How to Live in Detroit Without Being a Jackass

Aaron Foley (Author)
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A social guide to Detroit for all coastal transplants, wary suburbanites, die-hard natives, and everyone in between, this book will help readers avoid falling into the "jackass" trap and become a productive, healthy Detroiter. The book covers topics such as how to do business, how to drive, how to party, how to talk about the city, and how to buy and renovate a house. Also included are the seven rules for living in the Motor City, simple answers to difficult questions about the city, and a quick tour. Readers will not only be informed but they will also be laughing along the way.

Product Details

$19.98  $18.38
Belt Publishing
Publish Date
December 01, 2015
6.0 X 0.8 X 8.9 inches | 1.05 pounds

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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.


"Aaron Foley possesses a preternatural ability to parse issues of race, class, urbanism, and pop culture in a complex and generous way that avoids tired orthodoxies and knee-jerk justifications but is always on the proper side of social justice." -Vanity Fair
"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
"The picture Foley paints isn't always pretty, but it's always real. All readers -- native Detroiters and new arrivals, citizens of America and residents of outer Mongolia -- should thank him for telling it like it is. Isn't that what all books are supposed to do?" --The Millions