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.
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.
Having wondered what it would be like to live in a tiny house, I found the author's story fascinating!
Reading this book left me with the desire to scale down, declutter, and live a less fettered existence.
The narrator has a nice voice. Easy to listen to and really brings out the thoughts and emotions of the character. I just love how the author goes into such detail about everything in every day life. You can really tell that her lifestyle has brought her to be able to enjoy the simple things. Really enjoying life and what it has to offer rather than getting lost in schedules, traffic, workload, chores, etc. How we as Americans have labels the "American Dream" is hardly a good dream, its more of a nightmare. Stressing on meeting your appointments, being stuck in traffic, missing dealines at work and then not having enough time to cook dinner and clean the house. Her words are moving and the tiny home is now my dream.
IN the category of personal development of living life according to your own rules this ranks quite high.
The main character.
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.
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.
professional, energetic, excessive
I didn't finish the book because the beginning started to bore me. I guess I was looking for a "how to" book.
It wasn't very interesting at times, although it was humorous at some points.
No reaction, really.
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