All The Way Home: Building a Family in a Falling-Down House

Paperback | June 23, 2009

byDavid Giffels

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With the lyrics of a Replacements song running through his head ("Look me in the eye, then tell me that I'm satisfied"), David Giffels—with his wife and infant son in tow—combs the environs of Akron, Ohio, in search of the perfect house for his burgeoning family. The quest ends at the front door of a beautiful but decaying Gilded Age mansion, the once-grand former residence of a rubber-industry executive. It lacks functional plumbing and electricity, leaks rain like a cartoon shack, and is infested with all manner of wildlife. But for a young father at a coming-of-age crossroads, the challenge is precisely the allure.

All the Way Home is Giffels's funny, poignant, and confounding journey through the great adventure of restoring a crumbling house on the way to discovering what the words "grown up" and "home" really mean.

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With the lyrics of a Replacements song running through his head ("Look me in the eye, then tell me that I'm satisfied"), David Giffels—with his wife and infant son in tow—combs the environs of Akron, Ohio, in search of the perfect house for his burgeoning family. The quest ends at the front door of a beautiful but decaying Gilded Age m...

David Giffels is an assistant professor of English at the University of Akron, where he teaches creative nonfiction. Formerly an award-winning columnist for theAkron Beacon Journaland a contributing commentator on NPR, his writing has appeared in theNew York Times Magazineand many other publications. He lives in Akron, Ohio, with his w...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.76 inPublished:June 23, 2009Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0061362875

ISBN - 13:9780061362873

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?All The Way Home is an eloquent and very funny paean to fatherhood and family set in a crumbling framework of anemic plaster and rogue plumbing. Giffels paints an endearing, thoroughly enjoyable picture of a husband and father who sets out to redefine ?fixer-upper.? It?s David meets Do-It-Yourself Goliath, documented with the charm and humor of a man as comfortable with words as he is a Sawzall.? (Brian Sack, author of In The Event Of My Untimely Demise)