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Little Yellow House: Finding Community in a Changing Neighbourhood

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"Ma'am, you sound like a very reasonable person. Can I advise you to just move?" A young family moves into a neighbourhood with a reputation for crime. As they make their home in one of the oldest parts of the city, Carissa Halton reflects on the changing view from her little yellow house. While others nervously examine the less than-stellar reputation of her surroundings, ...more
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Published September 17th 2018 by Gutteridge Books
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Dorothy Hermary
I first met Carissa at a Lit Fest event in Edmonton and the only word to describe her was dynamic. By the time she had finished her presentation I decided that I really had to visit her neighbourhood, one that I had never been interested in visiting before and I really really had to read her book, Little Yellow House. I haven't visited her neighbourhood yet as the Lit Fest that I'm referring to was in the fall of 2018 and this is February 2019 and I have procrastinated. I still have time, but I ...more
Ann Douglas
Oct 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoir, read-in-2019
A warm and honest memoir that is positively infused with empathy and that does a great job of connecting the dots between the personal and the political (but in a subtle, small-p kind of way).
Nicola
Jan 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Halton says that gentrification is the new colonialism. Let that sink in a bit. It's definitely provocative, but there's some truth in it I think. I enjoyed this read about people who live a life undefined by property values and commercial interests. Instead, they are doing the real work of community building in the most challenging circumstances and, yes, they are thriving. For Edmonton lovers, this book is a celebration of some of those notorious places we all know, and a joyful shoutout to th ...more
Jeanne Williams
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The book had me grinning, then laughing out loud, and then it gripped me so that I thought I might read it to the end in one sitting. And then one chapter was so heart-breaking that I had to put it down and think about it for a bit. This is a well-written, enjoyable, and thought provoking tour of the author's neighbourhood and her diverse neighbours that will likely get you thinking about your own neighbourhood in new ways.

Jonah Dunch
Jun 08, 2020 rated it it was ok
The author shares entertaining and moving stories from her family's life in an inner-city neighborhood, which are at times dampened by limp and stilted prose. So-so as literature, pretty good as an Edmonton book.
Peyton
Feb 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
“Little Yellow House” explores the meaning of community in an Edmonton neighbourhood. It is a collection of stories about the experiences that Halton has had in her little yellow house. Some of the stories are sad, while others are uplifting and give hope for the human race. It is a wonderful read and really made me think about life in Alberta.

I have not lived in Edmonton, but I have stayed there a couple of times. I do not like big cities. I am a country girl where any place with over two thou
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Emily
Jul 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: canadiana, 2020
Having lived in Edmonton for nearly 8 years (excuse me what?) my knowledge of the neighbourhood Carissa writes about was "this is not a safe part of the city, don't go there". This book really challenged my thoughts on so called "less desirable" neighbourhoods and painted a wonderful picture of what community looks like in places that many tend to avoid. Throughout the book she addresses challenges that her community faces such as drug use and prostitution and while she does not provide solution ...more
Teresa
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A sweet series of nonfiction essays that, intertwined, explore what it is like to live in a struggling but revitalizing neighbourhood in Edmonton. The memoir style is approachable and some difficult issues like drug houses, the sex trade, and the relationship between social service organizations and the community are explored. Often no clear solution or resolution is given but the conversation is opened. This is a deeply hopeful book, perhaps even overly sunny in the author’s willingness to deal ...more
Gina
Feb 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a delightful little book! I was intrigued when I saw this book by a local author at a local bookstore. Carissa Halton provides commentary on working and raising a family in Edmonton’s less-than-prettiest neighbourhoods. I live close enough to the area she’s talking about that I understand the tensions that come with living life there. Carissa is a talented writer – weaving humor, poignancy, and thought-provoking reflection in each vignette. If you live in a community that is rough around th ...more
Brandon
Apr 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I didn't expect to enjoy this book as much as I did. A great and candid peek into a family's life in one of the less desirable neighborhoods in Edmonton. As someone who has contemplated moving into the neighborhood, it gave what I thought was a fair view of the best parts and the hardest parts of living there. The stories were well written and very enjoyable to read.
Vanessa
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I spotted this book and was quick to buy it as I spend majority of my days in the alberta ave neighborhood that these beautiful stories take place in. It was tenderly written, and I could feel myself inside each story being told. A very enjoyable read, that brought many smirks and thoughtful moments
Paula Kirman
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A collection of snapshots of inner city life, written first hand by a woman who moved to a the Alberta Avenue neighbourhood in Edmonton with her family. Halton portrays the people, situations, and life of the inner city that those who live elsewhere or who never venture there likely do not realize exists.
Darren B
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes when you move to an older, somewhat rundown neighborhood, you look at it as a stepping stone to bigger and better things. This book reminds us that our neighborhood may not always be perfect, but it’s how we see ourselves in it that makes it our community.
Alexis
Nov 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
A really lovely collection of essays about life, and challenges in Edmonton's Alberta Avenue district. This book was engaging and easy to read. The lessons about community, neighbourhoods and family definitely apply to people beyond Edmonton too.
Kelly Macfarlane
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Very enjoyable look at life in a "sketchy" Edmonton community.
Joel
Apr 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! Like the neighbourhood it describes, it has so much character and bounces between humour and poignancy (leaning more on the humorous side). I highly recommend it.
Al Hoeft
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A great little book that captures the spirit of a regenerating neighbourhood and the heart of community (re)development
Amanda
Jan 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: i-own-a-copy
Carissa writes beautifully, and tells a number of short but intricate stories of life in my home city. It's a great book.
Laurie Callsen
Nov 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In Little Yellow House, we meet the people of an inner-city neighbourhood that is so often looked upon with disdain, whose stories are often only told during their worst moments. Halton's deeply personal and nuanced writing made me laugh, made me cry, and challenged my assumptions and bias - all in the first few pages.
Little Yellow House will inspire you to connect more deeply and more meaningfully with your community.
Sandra
Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read this book one Sunday afternoon and enjoyed every minute of it. So many lovely stories. It gave me hope that we really can build inclusive and healthy communities.
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