Leaving the Pink House

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Leaving the Pink House

Leaving the Pink House Ladette Randolph understands her life best through the houses she has inhabited From the isolated farmhouse of her childhood to the series of houses her family occupied in small towns across Nebraska

  • Title: Leaving the Pink House
  • Author: Ladette Randolph
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  • Page: 238
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Ladette Randolph understands her life best through the houses she has inhabited From the isolated farmhouse of her childhood, to the series of houses her family occupied in small towns across Nebraska as her father pursued his dream of becoming a minister, to the equally small houses she lived in as a single mother and graduate student, houses have shaped her understandinLadette Randolph understands her life best through the houses she has inhabited From the isolated farmhouse of her childhood, to the series of houses her family occupied in small towns across Nebraska as her father pursued his dream of becoming a minister, to the equally small houses she lived in as a single mother and graduate student, houses have shaped her understanding of her place in the world and served as touchstones for a life marked by both constancy and endless cycles of change.On September 12, 2001, Randolph and her husband bought a dilapidated farmhouse on twenty acres outside Lincoln, Nebraska, and set about gutting and rebuilding the house themselves They had nine months to complete the work The project, undertaken at a time of national unrest and uncertainty, led Randolph to reflect on the houses of her past and the stages of her life that played out in each, both painful and joyful As the couple struggles to bring the dilapidated house back to life, Randolph simultaneously traces the contours of a life deeply shaped by the Nebraska plains, where her family has lived for generations, and how those roots helped her find the strength to overcome devastating losses as a young adult Weaving together strands of departures and arrivals, new houses and deep roots, cycles of change and the cycles of the seasons, Leaving the Pink House is a richly layered and compelling memoir of the meaning of home and family, and how they can never really leave us, even if we leave them.

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    1. Sue on said:

      In her memoir of leaving a beloved house for a total fixer-upper in the country outside Lincoln, Nebraska, Ladette Randolph provides a memoir of her life, grounding it in the houses she has called home over the years. This story covers her childhood, living in various homes with parents and grand parents, moving to places loved and despised, a childhood and young adult life where fundamental Christian religion figured prominently and shaped her life well into adulthood.The present situation, act [...]

    2. Vikki Gremel on said:

      Fun to read about this story of renovating a home in Nebraska. Knew a few of the folks she writes about and cringed with her as the inevitable delays and crises happened. An interesting book, weaving the past and present. Enjoyable.

    3. Kathy Cowie on said:

      Leaving the Pink HouseBy Ladette RandolphThis book reminded me of Love, Loss and What I Wore, in its ability to evoke not only place, but a mood, a period of time, and a complete cast of characters through the memory of inanimate objects. Unlike clothing, a house does have the ability to almost become a character; and in many books I’ve read the setting becomes more important than the people I am supposed to come to understand.There are many houses in this book, all places Ladette Randolph has [...]

    4. Susanne on said:

      Even if Ladette had not been my editor at the University of Nebraska Press, and even if I had not read and admired all of her other award-winning books, especially Sandhills Ballad, which I have been teaching at UNK every semester, I still would have been interested in Leaving the Pink House. I am in the process of writing my own memoir/family history, and I knew it would be a good model. She told me that she had tried a unique way of organizing the book, and since my work in progress, “Placeb [...]

    5. Dewitt on said:

      Novelist and editor Ladette Randolph’s new memoir LEAVING THE PINK HOUSE, celebrates her mid-life marriage and centers on renovating a Nebraska farm house with her husband. From that she flashes back to her personal history in earlier houses: hard working mother, sketchy father who owned a failing gas station and was ordained as a Church of Christ minister; young first marriage and husband’s death in an accident; treatment for melanoma at age 22; work in a nursing home; twelve-year second ma [...]

    6. Jane on said:

      I'm not often a big fan of memoirs and I'm not sure I would have given this book four stars except for the Nebraska setting. So many of the places and people mentioned are familiar to me and I confess I've driven down Washington Street trying to spot the pink house. Can't be sure, perhaps it isn't pink any more.Ladette Randolph has had an interesting life which she revealed through chapters centered around the houses she lived in in Nebraska. Her life stories alternate with the more current stor [...]

    7. Catherine on said:

      Ladette Randolph writes about the stressful process of renovating a decrepit farmhouse with her husband. Interspersed throughout the story are memoir chapters, categorized by the other homes she lived in throughout her life – mostly in small Nebraska towns, as her family made frequent moves to accommodate her father’s career changes. The book continues into her adult life, telling an interesting story with stellar writing. She’s an editor as well as a writer, and it shows. I received an AR [...]

    8. Tracy on said:

      I really wanted to read this book about the author and her husband buying and renovating a farmhouse outside of Lincoln NE while facing the fact that she will be leaving the house she loves.I am usually up for a renovation book and while this author is a good writer, I didn't really get into it. I read a few chapters and then started skipping the chapters about houses she used to live in as a child (she goes through them sequentially) and then I just lost interest for some unknown reason. I'm no [...]

    9. Pam Thomas on said:

      Childhood memories of houses her family had inhabited, endless cycles of change and she now retraces how her life was shaped by the Nebraska plains where her family lived for generations, how her roots were the foundations which gave her strength to overcome loss, departures, arrivals, how the cycles of the seasons brought togetherness with the family and how they never really leave us,. its a poignant story.

    10. Catherine on said:

      Randolph and her husband, Noel, buy an old rural farmhouse outside of Lincoln, Nebraska. Together they completely renovate Noel's dream home over nine months, commencing immediately after September 11th, 2001. Randolph reflects on her life and the places she has called home throughout her life. The end caught me completely by surprise. Two words: True love!!

    11. Kayo on said:

      Lovely story. Reminds me of projects we have done around the house.Ready to put the house on the market.

    12. Susan on said:

      This was a good read. I liked the structure of using houses the author has lived in to write about her life.

    13. Maureen on said:

      An enjoyable ride along the author's search for a sense of place with a fairly predictable conclusion.

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