Monday, December 19, 2011

Objects of Our Affection: Uncovering My Family's Past, One Chair, Pistol, and Pickle Fork at a Time-Lisa Tracy


Lisa Tracy

Bantam, Mar 23 2010, $25.00

ISBN: 9780553807264

Following the death of their mom, sisters Lisa and Jeanne had to make decisions about the estate. There are seemingly tons of heirlooms dating back to the Revolution, as the Tracey family has a long military tradition. The pair decides to sell some items, but need to determine pricing of objects with alleged major ties to prominent figures like pistols supposedly used by Aaron Burr. As they look into their ancestors, Lisa and Jeanne learn the history behind these possessions. Following the auction, both felt depressed and remorseful as if they sold their DNA.

This fascinating memoir is an entertaining look at the genealogy of several generations of a family though the prized items they accumulated over centuries with the military. Not for everyone, as not everyone will find “Affection” for a Pickle Fork; however, those who enjoy tidbits of American history through the affectionate look at the background of objects amassed from military campaigns will relish Ms. Tracy’s homage to her family tree.

Harriet Klausner

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