The Yellow House is a memoir about Sarah Broom and her family, who have lived in New Orleans for several generations. Beginning with her grandmother's story, Sarah charts her family history before her birth through to the present day. This narrative spans the eras of segregation and the Civil Rights movement but focuses particularly on the events and aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Broom writes about the history of her family home in New Orleans East which was purchased by her mother in the early 1960s and which was demolished after Katrina. The Yellow House explores themes of memory and history, home, identity, and inequality.