“Compelling, original, and a fascinating portrait of life among young artists in New York City, No Place Like Home will resonate with readers who are searching to discover their own true “home.” That is, practically all of us.”



I pray I don’t experience physical instability. Brooke Berman had no housing security for twenty years. Twenty years of anything tests endurance. It is even more astounding that people shared their spaces with her for that long. Surely the people she knew had enduring faith in her.

This book floats lightly with the exceptions of her rape and her mother’s death. It disappointed me how she didn’t receive much nurturing after her rape. But then, she lived in New York, a city not renowned for tenderness. I felt her recovery proved remarkable.

She continued to work and maintained a higher solvency than many rape survivors. Even in that period, she doesn’t forget that she is her sole provider. (The reader senses that she hurt immensely in those periods but the pain sealed after time with much reflection.)

Until selecting this memoir at the library, I had no awareness of Brooke Berman. I will admit my knowledge of plays only covers the Broadway hits. Berman has written for Off-Off Broadway, a world I haven’t visited. It relieves me that she found love and as of 2019, still married.

A pot of gold after a 20-mile rainbow! May we all embrace change.


Reviewed by:

Karah Khalia

Added 18th October 2019

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