A book that details Flint's struggles and the author's attempt to reconnect with his birthplace has been named one of the state's must reads.
The Library of Michigan named Gordon Young's "Teardown: Memoir of a Vanishing City" as one of its 20 new notable books celebrating Michigan people, places and events.
Young moved back to Flint from San Francisco to purchase a house and "rediscover the city." He said in his travels he noticed many cities were dealing with the same issues Flint was such as blight, crime and poverty. His book, however, highlights the people making a difference.
"What I found when I got back to Flint was that there's still a lot of inspiring stories in this city even though there's a lot of well-documented problems in Flint. I find a lot of hope and a lot of inspiration here and that was really the most gratifiying thg about the book was all the people I got to meet who haven't given up on the city yet and I haven't either," said Young.
The 2014 list covers topics such as Detroit Tigers pitcher Mark "The Bird" Fidrych, a deadly Great Lakes hurricane, the racial divide in Detroit, Henry Ford, poetry and a Detroit-area band's life on the road.
State Librarian Nancy Robertson says quality books about Michigan are written year after year. State school superintendent Mike Flanagan says the books show a "wonderful variety of character, tone and flavors that are purely Michigan."