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Author Peters, Ann (Professor of English),
Title House hold : a memoir of place / Ann Peters.
Imprint Madison, Wisconsin : The University of Wisconsin Press, [2013]

Author Peters, Ann (Professor of English),
Subject Peters, Ann (Professor of English)
Fond du Lac (Wis.) -- Biography.
New York (N.Y.) -- Biography.
Description 1 online resource
polychrome rdacc
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references.
Summary This book 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 who built it. 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, and other writers. 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, she asks how places make us who we are.-- From publisher description.
Contents List of Illustrations; Part One: The House; 1. The House on the Ledge; 2. The Architect; 3. The Second House; 4. The Holy Land; 5. Leaving; Part Two: The Apartment; 6. Reid Terrace; 7. Manhattan; 8. Lafayette; 9. Brownstone; Part Three: The Return; 10. Lake City; 11. Ancestors; 12. Jefferson; Acknowledgments; Notes; Bibliography; Index.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9780299296230 (electronic bk.)
0299296237 (electronic bk.)
130619234X (ebk)
9781306192347 (ebk)
OCLC # 864900373
Additional Format Print version: Peters, Ann (Professor of English). House hold 9780299296209 (DLC) 2013011470 (OCoLC)838199826

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