A Good House: Building a Life on the Land by Richard ManningA Good House: Building a Life on the Land by Richard Manning

A Good House: Building a Life on the Land

byRichard Manning

Paperback | April 1, 1994

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A Good House is a chronicle of the year in which Manning set out to build his house and rebuild his life. Combining entertaining tales of the cast of characters who helped him build; practical information about wiring, roofing, and plumbing; and meditations on the struggle to integrate environmental and spiritual values into everyday life, this is a book about creating a solid foundation and building up from there—in a hosue, in a family, in living a good life.
Richard Manning is the author of Grassland, A Good House, and Last Stand, a finalist for the Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award. He worked as a reporter for fifteen years, including four years at the Missoulian. A recipient of a John S. Knight Fellowship at Stanford University and a three-time winner of the Seattle Times C.B. Blethen...
Title:A Good House: Building a Life on the LandFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 7.96 × 5.38 × 0.58 inPublished:April 1, 1994Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0140234071

ISBN - 13:9780140234077

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Table of Contents

A Good HouseA Notion
Water
Money
Tools
Dirt
Concrete
Wood
Filth
Power
Light
Art
The Coming of the Cold
Sources

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"It is a measure of the confusion of our times that the simplest words tease out the most complicated questions. Words like 'good' and 'house.' What do we mean by these? A year of my life turned on this question, a year in which I built my own house". These thoughts launch us into Richard Manning's powerful and compelling account of his building an environmentally conscious house on a thirty-eight acre piece of land in the wilds of western Montana. Concerned about our culture's disregard for the environment, and facing his own mid-life crisis, Richard Manning decided to rebuild what he could. First he remarried, and then, determined to adopt fully the values of conservation, he decided to build "a life on the land". We follow as Richard and his wife, Tracy, with the aid of some fascinating characters - Bruce the water dowser; Banker McKee; Trusty Dave the digger; Skinny Jim and his partner Big Jim of the concrete crew; the lumbermen, the Finlays; the carpenters Bruce and Mike; Karl the mason; Gallacher as gofer; the rockers Larry, Rick, and Steve; and numerous oth

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"A practical, philosophical, conscientious, and richly generous version of what it takes to put together a thoughtful house, a thoughtful life." —Louise Erdrich"Richard Manning set out to build an aesthetically pleasing and environmentally responsible house in which to center his life with his new wife. A Good House is his story of the work, thick with information, splendidly told, solid and good like his house, and a fine read." —William Kittredge"An honest and winning, even profound little book. Even if you have never taken a hammer, utility knife and square in hand to install drywall there is much to enjoy and learn from here." —The Washington Post Book World