The mystery that attracts Howard Mansfield's attention is that some houses have lifeare home, are dwellings, and others aren't. Dwelling, he says, is an old-fashioned word that we've misplaced.
When we live heart and soul, we dwell. When we belong to a place, we dwell. Possession, they say, is nine-tenths of the law, but it is also what too many houses and towns lack. We are not possessed by our home places. This lost quality of dwellingthe soul of buildingshaunts most of our houses and our landscape.
Dwelling in Possibility is a search for the ordinary qualities that make some houses a home, and some public places welcoming.
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About the Author
Howard Mansfield is the author of nine books about preservation, architecture, and history, most recently Summer Over Autumn (Bauhan 2017). He has contributed to the New York Times, the Washington Post, Historic Preservation, and Yankee. He and his wife, writer Sy Montgomery, live in a 130-year-old house in Hancock, New Hampshire.
Table of Contents
Introduction: House Hunting
Dwelling in the Ordinary
Pages From an Ice Storm Journal
The Age of Clutter
Finding Heaven in the Most Hated House on the Block
The Perilous Career of a Footpath
Dwelling in Destruction The Hut on Fire
Keep the Home Fires Burning
The Storm After The Storm
Dwelling in Possibility
The Beginner's Book of Dwelling
What People are Saying About This
“Like Thoreau, Mr. Mansfield is a keen observer and, in his neck of New Hampshire, a granitic critic of the rushed life.”
“Howard Mansfield is a graceful writer with deep-rooted curiosity and a free-range mind. Reading him is like taking a long walk with a learned friend. In Dwelling in Possibility, Mansfield invites us to travel across time, geography and culture before delivering uswiser and more thoughtfulto the full-of-meaning place we call home.”
“Eminently readable, ruthless, midn-changing, this unique look at what makes house home rewards the closest of scrutiny.”
“Compelling, pleasurable and strange . . . this subtle and quirky book creates a distinct somewhere, a felicitous space, both capacious and snug, hospitable to musing and invention, an invitation to participate in creating a more humane home for us all.”
“This wise and witty meditation on what makes a house a home fascinated, challenged, and tickled me. After reading it (and believe me, you should read it), you will look at your surroundingsand, perhaps, yourselfin a richer, more nuanced way.”