The Yellow House: A Memoir

The Yellow House: A Memoir

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.

Title:The Yellow House: A Memoir
ISBN:9780802125088
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  • Elyse Walters

    Ivory Mae bought her first and only house in New Orleans - NOLA- east in 1961. She had twelve children:Simon Jr., Deborah, Valerie, Eddie, Michael, Darryl, Carl, Karen, Troy, Byron, Lynette, and Sarah...

  • Nancy Oakes

    http://www.nonfictionrealstuff.com/20...I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hence a big fat five stars, and were there more I would give those as well. It is beyond excellent, poignant, funny at times but ...

  • Lynn

    This memoir is about a family, a city (New Orleans) and a storm (Katrina). A closer look reveals an additional story about race, class, and identity. Closer still exposes how the US consistently fails...

  • Obsidian

    Please note that I received this book via NetGalley. This did not affect my rating or review.Well cutting to the chase I really didn't like this one. I was all ready to fall in love with a nonfiction ...

  • Stacey A.  Prose and Palate

    Say the words “New Orleans” to people and images of Mardi Gras, beignets, jazz, voodoo, second lines, eclectic art and Saints football immediately spring to mind. It is a city that is visited by m...

  • Will

    Sarah M. Broom's debut combines the highly personal with the journalist investigative eye, creating an engrossing, heartfelt memoir that is, simply put, so much more than the traditional memoir. Broom...

  • Mary

    On one level, “The Yellow House” by Sarah M. Broom is the story of one house in New Orleans East and the family who made it their home for over 40 years. But it is so much more—the story of the ...

  • Janet

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not regurgitate the contents or story of books in reviews, I let the...

  • Lisa Taddeo

    Masterful. Large-scale and granular at once. Quietly stunning prose. Wow. ...

  • Melissa Dee

    The Yellow House is the central character in this book. The house Sarah Broom grew up in, was destroyed in Katrina, and before and afterwards continues to be a central pole in her life. Broom’s larg...