Rabbit’s Book Club

Detroit[A Biography] by Scott Martelle

This documentation of the city of Detroit is a markedly realistic endeavour. The title suggests the human qualities of the city and traces its history correspondingly. This is a biography not a history; an important distinction from my shallow understanding of the city [261] pages

Middlesex by Jeffery Eugenides

Though not inherently about Detroit, this book has allowed me to explore non-architectural consideration for my research. I have read only forty-three pages but I am beginning to pick up on themes in the novel that will be useful to my work. Principal among these themes is that of personal and collective definition of identity. [529] pages

The Nine Nations ofNorth Americaby Joel Garreau

Joel Garreau writes of both reality and speculation. His chapter on the so-called “Foundry Nation” is the relevant material that I have been reading. He characterises deindustrialisation in a way that is perennially relevant to the city ofDetroit. [427] pages

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