In this luminous memoir, award-winning author Leila Philip tells the story of her ancestral Hudson River home, Talavera, the mystery of her attachment to it, and her search to come to terms with the truth about her family's fascinating three-century history there. After her father's death in 1992, Philip and her family struggled to find the means to keep Talavera intact. TIn this luminous memoir, award-winning author Leila Philip tells the story of her ancestral Hudson River home, Talavera, the mystery of her attachment to it, and her search to come to terms with the truth about her family's fascinating three-century history there. After her father's death in 1992, Philip and her family struggled to find the means to keep Talavera intact. This uphill battle led her to examine the forces that compel a family to sacrifice almost everything to hold on to a piece of land. In a historical quest both surprising and engaging, Philip addresses the tensions between memory and recorded fact and invites readers to take a new look at their own sense of home....
|Title||:||A Family Place: A Hudson Valley Farm, Three Centuries, Five Wars, One Family|
|Number of Pages||:||288 Pages|
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A Family Place: A Hudson Valley Farm, Three Centuries, Five Wars, One Family Reviews
Intriguing to compare this with The Big House: A Century in the Life of an American Summer Home, in which the author tugs at your heartstrings with family connection to the place, its history and the possibility that they might lose it, that it leave the family or even be torn down as obsolete.In A Family Place, Philip is angered by and burdened by the weight of family history, of legacy. Her research (and the resulting book) is a means of coming to terms with her family's place in history and its connection to the land for the last three centuries. While she seems to come to terms with that in the end (marveling at how history repeats itself) she still makes clear that keeping up the place is a burden and highlights the challenges faced by those who try to make their living off the land in this post-industrial society of ours.A new edition includes photographs (one wonders why on earth they weren't included the first time around) and an update on the family and orchard venture.(BTW, while I own the first edition, the image on my cover is not what is pictured here -- it's similar, but actually a much better image with tree branches framing the shot perhaps representing the present and the orchard, and the land sloping away to the Hudson with the Hudson Highlands in the dsitance -- perhaps representing vast time and history. It's a cover I actually like a lot more than the new edition, which features the bright yellow house. The book isn't about the house, it's about connection to "place" especially the land and the work and responsibility that goes with it.
Very personal and interesting read of the history of one families Columbia County, NY farm. Includes military history, etc, but I was mostly interested in the maintenance of apple orchards, the pesticide needs, the gathering of historical documents and artifacts over the years. Have to admit that some of the detailed history put me to sleep...I mean, We all have a family history, correct? Why am I reading about someone elses? However, overall, was a pleasant way to enrich 4th of July weekend, and I have a newfound respect for the apple farmers of the Hudson Valley; they work their asses off!!!
Fascinating story of a family farm in the Hudson Valley and the family who founded it and kept it going. Well-written and compelling. For some strange reason the edition I read had no photos or family tree, but I understand later editions do. It was fun to try to find the places mentioned on Google maps and read online articles about Philip Orchard and the house, Talavera, near Hudson, New York. A very satisfying read and great history.. If you think having a rural family homestead in the family is appealing, this book looks honestly at the burdens as well as the blessings.
Leila Philips confronts her father's illness and then goes on to investigate her family history while aiding her mother's management of their orchards. Her compelling work in the apple orchards brings to light modern day methods for dealing with pests and disease, while explaining how the business works. I especially like her pride in her mother's way of taking over the business.
An enthralling three hundred year mystery story that takes the author into her own past and that of her family as she tries to uncover the secret that has tied them all--for better and for worse--to a gorgeous piece of land in New York's Hudson Valley. Beautifully evocative and wonderfully informative.
Wonderful book about having a family farm (and how hard it is to keep it through out the generations). Ms. Phillips is an accomplished writer and a professor of writing at a university, which adds to the color and depth of her story.
One of the my Top Ten for 2010.
this was fine, a little slow. i picked it up wanting to learn about farming life in the hudson valley, i learned a tad but it was mostly a personal memoir kinda thing. didn't finish it.
Leila Philip is coming to our library in the Hudson Valley to speak in April. She is a compelling writer about a topic near and dear to our hearts: apple farming in the Hudson valley.