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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
0393239136
Characteristics: 224 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm

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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.

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stephaniedchase
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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