The Language of Houses: How Buildings Speak to Us

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Delphinium Books
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5.2 X 7.9 X 1.0 inches | 0.6 pounds
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About the Author

Alison Lurie has published ten books of fiction - including the Pulitzer Prize-winning Foreign Affairs and five books of non-fiction. She is professor of English Emeritus at Cornell.


"Lurie maintains a light touch with such damning observations. . . One of the book's best chapters treats public high schools. . . .its insights into our vanity, and capacity for almost negligent public construction, are ripe for the gleaning."--Boston Globe
"Alison Lurie, in her lucid, jargon-free way, allows us to read what architecture is saying. She has culled the best ideas from a vast secondary literature and passed it all through the sieve of her brilliant mind."--Edmund White
"The Language of Houses.... makes a powerful argument that how we choose to order the space we live and work in reveals far more about us.... full of mischievous apercus, and Ms. Lurie at her best is bracingly subversive....a mine of adroit observation, uncovering apparently humdrum details to reveal their unexpected, and occasionally poignant, human meaning."--Wall Street Journal
"The Language of Houses has every quality you would expect from a work by Alison Lurie: intelligence, authority, wit and charm."--Louis Begley
"There's much to absorb in this sequel to Alison Lurie's The Language of Clothes, but The Language of Houses is an extraordinarily absorbing book--it wears its learning lightly, holding this reader's attention the way a fine novel does. I was particularly fascinated by the linked chapters on religious buildings and museums."--James McConkey
"Allusions to the work of Charlotte Brontë, Tom Wolfe, Joyce Carol Oates and Michael Lewis...(Lurie) takes a broad look at the design of museums, residences, schools, prisons and restaurants -- to name a few of the featured categories -- and how they have evolved over time..."The Language of Houses" is light and breezy."--Washington Post
". . . A book meticulously packed with facts, paradoxes and observations. . . . a rich compendium of information, exploring how we inhabit our homes, our offices and our places of learning, leisure and worship, from every conceivable angle, in neatly organized chapters addressing each category of building."--Seattle Times