The Cat Agent
Truth and Consequences
Love and Friendship
The Nowhere City
Imaginary Friends
Real People
The War between the Tates
Familiar Spirits
Don't Tell the Grown-ups

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Alison Lurie

"One of this country's most able and witty novelists."
The New York Times Book Review

"One can read Lurie as one might read Jane Austen, with continual delight"
Joyce Carol Oates

Alison Lurie

Ms. Lurie's non-fiction;


Book Language of Houses

As a delightful companion to her widely celebrated The Language of Clothes, Lurie followed with The Language of Houses, a provocative and entertaining journey through the architecture of houses and buildings and the divided spaces within that come to reflect the attitudes and purposes of the organizations and people who inhabit them.

 Advance praise for The Language of Houses

“There's much to absorb in this sequel to Alison Lurie's The Language of Clothes, but The Language of Houses is an extraordinarily absorbing book—it wears its learning lightly, holding this reader's attention the way a fine novel does. I was particularly fascinated by the linked chapters on religious buildings and museums.”
- James McConkey. author of Court of Memory

"Alison Lurie, in her lucid, jargon-free way, allows us to read what architecture is saying. Anyone who is building or decorating a house or office will benefit from her helpful analysis. She has culled the best ideas from a vast secondary literature and passed it all through the sieve of her brilliant mind. " -Edmund White

“The Language of Houses has every quality you would expect from a work by Alison Lurie: intelligence, authority, wit and charm.” - Louis Begley

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Alison's books can be found in your local library,
at book retailers everywhere, or online at; - Barnes and Noble - iTunes - IndieBound

Reading For Fun
The Last Resort
Foreign Affairs
The Truth about Lorin Jones
Women and Ghosts
Only Children
Language of Clothes
Boys and Girls Forever