Sugarhouse by Matthew Batt
Turning the Neighborhood Crack House into Our Home Sweet Home

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An improbably funny account of how the purchase and restoration of a disaster of a fixer-upper saves a young marriage

When a season of ludicrous loss tests the mettle of their marriage, Matthew Batt and his wife decide not to call it quits. They set their sights instead on the purchase of a dilapidated house in the Sugarhouse section of Salt Lake City. With no homesteading experience and a full-blown quarter-life crisis on their hands, these perpetual grad students/waiters/nonprofiteers decide to seek salvation through renovation, and do all they can to turn a former crack house into a home. Dizzy with despair, doubt, and the side effects of using the rough equivalent of napalm to detoxify their house, they enter into full-fledged adulthood with power tools in hand.

Heartfelt and joyous, Sugarhouse is the story of how one couple conquers adversity and creates an addition to their family, as well as their home.

 

About Matthew Batt

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Matt Batt's work has appeared in Tin House and on The Huffington Post and elsewhere. The Missouri Review recently called him a "heavy hitter" of nonfiction, and he's been nominated six times for the Pushcart Prize and is the recipient of an individual Artist Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
 
Published June 19, 2012 by Mariner Books. 277 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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In explaining how he and his wife became determined to purchase a house while he was studying for his degree in writing at the University of Utah, rather than renting like most graduate students, Batt writes, “To buy a house—or at least to look in earnest for one—is to admit to yourself that you ...

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The New York Times

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In “Sugarhouse,” Matthew Batt details the challenges, olfactory and otherwise, of renovating a former crack house.

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Publishers Weekly

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Writing professor Batt and his wife, in the midst of the housing bubble, found their dream home—and when that deal fell through, settled for a Salt Lake City crack house that came complete with an eye-watering stench, tacky wood paneling, and hidden structural defects.

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Star Tribune

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Batt, an English professor at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, has written a likable memoir about homeownership and family, striking a balance between sincerity and jocularity.

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Oregon Live

Matthew Batt comes to us as a man with a story to tell.

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Deseret News

"Sugarhouse: Turning the Neighborhood Crack House into Our Home Sweet Home" is by Matthew Batt who will be in Salt Lake City June 26 for a book signing.

Jun 23 2012 | Read Full Review of Sugarhouse: Turning the Neigh...

Portland Book Review

Wilson Pulitzer Prize-Winning Biologist Author of On Human Nature Sat 11 Tix are available at etix.com Sun7:30 @Powells the first collection of short fiction from Jess Walter, is a suite of diverse, often comic stories wp.me/P2DwkQ-bv0 Saturday the 2nd, 10am / Powell’s City of Books ...

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Shelf Awareness

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High Country News

Batt resolves to change his ways in the wake of a rapid series of deaths in the family, including those of Jenae's grandfather and Batt's grandmother and adoptive father.

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