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Around the House : Reflections on Life Under a Roof

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Funny, inspiring observations about houses and their inhabitants by the nation's most erudite defender of sheetrock and the author of the acclaimed The Walls Around Us.Twelve years ago, Owen and his family moved from an apartment in New York City to a 200-year-old house in a small town in rural Connecticut. Life under a leaky roof has not only made him handy with a recipro ...more
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published August 31st 1999 by Villard (first published August 11th 1998)
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Lobstergirl
Dec 17, 2010 rated it it was ok
Not worth reading - there's not enough information in here about actual home repair or renovation to be useful. It's just a bunch of brief musings, reprints of previously published magazine pieces, randomly categorized under the headings Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter. Most of the anecdotes will be familiar to readers of Sheetrock & Shellac: A Thinking Person's Guide to the Art and Science of Home Improvement and The Walls Around Us: The Thinking Person's Guide to How a House Works.
Cindy May
I particularly enjoyed the chapter where he discusses why everyone should have two houses - one for showing off and entertaining in, and the other for actually living in and messing up without caring. I can totally get behind that idea!
Manintheboat
Nov 16, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
It's the same book as Sheetrock and Shellac, but not as good. It has very few different passages.
Jen
Sep 18, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute. Quick read.
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Aug 15, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: dnf, 2016, spl
It's like sketch comedy in written form, unconnected pieces of one-five pages each. would probably make perfect bathroom reading.
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