Fair Housing Center of West Michigan


Book Club

The Fair Housing book club brings together community members and fair housing staff to dialogue about issues of fair housing found in various novels. The discussion covers many different viewpoints surrounding the topic of where you live impacts how you live. The Center has even had authors call in to be part of the discussions, offering a unqiue perspective and a rich experience for the members as well as the author. Please check out the Books We've Read page to see the complete list and take a peek at our Schedule page to see which books are coming up next!

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Detroit Hustle: A Memoir of Life, Love, and Hom

by Amy Haimerl

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.

As she and her husband restore the 1914 Georgian Revival, a stately brick house with no plumbing, no heat, and no electricity, Amy finds a community of Detroiters who, like herself, aren’t afraid of a little hard work or things that are a little rough around the edges. Filled with amusing and touching anecdotes about navigating a real-estate market that is rife with scams, finding a contractor who is a lover of C.S. Lewis and willing to quote him liberally, and neighbors who either get teary-eyed at the sight of newcomers or urge Amy and her husband to get out while they can, Amy writes evocatively about the charms and challenges of finding her footing in a city whose future is in question. Detroit Hustle is a memoir that is both a meditation on what it takes to make a house a home, and a love letter to a much-derided city.

March 28th @ 11:45 am - 1:00 pm

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