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The Big Tiny

A Built-it-myself Memoir
Williams, Dee (Book - 2014)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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"A personal memoir about downsizing and the author's experience building her own home and living the minimalist lifestyle"-- Provided by publisher.
Authors: Williams, Dee (Builder)
Title: The big tiny
a built-it-myself memoir
Publisher: New York :, Blue Rider Press, a member of Penguin Group (USA),, [2014]
Characteristics: 284 pages :,illustrations ;,22 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Dee Williams
Contents: Happy Enough
Southeast State Park
The Drive
Torsades
A Moment of Genius While Waiting
Tiny House Man
Fear and Logic
Anthropology 101
Dream Big, Build Small
Blondie on the Roof
Who Cares If I Appear Foolish?
Hobo-A-Go-Go
There Goes the Neighborhood
Modern Conveniences
Slack Line
A Six-Inch Drop Hitch
Keeping the Peace
Broke Butt Mountain
One More Thing
Summary: "A personal memoir about downsizing and the author's experience building her own home and living the minimalist lifestyle"-- Provided by publisher.
ISBN: 9780399166174
0399166173
Branch Call Number: 640.92 W7225b 2014
Subject Headings: Williams, Dee (Builder) Homes and haunts United States Ecological houses United States Design and construction Small houses United States Design and construction Architects and builders United States Biography Do-it-yourself work Social aspects United States Alternative lifestyles United States Sustainable living United States Olympia (Wash.) Biography Portland (Or.) Biography
Topical Term: Ecological houses
Small houses
Architects and builders
Do-it-yourself work
Alternative lifestyles
Sustainable living
LCCN: 2014002151
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Comment by: multcolib_alisonk May 19, 2014

What at first seems to be a pleasant how-to manual on creating a tiny house turns out to be a serious meditation on mortality and what it means to live well. Dee Williams is a charming and funny narrator who feels like a friend. By the end of this book, I wished I could have been one of the peopl... Read More »


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Jul 06, 2014
  • lilypad_1 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

very interesting. I liked the way she shared her thought process in deciding to embark on this new lifestyle. I was also just fascinated with how she built it by herself with the help of some friends. I think this type of house has a lot of potential in various communities and admire her for her courage, resourcefulness and gumption. karen g

Jun 15, 2014
  • Cynthia_N rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I really enjoyed this book. I think I could enjoy living in a tiny house although I think I would like it a little bit bigger than Williams. The book did make tiny living seem wonderful but it also acknowledged that it was not perfect. As Williams was making choices during the building of her house, she chose to opt out of indoor plumbing (compost toilet but no running water). I would definitely need plumbing. Definitely.

Jun 03, 2014
  • KCLS Librarians rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A lot of people dream of downsizing their life. Dee William super-downsized hers when she built an 84 square foot "house". She sold her original house and has lived in the Big Tiny on wheels ever since. Anyone who has done home repair projects will enjoy the building aspect of the book, but there's so much more to the slim, easily read memoir. Very touching; very heartfelt.

May 19, 2014
  • multcolib_alisonk rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

What at first seems to be a pleasant how-to manual on creating a tiny house turns out to be a serious meditation on mortality and what it means to live well. Dee Williams is a charming and funny narrator who feels like a friend. By the end of this book, I wished I could have been one of the people who pitched in to help her make the transition from a 'real' home to her self-made house on wheels. She seems like the kind of person you could happily share a (small) space with.

May 19, 2014
  • pfcpat2 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This is a very easy book to read and is most enjoyable. The author has a good sense of humor about life's unexpected twists and turns, and at times you can't help but laugh out loud with her. Her decision to build a small house on a mobile trailer bed comes out of the personal challenges she encounters. In examining her life, she looks at what meaning and values there are in living. She finds this meaning through her choice of a minimalist lifestyle. It's a story of the courage to let go of things and certain ways of living in order to find those things of lasting value.

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