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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (50 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Larry Haun Narrator: Patrick Lawlor Publisher: The Taunton Press Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2011 ISBN:
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From one of Fine Homebuilding's best-loved authors, Larry Haun, comes a unique story that looks at American home building from the perspective of twelve houses he has known intimately. Part memoir, part cultural history, A Carpenter's Life as Told by Houses takes the reader house by house over an arc of 100 years. Along with period photos, the author shows us the sod house in Nebraska where his mother was born, the frame house of his childhood, the production houses he built in the San Fernando Valley, and the Habitat for Humanity homes he devotes his time to now. It's an engaging read written by a veteran builder with a thoughtful awareness of what was intrinsic to home building in the past and the many ways it has evolved. Builders and history lovers will appreciate his deep connection to the natural world, yearning for simplicity, respect for humanity, and evocative notion of what we mean by home.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim | 3/26/2013

    " A very humane book. Author tells of his youth on the high plains of Nebraska where some still lived in sod houses. He criticizes the shallowness and wastefulness of our consumer culture. Not a memoir but a series of sketches tied to different types of structures. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jec | 10/28/2012

    " when the library director says "this is a book for you" and hands it to you what is left to do but read it. i loved it! an unassuming book full of interesting facts and small life lesson nuggets. one for your list. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amy | 10/5/2012

    " Disappointing. The idea was good, but the writing was rambling and preachy. Never did force myself to finish this book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Al Kasper | 9/16/2012

    " Would have been a good book if were not for Larry's going on and on about how bad everything is in our society, how we are destroying the earth. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dawn | 6/28/2012

    " John used request it and the library bought this. But he wasn't reading it so...I read parts of this out loud to John because the author's life as builder and John's are very similar, but also their spiritual life and life lessons learned. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 1/28/2012

    " Great way for a carpenter to tell his life story. Lots of points to ponder about our modern lifestyle. Well worth reading. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laura | 12/7/2011

    " I liked the idea better than the execution. You've got to like wood, nails and other building material to like it at all. "

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