Growing up, you probably had summer’s off from school. But, your parents didn’t want you to spend all summer in front of the TV, fearing three months without school would — gasp! — “melt your brain.”
A little extreme, for sure, but their heart was in the right place. Education doesn’t need to be limited to the four walls of a school. That’s why you’ll probably remember “summer readings lists;” a way to ensure kids were still reading and learning, even when there were pools to swim in and friends to see on a daily basis.
Parents. They just don’t…well, you know.
Now, you’re all grown up and, unless you’re a teacher, you probably don’t have summers off. Even so, that shouldn’t keep you from picking up and reading a good book every now and then.
In the spirit of summer reading lists from our days in grade school, we present a Detroit Summer Reading List, complete with books by Metro Detroit authors and/or about the area.
This novel by journalist Anna Clark (Elle Magazine, The New York Times, Politico) tells the story of the Flint Water Crisis from 2014, when citizens of Flint first began reporting a foul odor coming from their faucets, to the present day, when many things are still unresolved.
A beautiful look at the affect a person’s surroundings has on their upbringing, as well what it means to “come home,” The Turner House by Angela Flournoy is a National Book Award finalist that tells the story of the power one family’s house in Detroit can have on each of its inhabitants.
The fourth novel from Ferndale-based horror author Josh Malerman, Unbury Carol tells the story of a woman that is left buried alive due to a condition that puts her in a catatonic state, seemingly dead to the casual observer. If Unbury Carol leaves you on the edge of your seat, you won’t have to wait long for Malerman’s fifth novel, which is slated for release this Halloween.
In Let the Future Begin, former mayor Dennis W. Archer delivers his memoir from his time as a child in rural Cassopolis, Michigan to his determination to put himself through law school. Archer went on to eventually take office as a Michigan Supreme Court Associate Justice from 1986-1990 and as Detroit’s mayor from 1994-2001.