Gentrifier : a memoir / Anne Elizabeth Moore.
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- ISBN: 1646220706
- ISBN: 9781646220700
- Physical Description: 254 pages ; 21 cm
- Publisher: New York, NY : Catapult, 2021.
- Copyright: ©2021
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The house -- The neighborhood -- The date -- The city -- The work -- The neighbors -- The community -- The hole -- The homeowner -- Home.
In 2016, a Detroit arts organization grants writer and artist Anne Elizabeth Moore a free house--a room of her own, à la Virginia Woolf--in Detroit's majority-Bangladeshi "Banglatown." Within months, her life changes dramatically, as told in this hilarious and gutting memoir. Accompanied by her cats, Anne Elizabeth Moore moves to a bungalow in a new city where she gardens, befriends the neighborhood youth, and grows to intimately understand civic collapse and community solidarity. When the troubled history of her prize house comes to light, Moore finds her life destabilized by the aftershocks of the housing crisis and governmental corruption. This is a memoir of art, gender, work, and survival. Moore writes into the gaps of Woolf's declaration that "a woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write"; what if this woman were queer and living with chronic illness, as Moore is, or a South Asian immigrant, like Moore's neighbors? And what if her primary coping mechanism were jokes? Part investigation, part comedy of a vexing city, and part love letter to girlhood, Gentrifier examines capitalism, property ownership, and whiteness, asking if we can ever really win when violence and profit are inextricably linked with victory.
- Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2021 September #1
*Starred Review* When cultural critic Moore (Body Horror, 2017) is offered a free house in which to write, she feels like she won the lottery. Free from the demands of earning rent, she can focus on her craft in her Virginia Woolf-style room of one's own. The house is located in Banglatown, a predominantly Bangladeshi-American neighborhood of Detroit, and Moore's residency takes place less than a decade after the city's bankruptcy. Moore, a white cisgender person, moves in well aware of the forces of white saviorism and gentrification and the insidious ways they obliterate ethnic neighborhoods and displace low-income, disabled, and immigrant residents. She seizes the opportunity to explore the nuances of these problems and get to know the people they affect directly. A physical manifestation of Detroit's weathered spirit, the house gives Moore a taste of the bottomless labor of homeownership. Her neighbors, and especially their children, teach Moore about family and tradition. Detroit itself is a lesson in corruption and governmental neglect, but also in grit and survival. 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. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.
<b>Anne Elizabeth Moore</b> was born in Winner, South Dakota. She has written several critically acclaimed nonfiction books, including the Lambda Literary Award–nominated <i>Body Horror: Capitalism, Fear, Misogyny, Jokes</i>, which was a Chicago Public Library Best Book of 2017, and <i>Sweet Little Cunt</i>, which won an Eisner Award. She lives in Hobart, New York, with her cat, Captain America.
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