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"Those who can, do; those who can't, teach" -overcoming this proverbial...
"Those who can, do; those who can't, teach" -overcoming this proverbial putdown of the impracticality of academics, an English professor teaches himself carpentry renovating an old fixer-upper, and designs and builds a house, thereby dramatically re-directing the course of his life.
Like Thoreau's WALDEN, whose spirit hovers over this book, LIFE AS A HOUSE brings a writer's sensibility to details of design and construction, including the human factors such as the price of home heating fuel, job insecurity, and unplanned parenthood
Told with poetry, humor and warmth, this is a story of personal transformation and of how the creative impulse gives meaning to life, with all the pleasures and inconveniences thereof.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
BRENT HAROLD is a former professor of English, a columnist for the CAPE COD TIMES, and author of WELLFLEET AND THE WORLD and OWNING THE SIERRA NEVADA.
Praise for OWNING THE SIERRA NEVADA
"A wonderful book I loved it. I fell in love with the Sierra again sight unseen ... a grand writer "
"A fascinating and compelling story, told with the same easy charm and intelligence that Harold brings to his newspaper columns. .." --CONTRA COSTA TIMES
"... an edgy West, the West of metaphor...a simple little book about decades of yearning."
-LOS ANGELES TIMES
Praise for WELLFLEET AND THE WORLD
"... uncommon wit and literary grace." -Robert Finch, author, THE CAPE ITSELF
"Charming .... enticing." -Howard Zinn, A PEOPLE'S HISTORY OF TH