professornana (professornana) wrote,

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it's snowing!

Here I am in New York. The snow is falling. Sleet is predicted for later. And tomorrow I hope to make it into the city to Teacher's College to do a workshop for folks. The best thing about a snow day is the chance to read a book, and that is exactly what I did this afternoon. No cover to show you since it is unavailable as is the book until May. Wendy Lamb Books gives us the newest book from Dana Reinhardt, HOW TO BUILD A HOUSE. How to let you know about this book?

It is part a story of rebuilding hope. Part about rebuilding relationships within a family following death and divorce. Part about rebuilding confidence in relationships after a brutal betrayal. And part about building a house and a home. Harper has come to Tennessee for the summer to build a home for one of the many families whose homes were destroyed by tornadoes. She leaves behind quite a bit of debris in her personal life in hopes that a summer away will not only give her some perspective but perhaps give her a chance for wounds to heal.

I loved BRIEF CHAPTER IN MY IMPOSSIBLE LIFE and HARMLESS. This novel should cement Reinhardt's reputation as a storyteller and artist. Her characters are built as carefully as Harper and her friends are building the house in Tennessee. Her stories take their time to be told just as the construction of a home or a friendship or a romance cannot be hurried. Here is the mantra of Linus, the coordinator of the teen building team:

Look to this day. For it is life. The very life of life. In its brief course lie all the verities and realities of your existence. The splendor of beauty, the bliss of growth, the gory of action. Today well lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness, and every tomorrow a vision of hope.

Yes, indeed.
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