Sarah M. Broom won the 2019 National Book Award for her first book, The Yellow House, a memoir that delves into a hundred years of her family’s history in its home city of New Orleans. She is joined in conversation by scholar Saidiya Hartman, whose own work of intimate history, Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments, won the 2019 National Book Critics Circle Award.
“Sarah Broom’s sweeping memoir is epic in scope—a love letter to the family of twelve of which she is the ‘babiest,’ an intimate and uncompromising vision of the New Orleans that shaped her, an homage to deep roots and to blackness—all of this shot through with reverence, longing and abiding love,” wrote Ayana Mathis.
Copies of The Yellow House can be purchased from bookshop.org.
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