A Skeptic’s Guide to Writers’ Houses

These small museums do tell fascinating stories, though not always the ones they intend.”

-Anne Trubek (read all of Trubek’s essay for the New York Times Book Review)

In A Skeptic’s Guide To Writers’ Houses Anne Trubek takes a vexed, often funny, and always thoughtful tour of a goodly number of house museums across the nation. Why is it that we visit writers’ houses? Although admittedly skeptical about the stories these buildings tell us about their former inhabitants, Anne Trubek carries us along as she falls at least a little bit in love with each stop on her itinerary, and finds in each some truth about literature, history, and contemporary America.


Wall Street Journal
New York Review of Books
Chicago Tribune
Minneapolis Star-Tribune
Boston Globe
Huffington Post (named one of the 7 best small press books of the decade)


The Week
Wall Street Journal (Slideshow)
Tricking Out A Writers’ Museum for Stackedup.tv (video)
GOOD (Slideshow)
The Millions
Largehearted Boy
We Who Are About To Die
Interview on WAMC
Express Night Out
Public Historian
Literary Tourist
Booking With Sunny
The Book Stew


A Museum of One’s Own for The American ProspectFading From View: Was Thomas Wolfe A Genius? And Should We Care? for The Oxford American