House

House

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by Tracy Kidder
     
 

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From the first nail to the final coat of paint, blueprints to moving day, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tracy Kidder leads readers through the grand adventure of building an American dream. In Kidder's hands, the story of constructing a house becomes "powerful, rich, enjoyable . . . a suspenseful, gripping tale" (People).

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From the first nail to the final coat of paint, blueprints to moving day, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tracy Kidder leads readers through the grand adventure of building an American dream. In Kidder's hands, the story of constructing a house becomes "powerful, rich, enjoyable . . . a suspenseful, gripping tale" (People).

Editorial Reviews

Christopher Lehmann-Haupt
And ''House'' is finally a happy story. A collection of highly abrasive people succeed in getting along with one another and producing something worthwhile. Whether this was chance or design will be up to readers of this intriguing book to decide. -- New York Times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816142101
Publisher:
Cengage Gale
Publication date:
06/28/1987
Pages:
543

Meet the Author


Tracy Kidder, whose most recent book is Home Town, is also the author of Among Schoolchildren and Old Friends. He has won both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. He lives in Massachusetts and Maine.

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House 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
About eight years ago, when I was 45, I became a carpenter. I do it because I like it...I really really like it. How refreshing, then, to happen upon a book that not only speaks the language of the builder in such a way to include those who know nothing of the profession, but celebrates the adventure that good carpentry and home building offers. And it isn't just for the carpenter that this terrific book addresses itself. It's just as appropriate for the first timer building a home (or just completing the experience), the architect, the contractor or carpenter or helper. And all this, not in dry narrative, but through the experiences of an actual couple who undertook the project, the architect they hired, and the crew who did the actual work. It is riveting, it is human and it is a must- read for anyone in the trades.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been an architect since just before this book was first published and only now read it for the first time. Like Michael Pollan's 'A Place of My Own', 'House' was captivating and illuminating in ways that I was not expecting. There is a spritual aspect to building a custom home that Tracy Kidder brings out as he describes the meaning of the new house to the owners, the builders and to the architect. The way he describes the personalities and their backgrounds is wonderful. I found myself drawn to each of them, and wanted to know them in person. IF ONLY there had been some pictures at some point! Also, interestingly, architect William Rawn has gone on from this first commission to head his own major architectural firm - its website is unlike what you'd expect after reading this book about such a modest house!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Walked in.
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~emilee
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can you givme a hand job?e
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Ehh
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Its ight
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gtg. Sorry
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Ok nvm. Go back
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Heeeeelllllo why did u have to post that at a sex resualt
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*sits back in the chair, glancing at the soon-to-be couple every so often*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lol. Nice.
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Reception result one.
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Congratulation:)
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Leaves
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... Rabbitleap
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Hey
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Rj
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There is a toliet that has the lid up. Thee is a sink that smells like shaving cream. s. There is a shower/ tub. On the ledge is a bottle of harsh cat shampoo. And other soaps and concoctions. There is an outlet with a blowdryer. There are little washrags and beachtowls hanging on a hook. There is a footstool by the tub. There is a locked cabinet and a closet that reads KEEP OUT.