Hammer Head: The Making of a Carpenter

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Product Details

Price
$15.95  $14.83
Publisher
W. W. Norton & Company
Publish Date
Pages
240
Dimensions
5.4 X 8.1 X 0.7 inches | 0.55 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780393352320

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About the Author

Nina MacLaughlin lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she works as a carpenter. Formerly an editor at the Boston Phoenix, she has written for the Believer, Bookslut, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and elsewhere.

Reviews

MacLaughlin...is a master writer, with the rare combination of acute observation and astute word choice that characterizes writers like Annie Dillard or Joan Didion.--Rebecca Steinitz
Beautiful and wise...Like if Annie Dillard had her own show on HGTV.--Edan Lepucki
MacLaughlin has hit the nail on the head...Stunning.--Caroline Goldstein
Riveting...MacLaughlin weaves together layers of history and literature that lift her memoir beyond a personal narrative and into one of all human knowledge.--Tiffany Gibert
MacLaughlin's evocative prose is just as plumb, level, and true as all the wood structures she ultimately learns to build. This is a lovely and important book.--Andre Dubus III
In this beautiful memoir about learning a trade, Nina MacLaughlin explores mortality, desire, the passage of time, and the meaning of work. She transcends the personal and makes us question what of our own works are built to endure. This book--a thing well-made--certainly is. I loved it from beginning to end.--Philip Connors, author of Fire Season