Gentrifier: A Memoir

Pre-Order   Ships Oct 19, 2021

Product Details

$26.00  $23.92
Publish Date
5.7 X 8.4 X 1.0 inches | 1.0 pounds

Earn by promoting books

Earn money by sharing your favorite books through our Affiliate program.

Become an affiliate

About the Author

Anne Elizabeth Moore was born in Winner, South Dakota. She has written several critically acclaimed nonfiction books, including the Lambda Literary Award-nominated Body Horror: Capitalism, Fear, Misogyny, Jokes, which was a Chicago Public Library Best Book of 2017, and Sweet Little Cunt, which won an Eisner Award. She lives in Hobart, New York, with her cat, Captain America.


This kaleidoscopic page-turner chronicles the absurdities and hard-won joys of existing in a body, a household, a community, and a country. I don't know how Anne managed to write the funniest book I've read in years *and* the most honest one about the scramble of American life, but she did, and we are the better for it. --Jace Clayton, author of Uproot

Gentrifier is a fascinating read: a writer's dream comes true and she is given a house of her own, a house to write in, but things do not go as planned. Anne Elizabeth Moore is a superb and compassionate writer; this is a sweet, difficult, excellent book. --Audrey Niffenegger, author of The Time Traveler's Wife

With wry humor and uncommon insight, Anne Elizabeth Moore crafts an intimate portrait of self-determination and communal possibility in a resilient Detroit neighborhood. Yes, this book is about gentrification, but it is also about neighborhood sustainability, government corruption, nonprofit hypocrisy, chronic illness, gardening, girlhood, family, racism, education, misogyny, autonomy, queer striving, a writer's life, and the elusive and ever-present search for home. --Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, author of The Freezer Door

Gentrifier is an indictment of institutionalized racism, xenophobia, and greed--in both public and private spheres. But the heart of the book lies with Moore's personal story, told with warmth and self-deprecating wit, breezy and deep in turn. --Abeer Hoque, author of Olive Witch

Funny, tender, rigorous, and alive, Anne Elizabeth Moore's Gentrifier is the best book I've read on this freighted subject, and so much more. Along the way, you learn a lot about the wonders and complexities of one particular neighborhood in Detroit, but in turn your own community--what you've overlooked, and all you want to make better. A tour de force by a writer who is smart enough to let activism and absurdity sit side by side, and let them go. I'm in awe." --Paul Lisicky, author of Later: My Life at the Edge of the World

Anne Elizabeth Moore's writing pulls no punches, rolls up its sleeves, and digs into difficulty with grace and aplomb. Gentrifier is a beautiful, complicated ode to a city, to creativity, and to community. It is funny, it is devastating, it is insightful. It is a tremendous call for change. I would read anything Moore writes--including her grocery list--and happily. Read this. --Kayla Rae Whitaker, author of The Animators

Anne Elizabeth Moore is one of our great chroniclers of the collisions between the personal and the political. A contemporary A Room of One's Own, Gentrifier interrogates the relationships between class, race, gender, religion, sexuality, economics, love, community, and the medical industrial complex, all through the lens of Moore's experience of being given a 'free' house in Detroit. This story of a house, a city, and what it means to be a woman on one's own illuminates the utterly compelling complexities that lie beneath the veneer of what outsiders can glimpse in this one of a kind American city. Moore offers a window through which we can deeply examine the beauties, booby-traps, and at times Kafkaesque logistics of what it means to be an artist in the contemporary Midwestern landscape. --Gina Frangello, author of Blow Your House Down