- Tapa dura: 288 páginas
- Editor: Blue Rider Pr (22 de abril de 2014)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0399166173
- ISBN-13: 978-0399166174
- Valoración media de los clientes: Sé el primero en opinar sobre este producto
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- n.° 1214 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros > Hogar, manualidades y estilos de vida > Mantenimiento del hogar y la vivienda
- n.° 13838 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros > Sociedad y ciencias sociales > Sociedad y cultura
- n.° 15090 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros > Salud, familia y desarrollo personal > Desarrollo personal y autoayuda
The Big Tiny: A Built-It-Myself Memoir (Inglés) Tapa dura – 22 abr 2014
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"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
--Janet Eastman, The Oregonian "[A] delightful encounter with the Tina Fey of the sustainability world, an empowered woman unafraid to admit she accidentally glued her hair to her house, as well as an incisive thinker on contemporary experience....a hilarious and poignant memoir...Williams does more than share the travails of building, moving into and living in her bitty abode. She writes a down-to-earth manifesto for living life with intention and for geeking out, diving in, caring too deeply and trying too hard in general."
--Mary Louise Schumacher, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "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 "Williams has built an engaging and inspiring how-to/memoir that goes beyond the DIY perspective."
--Booklist "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 "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) "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 "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
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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.
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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!
I’ve heard Dee Williams speak on video, I can’t even remember where. Maybe the Minimalism documentary? I’m not sure. From that experience I already knew that I liked her vulnerability and the sense that wisdom emanates from her. It was so cool to hear her voice in these pages. She writes like she speaks, like you’re simply there with her sharing this string of interesting situations. She’s not remotely pretentious or preachy about tiny houses, and there is no snobbery in her voice. She’s not like that. The vulnerability in her story telling makes this book a very rewarding read.
I loved everything about this story. I loved the raw edges when she’s fierce and determined and building that home, come hell or high water. I love her soft side when she’s talking about her canine companion or the elderly woman who lives next door. I love the stories about strangers showing up and helping her through challenging tasks, and I felt for her as she deals with the complexities of a very serious medical condition. What I found the most moving was her persistence and grit. Dee Williams is a Force.
Going tiny is not for the faint of heart, and nobody knows that better than those of us who have lived this way for a while. Williams uses the occasion of living tiny to connect to her community in new ways, rather than to isolate herself. This particular story is of building the house, and it’s NOT a “DIY How-To Guide” at all, thank goodness. It’s the story of a home, and of the woman who created that home with purpose and determination.
I’ve picked it up a number of times after my initial reading, and found myself absorbed in some random part of the story all over again. It’s perfectly possible to pick this book up and read at random and do this again on another day. Sure, the story is linear, but there is also a sense in which it’s all sort of timeless and you can check in here or there and she’ll still be dispensing her story and wisdom in equal measure.
Here are some of my favorite morsels:
“Letting go of “stuff” allowed the world to collapse behind me as I moved, so I became nothing more or less than who I simply was: Me.” To me this statement was profound. I’ve been a minimalist for years, finding that owning less was liberating! I can even get a little preachy about it, but I had never managed to see it with quite this level of clarity.
“It’s weird to take stock of what you keep and what you let go of. I recently counted and categorized all my stuff, and discovered that I have 305 things, ranging from my toothbrush and silverware to my truck and all the crap that seems to have accumulated in the glove box. The list invited all sort of contemplative high jinks, where I sincerely marveled over the brilliance of my multi-tool pocketknife and the way I could use the scissors, or open a bottle, cut cheese, or even break out of prison with it.” See what I mean? She draws you into her contemplation, and then seasons it all with humor. Brilliant.
Again, this is not a “How-to” book, but folks who are facing the challenge of downsizing may find this memoir informative in the journey. It’s not so much that she’ll tell you how to do what she’s done . . . as it is that she’ll remind you of your worth as a person for far more than just stuff management and mindless entertainment. And that reminder is priceless.
Jay Shafer, author of The Small House Book, got it right in the blurb on the back cover: “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.”
If you love memoirs, tiny houses, or even if you find yourself thinking about right-sizing your life… this is a compelling story written by a remarkable woman.
At least, for me, it was a very wonderful book, working on many levels, from practical problem solving to some very funny nuances and asides.
and well, some places that brought me unexpectedly to some tears...
I wanted to write her immediately when I'd finished it, to tell her that it was life changing even for a 60 year old guy like me. I love her spirit and courage and
that she shared it with us. And I loved her friends and community and especially the chapter title--"Hobo a Go Go"
THANK YOU DEE WILLIAMS Thank you so much