Books

 In addition to being an accomplished freelancer, I’m also an author. I take pride in uncovering the lesser known stories of life in the greater Detroit. Pick up one of my books and you’ll appreciate my passion! Legendary Locals of Detroit, South Oakland County and Forgotten Detroit are available at all Barnes & Noble and Books A Million stores in southeast Michigan and at amazon.com and bn.com

Moon Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (Moon Handbooks)

Paperback – June 12, 2012

Born-and-raised Michigander Paul Vachon provides an insider’s view of the Upper Peninsula, from the delicious meat-filled pasties the area is famous for to the tremendous natural beauty on display there. To ensure that every traveler finds the trip suited to their individual needs, Vachon also offers carefully designed itineraries such as Best of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, History Comes to Light, and Following the Lake Superior Trail. Complete with details on enjoying the tranquility of Tahquamenon Falls, boating at Indian Lake State Park, and exploring Mackinac Island, Moon Michigan’s Upper Peninsula gives travelers the tools they need to create a more personal and memorable experience.

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Legendary Locals of Detroit

Paperback – May 13, 2013

Detroit sports a very uneven background. The city dates from 1701, when Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac planted the flag of New France, some 75 years before America became a nation. Almost two-thirds of Detroit’s history was spent as little more than a frontier military outpost–home to French farmers and fur traders who shared the quarters with the soldiers. But as the 20th century arrived, the impact of the automobile roused the city from its slumber. Within a century’s time, the industry set in motion by Henry Ford produced a skyrocketing population, a diverse mosaic of ethnic groups, and levels of culture and affluence rivaled by few other places. The literature of Joyce Carol Oates, the architecture of Albert Kahn, and the music fostered by Berry Gordy enriched life and created the “Paris of the Midwest.” But growing pains were inevitable: growing racial instability culminated in the insurrection of 1967, inflicting deep wounds yet creating new opportunities for harmony and justice that were capitalized on by Rev. William Cunningham. Today, efforts continue to remove the tarnish from this corner of the “Rust Belt”.

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Forgotten Detroit (Images of America)

Paperback – June 29, 2009

Detroiters know their history well. Founded in 1701 by Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac, the city subsisted on a variety of industries: fur trading, stove building, and, of course, the automobile. Names such as Henry Ford and Charles Lindbergh resonate in Detroiters’ common memory. Detroit’s meteoric rise during the 20th century established the city as an influential leader in commerce, culture, and religion. This growth spawned the development of numerous businesses, organizations, and institutions, many now forgotten. Albert Kahn left his indelible mark. Mary Chase Stratton created a new art form. And Henry Ford II changed the course of his family legacy. Forgotten Detroit delves into the wellspring of history to retell some of these lesser-known stories within Detroit’s rich heritage.

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South Oakland County (Then and Now)

Paperback – June 27, 2011

Chartered 18 years before Michigan’s admission to the Union, Oakland County developed as a microcosm of the state: diverse, entrepreneurial, and prosperous. The unbridled success of the automotive industry in neighboring Detroit quickly spread north where well-to-do industry leaders located. This vibrant community produced a quality of life rivaled by few other places. This book displays pivotal “Then and Now” scenes depicting the history of Oakland County, many with national impact.

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