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The Making of A Carpenter

Book - 2015
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"Nina MacLaughlin spent her twenties working at a Boston newspaper, sitting behind a desk and staring at a screen. Yearning for more tangible work, she applied for a job she saw on Craigslist--'Carpenter's assistant : women strongly encouraged to apply'--despite being a Classics major who couldn't tell a Phillips from a flathead screwdriver. She got the job, and in [her book] she tells the ... story of becoming a carpenter"--Dust jacket flap.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2015]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780393239133
Characteristics: 224 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm


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May 23, 2018

Simple, sweet book on trying something different. Loved the author's writing style and enjoyed her perspectives. As an older person rethinking career for the first time in 30+ years , I felt uplifted and energized by this story. Her blog about carpentry and life is also a lovely read.

Cynthia_N Jun 24, 2015

MacLaughlin does a great job writing the story of how she does when she changes careers and becomes a carpenter's assistant. It's not surprising that she does such a good job writing because she leaves her job as a writer to work with a carpenter. Fast moving story that is quite enjoyable and has some great life lessons for all of us.

Jun 03, 2015

For me, MacLaughlin did not spend enough time on the pleasures of her transformation into a carpenter, although the writing (and the description of the book) leads you to think that kind of contemplation is coming. For a better read on the magic of the everyday things coming together to create something and the people who do it, read Tracy Kidder's HOUSE.


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