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Book Review: 'Sex and Real Estate'

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Sex and Real Estate

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Marjorie Garber
publisher:
Pantheon
genre:
Nonfiction

We gave it a B-

”What do college students talk about with their roommates?” asks Harvard English professor Marjorie Garber in Sex and Real Estate. ”Sex. Twenty years later, what do they talk about with their friends and associates? Real estate.” In trying to explain why Americans love their houses with a passion once reserved for the hot freshman across the hall, Garber (Dog Love) considers the different roles a house plays in our lives — ”The House as Mother,” ”The House as Body,” ”The Trophy House” — going back in history and literature to explore today’s obsession with slate roofs, French doors, limestone tile, and size (it matters). It’s entertaining — to a point. But reading about sex, er, real estate, is not as good as actually getting granite countertops or gasping at the square footage of the media room in a neighbor’s new faux-Tudor castle. B-