Download All the Way Home: Building a Family in a Falling-Down House by David Giffels PDF

By David Giffels

With the lyrics of a Replacements track operating via his head ("Look me within the eye, then inform me that i am satisfied"), David Giffels—with his spouse and youngster son in tow—combs the environs of Akron, Ohio, looking for the proper condominium for his burgeoning relatives. the search ends on the entrance door of an attractive yet decaying Gilded Age mansion, the once-grand former place of abode of a rubber-industry government. It lacks practical plumbing and electrical energy, leaks rain like a comic strip shack, and is infested with all demeanour of natural world. yet for a tender father at a coming-of-age crossroads, the problem is exactly the attract. the entire manner house is Giffels's humorous, poignant, and confounding trip during the nice event of restoring a crumbling condominium with the intention to getting to know what the phrases "grown up" and "home" particularly suggest.

Show description

Read or Download All the Way Home: Building a Family in a Falling-Down House PDF

Best memoirs books

Got the Life: My Journey of Addiction, Faith, Recovery, and Korn

What have you ever obtained if you happen to obtained the existence? From Korn's mythical bassist comes a no-holds-barred examine the intense highs and drug-and-booze-fueled lows of the largest heavy steel band of our period track used to be in his bones. From the time he was once an baby, Fieldy watched his dad's band practice, and shortly adequate he discovered his personal calling: the bass.

50 Magnificent Indians of the 20th Century

The booklet is an inspiring story of fifty fashionable Indians who made striking contribution in a variety of fields. Their force, selection and resourcefulness act like beacons of sunshine directing teenagers world wide to accomplish the unusual. well-known people like Surendranath Bannerjee, Mahatma Gandhi, Homi J.

Capital Punishment. An Indictment by a Death-Row Survivor

An impassioned, well-researched file on some of the most burning matters dealing with us this present day: the dying penalty. Billy Wayne Sinclair used to be in simple terms 21 while he heard the Louisiana pass judgement on pronounce those phrases: "I hereby sentence you to loss of life within the electrical chair. " It used to be the end result of a botched holdup dedicated the yr earlier than during which Billy had by chance shot and killed a guy.

Memoirs of a Very Civil Servant: Mackenzie King to Pierre Trudeau

Born in Saskatchewan in 1917, Gordon Robertson labored on the centre of presidency strength from 1945 till his retirement in 1979. He labored at once with best Ministers King, St-Laurent, Pearson, and Trudeau, serving as senior consultant to the latter . Commissioner of the Northwest Territories from 1953 to 1963, he additionally grew to become the 1st Deputy Minister of the recent division of Northern Affairs less than Jean Lesage.

Additional info for All the Way Home: Building a Family in a Falling-Down House

Example text

Sunlight streamed in through gaping holes in the roof. On the floor were fifty-five cheap foil turkey roasting pans (I counted them later), lined up in rows, one touching the next, each containing an inch of A ll t h e Wa y H o m e [ 41 rainwater. In a back corner where there were no floorboards, one of the water-filled metal pans was set between joists, resting on the knob-and-tube wiring. And that alone would be enough, except that it was the second thing I noticed, the first being a wisteria—the same wisteria that crisscrossed over the driveway and covered the corner of the south wall—which had found its way in and grew in thick tangles across the floor, thriving in its invasion, with plenty of water and sun to keep it going.

The last room we saw was the worst. It was a solarium on the first floor, leading from the living room, with huge arching windows covering the south and west walls and an orange-red English tile floor below them. The walls were mottled with decomposed wallpaper and stained plaster, in some areas decayed down to the coarse base coat. Above us was the green corrugated fiberglass hole I’d seen that first A ll t h e Wa y H o m e [ 45 day. Part of the high ceiling was gone, revealing an ugly sight. Everything in that roof was totally rotten, leaves and debris spilling in, an announcement of unknowable damage.

It felt cold inside, even though it was summer. As if the warmth had never found its way in, or the chill couldn’t find its way back out. All about us were piles like sleeping bears: clothing and magazines piled on chairs; boxes pushed against one another; newspapers; old photos; sheet music. To our right, near the doorway into what looked like the dining room, a black rotary phone rested on a stack of books and papers. There was furniture, some broken and buckled, some fine as can be. There were out-of-style floor lamps and racks of clothing under stiff, clear vinyl.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.38 of 5 – based on 5 votes