How to Live in Detroit Without Being a Jackass

How to Live in Detroit Without Being a Jackass

by Aaron Foley

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Are you moving to Detroit because your rent is too high? Did you read somewhere that all you needed to buy a house was the change in your couch cushions? Are you terrified to live in a majority-black city? Welcome to Detroit! And welcome to the guidebook that you coastal transplants, wary suburbanites, unwitting gentrifiers, idealistic starter-uppers and curious onlookers desperately need. Now updated for 2018, How to Live In Detroit Without Being a Jackass offers advice on everything from how to buy and rehab a house to how not to sound like an uninformed racist. Let us help you avoid falling into the "jackass" trap and become the productive, healthy Detroiter you've always wanted to be.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781948742313
Publisher: Belt Publishing
Publication date: 10/02/2018
Edition description: 2nd ed.
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 618,691
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 17 Years

About the Author

Aaron Foley grew up in Detroit, which gives him more street cred than a lot of others. He has written about Detroit for several local and national publications including CNN, Jalopnik, and MLive. His essay, "We Love Detroit, Even if You Don't," was included in A Detroit Anthology. He lives in Detroit.

Table of Contents

Introduction 7

Chapter 1 Seven Rules for Living in Detroit: Or, How to Not Look Like a Dumbass the Moment You Get Here 11

Chapter 2 The Quick-and-Dirty Tour 19

Chapter 3 Difficult Questions About Detroit With Simple Answers 39

Chapter 4 How Not to Offend People When Talking About Detroit 55

Chapter 5 How You Should Be Talking About Detroit 63

Chapter 6 How to Be White In Detroit 69

Chapter 7 How to Make Peace With the Suburbs 81

Chapter 8 How to Drive in Detroit 91

Chapter 9 How to Deal With the Men in This Town 111

Chapter 10 How to Be a Woman in This Town 119

Chapter 11 How to Party Like a Detroiter 125

Chapter 12 How to Raise a Detroit Kid 139

Chapter 13 How to Do Business in Detroit 147

Chapter 14 How to House-Hunt in Detroit 159

Chapter 15 How to Renovate a Detroit House Without Being a Jackass 179

Chapter 16 How, if Possible, to Discuss Detroit's Most Difficult Topic 195

Chapter 17 How Not to Be a Jealous Jackass 203

Chapter 18 How to Take In Detroit Media 209

Chapter 19 How to Be Gay in Detroit 229

Chapter 20 How to Be a Detroit Hipster 235

Chapter 21 How to Be Black in Detroit 243

Closing Thoughts 249

Acknowledgements 252

About the Author 255

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From the Publisher

“Aaron Foley’s book is essential reading for anyone who cares about America’s cities and the racial and demographic differences that divide us. Foley delivers truths with humor and honesty.” —Celeste Headlee, broadcaster

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