Life as a House: An English Professor Becomes the First in the Known History of His Family to Build a House and Changes the Meaning of Brent Harold

ISBN: 9781596637481

Published: June 1st 2011

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252 pages


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Life as a House: An English Professor Becomes the First in the Known History of His Family to Build a House and Changes the Meaning of  by  Brent Harold

Life as a House: An English Professor Becomes the First in the Known History of His Family to Build a House and Changes the Meaning of by Brent Harold
June 1st 2011 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 252 pages | ISBN: 9781596637481 | 4.75 Mb

Harold, author of several previous books, discusses the real world considerations of construction along with a brief history of architecture, while bringing a writers sensibility to the challenges and details of his many projects. To build a house,MoreHarold, author of several previous books, discusses the real world considerations of construction along with a brief history of architecture, while bringing a writers sensibility to the challenges and details of his many projects.

To build a house, to take control of this basic of life-its 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 cant, 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 Thoreaus WALDEN, whose spirit hovers over this book, LIFE AS A HOUSE brings a writers 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 --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 PEOPLES HISTORY OF TH



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