Paul Clemens has produced a passionate, intelligent, but disorderly memoir of growing up white in a predominantly African-American city.

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