Seven Minutes from Home

An American Daughter’s Story

  • Authors
  • Laurel Richardson

Part of the Personal/Public Scholarship book series (PEPUSCH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Roots

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Laurel Richardson
      Pages 3-7
  3. Neighborhoods 1980–2000

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. Laurel Richardson
      Pages 11-12
    3. Laurel Richardson
      Pages 13-16
    4. Laurel Richardson
      Pages 17-19
    5. Laurel Richardson
      Pages 21-27
    6. Laurel Richardson
      Pages 29-34
    7. Laurel Richardson
      Pages 35-43
    8. Laurel Richardson
      Pages 45-49
    9. Laurel Richardson
      Pages 51-54
    10. Laurel Richardson
      Pages 55-59
    11. Laurel Richardson
      Pages 61-61
  4. Intersecting Worlds 2001–2003

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 63-63
    2. Laurel Richardson
      Pages 65-71
    3. Laurel Richardson
      Pages 73-73
    4. Laurel Richardson
      Pages 75-76
    5. Laurel Richardson
      Pages 77-80
    6. Laurel Richardson
      Pages 81-84

About this book


"Book: An American Daughter’s Story is a collection of linked stories written chronologically from 1980–2015. They create a multifaceted narrative of how the public and the private, the past and present, the local and global, intersect. With earnest reflection, modesty and humor, Laurel Richardson introduces the reader to her Ohio neighborhoods, friends, family, writers and therapy dogs. She ages, retires and frets over her droopy eyebrow. Her town’s local stores close; police bust heroin dealers; September 11th happens; universities corporatize; poetry venues transform. All this and much more as Richardson honors the complexity and vibrancy of America, and her life within it. Richardson’s renowned book, Fields of Play (1997) is about constructing a life inside the academy; Seven Minutes from Home is about constructing a life outside the academy. This extraordinary example of literary sociology can be read for pleasure, adopted in book clubs, or used in courses in American Studies, communication, creative writing, narrative, qualitative research, sociology, cultural studies and women’s studies. An appendix offers discussion questions, research projects and creative writing exercises.

“A tour de force, the penultimate statement from gifted writer Laurel Richardson. Here an American daughter’s story comes home.” – Norman Denzin, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

“The stories are riveting; you will not be able to stop reading.” – Carolyn Ellis, University of South Florida

“An exemplar for how good social science should be written.” – Jessica Smartt Gullion, Texas Woman’s University

“A love letter to a culture and a life well-lived.” – Anne Harris, Monash University

“Highly recommended for courses in sociology, women’s studies and creative writing.” – Mary Margaret Fonow, Arizona State University

Laurel Richardson, Professor Emeritus at The Ohio State University, has received a Life-Time Achievement Award in Qualitative Research, a Cooley Book Award, and two Affirmative-Action awards. She writes daily. She is most proud of her therapy dogs’ work with special-needs children. 


Autoethnography Narrative nonfiction Gender Home Sociology Hybrid literary genre Americana Ohio Family Multicultural identity Aging Retirement Life Course Dogs

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information SensePublishers-Rotterdam, The Netherlands 2016
  • Publisher Name SensePublishers, Rotterdam
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Online ISBN 978-94-6300-543-2
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