The Yellow House

The Yellow House

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...

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The Yellow House Reviews

  • D.  St. Germain
    Now that this book has won the National Book Award and been named one of the ten best books of 2019 by the New York Times, hopefully it will find a bigger readership / get some additional attention (it was disappointing to see it left off the Goodreads Choice Awards memoir choices.) That is, some at...
  • Michael
    In her debut, The Yellow House, Sarah Broom insightfully examines the history of New Orleans East, the city’s predominantly Black, working-class suburb, through the lens of her family’s fraught attempt to build a stable life there. Broom begins her work by sketching detailed portraits of h...
  • Libby
    ‘The Yellow House’ by Sarah M. Broom is an absorbing debut that is both memoir and commentary about her New Orleans East family in a pre and post-Hurricane Katrina world. Broom’s writing style is inviting, filled with facts, and enough descriptive detail to keep me engaged. The first ...
  • Lorna
    The Yellow House by Sarah Broom was a beautiful memoir that was not only the story of this very special family but a of a very special house, a home that loomed so large and an integral part of their history in New Orleans, Louisiana. The author, Sarah M. Broom, dedicates her book to three special w...
  • 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. We get to know all these siblings plus many other characters. Sarah... the baby of this family - w...
  • Brina
    Happy Thanksgiving to all my Goodreads friends. Each year to mark this distinctly American holiday I attempt to read a book that is American in scope. Over the course of 2019 I have read a number of memoirs that have pieced together Americana person by person. Some have been admittedly better than o...
  • Diane Barnes
    The Yellow House is:The story of a house and it's eventual demise.The story of the family that lived in that house.The story of Hurricane Katrina.The story of New Orleans. What it is and what it isn't. The story of Sarah Monique Broom, youngest of the 12 children raised in that house, and her journe...
  • Wyndy
    Winner of the 2019 National Book Award for Nonfiction, this is Sarah Monique (“Mo”) Broom’s poignant account of her large New Orleanian family and the house that contained and defined all fourteen of them. Sarah’s mother Ivory Mae and her brother Carl were the stars of this book ...

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