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The Big Tiny: A Built-It-Myself Memoir | [Dee Williams]

The Big Tiny: A Built-It-Myself Memoir

A graceful, inspired memoir about building a home from scratch and discovering a true sense of self - in just eighty-four square feet - by Dee Williams, a pioneer in sustainable living and the proud owner of a very tiny house. Discovering the sustainability movement and building her own house was just the beginning of building a new life. Williams can now list everything she owns on one sheet of paper, her monthly bills amount to about eight dollars, and it takes her ten minutes to clean the entire house.
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Publisher's Summary

A graceful, inspired memoir about building a home from scratch and discovering a true sense of self - in just eighty-four square feet - by Dee Williams, a pioneer in sustainable living and the proud owner of a very tiny house.

After a heart condition felled Dee Williams in the grocery store ten years ago, she initially threw herself headfirst back into her old life, which included a pricey three-bedroom house, overtime hours to cover homeowner bills, and a general lack of free time. In the midst of contemplating her future, a new sense of clarity took hold. What was all this stuff for? Mortgage payments and the time-suck of homeownership felt like a waste, and no one has the money or desire to pack it in and live on an island without family, friends, or health insurance.

Discovering the sustainability movement and building her own house was just the beginning of building a new life. Williams can now list everything she owns on one sheet of paper, her monthly bills amount to about eight dollars, and it takes her ten minutes to clean the entire house. It's allowed her to slow down, scale back, spend more time with family and friends - and given her the freedom to head out for adventure, or watch the clouds and sunset while drinking a beer on her (yes, tiny) front porch. Without escaping to the wilds or going off the grid, Williams achieved a happy balance of the normal and the radical and created a new model for simple, practical living. Part how-to and part why-to, The Big Tiny is not just a memoir of that "aha" moment post-trauma but an utterly seductive meditation on what it means to build the good life and the right life, every day.

©2014 Dee Williams (P)2014 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    Jennifer S. Leblanc Houston, TX 02-09-15
    Jennifer S. Leblanc Houston, TX 02-09-15 Member Since 2010

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    "Inspiring and beautifully vulnerable."

    The courage of the author is inspiring. The book is well organized and the tone is both vulnerable and humorous. I enjoyed this short tale.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Robin 12-07-14
    Robin 12-07-14
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    "Curious about the "Tiny House" lifestyle?"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Big Tiny?

    Having wondered what it would be like to live in a tiny house, I found the author's story fascinating!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Reading this book left me with the desire to scale down, declutter, and live a less fettered existence.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kyle Yellowknife, NT, Canada 08-05-14
    Kyle Yellowknife, NT, Canada 08-05-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Inspiration for the rest of us"
    Where does The Big Tiny rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    IN the category of personal development of living life according to your own rules this ranks quite high.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main character.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Dorene Kavanagh Springfield, Springfield 07-30-14
    Dorene Kavanagh Springfield, Springfield 07-30-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Mixed bag"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I sincerely appreciated the author's frankness, opening up in a very real way with her writing. I feel as though I have met her, spent time with her, and gotten to know her. There's a genuineness with a little grandiosity about sky viewings. I learned about what drove her to her tiny house life.

    I think the narrator sounds like a truly kind person, but I don't like her voice. I wish I did. She works at her craft. She sounds like she really invests in her stories and narrations, but there's too much energy for me. It actually takes away from the reading for me.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Her description helped me see that I'm not going to be comfortable with less than 400 sq ft living space. That was invaluable, and now I can drop my tiny plans and think small, just not tiny. The least interesting part was how the author goes on and on and on about the sky gazing, but then I might do so if I had a skylight over my bed.


    What three words best describe Heather Henderson’s performance?

    professional, energetic, excessive


    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Vanessa 08-14-14
    Vanessa 08-14-14
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    "A boring audio book, but probably best read."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I didn't finish the book because the beginning started to bore me. I guess I was looking for a "how to" book.


    What was most disappointing about Dee Williams’s story?

    It wasn't very interesting at times, although it was humorous at some points.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Heather Henderson?

    No.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    No reaction, really.


    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
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