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Seattle Reads 2017: Nonfiction for fans of 'The Turner House' by Angela Flournoy

 

A selection of nonfiction, hand-picked by our librarians, that address some of the themes covered in The Turner House by Angela Flournoy.

 

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The Making of Black Detroit in the Age of Henry Ford

The Making of Black Detroit in the Age of Henry Ford
Bates, Beth Tompkins

Black Detroiters, newly arrived from the South, hoped to gain greater economic security, but Ford’s anti-union plan blocked workers’ access to the American Dream. A groundbreaking historical account.


Format: Book
Holds: 0 on 2 copies

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Detroit City Is the Place to Be: The Afterlife of An American Metropolis

Detroit City Is the Place to Be: The Afterlife of An American Metropolis
Binelli, Mark

What looked like Detroit’s end days turned into a laboratory for the future, with urban planners, agriculturists, and environmentalists drawn to the city’s nothing-left-to-lose frontier.


Format: Book
Holds: 0 on 10 copies

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Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?

Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?
Chast, Roz

A New Yorker cartoonist celebrates the final years of her aging parents’ lives in a graphic memoir that reflects an adult child’s struggles with caregiver decisions and challenges.


Format: Book
Holds: 0 on 1 copies

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Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City
Desmond, Matthew

A Harvard sociologist examines eviction as a cause of poverty in America, revealing how millions of people are forced from their homes in a cycle reinforced by the legal system.


Format: Book
Holds: 228 on 283 copies

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Mules and Men

Mules and Men
Hurston, Zora Neale

Hurston’s classic 1930s treasury of African American folktales provides great context and history to Cha-Cha’s visions of haints.


Format: Book
Holds: 0 on 9 copies

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Detroit: An American Autopsy

Detroit: An American Autopsy
LeDuff, Charlie

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist LeDuff searches the ruins of Detroit for clues to his family’s troubled past.


Format: Book
Holds: 0 on 17 copies

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The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine

The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine
Lewis, Michael

Lewis, author of "The Blind Side" and "Moneyball," deftly presents the many factors at play in the economic crisis of 2008-2009. Also recommended: Lewis’s "Liar’s Poker."


Format: Book
Holds: 7 on 21 copies

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Reckless Endangerment: How Outsized Ambition, Greed, and Corruption Led to Economic Armageddon

Reckless Endangerment: How Outsized Ambition, Greed, and Corruption Led to Economic Armageddon
Morgenson, Gretchen

How did the American dream of home ownership spin into financial disaster? This readable account of the crisis of 2008 looks at how it happened—and warning signs that were ignored.


Format: Book
Holds: 0 on 4 copies

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Housing First: Ending Homelessness, Transforming Systems, and Changing Lives

Housing First: Ending Homelessness, Transforming Systems, and Changing Lives
Padgett, Deborah

Chronicles an approach to ending homelessness that began in New York in 1992, rapidly spreading to other cities nationally and internationally, that focuses on access to permanent independent housing.


Format: Book
Holds: 0 on 3 copies

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The Rich and the Rest of Us: A Poverty Manifesto

The Rich and the Rest of Us: A Poverty Manifesto
Smiley, Tavis

Smiley, a political commentator, and West, a Princeton University professor, reexamine our assumptions about poverty in America and what we can do to eliminate it.


Format: Book
Holds: 2 on 6 copies

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