The Yellow House by Sarah M. Broom

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 eventually number twelve children. But after Simon died, six months after Sarah's bi...

Details The Yellow House

TitleThe Yellow House
Release DateAug 13th, 2019
PublisherGrove Press
GenreAutobiography, Memoir, Nonfiction, Biography, Biography Memoir

Reviews The Yellow House

  • 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 - whose birth father died six months after she was born - (author Sarah M. Broom) - a native New Orleanian - who received her Masters of Journalism at UC...
  • Nancy Oakes
    2019-08-17 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 always very down to earth and real; it is a book that deserves any and all awards that may come its way in the future. The Yellow House is genuinely that good. just read the blog post.
  • 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 and marginalizes poor black families. Katrina is simply one large link in a rusty, poorly maintained, unwieldy chain that is Black America. This is a phenomenal and artfully written book. The author deftly tells her family’s story which is deeply ...
  • 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 story where the author talks about her family living in New Orleans East. A place that I have never heard about. Instead the big jumps around a lot and Broom at times talks about her family as if they were these people she doesn't know. I kept gettin...
  • 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 delivers a loving tribute to family, the history of a place (New Orleans East), the horrors of Hurricane Katrina, a withering view of racism, social injustice, political incompetence and more. Tying everything together, of course, is a house and all...
  • 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 city of New Orleans and the ways it both burrows into its residents’ souls and betrays them and their loyalty over and over again; the story of the toll poverty and racism takes on black Americans; the story of Katrina and climate change and the ca...
  • 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 them do it.In 1961, Sarah M. Broom’s mother Ivory Mae bought a shotgun house in the then-promising neighbourhood of New Orleans East and built her world inside of it. It was the height of the Space Race and the neighbourhood was home to a major NASA p...
  • 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 large and complex family with its multi-generational brothers, sisters, aunties and cousins, lived in New Orleans East. Largely abandoned by the city government in favor of the tourist drawing French Quarter, her neighborhood was disproportionately impac...
  • Never Without a Book™
    I loved every bit of this story, Its engrossing and funny. I promise you won’t want to put this one down. It’s a must read.
  • Lauren Christensen
    A New Orleans memoir, a Katrina memoir, but most importantly an American story that’s as urgent and universal as it is intimate and lyrical.
  • Lauren
    Reading this book and carrying it around (to New Orleans in April where everything was too close to the surface to read it) and all over New York (where I experienced Katrina and—as @sarah_m_broom calls it—the Water from afar) was like spending an inordinate amount of time in deep conversation with a new friend. A friend whom you realize you share an enormous history thanks to geography, circumstance, tragedy, governmental and environmental d...
  • Nanette
    An absolute masterpiece, and one of my favorite books of 2019. Sarah M. Broom takes huge events and ideas--Hurricane Katrina and the subsequent displacement of the Black residents of New Orleans, what "family" and "home" mean, how places become significant in our lives--and combines them with an intimate, personal story. There's so much here that it's difficult to describe succinctly, but you should read this. It's moving and heartbreaking and be...
  • Erica
    New Orleans was the first place where I ever really lived on my own, away from parents and dorms, free to explore and set down baby roots. We moved back north two months before Katrina, which Broom calls the Water, which revealed so many more layers about the city and its inhabitants' value and place. Broom focuses her story on New Orleans East, a part of the city I only (rarely) passed over on the highway, and uncovers even more layers that stil...
  • Niki
    I recieved a digital copy from Netgalley for my honest review. The writing was really good though I had a hard time getting into this story. A more in depth revue coming soon.
  • Carole Knoles
    Phew! This book that I was so anticipating was a bit of hard going for me. I like many, many others love New Orleans and have deep admiration for it’s people. I visit as often as I can. I own a wonderful library of books of all types relating to that city. Of course, as a visitor, one is not able to invite a stranger to sit right down and tell you all about your life growing up in this fabulous place. The Yellow House was a opportunity to hear ...
  • Felicia Baxter
    I finished reading and this book had several parallels in my life. he house was a beginning of a promise a refuge that became a money pit. It could have been an end a trap. But everyone planned their escape. And when “The Water” of Hurricane Katrina came there was a forced Diaspora and then a coming together of the family again. That Hurricane was the great revealer of inequality and the chaos that predated that storm. And bought back vivid m...
