On Moving: A Writer's Meditation on New Houses, Old Haunts, and Finding Home Again

On Moving: A Writer's Meditation on New Houses, Old Haunts, and Finding Home Again

by Louise DeSalvo
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On Moving: A Writer's Meditation on New Houses, Old Haunts, and Finding Home Again by Louise DeSalvo

When acclaimed memoirist and scholar Louise DeSalvo sold the house she and her husband had raised their children in and moved to a beautiful new home in Montclair, New Jersey, she was shocked to discover a rash of unexpected emotions interfering with her plans. Suddenly the old, cramped house was paradise, and the new house a barren building with none of the comforts or familiarity of "home." Faced with a sudden disillusionment over her dream house, DeSalvo turned, as she always has, to her favorite writers.
What she found was a treasure-trove of material, most of which has seldom been written about before, chronicling the tumultuous and inspiring moves of some of our most beloved literary figures. Percy Shelley, destitute and restless, moved his tired family from one home to another, only to settle in what he came to believe was a haunted house on the Gulf of Spezia, in which he soon drowned. Virginia Woolf, on her hunt for the perfect room of her own, was a real estate hound, and spent years trying to get back to her home in London after a nervous breakdown forced her to relocate to the country. More recently, Mark Doty found selling the house he and his dying lover spent decades renovating surprisingly freeing as the couple found a new home in which to say goodbye.
DeSalvo mines the hopes, disappointments, memories, and fears that come with that simple yet fundamental part of everyone's lives ... moving.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781608191185
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 07/01/2009
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 1,178,131
File size: 557 KB

About the Author

Louise DeSalvo is a writer, professor, lecturer, and scholar who lives in New Jersey. Her many books include the memoirs Crazy in the Kitchen, Vertigo, Breathless, and Adultery; the acclaimed biography Virginia Woolf: The Impact of Childhood Sexual Abuse on her Life and Work; and Writing as a Way of Healing. Recently, she moved.

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On Moving 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Marie_R More than 1 year ago
Louise DeSalvo looks at moving from a new perspective. This is not a how-to or even that much a how-I-felt book. Ms. DeSalvo has done some research into the lives of famous authors and shares the where, when, why, how, and more of their moving experiences. She compares their moves to hers and makes it possible for readers to do the same.