Red House

Red House : Being a Mostly Accurate Account of New England's Oldest Continuously Lived-In Ho Use

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In her critically acclaimed, ingenious memoir, Sarah Messer explores America's fascination with history, family, and Great Houses. Her Massachusetts childhood home had sheltered the Hatch family for 325 years when her parents bought it in 1965. The will of the house's original owner, Walter Hatch--which stipulated Red House was to be passed down, "never to be sold or mortgaged from my children and grandchildren forever"--still hung in the living room. In Red House, Messer explores the strange and enriching consequences of growing up with another family's birthright. Answering the riddle of when shelter becomes first a home and then an identity, Messer has created a classic exploration of heritage, community, and the role architecture plays in our national identity.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 390 pages
  • 127 x 190.5 x 22.9mm | 249.48g
  • Penguin Books
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Illustrations, unspecified
  • 0142001058
  • 9780142001059
  • 2,106,527

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Red house is the story of America: hopeful, tragic, and persevering. Remarkable and amazing. (Daniel Wallace, author of "Big Fish") A genealogy of home and heart. Impossible to put down. (Terry Ryan, author of "The Prize Winner of Defiance Ohio") An evocative story ... told with a freshness that demonstrates Messer's skill at humanizing vignettes. ("The Boston Globe") [Messer] discovers surprising and often painful truths about history and heritage, heart and home. (George Howe Colt, author of "The Big House")
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About Sarah Messer

Sarah Messer teaches poetry and creative nonfiction at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. Her poetry has been published in the Kenyon Review, Paris Review, Story, and many other journals. She is the author of a book of poetry, Bandit Letters. She has received a Mary Roberts Rinehart award for Emerging Writers, and grants and fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the American Antiquarian Society, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
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Table of contents

Red HousePart One
Chapter One: The Land, 1614-1647
Chapter Two: Walter, 1647-1699
Chapter Three: The First Israel, 1667-1740
Chapter Four: The Second Israel, 1701-1767
Chapter Five: The Third Israel, 1730-1809
Chapter Six: Deacon Joel, 1771-1849
Chapter Seven: Israel H., 1837-1921
Chapter Eight

Part Two
Chapter Nine: Israel H., 1837-1921
Chapter Ten: Harris, 1866-1934
Chapter Eleven: Richard Warren Hatch, 1934-1965
Chapter Twelve: The Land, 1932-1935
Chapter Thirteen: Richard Warren Hatch, 1934-1965
Chapter Fourteen

Inhabitants of the Red House
Selected Bibliography
Illustration Credits
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