Bonner, Barbara, ed. Sacred Ground: Writing about Home. Minneapolis, MI: Milkweed, 1996.
Each of the stories and essays in this collection explores the meaning of home and the connection we have with our homes. Writers include Louise Erdrich, Sherman Alixie, and Jim Wayne Miller.
Edwards, John, ed. Home: The Blueprints of Our Lives. New York: Harper Collins, 2006.
Fifty-seven Americans from a wide variety of backgrounds describe their childhood homes. The writers include Bob Dole, Steven Spielberg, John Mellencamp, Benicio del Toro, and Vera Wang. The recollections were complied by former senator and vice presidential candidate John Edwards.
Fiffer, Sharon Sloan, and Steve Fiffer, eds. Home: American Writers Remember Rooms of Their Own. New York: Vintage, 1995.
Eighteen writers reflect on a home they once knew. The authors include Jane Smiley, Henry Louis Gates Jr., Richard Bausch, and Mona Simpson.
Halpern, Jake. Braving Home: Dispatches from the Underwater Town, the Lava-Side Inn, and Other Extreme Locales. Boston: Houghton-Mifflin, 2003.
National Public Radio reporter Jake Halpern visits people who live in places where nature suggests they should not. The common theme among these individuals is the desire to stay in their homes despite constant threats from floods, hurricanes, volcanoes, and the like.
Marcus, Clare Cooper. House As a Mirror of Self: Exploring the Deeper Meaning of Home. Berkeley, CA: Conari Press, 1995.
Clare Cooper Marcus, a University of California, Berkeley, architecture professor, uses a Jungian analysis to examine the psychological meaning of home.
Perlman, Mickey, ed. A Place Called Home: Twenty Writing Women Remember. New York: St. Martin’s, 1996.
Women writers describe a place from their past, most often a home from childhood, and what home means to them. Authors include Erica Jong, Maxine Hong Kingston, Jill McCorkle, and Francine Prose.
Wertsch, Mary Edwards. Military Brats: Legacies of Childhood inside the Fortress. New York: Harmony Books, 1991.
Mary Edwards Wertsch, daughter of a career military father, explores some of the consequences of growing up in a military family, including a discussion of the sense of rootlessness that comes from constantly moving during childhood.