Words and Worlds: From Autobiography to Zippers

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Delphinium Books
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5.7 X 8.3 X 0.9 inches | 0.7 pounds
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About the Author

Alison Lurie, who won the Pulitzer Prize for her novel, Foreign Affairs, has published ten books of fiction, four works of non-fiction, and three collections of tales for children. She is a professor emerita of English at Cornell University, and lives in upstate New York with her husband, the writer Edward Hower.


Praise for 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...a mine of adroit observation, uncovering apparently humdrum details to reveal their unexpected, and occasionally poignant, human meaning."--Wall Street Journal
"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
"The Language of Houses has every quality you would expect from a work by Alison Lurie: intelligence, authority, wit and charm."--Louis Begley
"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, author of Inside a Pearl: My Years in Paris
"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, author of Court of Memory
"Stimulating... entertaining... fascinating.... Lovers of literature and the arts will find this a delightful and rewarding volume."
--Publishers Weekly
"Engaging... captivating... an appealing miscellany."--Kirkus Reviews
". . . 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