Brooke Berman’s memoir No Place Like Home: A Memoir in 30 Apartments was published in June 2010 by Random House and called “Brilliant” and “Highbrow” by New York Magazine’s Approval Matrix. When not writing about her many dwellings (and other good/bad luck), she is a playwright and screenwriter whose work has been produced Off-Broadway and regionally at theaters including The Second Stage, Primary Stages, Steppenwolf, The Play Company, The Humana Festival and others. She is a graduate of the Juilliard School and she attended Barnard College. Her plays are available through Broadway Play Publishing, Playscripts, Backstage Books and Smith and Kraus. It is a particular dream of hers to be published by Modern Love.
On The Road of Love
I have driven across the United States three times. First, when I was 23, with The Third Wave Foundation as part of Freedom Summer 92, a voter-registration drive helmed by Rebecca Walker. We travelled in a caravan of Greyhound buses, emblazoned with the words “VOTE EQUALS POWER.” I had never before seen the part of the US where the dirt turns crimson, nor had I canvassed for a cause. The trip itself was equal parts frustrating and revelatory as we visited underserved communities across the country, sleeping in YWCA’s and getting on each other’s nerves. Four years later, I drove across the country again, very differently, with my former boyfriend, a 22 year-old macrobiotic chef. He’d taken out the back seats of his red Chevy mini-van for the trip, and we stuffed my futon into the space where they used to be, along with the rest of our stuff. Although I’d sublet my Park Slope apartment to a friend of my roommate’s and left most of my things there, there was still this notion that maybe, just maybe, my new boyfriend with the van and I might find a new life together out West. I was 27 years old.