Searching For Home: Author Brian Smith Tells the Stories of Those Who Have Lost Families, Livelihoods, and More

Smith’s new book chronicles the lives of residents in his hometown of Tucson, Arizona.

Tucson Salvage, Brian Smith

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Author Brian Smith writes about the kind of folks most people tend to ignore.

Addicts and former addicts, the homeless, the downtrodden, and those who struggle with depression and mental illness.

Smith, a former editor for the Metro Times, has released a new book, called Tucson Salvage, chronicling the lives of residents in his hometown of Tucson, Arizona. 

He’ll be reading at the Book Beat in Oak Park this Saturday and at the Lo-Fi Bar in Ann Arbor on Sunday.

CultureShift’s Amanda LeClaire spoke with him about his new book and what it means to find home. 


  • Amanda LeClaire
    Amanda LeClaire is an award-winning host and producer of CultureShift on 101.9 WDET-FM Detroit’s NPR station. She’s a founding producer of WDET’s flagship news talk show Detroit Today, and a former host/reporter for Arizona Public Media. Amanda is also an artist, certified intuitive and energy healer, and professional tarot reader.