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Overview

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).

In House, a New York Times hardcover bestseller for over six months, Tracy Kidder takes readers to the heart of the American dream: the building of a family's first house with all its day-to-day frustrations, crises, tensions, challenges and triumphs.

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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816142101
  • Publisher: Cengage Gale
  • Publication date: 6/28/1987
  • Pages: 543

Meet the Author

Tracy Kidder

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2002

    The people, not the house, are the focus here.

    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!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2002

    House...So Much In One Word

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2014

    PLAY ROOM

    ~emilee

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2014

    Alice

    Gtg. Sorry

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2014

    Fin

    Its ight

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2013

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2013

    George

    Heeeeelllllo why did u have to post that at a sex resualt

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2013

    Terror

    *sits back in the chair, glancing at the soon-to-be couple every so often*

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2013

    Josh

    Lol. Nice.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    COME JOIN SKYCLAN

    Go to " blue clan " all results.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2013

    Stormclaw

    Leaves

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2013

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    Rabbitleap

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2013

    To red

    Ill tell hunter. ok?

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2013

    Red

    Thx

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2013

    BATHROOM

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2012

    Bluecrystal

    She rested on the lava.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2012

    The Volcano

    A bubbling volcano, full to the brim with firey magma and lava. A popular hangout for dragons, this is one place NOT to go if you don't enjoy being burnt into ashes. There is a fence around the rim to revent all-non dragons from entering and being fried to a crisp .

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2012

    Heartless

    Hey

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2012

    Tae

    Ok nvm. Go back

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted May 27, 2012

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