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Life Would Be Perfect If I Lived in That Houseby Meghan Daum
Synopses & Reviews
From the acclaimed author and columnist: a laugh-out-loud journey into the world of real estate — the true story of one woman's "imperfect life lived among imperfect houses" and her quest for the four perfect walls to call home.
After an itinerant suburban childhood and countless moves as a grown-up — from New York City to Lincoln, Nebraska; from the Midwest to the West Coast and back — Meghan Daum was living in Los Angeles, single and in her mid-thirties, and devoting obscene amounts of time not to her writing career or her dating life but to the pursuit of property: scouring Craigslist, visiting open houses, fantasizing about finding the right place for the right price. Finally, near the height of the real estate bubble, she succumbed, depleting her life's savings to buy a 900-square-foot bungalow, with a garage that "bore a close resemblance to the ruins of Pompeii" and plumbing that "dated back to the Coolidge administration."
From her mothers decorating manias to her own "hidden room" dreams, Daum explores the perils and pleasures of believing that only a house can make you whole. With delicious wit and a keen eye for the absurd, she has given us a pitch-perfect, irresistible tale of playing a lifelong game of house.
"As you would expect from this author, Meghan Daum's memoir is witty, stylishly written, sophisticated and supremely entertaining, but it also strikes chords of deep feeling (such as melancholy and loneliness) that are very moving and haunting." Phillip Lopate
"Meghan Daum takes the absorbing subject of shelter and runs with it, or rather, lives with it. Her personal odyssey is funny, sharp and charming." Meg Wolitzer, author of The Ten-Year Nap
"For everyone who puts a coffee cup down and ten years later it's still in the same place, there's someone who cannot stop looking for the Great Place, the Right Place. In her memoir, Meghan Daum takes us on a darkly funny and ever-more-revealing journey into a certain relationship with shelter — that of relentless obsession." Janet Fitch, author of White Oleander and Paint It Black
"A wonderful new book from one of my very favorite writers. It's like having a long, glorious, no-holds-barred conversation with your smartest, funniest friend about all the juicy topics: real estate, class envy, bad dates, family identity, and the discrepancies between the lives we aspire to and the lives we lead. I'm awed by Daum's honesty and talent." Curtis Sittenfeld
From an acclaimed author and columnist: a laugh-out-loud journey into the world of real estate — the true story of one woman's "imperfect life lived among imperfect houses" and her quest for the four perfect walls to call home.
About the Author
Meghan Daum is the author of the essay collection My Misspent Youth and the novel The Quality of Life Report, a New York Times Notable Book. Her column on political, cultural, and social affairs appears weekly in the Los Angeles Times and is distributed nationally through the McClatchy news service. She has contributed to public radios Morning Edition, Marketplace, and This American Life, and has written for numerous publications, including The New Yorker, Harper's Magazine, GQ, Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, and The New York Times Book Review. She lives in Los Angeles.
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