Gordon Young Yellow Chair Series Event

Gordon Young Yellow Chair Series Event

We are pleased to welcome Michigan native Gordon Young to the store as a guest in our Yellow Chair Series to celebrate his debut, Teardown: Memoir of a Vanishing City.  Gordon will join us on Thursday, June 27th from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.  This is a free wine and cheese event and reservations are encouraged.  For more information or to reserve your seat, please contact us at 231.347.1180 or send us an email

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After living in San Francisco for 15 years, journalist Gordon Young found himself yearning for his Rust Belt hometown: Flint, Michigan, the birthplace of General Motors and "star" of the Michael Moore documentary Roger & Me. Hoping to rediscover and help a place that once boasted one of the world's highest per capita income levels, but is now one of the country's most impoverished and dangerous cities, he returned to Flint with the intention of buying a house. What he found was a place of stark contrasts and dramatic stories, where an exotic dancer can afford a lavish mansion, speculators scoop up cheap houses by the dozen on eBay, and arson is often the quickest route to neighborhood beautification.
Skillfully blending personal memoir, historical inquiry, and interviews with Flint residents, Young constructs a vibrant tale of a once-thriving city still fighting--despite overwhelming odds--to rise from the ashes. He befriends a rag-tag collection of urban homesteaders and die-hard locals who refuse to give up as they try to transform Flint into a smaller, greener town that offers lessons for cities all over the world. Hard-hitting, insightful, and often painfully funny, Teardown reminds us that cities are ultimately defined by people, not politics or economics.

Event date: 

Thursday, June 27, 2013 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Event address: 

307 E Lake St.
49770 Petoskey
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Teardown: Memoir of a Vanishing City Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9780520270527
Availability: Special Order
Published: University of California Press - June 28th, 2013

After living in San Francisco for 15 years, journalist Gordon Young found himself yearning for his Rust Belt hometown: Flint, Michigan, the birthplace of General Motors and “star” of the Michael Moore documentary Roger & Me. Hoping to rediscover and help a place that once boasted one of the world’s highest per capita income levels, but is now one of the country's most impoverished and


 

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