The Yellow House

The Yellow House

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"Sarah M. Broom's [memoir] The Yellow House tells a hundred years of her family and their relationship to home in a neglected area of one of America's most mythologized cities. This is the story of a mother's struggle against a house's entropy, and that of a prodigal daughter who left home only to reckon with the pull that home exerts, even after the Yellow House was wiped off the map after Hurricane Katrina."-- Provided by publisher
Publisher: New York : Grove Press, 2019
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780802125088
0802125085
Characteristics: 376 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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11/26/19. Winner of 2019 National Book Award for Non Fiction. "Located in the gap between the “Big Easy” of tourist guides and the New Orleans in which Broom was raised, The Yellow House is a brilliant memoir of place, class, race, the seeping rot of inequality, and the internalized shame th... Read More »


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readonandon
Mar 14, 2020

Barack Obama r3commendation

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KarenDem
Mar 12, 2020

Is it on audio?

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bpearce
Feb 29, 2020

From Writers and Company Feb 2020

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orangelibrarycard
Feb 24, 2020

I read "The Yellow House" soon after finishing "The Dutch House." The two books in succession reminded me of a visit to Asheville, NC, where I toured the Biltmore Mansion one day, and the boarding house that Thomas Hardy's mother owned the next. From opulence to just the spare necessities.

I remember watching the TV news reports of the Katrina disaster and wondering at how long it took the President to respond to the people. It was surreal as it happened. I remember telling a friend that the people displaced by Katrina would return and rebuild, feeling the pull of home, but I never did follow up by reading any books on the subject.

The Yellow House is the memoir of the flood, but also of a young woman, her family, a poor neighborhood, a house. It takes a great many pages to describe the large and sprawling family at the start of the book. It is a bit disjointed and doesn't seem to flow throughout, but it covers lots of ground and many characters. I was tempted to give up on it, but I persevered, to my reward, as the book got better and better. The focus was the house, and its emotional pull and push on the various residents. Katrina happens nearer to the end. I did not care for the fact that none of the photos had captions. At the end, I realized the captions were in the notes at the back, and as I turned back to many of the photos, it reminded me of the ending of a movie, where the producers return with photos of the characters, and you are glad for this visual recap of the cast.

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njon38
Jan 10, 2020

A memoir about growing up in New Orleans East not only miles away but culturally distant from the French quarter framed around her childhood home “The Yellow House” that was lost in Katrina. She writes “The mythology of New Orleans- that it is always a place for a good time, with the happiest people alive, willing to smile, dance, cook and entertain- can sometimes suffocate the people who live and suffer under the place’s burden."

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RitaReader_0
Jan 07, 2020

Such a compelling, complex read based on what appears at first to be such a simple premise. If you have ever visited New Orleans, this book will give you insight.

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selfishgiant
Jan 07, 2020

G and M 2019 Best book - about New Orlean's flooding disaster

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lenoragoessling
Jan 04, 2020

Amazon Bookstore in UVillage Date with Sam over Christmas

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MargeBanks
Jan 02, 2020

Obama

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cindiet
Dec 27, 2019

Rec by Emily Cook Dec 2019

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