Daily Archives: April 12, 2013

** Sugarhouse by Matthew Batt


Sugarhouse: Turning the Neighborhood Crack House into Our Home Sweet Home┬ásounds like a remodeling story, but it’s not, or rather, the remodeling story is only a small part of a larger memoir of a difficult family, and in particular the author’s mercurial grandfather and his gold-digger girlfriends. The house stories are told hilariously, from the dealings with the amateurish realtor, to the free lessons from the unimpressed Home Depot employees, to the awkward dance with the carpet installer tasked with removing the revolting carpets. But the personal story is what shines through.

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