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Life Would Be Perfect If I Lived in That House

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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 mother’s 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.

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Chronicles the author's obsession with finding the perfect house, which culminated in her depleting her life savings to purchase a 900-square-foot bungalow with ancient plumbing and a junk-filled garage, in a book that explores the perils and pleasures of believing that only a house can make you whole. By the author of The Quality of Life Report.

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 radio’s 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.

www.meghandaum.com

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307593603
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Subject:
Fiction : Fantasy - General
Author:
Daum, Meghan
Author:
Meghan Daum
Subject:
Fiction : Mystery & Detective - Police Procedural
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Literary Collections : Essays
Subject:
Real estate business
Subject:
Daum, Meghan - Homes and haunts
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Fantasy
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20100504
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
245

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"Synopsis" by , Chronicles the author's obsession with finding the perfect house, which culminated in her depleting her life savings to purchase a 900-square-foot bungalow with ancient plumbing and a junk-filled garage, in a book that explores the perils and pleasures of believing that only a house can make you whole. By the author of The Quality of Life Report.
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