  • Sarah
    I received an ARC of this book from the publisher, Grove Atlantic, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions are my own.The Yellow House opens with an image of a man, the author’s brother, sitting in a wooden chair at a wooden table on a patch of land in New Orleans East where a house once stood. It ends with this man, Carl, cutting the grass, still the memory keeper. In between, Sarah M Broom weaves an intricate history of a family, a house, ...
  • Virginia McGee Butler
    The beginning of The Yellow House: A Memoir takes the reader on a New Orleans map trip to find the house where the author grew up. Like someone beside you on the journey, author Sarah Broom points out landmarks and tells what happened there on the way. Even as the book has barely started, the reader is drawn into her words and feelings, anticipating all that is to come. Ivory Mae Broom, Sarah’s mother and a central figure in this memoir, bought...
  • Niklas Pivic
    The things we have forgotten are housed. Our soul is an abode and by remembering houses and rooms, we learn to abide within ourselves.—Gaston BachelardThis author is a force to be reckoned with. By tapping the reader’s mind rather than ham-fistedly trying to make points, Broom allows for a gentle and deep-delving trip through her past and present by means of family and places.When I call my eldest brother, Simon, at his home in North Carolina...
  • Diana
    My heart has been broken and stuffed back into my chest. This memoir, of a house, a family of 12 children, of a city burdened by dysfunction and trauma, reminded me of the many ways New Orleans inhabits those of us who live here. I have so many feelings tumbling around right now as I reflect on my life here, the changes brought by Katrina and governmental ineptitude, my attempt to run away from here in 2006 and my return in 2009 to what felt like...
  • Deb Coco
    I was swallowed by this book. It was the intersection of so much that I adore: Southern writing, setting, and memoir, which is the only non-fiction I’m drawn to.Sarah Broom gives us her entire story, from before her birth, to her life post Katrina. I began this thinking it was going to be strictly her experiences during and post the epic hurricane, but this is the story of a woman coming to peace with place, and asking the bigger question, "wha...
  • Jennifer
    "The Yellow House" tells the story of a literal yellow house in New Orleans East. Author Sarah M Broom grew up in the shotgun house that was owned by her mother and became her mother's thirteenth and most unruly child.The first part of the book tells the story of Sarah's family and how they came to live in the yellow house. The second half of the book tells of her search for identity and adventure as she tried to escape her home and eventually re...
  • Rachel
    I wanted to like this memoir, which tells the story of a family's home in New Orleans over a period of decades before and after it is ruined by Hurricane Katrina. Unfortunately, the threads of the story felt too loosely tied together from the beginning. When Sarah Broom shows up in her own book (after she has introduced her grandmother's and mother's generations), the book grows more lively. Even then, however, the story feels disjointed. Broom w...
  • Barbara
    Sarah Broom was disgusted by her ramshackle home in a declining area of New Orleans East. Members of her family, including Sarah, continued to live there after her father’s death when she was an infant. Gradually, almost all of her eleven brothers and sisters left their yellow house. New lives were forged elsewhere, including Sarah’s after she went away to college.The author has a fresh, unique way of describing her family and home from the 1...
  • Michael
    Sarah M. Broom's memoir/history The Yellow House is at its best when it focuses on her family. The early chapters in particular are energetically written, as if Broom is desperate to put her ancestors' lives down on paper before her sources and research materials fade away. Adequately rendering your individual relationships with your 11 siblings, not to mention your mother, aunts, etc., on paper is no easy task, but Broom succeeds, and at under 4...
  • Janilyn Kocher
    An interesting read about the youngest member of a large family whose lives focused around a house her mother owned for five decades. The author delves into her family history, which is fascinating reading. However, it's easy to sometimes get lost with all of the names and who is who. Over the years the house became delapitated and eventually had to be demolished after Hurricane Katrina. The house had been a focal point of the family for many yea...
  • Chava
    I found the story very interesting but it was extremely hard for me to get into it. I picked it and gave up immediately several times before I forced myself to finish it. This is an ambitious book that covers generations worth of a family history in New Orleans, one of America's most fascinating cities. Behind the story of the Yellow House and its inhabitants, is a story about persistence, loyalty, and strength. I would recommend this book only t...