Detroit Hustle

A Memoir of Life, Love, and Home
by Amy Haimerl

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Journalist Amy Haimerl and her husband had been priced out of their Brooklyn neighborhood. Seeing this as a great opportunity to start over again, they decide to cash in their savings and buy an abandoned house for 35,000 in Detroit, the largest city in the United States to declare bankruptcy.

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Published By Running Press Adult

Format Hardback


Number Of Pages 272

Publication Date 05/03/2016

ISBN 9780762457359

Dimensions 6.5 inches x 9.5 inches

“A love song sung to a house and a city, but it's also a money memoir, one marked by ignorance at the outset and a triumph of feelings over financial facts.”
–The New York Times

This memoir of home renovation in Detroit delves into much more, including the importance of place, the meaning of urban revival and the building of lives and loves.
–Shelf awareness

"An engaging and cautiously optimistic memoir of making a new life."
–Kirkus Reviews

“With humor and incisiveness, Haimerl shares the journey of turning a house into a home …. As a financial journalist, she adeptly reports on the city's financial situation and its newest entrepreneurial efforts…This book is about more than the blight of Detroit; it is also about making a new home and community in a rapidly changing city.”
–Publishers Weekly

“Surprisingly full of practical advice and always entertaining.”
–Library Journal

"The amazing charm of Detroit Hustle by Amy Haimerl is its brilliant use of concurrent narratives - one quite personal, one about a down-on-its-luck city trying to get up off its knees - to show how perseverance, community and love are so essential to both stories. Each chapter has you rooting for the city, but also cheering for the writer and her husband, their neighbors and family, and the expansive house renovation project whose journey, hiccups and all, makes them into Detroiters."
–Stephen Henderson, Pulitzer Prize-winning Detroit Free Press editorial page editor

"Detroit Hustle is much more than a book about restoring a house. It's about a city and its people abandoned to the churn of change, about fitting in and standing out, about decades of decay and wispy hopes of revival. It's America's story. Amy Haimerl's memoir is as gritty and gripping as Detroit itself."
–Ron Fournier, columnist, The Atlantic, and author of Love That Boy: What Two Presidents, Eight Road Trips, and My Son Taught Me About a Parent's Expectations

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