Home/Land: A Memoir of Departure and Return

Penguin Random House Audio. Feb. 2022. 7:13 hrs. ISBN 9780593551448. $20. MEMOIR
Mead’s memoir is also part history lesson, part cultural commentary. After years of succeeding in New York, she returns to London, the city of her birth. Intent on giving her son an international perspective and wanting to leave the political situation in the United States behind, she weighs the costs and rewards of relocating. Comparing life in both locales, she depicts many lessons about New York, London, and herself. Mead shares some of her family history, which examines the relationship of people, places, and things. It will make listeners ponder how the place where a person lives can influence their life. Mead’s confident voice and lovely accent make her the perfect narrator. There isn’t a lot of drama. Instead, there’s a solid telling in a manner that gives listeners the feeling that everyone everywhere could become friends.
VERDICT Mead’s book has a place in any collection of popular memoirs.
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