Building a Home with My Husband: A Journey Through the Renovation of Love

Rachel Simon, Author . Dutton $24.95 (259p) ISBN 978-0-525-95120-9

In her second memoir (after Riding the Bus with My Sister ), Simon writes about her relationship with her husband, Hal. The two married after 19 years together (including a breakup and reunion) and moved into Hal's historic row house in Wilmington, Del. When the house is burglarized, the couple consider moving, but decide to renovate instead, both to save money and give Hal, an architect, the opportunity to design their abode. The decision, Simon writes, “will blow open the tight seal around everything I think I know about myself, about family, about the misunderstandings and resilience of love.” It makes for an intriguing narrative, punctuated by musings on everything from quitting to the definition of design to her life as a writer and public speaker. In this inspirational book, readers who have completed or are contemplating remodeling will empathize with Simon's frustration-induced fits of pique or the couple's rush of gratitude for a lovely home. (June)

Reviewed on: 04/13/2009
Release date: 06/01/2009
Genre: Nonfiction
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