Last Days of the House


Last Days of the House is a privately published book, not for sale, written as a tribute to my parents after their deaths in 2011 and 2013. For years, their home in Charles City, Iowa was the gathering place for three generations — their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and the book was primarily intended for them. As I write in the preface, “House has multiple meanings in this memoir, as a physical place of beauty and comfort, as the metaphorical heart and soul of the family within, and now, as a timeless palace of memories.” Friends have persuaded me to make the book available to a wider audience, despite its intensely personal nature, arguing that it contains a larger tale of twentieth century life in a small rural Midwestern town, as well as more universal themes of memory and loss. Click on the image above to download.