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Detroit: An American Autopsy – It’s What We’re Reading


September 2014 A monthly offering from Drexel Library’s staff about the books we’ve read.

Detroit: An American Autopsy Detroit: An American Autopsy
Charlie LeDuff

Charlie LeDuff, a Pulitzer-prize winning journalist, was born and raised in the once-proud city of Detroit – a city once in the vanguard, now a place of rust, decay, and desolation returning to its wild roots. But it seems there is something about the dying city that tugs at the author’s heartstrings and begs for him to share its voice with the rest of us.

So he moves back to Detroit — actually only to the edge of it — and shares with us some of his experiences along the way. We hear about the plight of a group of firefighters in a city that lacks basic resources. We laugh with them, we cry with them. We feel a bit of their pain. Sometimes it gets deeply personal as we hear about his childhood and his extended family members, some who were lost to the city.

According to LeDuff, where Detroit goes, so goes America. If this is true, we may all want to pay more attention. This book is available in the Post Learning Commons Popular Reading (1st floor).

Note: Charlie is interviewed on location in Detroit in CNN’s Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown: Detroit.