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A Place of My Own by Michael Pollan
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Sep 06, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: memoirs, nonfiction, audiobook
Read in September, 2011

This is a very introspective, philosophical book about building a small, one-room structure. I guess I enjoy reading about construction and woodworking, because despite the gory details, the book held my interest throughout. For me, the highlight of the book is the contrast in approach between the architect and the contractor/carpenter. Despite pleas to "keep the construction simple", the architect deliberately designed something that is different, and sometimes these differences led to difficulties in practical construction. "The devil is in the details" is the architect's mantra, and that certainly is the case, in this story. Very well written, as are all of Michael Pollan's books.

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