Synopses & Reviews
It's the book version of HGTV meets ESPN: For the millions of men around the world who have ceded their bachelor pad decor to laundry rooms and playrooms, ManSpace provides inspiration for men to reclaim private spaces that offer more than big screen TVs and recliners.
ManSpace is a refreshing take on the spaces in and around the home that men claim as their own. The smoking room, the garage workshop, the basement pool room, the recording studio or the wine cellar are just a few examples of the spaces men carve out of their homes. Manspace will profile these spaces to offer inspiration and ideas to other men looking for a way to create personalized places dedicated to their work and play. ManSpace profiles around 50 different spaces from converted air streams trailers and attics to extra bedrooms and out buildings to entire houses dedicated to a man's possessions and activities.
"Martin certainly knows a niche when he sees one, having previously cranked out manly guides on How to Mow the Lawn, How to Keep House and Bringing Up Baby. Here he gets to leave his family behind, traveling the country to explore 50 different dwellings. With its title and the unfortunate subtitle, it seems as if the book is being marketed to men who cannot commit and/or beer-guzzlers. In fact, it's a rather charming and generally un-brutish travelogue of dens that guys love, which fights hard to overcome Martin's occasional indulgence in puns and clichs. Each room of one's own is slotted into one of five categorical chapters. In the Collecting category there are gents who gather objects, large and small, into private sanctuaries Larry Moellman in Camp Cole, Miss., for example, turned a bedroom in his 1880 farmhouse into a showcase for ornate fishing tackle. The chapter on Entertaining features an East Hampton, N.Y., man who converted his garage into a Japanese tearoom. 'Real men really do drink tea,' clunks the author. Martin also throws in various manspaces of cultural or historical importance. Harry Truman's presidential yacht gets a nod as, of course, does the Playboy Mansion. 300 color photos." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
For the millions of men around the world who have ceded their bachelor pad decor to laundry rooms and playrooms, this volume provides inspiration for men to reclaim private spaces that offer more than big screen TVs and recliners.
About the Author
Sam Martin is the author of "How to Mow the Lawn" and "How to Keep House," He lives with his wife, Denise, and his son, Ford. He has traveled widely and worked as a tree planter in Ontario and British Colombia and as a Senior Editor at "This Old House" magazine.