Friday, March 13, 2009
￼Those who doggedly follow This Old House, the weekly home restoration program on PBS, have a new book for their shelves:
Santa Fe Dreamhouse: Encounters in the Land of Enchantment by San Francisco Bay Area author Reed Stevens ($19.95 paperback, iUniverse).
Just like the four New England TOH workmen who weekly charm you with their expertise and clear delight for the history of the homes they restore, so Reed walks readers through the various restorations that symbolize the stages of her life, culminating in the expansion and remodel of an authentic Santa Fe adobe. And like Frances Maye's Under the Tuscan Sun or Cottage for Sale, Must Be Moved: A Woman Moves a House to Make a Home by Kate Whouley, Reed weaves her tale of mishap and success with the love and adventure she found along the way.
I know Reed, who falls into the category of local-author-made-good. I have to assume she'd be delighted to share her journey to self-publication with other authors, along with any tidbits for those writing in the same genre: memoirs that focus on the restoration of special places as a metaphor for life. If you have questions, check out her website, which includes a contact page.