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House Hold Like The House Built By Ann Peters S Father On A Hill In Eastern Wisconsin, House Hold Offers Many Views Cornfields And Glacial Lakes, Fast Food Parking Lots And Rural Highways, Manhattan Apartments And Brooklyn Brownstones Peters Revisits The Modern Split Level Where She Grew Up In Wisconsin, Remembering Her Architect Father Against The Background Of This Formative Space, She Charts Her Roaming Story Through Two Decades Of New York City Apartments, Before Traveling To A Cabin In The Mountains Of Colorado And Finally Purchasing An Old Farmhouse In Upstate New York More Than A Memoir Of Remembered Landscapes, House Hold Is Also An Expansive Contemplation Of America, A Meditation On Place And Property, And An Exploration Of How Literature Shapes Our Thinking About The Places We Live A Gifted Prose Stylist, Peters Seamlessly Combines Her Love Of Buildings With Her Love Of Books She Wanders Through The Rooms Of Her Past But Also Through What Henry James Called The House Of Fiction, Interweaving Personal Narrative With Musings On James, Willa Cather, William Dean Howells, Paule Marshall, William Maxwell, And Others Peters Reflects On The Romance Of Pastoral Retreat, The Hazards Of Nostalgia, America S History Of Expansion And Land Ownership, And The Conflicted Desires To Put Down Roots And To Hit The Road Throughout House Hold, She Asks How Places Make Us Who We Are.

10 thoughts on “House Hold

  1. says:

    It s said that dreams of houses are dreams of identity that if the midnight realm of the subconscious is indeed symbolic, then home is the structural representation of me Ann Peters tugs at the thread of this symbol, teasing it out into the light with a memoir driven by the places she s known She reflects, in a rich and deliciously complicated way, on how her dwelling in the world began at the architectural discretion of her parents an ancestral selection that took hard and fast spiritual r It s said that dreams of houses are dreams of identity that if the midnight realm of the subconscious is indeed symbolic, then home is the structural representation of me Ann Peters tugs at the thread of this symbol, teasing it out into the light with a memoir driven by the places she s known She reflects, in a rich and deliciously complicated way, on how her dwelling in the world began at the architectural discr...

  2. says:

    In her lyrical and intriguing memoir House Hold, Ann Peters explores the shaping of literature through place the shaping of place through literature and the shaping of her own life through both Peters memoir does what all good memoirs should do it discovers the universal in the personal As we journey with her from Wisconsin to New York City to upstate, rural New York, from Willa Cather to William Dean Howells to Henry James, from her small nook of a childhood bedroom to her city apartment In her lyrical and intriguing memoir House Hold, Ann Peters explores the shaping of literature through place the shaping of place through literature and the shaping of her own life through both Peters memoir does what all good memoirs should do it discovers the universal in the personal As we journey with her from Wisconsin to New York City to upstate, rural New York, from Willa Cather to William Dean Howells to Henry James, from her small nook of a childhood bedroom to her city apartments to her open farmhouse, we journey through our own nooks and crannies, the places we felt safe or exposed, the books that saved us, the people who tried their best but ultimately let us down Peters never shies away from the nuances and contradictions of the American myth, having been raised in a place and a time where a sense of loss, like the bookshelves or kitchen cabinets, came already built in She is not only a gifted writer, she s a gifted thinker The prose is laced w...

  3. says:

    Probably the best memoir I have ever read It may have just been my mood or paralleled well with another author I m currently enjoying Hamlin Garland , but I loved this book Really hard to describe in a way that does it justice, but it is a personal tale of architecture place as form...

  4. says:

    A bit of a shoo in for me, as I grew up in a visionary house myself, so I could relate well to the importance the author places on her childhood home A really deft blend of memoir with architectural and literary criticism Reminded me a bit of Elif Batuman s The Possessed in that respect.

  5. says:

    Whew What I thought to be a memoir consisting of memories related to places turned out to be so muchin Ann Peters House Hold A Memoir of Place Peters, an English professor, also offers the reader a mini survey course of sorts of literature which pertains to dwellings.Raised in Wisconsin and eventually finding her way to New York City, Peters describes the architecture of each...

  6. says:

    This is the first memoir I ve finished inwella long time Not my genre For that reason it didn t earn a 5 star rating because I ve yet to find ANY memoir that turns my pages This came close though It s a gorgeously written book with exquisite metaphors and attention to detail, but not to the point of yawn I do know Ann s mother, which prompted me to begin the book, but her sincerity, humor and superb pacing kept me going to the end This is a beautiful story of a normal life, told th This is the first memoir I ve finished inwella long time Not my genre For that reason it didn t earn a 5 star rating because I ve yet to find ANY memoir...

  7. says:

    Fascinating look into the concept of home We live in houses, but what makes a home How do we remember our childhood places Ann Peters recalls her family home outside of Fond du Lac Wisconsin Her father s unusual house design a...

  8. says:

    Ann poignantly shares from the rural to NYC and back through the eyes of where she called home Tightly woven with past literary comparisons, some of which are now on my reading list, House Hold is delightfully nostalgic and painfully current I can t wait for part 2.

  9. says:

    There were parts of this that were truly awesome It gave me a lot to think about it terms of place and memory and meaning, and that was very useful I had a hard time relating to the narrator Ann though and that made it kind of a bummer.

  10. says:

    This would be a good choice for lovers of literature that believe people are shaped by their home s A highly recommended memoir.

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