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Beer Money: A Memoir of Privilege and Loss

Beer Money: A Memoir of Privilege and Loss

by Frances Stroh
Beer Money: A Memoir of Privilege and Loss

Beer Money: A Memoir of Privilege and Loss

by Frances Stroh



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In the tradition of Rich Cohen’s Sweet and Low and Sean Wilsey’s Oh the Glory of it All, a memoir of a city, an industry, and a dynasty in decline, and the story of a young artist’s struggle to find her way out of the ruins.

Frances Stroh’s earliest memories are ones of great privilege: shopping trips to London and New York, lunches served by black-tied waiters at the Regency Hotel, and a house filled with precious antiques, which she was forbidden to touch. Established in Detroit in 1850, by 1984 the Stroh Brewing Company had become the largest private beer fortune in America and a brand emblematic of the American dream itself; while Stroh was coming of age, the Stroh family fortune was estimated to be worth $700 million.

But behind the beautiful façade lay a crumbling foundation. Detroit’s economy collapsed with the retreat of the automotive industry to the suburbs and abroad and likewise the Stroh family found their wealth and legacy disappearing. As their fortune dissolved in little over a decade, the family was torn apart internally by divorce and one family member's drug bust; disagreements over the management of the business; and disputes over the remaining money they possessed. Even as they turned against one another, looking for a scapegoat on whom to blame the unraveling of their family, they could not anticipate that even far greater tragedy lay in store.

Featuring beautiful evocative photos throughout, Stroh’s memoir is elegantly spare in structure and mercilessly clear-eyed in its self-appraisal—at once a universally relatable family drama and a great American story.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062393180
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/03/2016
Format: eBook
Pages: 352
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

Frances Stroh  was born in Detroit and raised in Grosse Pointe, Michigan. She received her BA from Duke University and her MA from the Chelsea College of Arts in London as a Fulbright Scholar. She practiced as an installation artist, exhibiting in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and London, before turning to writing. She lives in San Francisco, California.

Table of Contents

Prologue 1

The Collections 5

Lucky 17

Getting Away 67

Return 97

Together 137

Lifting Off 171

Dispossessed 215

Homecoming 245

Flowers 279

Broke 291

Acknowledgments 313

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