The Irresistible Henry House

The Irresistible Henry House

by Lisa Grunwald
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The Irresistible Henry House by Lisa Grunwald

It is the middle of the twentieth century, and in a home economics program at a prominent university, real babies are being used to teach mothering skills to young women. For a young man raised in these unlikely circumstances, finding real love and learning to trust will prove to be the work of a lifetime. In this captivating novel, bestselling author Lisa Grunwald gives us the sweeping tale of an irresistible hero and the many women who love him.

From his earliest days as a “practice baby” through his adult adventures in 1960s New York City, Disney’s Burbank studios, and the delirious world of the Beatles’ London, Henry remains handsome, charming, universally adored—and never entirely accessible to the many women he conquers but can never entirely trust.

Filled with unforgettable characters, settings, and action, The Irresistible Henry House portrays the cultural tumult of the mid-twentieth century even as it explores the inner tumult of a young man trying to transcend a damaged childhood. For it is not until Henry House comes face-to-face with the real truths of his past that he finds a chance for real love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781410425829
Publisher: Gale Cengage Learning
Publication date: 05/05/2010
Edition description: Large Print Edition
Pages: 623
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Lisa Grunwald is the author of the novels Whatever Makes You Happy, New Year’s Eve, The Theory of Everything, and Summer. Along with her husband, journalist Stephen J. Adler, she edited the bestselling anthologies Women’s Letters and Letters of the Century. Grunwald is a former contributing editor to Life and a former features editor of Esquire. She and Adler live in New York City with their two children.

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lilpiggie More than 1 year ago
Lisa Grunwald created a look at what life might have been like for a Practice Baby raised as part of a Home Economics course provided by colleges across the country from 1919 to 1969. I had never heard of such a thing, and apparently most people are as unaware as I was that this ever happened. The author says she was shocked to find this bit of information, which is what inspired her to hypothesize the effects on the child. I think she does an excellent job of portraying life in the 50's and 60's and depicting the life of Henry as well as the girls at the college who took part in Domestic Economics. The social attitudes and beliefs of the time period are keenly observed and the changes that take place as the women's movement alters all of this are spot-on. She touches on many subjects while simply following Henry's life and the lives of those around him. It's an interesting story with earnest characters and a fascinating topic. Definitely recommended.
SeabiscuitDL More than 1 year ago
An exploration of attachment and the lack thereof. The kernel of the idea for this book were real "practice babies" in college home economic classes--this is the story of Henry House, his "practice" mothers, his "real" nother and the women who raised him. How he learns to bond--or not--is beautifully detailed through the decades as Henry ages into an adult. An engrossing beautiful read you will not soon forget.
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Interesting topic, in depth characters that were all relatable in the time period the events took place - overall an easy read though I doubt I would have bought this book had it not been on sale.
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Brandy Zarkovacski More than 1 year ago
This book really kept my attention. A very interesting topic. I would love to read a real study done on 'practice babies'... Where are they now?
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