Alumna Sarah Broom wins National Book Award for nonfiction

Sarah Broom
Sarah Broom

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

How do you heal after losing a childhood home? In ‘The Yellow House,’ Sarah M. Broom wonders.The Washington Post

A beloved homeplace, a family scattered, a New Orleans ‘too young for history’: Tale of ‘The Yellow House’nola.com

Sarah Broom on Creative Courage and What It Took to Write Her Stunning Memoir, 'The Yellow House' — Shondaland

Sarah M. Broom On ‘The Yellow House’ — NPR

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 MapEntertainment Weekly

The Wilderness of the Unfinished Manuscript (by Sarah M. Broom) — The Paris Review

Broom’s National Book Award acceptance speech

Reviews of The Yellow House

‘The Yellow House’ Is a Major Memoir About a Large Family and Its Beloved HomeThe New York Times

'The Yellow House' Connects Place, Memory And Self-Knowledge — NPR

A New Orleans family history: Big promises, dashed hopes and rising waterThe 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 WriteThe Atlantic

You Can’t Go Home Again — Bookforum.