Homesick: Why Housing Is Unaffordable and How We Can Change It

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Chicago Review Press
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6.3 X 9.1 X 0.9 inches | 1.2 pounds

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About the Author
Brendan O'Brien spent three seasons working for federal public land management agencies in California, Montana, and New Mexico. He observed the influx of short-term rentals and non-primary homes alongside rising rents and prices. Studying this link became the basis of his master's thesis from Northern Arizona University as well as the article "When Boom Towns Become Ghost Towns in the New West." He lives in Flagstaff, Arizona.
"Blending historical and contemporary insights into a compelling narrative, Homesickpresents a clear-eyed, engaging account of what caused the housing crisis and what we can do about it. A timely and beautifully written book." --Brian Petersen, coauthor of Climate Change Solutions: Overcoming the Capital-Climate Contradiction
"Read this book if you want to understand--as we all urgently need to understand--why housing access in the United States is ever more inaccessible to those who seek stable and affordable places to call home. Homesick is erudite but utterly approachable and engaging, and somehow both friendly and furious. But why wouldn't his fury be friendly? He's furious on your behalf. And on behalf of his friends. And an entire generation of millennials who have been priced out of housing security. Connecting contemporary afflictions such as the impact of COVID-19, gentrification, and ballooning student debt with factors more wide ranging--settler colonialism, anti-Blackness, capitalism--O'Brian links our current moment to long histories of the divide between those who can afford to view housing as capital and those who view housing as a home." --Jessi Quizar, School of Urban Studies, University of Washington - Tacoma
"A deeply researched, insightful look at the housing crisis, and what it means when we view homes as investments. If you've ever wondered why trying to afford this basic human need is so difficult, Homesick will make you feel furious, guilty, and hopeful about the state of housing as a human right." --Blythe Roberson, author of America, the Beautiful?