The Archaeology of Home

The Archaeology of Home

An Epic Set on A Thousand Square Feet of the Lower East Side

Book - 2011
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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 America's own. It provisioned the earliest European settlers who needed fodder for their cattle; it became a spoil of war handed from the king's servant to the revolutionary victor; it was at the heart of nineteenth-century Kleinedeutschland and of the revolutionaryJewish Lower East Side. America's 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.

Published: New York : PublicAffairs, c2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781586487126
Branch Call Number: 974.71 GRE
Characteristics: xvii, 329 p. :,ill., map ;,24 cm.


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gleacher Oct 09, 2011

Greider is that rare combination--a clear-eyed visionary...she adroitly blends her meticulous research with a moving narrative of self and place.

missyluft Aug 17, 2011

A good book, though the writing gets a little muddled at times and you're left wonder why she's exploring a certain topic.

Jul 31, 2011

The life history of one home.


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