Welcome Home

Welcome Home

A compilation of sketches, photographs, and letters, Welcome Home is an essential nonfiction companion to the stories by Lucia Berlin. Before Lucia Berlin died, she was working on a book of previously unpublished autobiographical sketches called Welcome Home. The work consisted of more than twenty chapters that started in 1936 in Alaska and ended (prematurely) in 1966 in so A compilation of sketches, photographs, and letters, Welcome Home is an essential nonfiction companion to the stories...

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Title:Welcome Home
Author:Lucia Berlin
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:0374287597
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:162 pages pages

Welcome Home Reviews

  • Cody
    Nov 27, 2018
    A vivid and poetic evocation of place and the lifelong search for home. The brevity of the text--its diary-like form and incompleteness--coupled with the photographs give it a dreamy, mysterious feel. ...
  • Spiros
    Nov 22, 2018
    More refractions, refractions on refractions...the first half of this desperately thin tome is the beginnings of a memoir, in which Berlin sketches the places in which she has lived, ending on the road, in Chiapas, in the mid-1960's. Many of the passages are repeated word for word in h...
  • Tara
    Nov 15, 2018
    If you're familiar with Lucia Berlin's short stories (collected in A Manual for Cleaning Women) this book will add a new perspective to familiar territory. Half of the book is an unfinished memoir, taking us from the author's peripatetic childhood to marriage and motherhood in her bohe...
  • Beth
    Dec 12, 2018
    I hate reading letters, but the memoir portion of this was gorgeous?full of very vivid descriptions of a world that no longer exists. ...
  • Karen Auvinen
    Dec 27, 2018
    Reading this book was like sitting with Lucia, who was my mentor, at her kitchen table in flat near the Boulder foothills. The first half of the book--impressions of the places she lived ---is beautifully rendered in Lucia's evocative, minimalist style. I could hear her voice in the pa...
  • Sabrina Chapadjiev
    Jan 30, 2019
    This was my introduction to Lucia Berlin. The narrative portraits of where she lived and when, which make up half of the book, were incredibly poignant, gorgeous and evocative. They truly paint a picture of this interesting artists and the life she lived. The second half - which ...
  • Roben
    Jan 19, 2019
    This is the first book of Lucia Berlin's that I have read but it won't be the last. I enjoyed her journey very much and thankful that she shared. ...
  • Eric
    Nov 27, 2018
    I didn't know what to expect with this one. Welcome Home was pretty much a collection of pictures, recollections from an unpublished memoir(?) documenting her childhood up to her 30's, as well as letters to and from Lucia. Much like A Manual for Cleaning Women, I enjoyed this a lot. Be...
  • A
    Dec 17, 2018
    A look into Lucia Berlin's early life (to 1965) through her own writing, family photographs, and letters. There are many beautiful passages when she describes experiences and being outside, especially in the small plane that Buddy Berlin would take them up to fly during the sunsets. Wh...
  • Lorri Steinbacher
    Jan 11, 2019
    So interesting to describe your life through memories of the places where you lived it. That you know that it is unfinished going in doesn't make you any less hard when it does. When it left off, even though I knew I would be able to piece together what was next, I knew that it would n...
  • Kasa Cotugno
    Aug 13, 2018
    Welcome Home is an unfinished autobiography, which Lucia Berlin was working on but never had a chance to finish. Much of this material is familiar to me since I recently read Evening in Paradise, a linked series of short stories, fictionalized accounts of her life which covered much of...
  • Autumn
    Jan 25, 2019
    It was a little too short, but so it goes. ...
  • flannery
    Dec 03, 2018
    superfans only! ...
  • Rebecca
    Oct 28, 2018
    This little book was wonderful! I am already a fan of Berlin's writing style, having read excerpts of her previous short story collections; I will definitely be seeking out more in the future. This collection was a bit disjointed, but that is to be expected as it was published posthumo...
  • Douglas
    Jan 17, 2019
    I don't know how you could appreciate this slim volume if you haven't read "cleaning women", or were lucky enough to have one of her earlier out of print selections. This is a small assemblage of an autobiography work in progress, and selected letters. They do help a fan (like me) fi...
  • Emily
    Dec 10, 2018
    I received an advanced readers copy of this book as part of Goodreads Giveaway. I hate to admit that this is the first Lucia Berlin book I've read. I can see why she's beloved. Her narration had me feeling like I was sitting at her kitchen table while she puttered around the kitchen...
  • Erin Duffey
    Jan 07, 2019
    Wow. I knew nothing of Lucia before my friend stayed in bed for 3 hours, fell asleep and woke up to my ringing her doorbell. Loved learning about her life before reading her stories. Fantastic ...
  • Me
    Nov 22, 2018
    I was sent this book free of charge in return for an honest review. This is a quick and interesting read even if you are not familiar with the work of Lucia Berlin. She lived an unpredictable life for many years and this is reflected in her journals and letters. I was fascinated with h...
  • Abby Byers
    Jan 01, 2019
    Five stars for the first half! Didn?t feel great about the letters. ...
  • Laura
    Nov 22, 2018
    I wanted to love this more, and I feel like I may get more out of it after reading some more of Lucia Berlin's work. Really liked the first half of diary entries but the letters in the second half got a bit muddled and long for me. However, Berlin's wonderful writing and personality sh...
  • Judith
    Dec 15, 2018
    I wish it had been longer and that she had written more during her lifetime. ...
  • Christina
    Oct 12, 2018
    I won this book through the goodreads giveaways and was asked to give it a review. I feel like if you knew the author, or maybe even if you are familiar with her other books, that it might be more intriguing than I found it. There was a line in one of her letters that said ?I keep be...
  • Jill Blevins
    Jan 01, 2019
    Who doesn't want to read someone's letters, especially when those letters were written in the 1950's and 1960's by a teenager who has everything the world could give her except love, a regular family, and a steady home? It's like reading Joan Didion but without the East Coast attitude....
  • Brooklyn Tayla
    Dec 08, 2018
    I received a copy of this book from Pan Macmillian Australia in exchange for an honest review ? all thoughts are my own. I feel like if I had known about Lucia Berlin before reading this book that I would have maybe appreciated this more, I mean, when I started reading this, not rea...
  • Amanda Bannister
    Dec 26, 2018
    Christmas present from my daughter ? ...
  • Riccardo
    Jan 15, 2019
    I love Lucia Berlin, she is probably the best writer I have read in the last two or three years. But this is not a Berlin's book, this is just a commercial operation, I am quite sure she wouldn't have approved of. So in the end it is neither an authobiography, nor a collection of short...
  • Nameless
    Nov 16, 2018
    I received an advanced readers copy of this book as part of Goodreads Giveaway. Thank you Farrar, Straus and Giroux for sending it my way. It was a solid read. I especially enjoyed the diary entries written by Lucia. However, I do believe that a person who is familiar with Lucia's ...
  • tortoise dreams
    Feb 16, 2019
    An unfinished autobiography by the recently rediscovered author, structured around the many places she lived, supplemented with letters she wrote. Nonfiction Review: Welcome Home is interesting and occasionally lovely, but not quite necessary for anyone but Lucia Berlin (1936-2004) ...
  • Jon(athan) Nakapalau
    Nov 18, 2018
    This was such a wonderful examination of a life that ebbed with vitality and creative curiosity. Lucia Berlin marches to the beat of her own drum and never tries to blame where the marching takes her on anyone. It is so rare to find such honesty and stoic acceptance of both the good an...
  • Abbie Joiner
    Oct 08, 2018
    I loved every page of this. The pictures made it even better! ...