Tracy Kidder takes readers to the heart of the American Dream: the building of a family's first house with all its day-to-day frustrations, crises, tensions, challenges, and triumphs.Tracy Kidder takes readers to the heart of the American Dream: the building of a family's first house with all its day-to-day frustrations, crises, tensions, challenges, and triumphs.Read Less
New. First printing (complete # line) for you collectors. Thick Trade Paperback, a light touch of tanning (Sept. 1991), otherwise no markings, no creases, no spine lines and no remainder marks. Book ships to you with FREE Delivery Confirmation. Satisfaction Guaranteed. Ships next business day or sooner.
Very Good in Near Fine dust jacket. 0395363179. Briefly inscribed by Kidder. A remainder stamp to the bottom page edges. The story of the building of a family's first house-with all its day-to-day frustrations, crises, tensions, challenges, and triumphs.; Remainder; Signed by Author.
Good in Near Fine jacket. Signed by Author Signed by author on title page-signature only-dated 5/21/99. On bottom of book edge is a 4 penned in, front end page has a crayola price written in. A First edition, First printing, with the corresponding number line. Book is in good condition. Boards are clean, not bumped. Interior is clean and legible. Not remaindered. Dust Jacket is in Near Fine condition. Not chipped or crinkled. Not price clipped. Dust Jacket is covered by Mylar Brodart. All-ways well boxed, All-ways fast service. Thanks.
NEAR FINE TO FINE in NEAR FINE TO FINE jacket. TRACY KIDDER. OCTAVO. SIGNED BY TRACY KIDDER THIS IS A BEAUTIFUL HARDBOUND FIRST EDITION...NEAR FINE IN NEAR FINE DUST JACKET OF THIS GREAT AND SCARCE VOLUME WRITTEN BY THE GREAT TRACY KIDDER....HOUSE.....THIS COPY HAS BEEN SIGNED BY TRACY KIDDER...A WONDERFUL COPY....THERE IS HOWEVER A SMALL STAMP STATING.....NOT FOR RESALE.....
Excellent in Excellent jacket. Hard Copy. Signed by Author Book is signed by author and in excellent shape. No writing, markings, rips, tears or creases to book. By the author of The Soul of a New Machine. "Tracy Kidder watches the construction of a new house from gleam-in-the-eye to moving day. This is a book about craftsmanship and class relations, about social history and private histories, about love and work. "
Fine (F) in Fine jacket. SIGNED BY AUTHOR Appears unread, crisp, clean, bright and tight. First Edition, First printing. Now protected with Durafold unattached to jacket. Near fine book/Near Fine Dust Jacket. BEAUTIFUL copy. Satisfaction guarantee. This is the author's third book. Along with John McPhee, Kidder is a member of the New Journalism school of writing. Kidder specializes in putting ordinary people's concerns and issues into interesting and eminently readable prose. White cloth boards with light grey spine stamped in copper. Describes the relationships of the home owner with the architect, contractor and subs. Necessary reading for anyone considering or in the process of building a new house.
I have to state up front that I am a fiction reader for the very reason that many advocate non-fiction. I think that you can learn a lot more from fiction, at least learn a lot more about the important stuff in life. That said, I did learn a lot from this book. I have some knowledge of the building trades but I did learn about building here and the jargon used throughout the book made sense. I also learned about architecture and, even though, I'm not a big fan, I've been picking out Greek Revival architecture in my neighborhood.
But what was most interesting, for me, was the character development and what we can ultimately learn about human nature. One of the major themes of the book is the appreciation for craftsmen working their craft and how that comes up against the limits imposed by our turbo-capitalist economy. To a certain extent the book is about the conflict between the yuppie client and the craftsmen who are building the house. Not to give too much away, but, yet again, the yuppie is able to grind away on the workers so that they end up making no profit on the deal while sacrificing and literally risking their bodies and lives in the process. The convoluted order of the world is maintained.
Kidder is an excellent writer and the prose is very good, well beyond the simple unobtrusiveness necessary to tell a story. I recommend it, especially if you are contemplating building a house or putting on an addition or tackling a major remodel.
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