America’s version of Downton Abbey: 82 Remsen Street

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Wednesday April 04, 2012

Alice Davidson Outwater will read from her recently released new book “82 Remsen Street, Coming of Age in Brooklyn Heights” at Barnes and Noble on Dorset Street Thursday, April 12, at 4 p.m. “82 Remsen Street” is more than nostalgia:  part personal memoir, part social history, it is America’s own colorful version of Downton Abbey and Upstairs/Downstairs.

Outwater’s generation was sandwiched between two world wars; it navigated a sea of European immigration and was caught in the wake of the stock market’s dramatic rise and fall. The true stories in “82 Remsen Street” offer the reader an intimate view of the cultural mosaic of “America’s first suburb” and of an extraordinary era with Wallstreet lawyers, European immigrant pushcart purveyors, Irish housemaids, and Chinese laundrymen.

Praise from Vermont’s Bill Schubart, author of “The Lamoille Stories” and “Fat People” proclaims, “Alice Outwater gives us a wondrous look into a 1930s and ‘40s childhood in Brooklyn Heights. She takes us into a lost world of stabilizing family rituals, a household in which domestics and family members share values and living quarters. The sentient voice of a young girl brings these narratives alive, immersing you in a time and place in America where wealth and poverty simmer in the same pot to forge the great middle class that emerged after World War II.”

About the author
Alice Davidson Outwater was born in Brooklyn Heights and lived with her family on Remsen Street for 18 years. Outwater and her late husband John moved to Vermont more than 55 years ago. Outwater graduated from Vassar College and earned her MEd. From the University of Vermont (UVM) and received her Ph.D. in psychology from Union Institute at the age of 60 years old. Outwater served on UVM’s Counseling and Testing staff for 20 years. She currently has a private practice in Burlington and lives in South Burlington.