House A Memoir Author:Michael Ruhlman Michael Ruhlmans uncanny knack for taking a wide range of subjects and making them completely his own has gained him acclaim and popularity. In his latest offering, he owns the subject both figuratively and literally: his home. House really began in 1901 when a family moved into a brand-new house in Cleveland Heightsfull of... more » hope for the future and pride in their stunning home. But as time moved on, upkeep began to wane and, in the end, the house went on the market. And there it stayed for quite some time, until the Ruhlman family decided to buy the dilapidated building. With the always-tedious home-buying process and expensive repairs soaring into the hundreds of thousands of dollars, the American Dream can seem like the American Nightmare. Detailing the purchase and renovation of a single family home, House explores the importance of the place we live in, our yearning to establish it, and the importance of the actual structure, its impact on our intellectual and spiritual lives, and on the struggles of a family. Packed with useful information and stories written with a storytellers flair, House is a dramatic narrative by a gifted writer who eloquently concludes that be it ever so humble, a castle or a row house downtown, theres truly no place like home.« less
This isn't a bad book, but if you have read All the Way Home: Building a Family in a Falling Down House by David Giffels, there's really not much point in reading this one, because the two books are so much alike, even to the settings, that you wonder if Ruhlman and Giffels are the same person publishing basically the same book under two different names. Since the Giffels book is better written, it's the one I would recommend out of the two.