New memoir highlights Detroit's lasting influence on one woman's life.
The Motor City and Me: Our Story by Mary Anne McMahon shows readers what it’s like to forever be a Motor City girl
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. Offering hope and inspiration for this once great American metropolis during its most trying time, this love letter to the Motor City shows readers why Detroit “will rise from the ashes.”
The Motor City and Me: Our Story is available for sale online at Amazon.com and other channels.
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 three grandchildren and currently lives in Houston with her husband, Bill.
Mary Anne McMahon
Phone: 832-483-3090 or 281-856-7462
The Motor City and Me: Our Story Reviews
"A gifted storyteller... beautifully weaves her stories
into Detroit's, presenting its struggles with hers"
- Forward Review
"A captivating and insightful account... and in depth look at one family's and one city's transformation"
"A history lesson, personal tale and challenge to today's leaders"
- Portland Book Review
"Indie Groundbreaking book... sweeping portrait of the rise and fall of a city that is capable of far more than it has shown in recent years"
- Independent Publisher
"...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"
- Detroit Metro Times
"The book recounts the struggle of families, not just economic, but those kinds which are closer to the heart. "
- Readers' Favorite
"McMahon has provided us with a springboard to wonder what the future relationships between people and places will be."
The Motor City and Me: Our Story
Mary Anne McMahon, Author
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