Two Brothers, a Dream, and Five Acres in Maine
ISBN10: 0143122088 ISBN13: 9780143122081 Publisher: Penguin Group USA Published: Nov 27 2012 Pages: 243 Weight: 0.40lbs. Height: 7.75" Width: 5.00" Depth: 1.00" Language: English
The account of a years spent building a small post-and-beam cabin in the hills of western Maine tells a deeper story about brotherly bonds, home and nature. It explores the satisfaction of building and of physical labor. Inspired by his From the Ground Up New York Times blog, this is the author's memoir about building and brotherhood. Confronted with the disappointments and knockdowns that can come in middle age-job loss, the death of his mother, a health scare, a divorce, Lou needed a project that would engage the better part of him and put him back in life's good graces. City-bound for a decade, he decided he needed to build a simple post-and-beam cabin in the woods. He bought five acres in the hills of western Maine and asked his younger brother, Paul, to help him. Twenty years earlier the brothers had built a house together. Now Lou saw working with Paul as a way to reconnect with their shared history and to rediscover his truest self. As the brothers, with the help of Paul's sons, undertake the challenging construction, nothing seems to go according to plan. But as they raise the cabin, Lou reveals his own evolving insights into the richness and complexity of family relationships, the healing power of nature, and the need to root oneself in a place one can call home.