Evening Book Club

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Book Cover, Yellow House, by Sarah M. Broom  Monday, February 15th at 7:00 pm

 

 Yellow House by Sarah M. Broom

 

  A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Winner of the 2019 National Book Award in Nonfiction

A brilliant, haunting and unforgettable memoir from a stunning new talent about the inexorable pull of home and family, set in a shotgun house in New Orleans East.

 

In 1961, Sarah M. Broom's mother Ivory Mae bought a shotgun house in the then-promising neighborhood of New Orleans East and built her world inside of it. It was the height of the Space Race and the neighborhood was home to a major NASA plant--the postwar optimism seemed assured. Widowed, Ivory Mae remarried Sarah's father Simon Broom; their combined family would eventually number twelve children. But after Simon died, six months after Sarah's birth, the Yellow House would become Ivory Mae's thirteenth and most unruly child.

 

A book of great ambition, Sarah M. Broom's 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. The Yellow House expands the map of New Orleans to include the stories of its lesser known natives, guided deftly by one of its native daughters, to demonstrate how enduring drives of clan, pride, and familial love resist and defy erasure. 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 that often follows. It is a transformative, deeply moving story from an unparalleled new voice of startling clarity, authority, and power.

 

 

Evening Book Club 2021 Book List

January- Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christine Lefteri

February- Yellow House by Sarah M. Broom

March- 28 Summers by Elin Hilderbrand

April- Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts by Kate Racculia

May- Maid by Stephanie Land

June- Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson

July- Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

August- Magnetic Girl by Jessica Handler

September- TBD
October- TBD
November- TBD
December- TBD


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The Yellow House: A Memoir (2019 National Book Award Winner) Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780802149039
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Grove Press - June 30th, 2020