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Not for me, but well written

  • Jul 21, 2010
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Your enjoyment of this book will depend on the type of reader you are and what kind of story you're looking for. I quit reading about a third of the way through (unusual for me) because I had thought (after hearing the author interviewed on NPR) that the book was about house hunting. It is... a little. It's a lot about her life. I'm not saying her life isn't interesting; isn't everyone's to some degree? At any rate, it just wasn't what I was looking for, but the writing is solid and it is a bit witty.

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review by . October 24, 2010
This is a very enjoyable account of the author's obsession with real estate. Such an obsession is not unusual, especially among people who live in New York, California or another of the world's premium real estate markets. But there is something pathological about Meghan Daum's particular obsession. It seems driven by a fear of making serious decisions about her life.      Certainly as we age, each of us begins to realize that for every choice we make there is another …
review by . October 11, 2010
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This is a very enjoyable account of the author's obsession with real estate. Such an obsession is not unusual, especially among people who live in New York, California or another of the world's premium real estate markets. But there is something pathological about Meghan Daum's particular obsession. It seems driven by a fear of making serious decisions about her life.      Certainly as we age, each of us begins to realize that for every choice we make there is another …
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Q: In Life Would Be Perfect If I Lived in That House, you detail your lifelong obsession with real estate and your quest for a place to call home. What does "home" mean to you? How has that meaning evolved over the years?
A: Asking what "home" means is like asking what "love" means. And, as I say in the book, I have a pet peeve about people referring to houses as homes, especially if they’re talking in terms of real estate or about properties as physical, purchasable entities. "I just bought a new home," someone will say. Really? What does that mean? You bought a feeling, a mélange of smells, a history? No, you bought a house! In my mind, you buy a house but you make a home.

Q: In your book you say, "I wanted to live on another block, in another part of town, in New York, in Paris, on the moon." Why the constant desire to move around?
A: The open houses my parents took me to as a child probably were a factor. We didn’t do sports or play games or relax much on weekends, but my mother was always up for open houses and, moreover, the idea of moving to a new house. I definitely inherited my restlessness from her. I’ve also found that moving functions as something of a stimulant for me. During the process of moving out of an old place and getting settled in a new place I find I become more energetic, more excited about my surroundings and more motivated about my life trajectory. And...

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ISBN-10: 0307270661
ISBN-13: 978-0307270665
Author: Meghan Daum
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction, Entertainment
Publisher: Knopf
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