An award-winning journalist recounts the grand adventure of rebuilding a house with his father, of finding new faith in their relationship, and of living out the American Dream. "A thoughtful, sensitive, funny mid-life odyssey". Carol Saline, author of Sisters and Mothers & Daughters Like many American men, John Marchese arrived at his fortieth birthday feeling a mixtuAn award-winning journalist recounts the grand adventure of rebuilding a house with his father, of finding new faith in their relationship, and of living out the American Dream. "A thoughtful, sensitive, funny mid-life odyssey". Carol Saline, author of Sisters and Mothers & Daughters Like many American men, John Marchese arrived at his fortieth birthday feeling a mixture of pride and anxiety. The son of a construction worker, he'd been the first man in his family to graduate from college, the first Marchese after three generations in America to make his living with his mind, not his hands. Despite his achievements, he had never really settled down-after college he'd lived in seventeen places. And, disturbingly, he sensed that a subtle estrangement had developed between him and his working-class father. Now, as he approached midlife, he wondered if they had anything in common. Determined not to be a rootless cosmopolitan who'd never done an honest day's work, John approached his father for help in finding a house they could renovate. His father would teach the skills he'd always wanted to pass along to his son, and John would have his first real home since childhood. Renovations is Marchese's account of their difficult, but ultimately rewarding, time together. This is the story of how something as simple as home improvement can balance an otherwise complicated life; it's about a father and son tackling a project that seems woefully ill-advised, and-through humorous and oftentimes touching situations-emerging from it with a deeper understanding of each other. Renovations is about the ambiguous influences of family history and the enduring inspiration of the American Dream....
|Title||:||Renovations: A Father and Son Rebuild a House and Rediscover Each Other|
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Renovations: A Father and Son Rebuild a House and Rediscover Each Other Reviews
With my love for a good narrative, this was the first book in the home improvement section that looked interesting to me when I was weeding it at work a few weeks ago. Marchese, a thoroughly urbanized writer, having spent a decade in New York, suddenly decides to buy a house in the country and work with his construction worker Dad to fix it up.As you can imagine there's the classic theme of a blue collar father and white collar son trying to find common ground while learning a lot more about how the other lives. I love the honesty of non-fiction that makes this situation seem fresh even though it's a situation that plays out every day across the land of the American Dream. When a cliche is happening to you, it feels unique and that comes across in Marchese's story.The sarcastic wit in the early chapters, when son is bristling at father's demanding instruction are entertaining enough to get you hooked to find out if the two ever work things out. It's not a Hollywood ending, but, again, that's the nice thing about non-fiction, you can still get something a little less than schmaltzy.Another fun tidbit is his chapter about meeting Bob Vila a major icon, if not the founder of home improvement TV. As you can probably guess, the guy on TV is only somewhat related to the guy in real life.Overall this was a solid, if understated, book. This is truly the stuff of everyday life, but told by somebody with a better vocabulary and ability to craft an engaging narrative.
They say that doing a home remodeling project is a huge test of a marriage: if your relationship can survive that, it can survive anything. Of course, those projects are usually done in the early days of a marriage, when young couples can afford only a bare-bones house, and they take on the work themselves to save money. In the case of this book, it’s a long-standing relationship – father and son – that is tested by the pair of them taking on the work of gutting and redoing the first son the forty-year-old son has every owned. Dad, Tully, is a retired lath-and-plaster man, while the son (John, the author of the book) is a writer and musician who has never done much in the way of physical labor. That they will clash is to be expected. They are very different men, and not just because of what they do to earn a living. This memoir isn’t warm and fuzzy. John and Tully don’t have poignant conversations in the bar after a long day, or make grand emotional discoveries over piles of scrap lumber. It’s more about opening your eyes and heart to see what is already there, and about appreciating those qualities about each other.
Men, it is said, love to take things apart; the tricky part is putting them back together again. Marchese, a freelance writer, takes a more workman-like approach. He deconstructs the complex relationship that he shares with his former construction worker father and presents it as clearly as a blueprint. Their fizzled relationship is rekindled when the two renovate a house in Narrowsburg, NY. It helps that Dad has a lifetime's experience, because Marchese doesn't even know which end of a pry-bar to use. An epiphany near the end of Marchese's book speaks to everyone: "Like all sons, I am what I am both because of [my father] and despite him." A literate and forthright account with much accumulated wisdom; appropriate for Father's Day gifts.Find reviews of books for men at Books for Dudes, Books for Dudes, the online reader's advisory column for men from Library Journal. Copyright Library Journal.
A Father Son relationship true story. The story makes you rethink your relationship with your father and throw's in some construction information too. It's a keeper. I will hand it down to my son when he is old enough.
Someone has daddy issues.