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The Big Tiny: A Built-It-Myself Memoir

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ISBN13: 9780399166174
ISBN10: 0399166173
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Dee Williams' life changed in an instant, with a near-death experience in the aisle of her local grocery store. Diagnosed with a heart condition at age forty-one, she was all too suddenly reminded that life is short, time is precious, and she wanted to be spending hers with the people and things she truly loved. That included the beautiful sprawling house in the Pacific Northwest she had painstakingly restored — but, increasingly, it did not include the mortgage payments, constant repairs, and general time-suck of home ownership. A new sense of clarity began to take hold: Just what was all this stuff for? Multiple extra rooms, a kitchen stocked with rarely used appliances, were things that couldn't compare with the financial freedom and the ultimate luxury — time — that would come with downsizing.

Deciding to build an eighty-four-square-foot house — on her own, from the ground up — was just the beginning of building a new life. Williams can now list everything she owns on one sheet of paper, her monthly housekeeping bills amount to about eight dollars, and it takes her approximately ten minutes to clean the entire house. Its left her with more time to spend with family and friends, and given her freedom to head out for adventure at a moments notice, or watch the clouds and sunset while drinking a beer on her (yes, tiny) front porch.

The lessons Williams learned from her “aha” moment post-trauma apply to all of us, every day, regardless of whether or not we decide to discard all our worldly belongings. Part how-to, part personal memoir, The Big Tiny is an utterly seductive meditation on the benefits of slowing down, scaling back, and appreciating the truly important things in life.

Review:

“In The Big Tiny, Dee Williams creates a portrait of humanity through her own compelling experience. That she has written about home and life with such humor and vulnerability, and in her own unique vernacular, makes her story all the more universal.” Jay Shafer, author of The Small House Book

Review:

The Big Tiny is irresistible. Dee Williams is as much fun on the page as she is in person. Comic, silly, and soulful, she takes us on her journey to simplify her life and along the way tunes in to our own inner desire to pare down to our nearly naked selves.” Jim Lynch, author of The Highest Tide and Truth Like the Sun

Review:

The Big Tiny is a beautifully written narrative, one that goes beyond happiness and living simply. The power of Dee's words will touch your heart, make you laugh, cry, and change your life.” Tammy Strobel, author of You Can Buy Happiness (and It's Cheap)

Review:

The Big Tiny is comedic, eloquent, and damn informative all at the same time. If Dee Williams story hasn't inspired you to reevaluate your life already, this book just may be the swift kick in the pants you need — the final awakening blow all rolled into one biblio-burrito of bad-assness.” Derek “Deek” Diedricksen, HGTV host and honcho of Relaxshacks.com

Review:

“Dee Williams aims for happiness 85 percent of the time, but I think you'll be 100 percent happy with the wisdom she shares in this beautiful book.” Chris Guillebeau, author of The $100 Startup

Review:

“Visitors to [Dee Williams] property may be forgiven for thinking someone had taken up residence in a beautifully built pine-and-cedar toolshed out back….[an] affecting memoir…she writes in The Big Tiny of finding a centeredness and peace in her little house, of being less fearful, more alive. Some of the best passages are when she describes the sensory experience of being inside: smelling raw cedar and knotty pine; listening to the weather.” Steven Kurutz, The New York Times

Review:

“[N]o one makes the idea of living in a home the size of an area rug more appealing than Dee Williams…Williams inspiring memoir will resonate with anyone on a quest to downsize, de-stress, let go or feel at home…an endearing, funny writer…[The Big Tiny] is a book as intimate and draw-you-in-close as Williams' little abode. She reveals her fear and fearlessness, allowing readers to feel like visitors across her tiny table, knees touching, her dog by your side.” Janet Eastman, The Oregonian

Review:

“Williams has built an engaging and inspiring how-to/memoir that goes beyond the DIY perspective.” Booklist

Synopsis:

A graceful, inspired memoir about building a home from scratch and discovering a true sense of self — in just 84 square feet — by Dee Williams, a pioneer in sustainable living and the proud owner of a very tiny house.

