House Thinking: A Room-by-Room Look at How We Live

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Harper Collins, Jan 30, 2007 - Architecture - 368 pages
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Ethan Allen and HGTV may have plenty to say about making a home look right, but what makes a home feel right? In House Thinking, journalist and cultural critic Winifred Gallagher takes the reader on a psychological tour of the American home. By drawing on the latest research in behavioral science, an overview of cultural history, and interviews with leading architects and designers, she shows us not only how our homes reflect who we are but also how they influence our thoughts, feelings, and actions.

How does your entryway prime you for experiencing your home? What makes a bedroom a sensual oasis? How can your bathroom exacerbate your worst fears? House Thinking addresses provocative questions like these, enabling us to understand the homes we've made for ourselves in a unique and powerful new way. It is an eye-opening look at how we live . . . and how we could live.

 

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I absolve myself of my failure to finish this book. I reached the section in which she quotes a sociologist as saying "Living alone is dangerous to your health. It's the single biggest predictor of ... Read full review

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This was a hard book to rate because there's just SO MUCH to it, but I give it four stars because it gave me a lot to think about. Gallagher threw a little bit of everything in here: environmental ... Read full review

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Contents

The Entry and Plan
29
The Living Room
51
The Kitchen
73
The Dining Room
95
The Great Room
115
The Bedroom
135
The Bathroom
157
The Childs Room
173
The Basement
191
The Office
207
The Garden
227
The Second Home
249
The Neighborhood
267
References
291
Web Resources
307
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About the author (2007)

Winifred Gallagher is the author of House Thinking, Just the Way You Are (a New York Times Notable Book), Working on God, and Spiritual Genius. She has written for numerous publications, including Atlantic Monthly, Rolling Stone, and the New York Times. She lives in Manhattan and Dubois, Wyoming.

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