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 his life.
by Brent Harold
Trade Paper: 6" x 9", 260pp. ISBN: 978-1-59663-748-1, $15.95 Special Introductory Price: $13.95
a perennially compelling dream, appealing to
the deepest part of us.
Never more so than in the current housing crisis.
AThose who can, do; those who can=t, teach@ Covercoming 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
. 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, 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