The Motor City and Me: Our Story

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“The Motor City and Me: Our Story” by Mary Anne McMahon highlights the rich history of Detroit and how the Motor City has left a lasting impact on one woman and her family. Primarily following McMahon’s life and experiences in Detroit, “The Motor City and Me” tells her story from growing up as a young girl in the city and graduating from the University of Detroit to beginning her adult life and eventually moving away. Although she left the city long ago, McMahon’s story shows readers how the Motor City has permanently changed her for the better. Paralleling the rise and fall of Detroit with the ups and downs of her own life, the author shows readers how Detroit values strengthened and reassured her throughout the difficult times. “I read my mother’s autobiography and took a journey through 20th century Detroit, and my ancestors had a remarkable journey in the 1800s to Detroit,” says McMahon. “Unfortunately, the details of their stories are all buried with them. I want to provide an example of how over time, an ordinary life becomes a glimpse of history and priceless for future generations.” From the rise and fall of the automotive industry to the city’s recent financial woes, “The Motor City and Me” strives to take readers on a personal journey through an extraordinary American city. Tracing her family’s Detroit lineage through four generations, McMahon’s memoirs aims to give readers a thorough look at the city’s history and the indelible mark it has left on her. About the Author: Mary Anne McMahon was born and raised in Detroit. Unlike most fathers of her generation, McMahon’s father owned and operated a civil engineering company instead of having a connection to the auto industry. Along with her brother Jim, McMahon experienced a happy childhood, attending eastside Catholic schools and enjoying the once flourishing city, eventually following in her father and brother’s footsteps by graduating from the University of Detroit. McMahon has over 28 years of teaching experience, including time during the city’s period of racial unrest in the 1960s. Although she moved to Houston in 1976, McMahon and her family still regarded Detroit as the only place they would ever call home. She has two daughters and two grandchildren and currently lives in Houston with her husband, Bill.

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Billed as a tribute to Detroit, this rich memoir also reflects on more than a hundred years of American history, all viewed through the lens of the author’s family stories. Mary Anne McMahon, the great-granddaughter of Irish Catholic immigrants, spent decades teaching before committing to the page the Detroit she’s always loved, the once-great city to which generations of her family have been so intimately connected. The memoir begins with the words of McMahon’s mother, Esmeralda, who, born at the turn of the century, was an inheritor of big dreams, one of them an unfulfilled desire to be a journalist. McMahon was bequeathed with her mother’s writer instincts, among other family treasures: a devotion to Catholicism, commitment to the needs of a large family, and a tendency to work hard and complain little. These characteristics and more manifest across the generations, all recalled against the backdrop of Detroit. McMahon details how the burgeoning auto industry, coupled with the rise of the middle class following Roosevelt’s New Deal, led to Detroit becoming one of the jewels of America by midcentury—a thriving, diverse city where the American Dream flowered. The author’s own family, some of them little removed from the belabored shores of Ireland, found themselves advantageously centered there... A gifted storyteller, McMahon beautifully weaves her stories into Detroit’s, presenting its struggles in time with hers, looking forward to its recovery as her own blessings abound. She explores this connection with conviction. Readers will feel the appeal of her introspective, loving glimpses of once-glorious Detroit, a place which seems all but mythical in so many other discussions of the city. This book is an enthralling and intimate portrait of what being not just a Detroiter, but an American, meant in the twentieth century. - Michelle Anne Schingler

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...The Motor City and Me: Our Story, a piece of social commentary masquerading as a memoir, our independent groundbreaking book for the month of October... By balancing her nostalgic memories of a city at its prime with the overpowering sadness she felt while watching negative TV reports of the shell of a city that Detroit has become today, McMahon was able to morph her biographical musings into a sweeping portrait of the rise and fall of a city that is capable of far more than it has shown in many years.
by Craig Manning

