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!
What We're Reading
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 9th @ 11:45 am - 1:00 pm
Fair Housing Center Office (20 Hall St. SE Grand Rapids, MI 49507) map
The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared - NEW DATE!
by Jonas Jonasson
After a long and eventful life, Allan Karlsson ends up in a nursing home, believing it to be his last stop. The only problem is that he's still in good health, and in one day, he turns 100. A big celebration is in the works, but Allan really isn't interested (and he'd like a bit more control over his vodka consumption). So he decides to escape. He climbs out the window in his slippers and embarks on a hilarious and entirely unexpected journey, involving, among other surprises, a suitcase stuffed with cash, some unpleasant criminals, a friendly hot-dog stand operator, and an elephant (not to mention a death by elephant).
It would be the adventure of a lifetime for anyone else, but Allan has a larger-than-life backstory: Not only has he witnessed some of the most important events of the twentieth century, but he has actually played a key role in them. Starting out in munitions as a boy, he somehow finds himself involved in many of the key explosions of the twentieth century and travels the world, sharing meals and more with everyone from Stalin, Churchill, and Truman to Mao, Franco, and de Gaulle. Quirky and utterly unique, The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared has charmed readers across the world.
February 28th @ 11:45 am - 1:00 pm
Coldwell Banker Office (466 E 16th St, Holland, MI 49423) map