Who doesn't remember the feelings of loss that come from watching a moving truck, loaded with family belongings, pull away from the curb, turning a place that was once home into an empty shell?
The meaning of home--as a safe haven, a connection to the past and a place of new beginnings--is the subject of "Nesting: Tales of Love, Life and Real Estate," by Good Housekeeping columnist Lois Wyse (Simon & Schuster, $19.95).
Written in the tradition of Wyse's previous books ("Women Make the Best Friends," "Funny You Don't Look Like a Grandmother"), "Nesting" is a collection of short stories, poems and essays in which a diverse cast of characters muses about the practical dramas of houses.
A closet conjures up the image of a first prom dress, and backstairs stir up memories of being punished as a child with "timeouts." A parlor recalls afternoons spent with a sweet grandmother, and a graffiti-covered shelf brings to mind wild pajama parties.