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Detroit Hustle: A Memoir of Love, Life & Home

Running Pr. May 2016. 256p. ISBN 9780762457359. $24; ebk. ISBN 9780762457441. MEMOIR
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After being priced out of Brooklyn, journalist Haimerl and her husband decide to make their home in Detroit. They purchase a house that has to be completely gutted and ends up costing them more time and money than anticipated. In the process, they fall deeply in love with their new city and neighbors, coming to admire the resiliency of both. Haimerl also tells us about her upbringing and previous experience as a homeowner, encounters that have immensely informed the person she has become. Readers further learn many engrossing details about Detroit. Who knew, for example, that the city has canals?
VERDICT Pictures of the house in question would have enhanced this book, and, at times, the prose is overwrought. Still, it is surprisingly full of practical advice and always entertaining.

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