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From one of Fine Homebuilding's best-loved authors, Larry Haun, comes a unique story that looks at American home building from the perspective of twelve houses he has known intimately. Part memoir, part cultural history, A Carpenter's Life as Told by Houses takes the reader house by house over an arc of 100 years. Along with period photos, the author shows us the sod house in Nebraska where his mother was born, the frame house of his childhood, the production houses he built in the San Fernando Valley, and the Habitat for Humanity homes he devotes his time to now. It's an engaging read written by a veteran builder with a thoughtful awareness of what was intrinsic to home building in the past and the many ways it has evolved. Builders and history lovers will appreciate his deep connection to the natural world, yearning for simplicity, respect for humanity, and evocative notion of what we mean by home.

©2011 Larry Haun and Kevin Ireton (P)2011 The Taunton Press

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  • San Atonio, TX, United States
  • 11-29-11

A philosophers must read

Houses are the secondary story. I found the most interest in his stories. As he says, "it's our stories in the end that we really have". There are some god history lessons told as well. It will you make you think about our 'progress'.

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Very well done

Great story that weaves the life of the man with the evolution of homes in north America. Very interesting.