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Recommended Reading

We all believe our community is extremely noteworthy, but you may not realize how many books, both fiction and non-fiction, feature Grosse Pointe. From self-published family histories to the Pulitzer-prize winning novel Middlesex, books on Grosse Pointe are as varied as the people they describe. They can be entertaining, enlightening, and educational.

Following is a comprehensive list. Let us know if we've left anything off. Please note many of these are available for browsing at the Resource Center. Happy Reading!


A Brief History of St. Paul’s Parish, Theodore H. Mecke

Fancy Grosse Pointe People, J.D. Owens, Pinque and Greene Productions, 1992

Grosse Pointe Blank, Tom Jankiewicz, screenplay, United Artists. 1994

Grosse Pointe Girl: Tales from a Suburban Adolescence, Sarah Grace McCandless, New York, Simon and Schuster, 2004

The Grosse Pointe Guide, Federal Writers Project, Grosse Pointe, typed, 1936

Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, 1865-1990: Its history, its life, Thomas A. Arbaugh

Grosse Pointe on Lake Sainte Claire, Silas Farmer and Theodore P. Hall, Detroit, Silas Farmer, 1886: Reprint, Detroit, Gale Research Company, 1974.

Grosse Pointe, Michigan: Race Against Race, Kathy Cosseboom, Michigan State University Press, 1972

Images of America: Grosse Pointe 1880-1930, Madeleine Socia and Suzy Berschback, Chicago, Tempus Publishing Inc. for Arcadia Press, 2001

Legends of Le Detroit, Marie Caroline Watson Hamlin, reprint of Hamlin 1884 volume, Detroit, Gale Research Co., 1977

Middlesex, Jeffrey Eugenides, New York, Farrar Straus & Giroux, 2002

Murder in Grosse Pointe: The 49th Grave, Andrew Hartwood, Universe, 2004

The Grosse Pointe Artists Association, Thomas W. Brunk, The Association, 1992

The Virgin Suicides, Jeffrey Eugenides, New York, Farrar Straus & Giroux, 1993

Tonnancour, Life in Grosse Pointe and Along the Shores of Lake St. Clair Vols. I & II, Arthur M. Woodford, editor, Detroit, Omnigraphics, 1994 & 1997

This is Detroit, M.M. Quaife, Detroit, Wayne State University Press, 1951

The Buildings of Detroit, W. Hawkins Ferry, Detroit, Wayne State University Press, 1968

The Mansions of Grosse Pointe, W. Hawkins Ferry, Michigan Society of Architects, 1956

Rum Running and the Roaring Twenties: Prohibition on the Michigan-Ontario Waterway, Philip P. Mason,

Detroit, Wayne State University Press, 1995 I Remember Detroit, John C. Lodge, Detroit, Wayne State University Press, 1949