Gentrifier: A Memoir


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5.7 X 8.4 X 1.0 inches | 1.0 pounds

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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 Delaware County, New York with her ineffective feline personal assistant, Captain America.


An NPR Best Book of the Year

Through a series of darkly comic vignettes . . . [Moore] uncovers the city's incompetent governance . . . Moore's project here is not just to illuminate the city's chaos and who profits from it. Gentrifier is also an investigation of the costs--monetary, psychological, ethical--of her free house, and an ode to the neighbors who gave her life there inflections of joy. --Kristen Martin, NPR

[A] hilarious and harrowing account of her new life as a homeowner. --Keith A. Spencer, Salon

Moore also holds the serious alongside the hilarious, and the clarity and intelligence of her prose illuminates both. Original, funny, and brilliant, this book outmaneuvers, outshines, and will outlive so many memoirs that seek to cover the same tenuous ground. --Kerri Arsenault, Orion Magazine

Moore started writing sections of what would become this book as jokes. And by jokes, I mean anecdotal set-up and punchline: jokes. It's a structure that lends itself to be consumed. I moved through the pages waiting to see how the jokes transform from humorous, to fascinating, to devastating, taking the reader back and forth in time to get a full scope of her experience . . . In an oppressive, broken housing system, Anne Elizabeth Moore's Gentrifier serves as the guide for how to laugh at the absurdity of bureaucracy. --Joshua Bohnsack, Newcity Lit

Moore infuses this memoir with keenly researched insights about the historical forces that created Detroit's (and America's) housing crisis, creating a heartfelt, funny, thought-provoking meditation on the multifaceted fallacy of the American Dream. --Booklist (starred review)

Eye-opening . . . A unique, lovely meditation on the power of community. --Kirkus Reviews

Incisive . . . A trenchant meditation on how communities come together, and the forces that drive them apart. --Publishers Weekly

Both comedic and fierce . . . Moore's experiences will draw in readers interested in an intimate perspective on housing issues or life in recent Detroit. She provides thoughtful perspective on community, capitalism, and making art in difficult times. --Library Journal

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