Amy Haimerl on Detroit Hustle: A Memoir of Love, Life & Home
Amy Haimerl is the author of Detroit Hustle: A Memoir of Love, Life and Home, a book about her experience moving to the Motor City and rehabbing a dilapidated historic home. As reviewer Marsha Battle Philpot has written, Haimerl's book is about much more than home renovation. It also "examines privilege, gentrification, naiveté, and the realities of ‘being White in Detroit,’ and being crystal clear on the privilege and often just plain foolishness that often entails, as folks try to become – or avoid – being part of the community that has been there all along." In her talk, Haimerl will discuss how she approached writing about Detroit while navigating her identity as a newcomer to the city. The book will be available for sale through Barnes & Noble before and after the talk.
Amy Haimerl is a professor of journalism at Michigan State University. She covers small business and urban policy for Fortune, Reuters and the New York Times. She was previously the entrepreneurship editor at Crain's Detroit Business, where she covered the city's historic bankruptcy trial. She is an alum of Fortune Small Business, CNNMoney and USAA Magazine, as well as a former Knight-Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan. She lives in Detroit with her husband, Karl; two pitbulls, Maddie and Beaubien; and stray cat, Jack, who is the boss of everyone.
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