Practice of Home
Biography of a House
by Charles Goodrich 
 
Charles Goodrich is a poet, a gardener, a father, a husband, a neighbor, a tinkerer, a builder of houses. In twenty essays, shimmering with truth and grace, Goodrich explores the home birth of his son, nights spent walking a screaming infant, years devoted to building and remodeling his house, his own battle with alcoholism, and the joys of small spaces, always pursuing his ultimate subject: how to live one's life. 

This book is a warmly funny and ironic testimony to the home-made and the close-at-hand. Goodrich writes, "I wanted to discover whether building a house could be a way of building a self."  What he discovers is "the practice of home," which he recommends "as a kind of adventure, as travel of the most demanding and rewarding sort, for the practice of homes leads us deeper and deeper into our own communities, into our native intelligence, and into our souls." 


Practice of Home: 
Biography of a House
by Charles Goodrich. 
The Lyons Press, 2004.
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"I built a house. I botched a lot of things, but it all came out all right. Let me tell you about it."


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