Any reviews of Julie Taubman's "Detroit: 138 Square Miles?"
Amazon says it is out of stock. Laura Berman wrote about it, uncritically, in the News a few days ago. The Dec. 12 New Yorker carried a short article about Taubman and the book, which the writer described as containing "pictures of abandoned buildings and other derelict tableaux." Speaking of the images and Detroit, he added: "They want you to go there but maybe not stay." The book weighs 6.6 pounds. She signs books "Rust in Peace, JRT."
Taubman lives in Bloomfield Hills, but the story was set in New York, at her West Village duplex, with a spiral staircase and view of the Highline elevated park. She was hanging out with Elmore Leonard before a party in her honor at the Whitney Museum.
As the wife of Bobby Taubman and daughter-in-law of mall developer Alfred Taubman, Julie is very wealthy, and a member of the family that did an enormous amount to make Detroit's suburbs what they are today. It will be interesting to see her take on America's poorest big city, and how readers react to it.