Archaeology of Home

Archaeology of Home : An Epic Set on 1000 Square Feet of the Lower East Side

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When Katharine Greider was told to leave her house or risk it falling down on top of her and her family, it spurred an investigation that began with contractors diagnoses and lawsuits, then veered into archaeology and urban history, before settling into the saltwater grasses of the marsh that fatefully once sat beneath the site of Number 239 East 7th Street. During the journey, Greider examines how people balance the need for permanence with the urge to migrate, and how the home is the resting place for ancestral ghosts. The land on which Number 239 was built has a history as long as Americas own. It provisioned the earliest European settlers who needed fodder for their cattle; it became a spoil of war handed from the kings servant to the revolutionary victor; it was at the heart of nineteenth-century Kleinedeutschland and of the revolutionary Jewish Lower East Side. Americas immigrant waves have all passed through 7th Street. In one small house is written the history of a young country and the much longer story of humankind and the places they came to call home.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 352 pages
  • 157.48 x 233.68 x 30.48mm | 612.35g
  • INGRAM PUBLISHER SERVICES US
  • PublicAffairs,U.S.
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations, maps
  • 1586487124
  • 9781586487126
  • 1,868,167

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Library Journal, December 15, 2010 "An extraordinary narrative that brings together a chronology of events, a provenance of the once-tenement building, and even a personal memoir. In addition, she has compiled a fascinating chronicle of the previous residents, mostly newly arrived immigrants looking for a 'better life in America.' Her sleuthing of public records shows how the building had evolved over the 150 years of its existence, even determining what caused its ultimate doom. Well written and thoroughly researched, this sobering tale should resonate with many readers of our time who have also lost their homes, leaving them asking, 'How could this happen to me?'"show more

About Katharine Greider

Katharine Greider is a writer living in New York City. She got her start in journalism at an alternative newsweekly and then a small-town daily newspaper. As a freelancer she has written on health and medicine, culture, and other topics for local and national newspapers, magazines, and non-profit organizations, from the AARP Bulletin to the New York Times. Her first book was The Big Fix: How the Pharmaceutical Industry Rips Off American Consumers.show more

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2 31% (28)
1 7% (6)
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