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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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Scratching the Surface

Adventures in Storytelling

A Memoir by Harvey Ovshinsky
Foreword by Don Gonyea

The inspiring story of one of Detroit’s most creative and prolific storytellers.

Paperback
Published: March 2021
ISBN: 9780814344743
$27.99
eBOOK
Published: March 2021
ISBN: 9780814344750
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Guardians of Detroit

Architectural Sculpture in the Motor City

Jeff Morrison

Building-by-building pictorial and historical survey of the remarkable collection of architectural sculpture found in Detroit.

Hardcover
Published: March 2019
ISBN: 9780814345702
$42.99
eBOOK
Published: March 2019
ISBN: 9780814345719
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The Faygo Book

Joe Grimm

The story behind Faygo, a Detroit soft drink company since 1907.

Paperback
Published: October 2018
ISBN: 9780814345856
$24.99
eBOOK
Published: October 2018
ISBN: 9780814345863
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Brewed in Michigan

The New Golden Age of Brewing in the Great Beer State

William Rapai

A celebration of Michigan craft beer.

Paperback
Published: October 2017
ISBN: 9780814342107
$34.99
eBOOK
Published: October 2017
ISBN: 9780814342114
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The Detroit Public Library

An American Classic

Barbara Madgy Cohn and Patrice Rafail Merritt

A photographic tour of the Detroit Public Library’s rich art and architectural history.

Hardcover
Published: May 2017
ISBN: 9780814342329
$36.99
eBOOK
Published: May 2017
ISBN: 9780814342336
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Saving Arcadia

A Story of Conservation and Community in the Great Lakes

Heather Shumaker

A David and Goliath conservation story set on Lake Michigan.

Paperback
Published: April 2017
ISBN: 9780814342046
$24.99
eBOOK
Published: April 2017
ISBN: 9780814342053

Essay'd

30 Detroit Artists

Written, edited, and compiled by Dennis Alan Nawrocki, Steve Panton, Matthew Piper, and Sarah Rose Sharp

Thirty illustrated essays highlighting a variety of best-loved and little-known Detroit artists.

Paperback
Published: August 2016
ISBN: 9780814342275
$25.00

Detroit's Eastern Market

A Farmers Market Shopping and Cooking Guide, Third Edition

Lois Johnson and Margaret Thomas
Photographs by Bruce Harkness

An updated guide to Detroit’s renowned open-air farmers market, featuring stories and recipes from four generations of families, with new information, photos, and recipes.

Paperback
Published: May 2016
ISBN: 9780814341599
$24.99
eBOOK
Published: May 2016
ISBN: 9780814341605
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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.

Hardcover
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.

Hardcover
Published: May 2014
ISBN: 9780814338193
$39.99
eBOOK
Published: May 2014
ISBN: 9780814338209

Images from the Arsenal of Democracy

Charles K. Hyde

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

Hardcover
Published: March 2014
ISBN: 9780814339817
$39.99
eBOOK
Published: March 2014
ISBN: 9780814339824
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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.

Hardcover
Published: September 2008
ISBN: 9780814333853
$60.00

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.

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Published: August 2007
ISBN: 9780814335574
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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.

Hardcover
Published: June 2007
ISBN: 9780814333204
$60.00