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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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It Was All Right

Mitch Ryder's Life in Music

James A. Mitchell
With a Foreword by Mitch Ryder

The story of Detroit rock icon Mitch Ryder’s life in the context of the many changes in popular music, politics, and American culture since the 1960s.

Published: March 2008
ISBN: 9780814333372

Amos Walker's Detroit

Text by Loren D. Estleman
Photographs by Monte Nagler

A photographic tour of famous and infamous Detroit-area locations from Loren D. Estleman’s popular Amos Walker series of detective novels.

Published: August 2007
ISBN: 9780814333570
Published: August 2007
ISBN: 9780814335512

Sonny Sez!

Legends, Yarns, and Downright Truths

Sonny Eliot
Drawings by Draper Hill
Edited by Stanley D. Williams
Foreword by Dick Guindon

A charming collection of wit and wisdom from Detroit personality Sonny Eliot, fully illustrated by award-winning cartoonist Draper Hill.

Published: August 2007
ISBN: 9780814335574

Connecting the Dots

Tyree Guyton's Heidelberg Project

A collection of varied reflections on the Heidelberg Project, a Detroit art installation that has garnered international acclaim and has been the focus of local controversy.

Published: June 2007
ISBN: 9780814333204

American City

Detroit Architecture, 1845-2005

Text by Robert Sharoff
Photographs by William Zbaren

A stunning tribute to Detroit’s architectural heritage, this book features 90 full-color photographs of the city’s most impressive buildings.

Published: October 2005
ISBN: 9780814332702