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Painted Turtle

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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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
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Published: March 2014
ISBN: 9780814339824
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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
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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
eBOOK
Published: March 2013
ISBN: 9780814338575
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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
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Published: October 2012
ISBN: 9780814338124
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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
eBOOK
Published: September 2012
ISBN: 9780814338117
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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
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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
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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

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
eBOOK
Published: September 2011
ISBN: 9780814337103

MC5

Sonically Speaking, A Tale of Revolution and 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
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
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Published: September 2010
ISBN: 9780814336922
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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
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Published: September 2010
ISBN: 9780814337028
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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
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
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Picturing Hemingway's Michigan

Michael R. Federspiel

A compilation of personal photographs, historical images, and written excerpts illuminating Ernest Hemingway’s significant ties to northern Michigan.

Hardback
Published: May 2010
ISBN: 9780814334478

Techno Rebels

The Renegades of Electronic Funk

Dan Sicko
With a Foreword by Bill Brewster

An updated, expanded history of techno music with special attention to its roots in Detroit.

Paperback
Published: April 2010
ISBN: 9780814334386
eBOOK
Published: April 2010
ISBN: 9780814337127
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A Motor City Year

By John Sobczak
Foreword by Jeff Daniels

Photographs of the unique people, places, and events that make up a year in the life of Metropolitan Detroit.

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Published: September 2009
ISBN: 9780814334102
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The Slasher Killings

A Canadian Sex-Crime Panic, 1945-1946

Patrick Brode

Examines the postwar Windsor slasher killings and the social consequences of the public paranoia that followed.

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Published: September 2009
ISBN: 9780814334485
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Up the Rouge!

Paddling Detroit's Hidden River

Text by Joel Thurtell
Photographs by Patricia Beck

Chronicles in words and pictures a five-day trip made by two Detroit Free Press journalists up the abused Rouge River in metro Detroit.

Paperback
Published: February 2009
ISBN: 9780814334256
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The Guardian Building

Cathedral of Finance

James W. Tottis

Detailed photographic history of the Union Trust Building, now known as the Guardian Building, one of the architectural gems of Detroit’s skyline.

Hardback
Published: September 2008
ISBN: 9780814333853

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