A Skeptic's Guide to Writers' Houses
168 pages | 6 x 9 | 10 illus.
Cloth 2010 | ISBN 978-0-8122-4292-8 | $24.95 | £16.50
"A remarkable book: part travelogue, part rant, part memoir, part literary analysis and urban history, it is like nothing else I've ever read. In wondering why we look to writers' houses for inspiration when we could be looking to the writers' work, Trubek has–with humor, with self-deprecation, even with occasional anger and sadness–reminded us why we need literature in the first place."–Brock Clarke, author of An Arsonist's Guide to Writers' Homes in New England
Why is it that we visit writers' houses? Although admittedly skeptical about the stories these buildings tell us about their former inhabitants, Anne Trubek carries us along as she falls at least a little bit in love with each stop on her itinerary and finds in each some truth about literature, history, and contemporary America.
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