* The House with Sixteen Handmade Doors by Henry Petroski


The House with Sixteen Handmade Doors: A Tale of Architectural Choice and Craftsmanship tells the story of the author’s summer home, which was designed and built by hand by its first owner in a beautiful site overlooking the coast. As the new owners attempt repairs and upgrades, they uncover more details about the way the house was initially designed and constructed. While some of the stories are affecting, I just could not hold a book-length interest in a house that’s rather ordinary — and not ideally designed to boot, with its flat roof in an area of heavy snows. Perhaps a carpenter would appreciate the stories better.

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