About the Author

Dee Williams is a teacher and sustainability advocate. She is the co-owner of Portland Alternative Dwellings (www.padtinyhouses.com), where she leads workshops focused on tiny houses, green building, and community design. Her story has been featured on Good Morning America and NBC Nightly News, and on NPR, PBS, MSNBC, CNN, and CBC. She has also been profiled or featured in hundreds of online blogs and articles, and in print media including Time, The New York Times, and Der Spiegel. Williams lives in Olympia, Washington, with an overly ambitious Australian shepherd, in the shadow of the house of dear friends.

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loganblairsmith, April 29, 2014 (view all comments by loganblairsmith)
A captivating story that taught me how to be happy.

Six years ago I had all of the things a successful young person was supposed to have, but I was unhappy and I wasn't sure why. One fateful new-year's eve, I stumbled across a YouTube video of Dee Williams and I felt a paradigm shift. I finally understood how to be happy. Since that time, Dee's story has not only changed my life, it has launched an entire movement of voluntary simplicity through tiny house living.

Reading this book was like rediscovering the quintessence I originally found in Dee's tiny house story. The beauty of this book is that there is so much more depth than short videos could ever provide. In the book, Dee shares the context of her decision to go tiny, the struggles she had in the transition, and the meaning of life discovery she made in the face of death. Dee's book is tragic, endearing, and surprisingly wet-your-pants funny. I loved this book!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780399166174
Author:
Williams, Dee
Publisher:
Blue Rider Press
Subject:
Biography - General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20140431
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
black-and-white photos with text through
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 304 pages Blue Rider Press - English 9780399166174 Reviews:
"Review" by , “In The Big Tiny, Dee Williams creates a portrait of humanity through her own compelling experience. That she has written about home and life with such humor and vulnerability, and in her own unique vernacular, makes her story all the more universal.”
"Review" by , The Big Tiny is irresistible. Dee Williams is as much fun on the page as she is in person. Comic, silly, and soulful, she takes us on her journey to simplify her life and along the way tunes in to our own inner desire to pare down to our nearly naked selves.”
"Review" by , The Big Tiny is a beautifully written narrative, one that goes beyond happiness and living simply. The power of Dee's words will touch your heart, make you laugh, cry, and change your life.”
"Review" by , The Big Tiny is comedic, eloquent, and damn informative all at the same time. If Dee Williams story hasn't inspired you to reevaluate your life already, this book just may be the swift kick in the pants you need — the final awakening blow all rolled into one biblio-burrito of bad-assness.”
"Review" by , “Dee Williams aims for happiness 85 percent of the time, but I think you'll be 100 percent happy with the wisdom she shares in this beautiful book.”
"Review" by , “Visitors to [Dee Williams] property may be forgiven for thinking someone had taken up residence in a beautifully built pine-and-cedar toolshed out back….[an] affecting memoir…she writes in The Big Tiny of finding a centeredness and peace in her little house, of being less fearful, more alive. Some of the best passages are when she describes the sensory experience of being inside: smelling raw cedar and knotty pine; listening to the weather.”
"Review" by , “[N]o one makes the idea of living in a home the size of an area rug more appealing than Dee Williams…Williams inspiring memoir will resonate with anyone on a quest to downsize, de-stress, let go or feel at home…an endearing, funny writer…[The Big Tiny] is a book as intimate and draw-you-in-close as Williams' little abode. She reveals her fear and fearlessness, allowing readers to feel like visitors across her tiny table, knees touching, her dog by your side.”
"Review" by , “Williams has built an engaging and inspiring how-to/memoir that goes beyond the DIY perspective.”
"Synopsis" by , A graceful, inspired memoir about building a home from scratch and discovering a true sense of self — in just 84 square feet — by Dee Williams, a pioneer in sustainable living and the proud owner of a very tiny house.
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