If These Walls Could Talk: Thoughts of Home

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Elaine Greene
Sterling Publishing Company, Inc., 2006 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 248 pages
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Home is where House Beautiful’s heart is, and this second engaging collection of the magazine’s “Thoughts of Home” column pays tribute to that special place. These first person essays capture the nostalgia for Grandmother’s farmhouse, the giddy pleasures of that first apartment, the recovery from the loss of a beloved abode. Author Edna O’Brien leads us through her adored childhood home in County Clare. Christopher Buckley’s “Foggy Bottom Blues” amusingly recounts his mishap-ridden relocation to Washington, D.C. From Patrick Dunne’s reminiscences of junkyard picking in New Orleans to Sally Ryder Brady’s story of watching her family’s Vermont house bulldozed to the ground, these essays remind us that not only is there no place like home, but that no two are alike.
 

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Contents

The House I Mean to Haunt Elaine Greene
10
The 49th Parallel Stacy Schiff
17
Got a House a Showplace Frances Kogen
30
The Company of Raptors Joseph Giovannini
38
Belongings Hope Cooke
47
A Room at the Inn Cynthia Anderson
54
Birth Mother Roberta Brown Root
62
Solid Gold Starr Collins Osborne
70
The Luxury of Order SUZANNAH LESSARD
137
The Childrens War ANTONIA STEARNS
145
Things That Count TERESA WENDEL
152
If These Walls Could Talk JUDITH BELL UNGAR
159
Waiting for the War tO End PERDITA BUCHAN i 66
174
Runaways MARYBETH LAMBE
184
Gaffield Place MICHELE BENDER
193
Foggy Bottom Blues CHRISTOPHER BUCKLEY
200

Eldors Hut SHARON WHITE
77
Femmes Seules Women Alone ANN PRINGLEHARRIS
88
Garret Girl KELLY CALDWELL
97
The Uses of Adversity PHILOMENA C FRIEDMAN
107
Who Loved Aunt Ella? DALE MACKENZIE BROWN
120
Reunion LUCINDA PARIS
127
Furnishing School PATRICK DUNNE
211
Seeking Our Fortunes BETSY BROWN
218
Sabbatical Houses LISA JENNIFER SELZMAN
226
Seeing It Through SALLY RYDER BRADY
234
Author Biographies 2 4
242
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