The Yellow House

The Yellow House

Book - 2019 | First Grove Atlantic edition, First edition
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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, NY : Grove Press, an imprint of Grove Atlantic, 2019
Edition: First Grove Atlantic edition, First edition
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780802125088
Characteristics: 376 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


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Sep 03, 2020

NO woman w 12 children.

Aug 27, 2020

Having been asked to read,
drawn to the place, I need
to overcome a casualness on subject
familiar, avoid another experience abject.

Intimate narration won me over,
inconsistent, my mind only hover.
Families of Lolo to Mo, bloom,
struggling, Ivory Mae to all Broom.
Story of a house as home,
Spokesperson gifted and roam.
From Harlem to 4121 Wilson,
Creole living to land of African.
Survivors' dirge on Water,
Viva la vida French Quarter.
Personal stories expanded to some
grave topics, not a profound tome.

Aug 07, 2020

The author writes about her family growing up in East New Orleans, a large area east of the French Quarter built on marshland. What was once a thriving neighborhood slowly devolved into an industrial zone vulnerable to flooding, a direct consequence of overzealous development and neglect by politicians. The family home is more than a yellow house. It is where babies are born, kids raised, milestones celebrated. In the wake of Katrina’s destruction, members of the family scatter to different regions of the country. Even so, you can almost see the ethereal ties that keep them tethered to the family home. This is a story of family bonds, human resilience, and the universal desire for all families to want a home to call their own. It took 11 years before the author’s mother received a grant for compensation of the loss of her home, the yellow house.

Aug 03, 2020

I tried to get thru this book... really I did. There are so many names and people related to each other that it took me out of what I was trying to learn. Could not keep track. The topic was very interesting but so hard to follow.

Mar 14, 2020

Barack Obama r3commendation

Feb 29, 2020

From Writers and Company Feb 2020

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.

Jan 13, 2020

NYT 2019 Top 10

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."

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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