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The bestselling and highly acclaimed author of Riding the Bus with My Sister returns with an illuminating and tenderhearted memoir about the unexpected ways a home renovation can change a life.

Rachel Simon’s historic home on a charming tree-lined street was hardly ideal. It was too small, too dark, and there was a gaping hole in the dining room ceiling. So when the house is burglarized, Rachel and her husband, Hal, agree it’s time to sell. But in a difficult housing market, and with Hal being an architect, they soon realize: why leave when they can renovate?

Rachel prepares herself for the disagreements and disasters that can accompany a major home renovation. But what she isn’t prepared for is the emotional journey that will blow open the seal around everything she thinks she knows about herself, about family, and about the misunderstandings and resilience of love. From Hal’s first design sketch to the last stroke of paint, memories of a difficult childhood, friendships left behind, challenges with siblings, and an improbable path to marriage come bursting out. Once the dust settles, Rachel is astonished by the many gems revealed along the way—and comes to discover profound insights about the construction, demolition, and renovation of personal connections.

Featuring beloved characters from Riding the Bus with My Sister and written with Simon’s signature breathtaking prose, Building a Home with My Husband is a wise and poignant reflection on love’s endless possibilities and the extraordinary endurance of the human spirit.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An intriguing narrative, punctuated by musings on everything from quitting to the definition of design…Inspirational.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “An unsentimental, poetic appraisal of life’s big questions.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Pamela Grandstaff | 2/20/2014

    " Their project may have been renovating an old house, but the process they underwent included emotional, mental, and spiritual renovations as well.I was entertained by the book, but also appreciated the author's (and her husband's)thoughtful insights into what keeps us from connecting to our closest loved ones in a meaningful way, and the many ways in which we make ourselves (and everyone else) miserable by stubbornly resisting change and holding onto the selfish demand that everything happen just the way we want it to right when we want it to, or we can't be happy. A really thoughtful, well-written book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Beckynovacek | 2/17/2014

    " I think my rating of 3 may be a little high. I really enjoy books with descriptives of renovations or interior design, however this book didn't really deliver in that way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Cherylann | 2/6/2014

    " This is really a 3.5 star book. I adored Riding the Bus with My Sister by Rachel Simon. I adored meeting her in person and listening to her talk. I liked this book. I found it beautiful and poignant in places and rambling in places. Although, I may not necessarily be giving this book a fair shake because I'm in a reading rut right now. I loved how the renovation of Rachel and Hal's house was really a metaphor for the renovation of a life. As Rachel and Hal embark on a total home renovation, she also embarks on a journey to find her purpose in life. It seems as if anything that could have happened during this renovation including an explosion occurred. Anyone who's ever tackled a home repair project with spouse or partner will be able to connect with Rachel and Hal's story. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Alicia | 1/22/2014

    " I love memoirs and I had high hopes for this one. I figured if anyone could relate to the subject-it would be me. Truthfully, the writing didn't pull me in and I frankly stopped caring about the home. I had to force myself to finish it. "

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