Indie Reader ForeWord Review- THE MOTOR CITY AND ME presents a captivating and insightful account... Mary Anne McMahon’s story is an intricate one, her ancestors’ lives and choices intertwined so effectively with hers that if but one part was missing, the entire puzzle would most likely have had an entirely different outcome. She effectively illustrates the idea that ancestry plays as much an integral role in descendants’ lives as do the places and circumstances encountered after birth. It is billed as a tribute to Detroit, but it is just as much the story of America, with the ebbs and flows of life mirrored in the rise and fall of what was once a great city. From the heartbreaking potato famine of Ireland and the oppressive religious persecution in Germany, to FDR’s New Deal and the rise and fall of Detroit’s auto industry; to WWII and the changes it wrought, to teaching during the racially-charged 1960s, and experiences well beyond, THE MOTOR CITY AND ME is an in-depth look at one family’s and one city’s transformations. -K. J. Pierce

Portland Book Review- History Lesson and Love for a City Wrapped in One Book The Motor City and Me by Mary Anne McMahon traces her history and life and how it intersects with the upswing and downturn of Detroit. McMahon opens the book with a biography written by her mother. Her mother survived the Prohibition and the Depression in Detroit and wrote about how those events shaped her life. McMahon then shares the history of her great-grandparents who were immigrants from Ireland and Germany. Their experiences with hunger and persecution, and the lack of choice, eventually drove them to the city of Detroit. Her great-grandparents and her grandparents sacrificed so that McMahon’s parents and her own generation could take advantage of the fruits that Detroit and the United States began to offer. Detroit was the greatest manufacturing and wealthiest city at one time. The city was innovative—with the help of the automotive industry. Coupled with world events, such as the World Wars, Detroit was poised to flourish with its assembly lines and manufacturing credos. But as the nation and its habits changed, with the advent of newer technologies, the wealth and grandeur declined. McMahon also contends that poor leadership, racial tensions and government bureaucracy played a role in Detroit’s demise... The Motor City and Me is a history lesson, personal tale and challenge to today’s leaders. McMahon writes of the immigrant experience and how it shaped who she is today. Additionally, she acknowledges that Detroit wouldn’t have experienced the greatest that it did if the immigrants that labored tirelessly were not involved. McMahon hopes that Detroit can, once again, find its greatness. - Reviewed by Seniye Groff

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"The Motor City and Me is valid as a portrait of growing up in America, but can be much, much more if you read between the lines. Most obviously, it demonstrates an individual's strong feelings of indebtedness to a community left behind. This evokes more than nostalgia; it allows grieving... McMahon has provided us with a springboard to wonder what the future relationships between people and places will be."

Karen Dahood

Readers' Favorite-

"The story provides a unique perspective on history, a glimpse of times past when cross-border journeys demanded war-like courage, times of extreme hardship, and modest rewards. The book recounts the struggle of families, not just economic, but those kinds which are closer to the heart."

Rattan Whig
Detroit Metro Times

"...there's a decency and, again, affection for Detroit that permeates the narrative, a charming personal story about a real city with actual people, something much lacking this year"

-Michael Jackman

- Forward Clarion Review

Billed as a tribute to Detroit, this rich memoir also reflects on more than a hundred years of American history, all viewed through the lens of the author's family stories. Mary Anne McMahon, the great-granddaughter of Irish Catholic immigrants, spent decades teaching before committing to the page the Detroit she's always loved, the once-great city to which generations of her family have been so intimately connected. The memoir begins with the words of McMahon's mother, Esmeralda, who, born at the turn of the century, was an inheritor of big dreams, one of them an unfulfilled desire to be a journalist. McMahon was bequeathed with her mother's writer instincts, among other family treasures: a devotion to Catholicism, commitment to the needs of a large family, and a tendency to work hard and complain little. These characteristics and more manifest across the generations, all recalled against the backdrop of Detroit. McMahon details how the burgeoning auto industry, coupled with the rise of the middle class following Roosevelt's New Deal, led to Detroit becoming one of the jewels of America by midcentury-a thriving, diverse city where the American Dream flowered. The author's own family, some of them little removed from the belabored shores of Ireland, found themselves advantageously centered there... A gifted storyteller, McMahon beautifully weaves her stories into Detroit's, presenting its struggles in time with hers, looking forward to its recovery as her own blessings abound. She explores this connection with conviction. Readers will feel the appeal of her introspective, loving glimpses of once-glorious Detroit, a place which seems all but mythical in so many other discussions of the city. This book is an enthralling and intimate portrait of what being not just a Detroiter, but an American, meant in the twentieth century. - Michelle Anne Schingler

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