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Book Review

Thursday, 25 September, 2014 11:10 AM

'The Sugar House' shines a light on Detroit's storied past

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The Sugar House is quite the page turner.

 

 

by Garrett Godwin
ggodwin82@yahoo.com

 

 

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From Kwame Kilpatrick to bankruptcy, Detroit has been cast in a bad light over the years under the acronym CCPI: crime, corruption, politics, and injustice.

With Jean Scheffler's The Sugar House, you may think Detroit was always violent with stories of the mob, police officers on the take, and illegal bootlegging. However, once I began reading the book, I remembered being on a boat with my family going to Boblo Island -- which was a lifetime ago!

Set during the 'Roaring Twenties' in the Prohibition era, the book followed Joe, a young boy who supports his Polish family by running booze for the Sugar House, where he finds a friend in Cappie. He also encounters Babe Ruth, aka 'The Georgia Peach' for the Detroit Tigers, and movie star Gary Cooper, who will cement his iconic status as Marshal Will Kane in the 1952 classic Western "High Noon."

In The Sugar House, the author Scheffler shows us what Detroit was like during its heyday as a booming metropolitan city, as well as giving us an unknown desire of simpler times through the eyes of Joe in terms of family, friends, faith, playing baseball, going to Tigers Stadium, where I only went one game with my cousins and their parents on a Saturday night -- another lifetime ago!

The Sugar House is literally such a sweet recommendation for anyone still having engines roaring for the Motor City.

OVERALL RATING: 5 stars out of 5

The Sugar House is available in bookstores everywhere.

ISBN #978-0991192502 / Publisher: Jean Scheffler / Released: February 10, 2014 / Paperback: 400

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