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.
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 courage of the author is inspiring. The book is well organized and the tone is both vulnerable and humorous. I enjoyed this short tale.
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
Believer in what you can't see
Williams journey from American Dream to downsize, sustainable living.
Dee William, she changed her whole life even though it was scary to do so.
It is like hearing Dee story live.
Yes, I love the idea of people waking up and realizing we don't need all this stuff.
If you are looking for a book detailing building a tiny house... this is not the book.
If you are looking for a book detailing living in a tiny house...this book provides a flavor of that.
If you are loking for a book detailing shifting your life to a more managable and aware plane of living...this book tells the tale of one woman's move to connect herself to the world by buidling and living in a tiny house, shucking her house and contents in the process. Extreme downsizing and simplification is part of the process. This was an interesting glimpse into one woman's journey.
IN the category of personal development of living life according to your own rules this ranks quite high.
The main character.
Who hasn't thought of living in a tiny house - even if it was to say "no way"? Many of us dream of the feeling of getting rid of material things and living with the freedom to get up and go. Dee makes us laugh and cry as she tells the good and the bad of just such a dream. She shares secrets and suggestions and at the of the day how to be happy just being.
There are no great insights about 1) why Dee Williams wanted to downsize, 2) how it affected her life (other than the fact she takes showers in her host's house) or 3) why small houses may be a satisfactory living arrangement for anyone other than herself.
I also dislike how her "Big Tiny" move involves substantial input from benefactors.
This is not Wild in a small house rather than the Pacific Crest Trail.
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