Title: Rebuilding the House: One Woman's Passage ...
Publisher: Viking, New York
Publication Date: 1990
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: Very Good +
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good +
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: First Edition
First printing, full number line. Signed by the author on the half-title page: "Laurie Graham." Quarterbound in peach paper-covered boards with a tan cloth, green-foil-lettered spine. Book is tight and unmarked; slight spine slant; corners sharp, tail of spine bumped. The dust jacket is not price-clipped (original price $17.95); light edgewear at spine ends and corners; an "Autographed / Doubleday Book Shops" sticker on the front panel; Brodart protected. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 006145
Synopsis: Graham's moving, funny story offers quiet entertainment and a testimony to the power of work to heal grief as she tells of renovating her rural New Jersey home after leaving a Manhattan publishing job. Once shared by her and her late husband, George Schieffelin, the house was "the one place that belonged only to us." In his absence, the retreat, graced by memories of love, brings him to mind in moments of despair or nostalgic affirmation. Graham acknowledges that initially she knew nothing of construction, but educated herself, exercising caution and gumption, and inspired by a need to justify her husband's faith in her ability to manage on her own, whether this meant hiring workers to reroof the house or merely trimming forsythia bushes herself. As she puts it, "My house makes no claims, has no pretensions, is simply a house, grown worn with the passage of time. But it is a home. There is a nobility in its simplicity. And now that it has been repaired, I am secure in its embrace."
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