Life As A House

Overview

Harold, author of several previous books, discusses the real world considerations of construction along with a brief history of architecture, while bringing a writer's sensibility to the challenges and details of his many projects. To build a house, to take control of this basic of life-it's a perennially compelling dream,
appealing to the deepest part of us. Never more so than in the current housing crisis.

"Those who can, do; those who can't, teach" -overcoming this proverbial...

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Overview

Harold, author of several previous books, discusses the real world considerations of construction along with a brief history of architecture, while bringing a writer's sensibility to the challenges and details of his many projects. To build a house, to take control of this basic of life-it's a perennially compelling dream,
appealing to the deepest part of us. Never more so than in the current housing crisis.

"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
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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 "
--Annie Dillard

"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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596637481
  • Publisher: James A Rock & Co. Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/15/2011
  • Pages: 252
  • Sales rank: 1,023,723
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.57 (d)

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