Dec. 4, 2019
Alumna Sarah Broom (’02), who studied journalism and anthropology at UNT, won the prestigious National Book Award for nonfiction in November with The Yellow House (Grove Press/Grove Atlantic). It’s a moving memoir of her family and their home in New Orleans East — and of so much more.
She began writing the notes that would become the book when she was a student at UNT, and the work includes shoutouts to West Hall and Willis Library.
Broom and her debut book have been in the news extensively this fall:
About Sarah Broom and The Yellow House
Home and Place — North Texan
Sarah M. Broom on Her New Memoir ‘The Yellow House’ — PBS/Amanpour & Co.
Author Sarah M. Broom is Putting the Real New Orleans Back on the Map — Entertainment Weekly
The Wilderness of the Unfinished Manuscript (by Sarah M. Broom) — The Paris Review
Reviews of The Yellow House
‘The Yellow House’ Is a Major Memoir About a Large Family and Its Beloved Home — The New York Times
A New Orleans family history: Big promises, dashed hopes and rising water — The Washington Post
Review: Sarah M. Broom shows her New Orleans in ‘The Yellow House’ — Los Angeles Times
How to Write the Book No One Wants You to Write — The Atlantic
You Can’t Go Home Again — Bookforum.