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A little better than plumb: the biography of a house (edition 1963)

by Henry E. Giles

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Title:A little better than plumb: the biography of a house
Authors:Henry E. Giles
Info:Boston, Mass. Houghton Mifflin 1963
Collections:Read but unowned, Family
Rating:***
Tags:( NON-FICTION, .auto/bio/memoir, .memoir, gifted.2009.BD, log cabin, Read 2009, challenge: 50states, {cover-upload, {cover-wrong cover, ~Papa, reviewed, Read

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A Little Better Than Plumb: The Biography of a House by Henry Giles

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My father builds log cabins. So, one of my recent gifts to him was an assortment of “old” books with a log cabin theme. When this book arrived in my mailbox, I thought, ah-hmm, it’s ~already~ used, anyway … so I read it before gifting it.

It was a thoroughly captivating little story. Part family history, part story of a house, part local flavor. On LT’s author pages, this book is attributed to Henry Giles, and though they were co-authors, most of the chapters were written by Janice. She has a lovely way of writing; folksy and warm. You finish the book feeling like part of the family.

It has been months since I finished the book, and … no longer have it on hand … so can’t refresh my memory for a more complete review. Bottom line, though, an enjoyable book; I recommend it.

And happy birthday, Papa! ( )
  countrylife | Aug 9, 2009 |
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From Amazon: "A warm and humorous account of the trials of creating a place to call home. To longtime Giles fans and new readers alike, these reminiscences of family, friends, a river, and a roof offer a charming visit to rural Kentucky in the late 1950s." From the Official Giles website: "Janice and Henry's story of their log home and how it had to be moved when the Green River Dam was built in two of the books they co-wrote, Around Our House and A Little Better Than Plumb."

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