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Named after Michigan’s state reptile, Painted Turtle publishes books on regional topics of cultural and historical interest for a general readership.

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The People's Lawyer

The Life and Times of Frank J. Kelley, the Nation's Longest-Serving Attorney General

Frank J. Kelley with Jack Lessenberry

The nation’s longest-serving attorney general tells the story of a life that spanned two centuries and a career that helped transform consumer protection and public interest law.

Hardback
Available September 2015
ISBN: 9780814341322
$34.99
eBOOK
Available September 2015
ISBN: 9780814341339

The Orbit Magazine Anthology

Re-Entry

Rob St. Mary
With a Foreword by Jerry Vile

A history of three of Detroit’s most irreverent and memorable alt-media publications—Orbit, Fun, and White Noise—from 1978 to 1999.

Paperback
Available September 2015
ISBN: 9780814337318
$34.99

Yamasaki in Detroit

A Search for Serenity

John Gallagher

Explores the life, creative drive, and notable projects of modernist architect Minoru Yamasaki.

Hardback
Available September 2015
ISBN: 9780814341193
$39.99
eBOOK
Available September 2015
ISBN: 9780814341209
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The Art of Memory

Historic Cemeteries of Grand Rapids, Michigan

Thomas R. Dilley

Traces the history of the cemetery in nineteenth- and twentieth-century America, with a specific discussion of the art, architecture, and history of the cemeteries of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Hardback
Published: September 2014
ISBN: 9780814340196
$39.99
eBOOK
Published: September 2014
ISBN: 9780814340202
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Little Traverse Bay, Past and Present

Michael R. Federspiel
With contemporary photographs by Rebecca Zeiss

Uses historic and contemporary images to trace the region’s evolution to a modern-day tourist destination.

Hardback
Published: May 2014
ISBN: 9780814338193
$39.99
eBOOK
Published: May 2014
ISBN: 9780814338209
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Canvas Detroit

Julie Pincus and Nichole Christian

A compelling look at the contemporary art and artists that are transforming Detroit’s physical landscape.

Hardback
Published: April 2014
ISBN: 9780814340233
$34.99
eBOOK
Published: April 2014
ISBN: 9780814338803

Images from the Arsenal of Democracy

Charles K. Hyde

A photographic history of the American automobile industry’s World War II defense production.

Hardback
Published: March 2014
ISBN: 9780814339817
$39.99
eBOOK
Published: March 2014
ISBN: 9780814339824

Reveal Your Detroit

An Intimate Look at a Great American City

A Community Engagement Project Led by the Detroit Institute of Arts
Bradford Frost

Presents photos from a unique community exhibit sponsored by the Detroit Institute of Arts.

Paperback
Published: September 2013
ISBN: 9780814339633
$24.95
eBOOK
Published: September 2013
ISBN: 9780814339640
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Revolution Detroit

Strategies for Urban Reinvention

John Gallagher

A practical guide to what's working in urban reinvention with examples drawn from Detroit and other cities.

Paperback
Published: March 2013
ISBN: 9780814338711
$24.95
eBOOK
Published: March 2013
ISBN: 9780814338575

Michigan's Historic Railroad Stations

Michael H. Hodges

A photographic survey of 31 railroad stations around the state of Michigan with architectural observations and short histories of each.

Hardback
Published: October 2012
ISBN: 9780814334836
$39.95
eBOOK
Published: October 2012
ISBN: 9780814338124

Detroit's Historic Places of Worship

Compiled and edited by Marla O. Collum, Barbara E. Krueger, and Dorothy Kostuch
Photographs by Dirk Bakker
With a Foreword by John Gallagher

A vibrantly photographed historical survey of significant Detroit houses of worship.

Hardback
Published: September 2012
ISBN: 9780814334249
$39.95
eBOOK
Published: September 2012
ISBN: 9780814338117

The Glory Years of the Detroit Tigers

1920-1950

William M. Anderson

With a foreword by Dan Dickerson

Examines in text and vivid photographs a thirty-year span of Detroit Tigers baseball, from 1920 to 1950.

Hardback
Published: June 2012
ISBN: 9780814335895
$39.95
eBOOK
Published: June 2012
ISBN: 9780814335925
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Coney Detroit

Katherine Yung and Joe Grimm

A lively and thorough history of Detroit’s culinary icon: the coney island hot dog.

Paperback
Published: April 2012
ISBN: 9780814335185
$24.95
eBOOK
Published: April 2012
ISBN: 9780814337189
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Detroitland

A Collection of Movers, Shakers, Lost Souls, and History Makers from Detroit’s Past

Richard Bak
Foreword by Neal Rubin

Compelling historical snapshots of figures and episodes in Detroit history, from the familiar to the obscure.

Paperback
Published: September 2011
ISBN: 9780814334997
$24.95

The Stooges

Head On, A Journey through the Michigan Underground

Brett Callwood
Foreword by Alice Cooper
Afterword by Glenn Danzig

The story of seminal Ann Arbor punk rock band the Stooges, told through original interviews with the band members and associates.

Paperback
Published: September 2011
ISBN: 9780814334843
$19.95
eBOOK
Published: September 2011
ISBN: 9780814337103

MC5

Sonically Speaking, A Revolution of Rock'n'Roll

By Brett Callwood

A definitive history of the MC5 that considers the band’s musical legacy and revolutionary political roots.

Paperback
Published: September 2010
ISBN: 9780814334850
$19.95
eBOOK
Published: September 2010
ISBN: 9780814337110

"The Events of October"

Murder-Suicide on a Small Campus

Gail Griffin

The true story of a murder-suicide at Kalamazoo College and its rippling effects on the campus community.

Paperback
Published: September 2010
ISBN: 9780814334720
$24.99
eBOOK
Published: September 2010
ISBN: 9780814336922

Travelin' Man

On the Road and Behind the Scenes with Bob Seger

Tom Weschler | Gary Graff
Foreword by John Mellencamp
Afterword by Kid Rock

A photo-driven insider’s look at Bob Seger’s career from the early days to his breakthrough as a world-famous musician.

Paperback
Published: September 2010
ISBN: 9780814335017
$18.95
eBOOK
Published: September 2010
ISBN: 9780814337028

Reimagining Detroit

Opportunities for Redefining an American City

John Gallagher

Suggests ways for Detroit to become a smaller but better city in the twenty first century and proposes productive uses for the city’s vacant spaces.

Paperback
Published: September 2010
ISBN: 9780814334690
$24.99
eBOOK
Published: September 2010
ISBN: 9780814336052
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Boneyards

Detroit Under Ground

Richard Bak

An exploration of burial sites and customs in Metro Detroit and the historical and social changes behind our treatment of the dead.

Hardback
Published: September 2010
ISBN: 9780814333532
$34.95

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