99 Jobs: Blood, Sweat, and Houses

99 Jobs: Blood, Sweat, and Houses

by Joe Cottonwood

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Overview

Joe repairs homes. With each job, he enters somebody's private world. Revealing a life. Or changing it.

Here's blue collar writing, finely crafted, about good hard work-and some bad work, too. Meet proud carpenters and working-class hippies. Meet clients who flirt, cheat, seduce, fight-and clients who warm your heart. Learn the taste of sewage, the jolt of a live wire. Drive to the emergency clinic with a wooden stake through your hand. Feel the satisfaction of work that is honest, simple, strong-sometimes perfect.

"A house is alive. It breathes. It expands and contracts. It ages. Sometimes it falls sick, and then I'm a doctor of houses. I probe intimate cavities. I study the bones, the nerves, the flesh of an old house where generations of remodels have built upon themselves. The structure tells a story: tragedy, comedy, or heartwarming family drama as day-to-day life slowly, inexorably leaves an imprint over the attic, on the walls, under the sink-or in the crawlspace."
-From 99 Jobs

Ninety-nine stories that are gritty, funny, wise. And always deeply humane.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780615909448
Publisher: Clear Heart Books
Publication date: 11/10/2013
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.64(d)

About the Author

Joe Cottonwood has worked as a carpenter,
plumber, and electrician for most of his life.
He is the author of nine published novels including Famous Potatoes and Clear Heart.

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