Books Price Comparison (Including Amazon) - Guaranteed Lowest Prices on Books


Holy Land: A Suburban Memoir

Holy Land: A Suburban Memoir
Author: D. J. Waldie
ISBN 13: 9780393327281
ISBN 10: 393327280
Edition: N/A
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: 2005-04-17
Format: Paperback
Pages: 208
List Price: $14.95

"Infinitely moving and powerful, just dead-on right, and absolutely original."—Joan Didion

Publishers Weekly

Waldie, public information officer of Lakewood, Calif., as a boy moved with his family to one of that town's suburbs that was designed and built nearly overnight during the 1950s. In this unusual and compelling memoir organized into a series of short, episodic essays, some of which were previously published in journals, the author describes both a place and the mindset of a decade. Built on a grid, the subdivision of identical houses on similar lots was owned by three businessmen whose Jewish background would have prevented them from living there at that time. Homes were quickly sold to young couples-many of the men were WWII veterans-purchasing a house for the first time. The design of a shopping mall within Lakewood that was opened in 1952 included a half-mile civil defense fallout shelter and reflected the fear of Soviet attack that was mirrored by the attitudes of the Roman Catholic nuns who taught Waldie in school. Photos. (June)