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How many cities are so empty you can play golf in them? 

DETROIT: AN AMERICAN AUTOPSY by Charlie LeDuff is now available in paperback. Charlie celebrates the publication by golfing all over Detroit…

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Ski stunts in Detroit’s abandoned spaces will take your breath away. Watch the amazing video here

Great Biography & Memoir Gifts for Readers

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Memoirs: because everyone has a story to tell. Some people’s stories are just more interesting.

Let Me Off At The Top by Ron Burgundy
Wild Tales by Graham Nash (audiobook) 
The Beatles: All These Years: Tune In by Mark Lewisohn
Five Days at Memorial by Sheri Fink
Provence, 1970 by Luke Barr
Robert Oppenheimer by Ray Monk
My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor
The Man Who Saved The Union by H.W. Brands
Elsewhere by Richard Russo
My Brief History by Stephen Hawking
Jim Henson by Brian Jay Jones
Rob Delaney by Rob Delaney
Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman
Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power by Jon Meacham
The Death of Santini by Pat Conroy (audiobook)
The Dark Path by David Schickler
Detroit: An American Autopsy by Charlie LeDuff
There Was a Country by Chinua Achebe
Eminent Hipsters by Donald Fagen
Undisputed Truth by Mike Tyson

Don’t forget to vote for the Goodreads Choice Awards! Here are our picks for poetry, cooking, science fiction and nonfiction! 

So excited for the next round of the Goodreads Choice Awards, make sure to vote! 

So excited for the next round of the Goodreads Choice Awards, make sure to vote! 

“Go ahead and laugh at Detroit. Because you are laughing at yourself.” -Charlie LeDuff, Detroit: An American Autopsy

“Go ahead and laugh at Detroit. Because you are laughing at yourself.” 
-Charlie LeDuff, Detroit: An American Autopsy

A big congrats to Charlie LeDuff: Detroit: An American Autopsy is a certified New York Times bestseller! (If you haven’t heard his great interview on “Fresh Air,” we highly recommend it.)
As you can see above, we celebrated the good news with a few books and a few beers. 

A big congrats to Charlie LeDuff: Detroit: An American Autopsy is a certified New York Times bestseller! (If you haven’t heard his great interview on “Fresh Air,” we highly recommend it.)

As you can see above, we celebrated the good news with a few books and a few beers. 

Photography by Danny Wilcox Frazier

In Detroit: An American Autopsy, Pulitzer Prize winner Charlie LeDuff returns to his native city, where his mother’s flower shop is firebombed in the pre-Halloween orgy of arson known as Devil’s Night; where his sister loses herself to the west side streets; where his brother, who once sold subprime mortgages, now works in a factory cleaning Chinese-manufactured screws so they can be repackaged as “May Be Made in United States.”

LeDuff on NPR’s “Fresh Air”: “Look, people go to Rome to stare at the ruin porn. [Detroit] is a very fascinating place to look at. It’s difficult to live in it, and basically you see the pain’s not over. It hurts because that factory is where my dad was working. That’s why it’s hard. … When they say ‘ruin porn’ they’re talking about empty, abandoned structures. My work has to do with living, breathing people and the difficult task of getting through this moment — which we will — and building a future. So no, I don’t look at it as ruin porn at all. This is a document of us getting ourselves back together.”