No Place Like Home
A Memoir in 39 Apartments
By Brooke Berman
(Crown, Hardcover, 9780307588425, 272pp.)
Publication Date: June 8, 2010
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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Humorous, poignant, and honest, No Place Like Home is the story of one woman’s journey to feel settled without settling, and her realization that home is much more than an address.
Brooke Berman moved to New York as a wide-eyed eighteen-year-old eager to call the big city home. Candid, funny, and thoughtful, in No Place Like Home, we follow Brooke’s adventures as she crisscrosses town trying to make ends meet and make her dreams of a life in the theater come true.
With each apartment, from the heavenly to the horrible, she learns more about how to heal the past, let go of excess, and keep a sense of humor while trying to stay flexible in the search for stability. No Place Like Home reminds everyone of the age-old struggle not just to find a house, but to build a true home.
BROOKE BERMAN is an award-winning playwright whose work has been produced across the US and in London. She is a two-time recipient of both the Francesca Primus Award and a Lecompte du Nouy award. She is also a recipient of a Berilla Kerr Award, a Helen Merrill Award, and a commissioning grant from the National Foundation for Jewish Culture for the play Until We Find Each Other, which was produced at Steppenwolf in 2002, and directed by Anna Shapiro. Brooke's play Hunting and Gathering premiered at Primary Stages and was named one of the Top Ten Plays of 2008 by New York magazine.
Visit her at brookeberman.net
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“Brooke Berman is the Real Deal: a miraculous, soul-seeking, honest artist who tells her story with humor, insight and a deep and abiding respect for this journey we call life. No Place Like Home is a gift to artists and dreamers everywhere who yearn to find their place in the daunting world of art, commerce, and real estate.”
—Rebecca Walker, author of Baby Love: Choosing Motherhood After a Lifetime of Ambivalence, and Black, White and Jewish: Autobiography of a Shifting Self
“Brooke Berman's voice is utterly distinct, and her book, detailing her nomadic artist's journey toward both a successful playwriting career and a home of her own, through 20 years of cramped sublets, high-rise palaces, writer's colonies, and boyfriend's vans, is a hilarious, hopeful, and penetrating must-read.”
—Maria Dahvana Headley, author of The Year of Yes
“Forget the yellow bricks, this road is paved with cheap futons and pull-out couches. In her pursuit of love, art, and a place to call her own, Brooke Berman goes on a journey that’s as harrowing as it is hilarious. Written with candor, honesty and a delicious self-deprecating wit, No Place Like Home proves to be an irresistible read.”
— David Lindsay Abaire, author of Rabbit Hole
“Compelling, original, and a fascinating portrait of life among young artists in New York City, No Place Like Home will resonate with readers who are searching to discover their own true “home.” That is, practically all of us.”
—Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project
“Brooke's journey in this book is both terrifying and beautiful. On her way to becoming an artist she loses her jobs, her lovers, her apartments, her belongings, and her Mother, but never her mind, and never her writer's soul. Reading every page, I could hear her laugh at what her life threw at her. Brooke is a brave, warrior woman in damned scary days, and I loved this careful accounting of her search for a safe place to lay her head.”
—Marsha Norman, Pultizer Prize-winning playwright and co-director of the Playwrights Program at Julliard