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"Batt’s home-rehab picaresque is hilarious, engrossing, and stocked with a cast of squirrely tradesmen and manic realtors...a charming take on domesticity . "
"It’s hard to write funny, especially when your world is crumbling around you, but in this utterly compelling memoir, Matt Batt makes it look easy. This is a sweet and deeply memorable debut by a writer who’s clearly the real thing."
— Andre Dubus III, author of Townie
"Sugarhouse is a whale of a book -- an uproariously funny and deeply affecting account of home ownership and its discontents. Matt Batt has written a must-read manifesto for anyone who's ever faced off against a fast-talking real estate agent, an impossibly stubborn varnish, or a family on the brink of heartbreak. I'm still not sure how he managed to stuff so much life into one little book, but I'm dazzled at his achievement."
-Steve Almond, author of Candyfreak
"Winning, funny, and crackling with life, Sugarhouse is a can't-put-down chronicle of a bad house gone good and a good family gone in directions the author didn't expect. Batt’s book about glue, grace, gumption, and the grit it takes to keep on living is an unforgettable and sweet read."
-Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild
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.
If you've ever bought a house (especially a fixer-upper) you will understand this book and the writer. The more excited the author was the more he had run-on sentences. Read morePublished 1 month ago by LG
This is one of the best coming of age and marriage books I've read in a long time.Published 8 months ago by Elaine B.
Since I live in the Salt Lake area, I was intrigued by the premise of this novel when I saw it at the library, and am also a bit of a sucker for stories about grad students on a... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Becky at "One Literature Nut"
Enjoyed the book as I live in Sugarhouse. Many parts are very well written and flow well. Some parts seem a bit disjointed. Overall interesting.Published 23 months ago by Lori Lewis
Matt and Jenae live in Salt Lake City and need to buy a house fast because the lease for their apartment is up. Read morePublished on November 12, 2013 by Laura Booksnob
I enjoyed the book overall, but it was not something I could not put down. I do like the author's writing style and his willingness to expose his life; and an interesting family... Read morePublished on March 4, 2013 by CC-T
Author has shared some insights on first time home buying and some dumb things to avoid. Fun reading, but hardly memorable.Published on January 28, 2013 by Doyle
When I first heard Matthew Batt read an excerpt of his book "Sugarhouse" at our University Reading Series, I knew I wanted to read the entire piece of work. Read morePublished on December 6, 2012 by Lizzie-Lou
Matthew Batt's book Sugarhouse: Turning the Neighborhood Crack House into Our Home Sweet Home was an engrossing read for me. Read morePublished on December 6, 2012 by SumoJam