Our Growing Book Collection

Books in parlor

Today a slew of new books were added to our collection in the parlor. We have a Detroit-themed collection, which may seem narrow, but the titles are quite varying. There are a number of books about Detroit architecture (such as American City: Detroit Architecture 1845-2005), biographies (such as Joe Louis: Black Champion in White America and Hard Stuff: The Autobiography of Mayor Coleman A. Young), the arts (such as Discovering Stained Glass in Detroit) and much more.

A personal favorite of mine is Arc of Justice, the story of Dr. Ossian Sweet, a Detroit doctor whose move in the mid-1920’s to a previously all-white neighborhood led to a mob gathering outside of his house, shots fired, and men killed. Dr. Sweet was defended by Clarence Darrow, and became a symbolic figure within the civil rights movement.

Our most current book, just published this month, is Once in a Great City: A Detroit Story by David Maraniss, is a portrait of 1963 Detroit. The New York Times review is here.

We even have the beginnings of a children’s collection, with our first picture book, What Do You Do With An Idea?, the story of one brilliant idea and the child who brings it into the world.

More books are coming every week, so stop by and check out what’s new!