From the New York Times
, best selling author Erica Bauermeister
comes House Lessons: Renovating a Life
(Sasquatch Books, 2020). This memoir is about the power of home, and the transformative act of restoring one house in particular. In this mesmerizing memoir-in-essays, Erica Bauermeister renovates a trash-filled house in eccentric Port Townsend, Washington, and in the process takes readers on a journey to discover the ways our spaces subliminally affect us. A personal, accessible, and literary exploration of the psychology of architecture, as well as a loving tribute to the connections we forge with the homes we care for and live in, this book is designed for anyone who's ever fallen head over heels for a house. It is also a story of a marriage, of family, and of the kind of roots that settle deep into your heart. Discover what happens when a house has its own lessons to teach in this moving and insightful memoir that ultimately shows us how to make our own homes (and lives) better.
Erica Bauermeister is the bestselling author of four novels, and the co-author of two works of non-fiction: 500 Great Books by Women: A Reader's Guide
and Let's Hear It For the Girls: 375 Great Books for Readers 2-14.
She has a PhD in literature from the University of Washington and has taught there and at Antioch University. She is a founding member of the Seattle 7 Writers and currently lives in Port Townsend, Washington, in the house she renovated with her family.
Dr. Christina Gessler’s background is in anthropology, women’s history, and literature. She works as a historian, poet, and photographer. In seeking the extraordinary in the ordinary, Gessler writes the histories of largely unknown women, poems about small relatable moments, and takes many, many photos in nature.