Beth Luey

House Stories: The Meanings of Home in a New England Town

A narrative tour of historic houses in Fairhaven, Massachusetts, a small New England coastal town, invites readers inside to learn each house's secrets. Through letters and diaries, newspaper accounts legal documents, and the recollections of neighbors, Luey introduces a diverse cast of historical characters from 1800 to the 200s, including a Japanese castaway, a self-made millionaire, a seagoing adventurer, a religious pioneer, and an entrepreneurial immigrant. Luey invites readers to join her as she considers the multiple meanings of "home" for these people and their families.

Selected Works

Nonfiction
A narrative tour of historic houses in a small New England coastal town that invites readers over the threshold to learn each house's secrets.
A lively exploration of how nonfiction books have kept Americans learning long after leaving college
Everything scholars need to know about publishing-- "straightforward, sober, thorough, orderly, and practical"
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Practical advice, written with experience and good cheer-- "authoritative, up-to-date, succinct, intelligent, and witty."