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Program Type: Discussion
Age: Adult

Join us as we discuss The Yellow House by Sarah Broom. Books are available through the catalog system. Please contact a Reference Librarian at 309-732-7341 about ordering a copy, pr place a hold online here:

We will meet at Longview Park in Rock Island, Illinois. Bring your own chair or blanket to sit on. This event will be held virtually if adverse weather is expected.

Book Summary:

"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." -- Publisher's website.