The House on Teacher's Lane: A Memoir of Home, Healing, and Love's Hardest Questions

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When Rachel Simon and her architect husband begin to renovate their house on Teacher's Lane, she braces herself for the ups and downs that often accompany such projects. But to her surprise, as the old walls fall and new paint appears, she is propelled into a transformative journey as she confronts forgotten memories and repairs fractured bonds with those closest to her. Written with compassion and humor, The House on Teacher's Lane shimmers with insights into the healing power of forgiveness, the struggle to ...

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When Rachel Simon and her architect husband begin to renovate their house on Teacher's Lane, she braces herself for the ups and downs that often accompany such projects. But to her surprise, as the old walls fall and new paint appears, she is propelled into a transformative journey as she confronts forgotten memories and repairs fractured bonds with those closest to her. Written with compassion and humor, The House on Teacher's Lane shimmers with insights into the healing power of forgiveness, the struggle to find meaning and purpose, the compatibility of imperfection and happiness, and the ways that lost relationships-with friends, parents, siblings, spouse, and even self-can be rekindled. Simon's life-affirming story will resonate with anyone who's experienced the most universal human emotion-love, in its many forms-and wrestled with its hardest questions.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780452296183
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/25/2010
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.38 (w) x 8.06 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Rachel Simon

Rachel Simon is the author of the critically acclaimed and bestselling memoir Riding the Bus with My Sister. Her other books include the novel The Magic Touch and a collection of short stories, Little Nightmares, Little Dreams. In addition to writing, she is a frequently sought-after speaker on disability issues and the steps people can take to improve their lives. She lives in Delaware, with her husband, Hal, on a street informally known as Teacher’s Lane.

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Table of Contents

Preconstruction

Site Selection

House 3

Design Phase

Love 19

Mobilization

Packing

Friends 39

Moving Day

Family 49

First Mornings

Self 69

The Job Starts

Demolition

Children 79

Roughing-In

Brothers and Sisters 101

Kitchen Cabinets

Kindred Spirits 119

Insulation and Walls

Mothers 139

The Job Stop's

Disaster

Students 163

Repair

Allies 179

Closing in

Insulation and Walls, Again

Time 199

Finishes

Commitment 215

Wrapping Up

Purpose 235

Occupancy

Landscaping

Home 251

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