This book is thirteen years old, but remains an invaluable resource for students of metro-Detroit’s history. Thomas Sugrue traces in careful detail some of the various, complex social factors that led to the decline of Detroit and the rise of the suburbs. He pays particular attention to the devastating effects of discriminatory housing and employment practices, both official and grassroots, as well as deindustrialization and racial violence. The book is academic, but moves at a brisk pace and held my interest throughout. Readers will come away with a more nuanced understanding of a complicated, troubling time in recent history whose effects continue to shape our lives.
Monday, June 29, 2009
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Monday, June 8, 2009
Ida Mae Jones faces more than the normal challenges of early women aviators, the prejudices of the South and the military to realize her dream. It’s 1941 and she wants to help the war effort not by collecting scrap metal and growing a victory garden but by becoming a pilot in the Women Airforce Service Program (WASP). Her daddy taught her to fly in his crop-dusting plane and she has the desire and determination that make her a good candidate. But the biggest hurdle is a personal one: she must pass for white. And with her light skin she just might be able to. In Flygirl Sherri Smith has crafted an exciting story about a little known part of our history during World War II. An afterword gives a brief history of the WASP. An excellent read for ages 12 and up; adults will enjoy it as well.
Thursday, June 4, 2009
The Sorceress is the third book in the series of “The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel”.
Perenelle Flamel has been trapped on Alcatraz with a host of hibernating monsters. These monsters have been collected by “ The Elders” in an effort to retake the world from the humani.
Meanwhile Nicholas Flamel, Sophie and Josh, are trying to escape from England to rescue Perenelle. This book is as exciting and fast paced as the first two, The Alchemyst, and The Magcian. These are a little more edgy than Harry Potter.