Home improvement: A review of Sugarhouse
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Sugarhouse: Turning the Neighborhood Crack House into Our Home Sweet Home
Matthew Batt
258 pages, softcover:
$ 14.95
Mariner, 2012.

Matthew Batt is a perpetual student, earning his Ph.D. in English from the University of Utah while his wife, Jenae, works — until she finally gets tired of supporting his grad-school habit. “I got home from ‘class’ one night, four pitchers to the wind, with bits of peanut shell stuck between my teeth, to find Jenae tear-streaked and furious,” Batt writes in Sugarhouse, his hilarious memoir of home renovation and family relationships. 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. Jenae and Batt decide that it’s time for them to commit to a rooted and grownup life by buying a home of their own: “Everyone but us was dying, getting divorced, or having a kid, and we were stuck with our hands in our pockets waiting for the band to start.”

They focus on the Sugarhouse section of Salt Lake City, “one of two viable neighborhoods for liberal types who want to live in Utah but pretend they’re still in America.” But after years of peripatetic student life, their credit is shot, so they’re forced to aim lo…………… continues on High Country News

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Home show full of bright ideas
News from Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

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Cabinets will be among hundreds of displays at the Fall Home & Remodeling Show.

Your windows have fogged up permanently, your roof leaks, and you just walked not onto but through your outdoor deck.

Time for some remodeling ideas and contacts. You can find both at the 22nd annual Milwaukee/NARI Fall Home & Remodeling Show Friday through Sunday at the Wisconsin Exposition Center at State Fair Park in West Allis.

Hundreds of booths will offer information on home improvement and remodeling services to help visitors refresh everything from gutters to basements, and all other parts of your home in between.

Experts, including chef Susie Jimenez of “The Next Food Network Star” and local home improvement adviser Gus Gnorski, will give demonstrations. The Kids Zone will keep youngsters occupied with pumpkin arts and crafts.

Show hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $ 4 in advance, $ 7 at the door. Tickets for ages 60 and older are $ 5 ($ 4 at the door on Friday). Children 12 and younger get in free.

For details, visit milwaukeenari.org.

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