Tuesday, March 10th, 2009
Maybe you spent years looking for the perfect fixer-upper—or maybe you lost it all when the real estate bubble burst. Whether you live in a Park Slope co-op or a split-level ranch, you can probably say something about housing in just six words. Mary Elizabeth Williams, who spent the better part of three years house hunting in New York City, summed it all up with, “Priced out of Brooklyn, discovered Manhattan.”
We’ve got an interview with Williams over at Memoirville, as well as an excerpt from her new book, Gimme Shelter: Ugly Houses, Cruddy Neighborhoods, Fast-Talking Brokers, and Toxic Mortgages: My Three Years Searching for the American Dream. So we’re putting out a call for submissions: what’s your six-word housing story? Hurry up and post your memoirs here. Williams will pick her three favorites, and each winner will receive a copy of Gimme Shelter, with one grand-prize winner also taking home both six-word memoir books.