Life Would Be Perfect If I Lived in That House

After an itinerant suburban childhood and countless moves as a grown-up—from New York City to Lincoln, Nebraska; from the Midwest to the West Coast and back—Meghan Daum was living in Los Angeles, single and in her mid-thirties, and ...

Life Would Be Perfect If I Lived in That House

Author: Meghan Daum

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307593606

Page: 224

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From the acclaimed author and columnist: a laugh-out-loud journey into the world of real estate—the true story of one woman’s “imperfect life lived among imperfect houses” and her quest for the four perfect walls to call home. After an itinerant suburban childhood and countless moves as a grown-up—from New York City to Lincoln, Nebraska; from the Midwest to the West Coast and back—Meghan Daum was living in Los Angeles, single and in her mid-thirties, and devoting obscene amounts of time not to her writing career or her dating life but to the pursuit of property: scouring Craigslist, visiting open houses, fantasizing about finding the right place for the right price. Finally, near the height of the real estate bubble, she succumbed, depleting her life’s savings to buy a 900-square-foot bungalow, with a garage that “bore a close resemblance to the ruins of Pompeii” and plumbing that “dated back to the Coolidge administration.” From her mother’s decorating manias to her own “hidden room” dreams, Daum explores the perils and pleasures of believing that only a house can make you whole. With delicious wit and a keen eye for the absurd, she has given us a pitch-perfect, irresistible tale of playing a lifelong game of house.

My Misspent Youth

My Misspent Youth is an incisive collection that marked the start of a new millennium and became a cult classic, from the editor of Selfish, Shallow, and Self-Absorbed and the author of The Unspeakable An essayist in the tradition of Joan ...

My Misspent Youth

Author: Meghan Daum

Publisher: Picador

ISBN: 1250067693

Page: 208

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My Misspent Youth is an incisive collection that marked the start of a new millennium and became a cult classic, from the editor of Selfish, Shallow, and Self-Absorbed and the author of The Unspeakable An essayist in the tradition of Joan Didion, Meghan Daum is one of the most celebrated nonfiction writers of her generation, widely recognized for her fresh, provocative approach with which she unearths the hidden fault lines in the American landscape. From her well remembered New Yorker essays about the financial demands of big-city ambition and the ethereal, strangely old-fashioned allure of cyber-relationships to her dazzlingly hilarious riff in Harper's about musical passions that give way to middle-brow paraphernalia, Daum delves into the center of things while closely examining the detritus that spills out along the way. With precision and well-balanced irony, Daum implicates herself as readily as she does the targets that fascinate and horrify her.

The Unspeakable

"Daum is her generation's Joan Didion." —Nylon Nearly fifteen years after her debut collection, My Misspent Youth, captured the ambitions and anxieties of a generation, Meghan Daum returns to the personal essay with The Unspeakable, a ...

The Unspeakable

Author: Meghan Daum

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 0374710066

Page: 256

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"Daum is her generation's Joan Didion." —Nylon Nearly fifteen years after her debut collection, My Misspent Youth, captured the ambitions and anxieties of a generation, Meghan Daum returns to the personal essay with The Unspeakable, a masterful collection of ten new works. Her old encounters with overdrawn bank accounts and oversized ambitions in the big city have given way to a new set of challenges. The first essay, "Matricide," opens without flinching: People who weren't there like to say that my mother died at home surrounded by loving family. This is technically true, though it was just my brother and me and he was looking at Facebook and I was reading a profile of Hillary Clinton in the December 2009 issue of Vogue. Elsewhere, she carefully weighs the decision to have children—"I simply felt no calling to be a parent. As a role, as my role, it felt inauthentic and inorganic"—and finds a more fulfilling path as a court-appointed advocate for foster children. In other essays, she skewers the marriage-industrial complex and recounts a harrowing near-death experience following a sudden illness. Throughout, Daum pushes back against the false sentimentality and shrink-wrapped platitudes that surround so much of contemporary American experience and considers the unspeakable thoughts many of us harbor—that we might not love our parents enough, that "life's pleasures" sometimes feel more like chores, that life's ultimate lesson may be that we often learn nothing. But Daum also operates in a comic register. With perfect precision, she reveals the absurdities of the New Age search for the "Best Possible Experience," champions the merits of cream-of mushroom-soup casserole, and gleefully recounts a quintessential "only-in-L.A." story of playing charades at a famous person's home. Combining the piercing insight of Joan Didion with humor reminiscent of Nora Ephron's, Daum dissects our culture's most dangerous illusions, blind spots, and sentimentalities while retaining her own joy and compassion. Through it all, she dramatizes the search for an authentic self in a world where achieving an identity is never simple and never complete.

Selfish Shallow and Self Absorbed

Selfish, Shallow, and Self-Absorbed makes a thoughtful and passionate case for why parenthood is not the only path in life, taking our parent-centric, kid-fixated, baby-bump-patrolling culture to task in the process.

Selfish  Shallow  and Self Absorbed

Author: Meghan Daum

Publisher: Picador

ISBN: 1250052947

Page: 288

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SIXTEEN LITERARY LUMINARIES ON THE CONTROVERSIAL SUBJECT OF BEING CHILDLESS BY CHOICE, COLLECTED IN ONE FASCINATING ANTHOLOGY One of the main topics of cultural conversation during the last decade was the supposed "fertility crisis," and whether modern women could figure out a way to have it all-a successful, demanding career and the required 2.3 children-before their biological clock stopped ticking. Now, however, conversation has turned to whether it's necessary to have it all (see Anne-Marie Slaughter) or, perhaps more controversial, whether children are really a requirement for a fulfilling life. The idea that some women and men prefer not to have children is often met with sharp criticism and incredulity by the public and mainstream media. In this provocative and controversial collection of essays, curated by writer Meghan Daum, sixteen acclaimed writers explain why they have chosen to eschew parenthood. Contributors include Lionel Shriver, Sigrid Nunez, Kate Christiensen, Elliott Holt, Geoff Dyer, and Tim Kreider, among others, who will give a unique perspective on the overwhelming cultural pressure of parenthood. Selfish, Shallow, and Self-Absorbed makes a thoughtful and passionate case for why parenthood is not the only path in life, taking our parent-centric, kid-fixated, baby-bump-patrolling culture to task in the process. What emerges is a more nuanced, diverse view of what it means to live a full, satisfying life.

Memorial Addresses on the Life and Character of Eli Thomas Stackhouse

A Representative from South Carolina, Delivered in the House of
Representatives and in the Senate, Fifty-second Congress. ... Life would be more
tolerable and joyful if the living could hear the wails of the sympathetic , the
fulsome praise of the ... Mausoleums commemorate the truth that the dust of the
dead only is perfect .

Memorial Addresses on the Life and Character of Eli Thomas Stackhouse

Author: United States. Congress

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Page: 48

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House and Home Papers By Christopher Crowfield H E B Stowe

Have we not shivered with cold , all the glowering , gloomy month of May ,
because the august front parlour having undergone the spring ... It seemed
evident to me that houses would be far more perfect , if nohody lived in them at all
; but that , as men had really and ... one every moment ; and when I read about a
sailor's free life on the ocean , I felt an untold longing to go forth and be free in
like manner .

House and Home Papers  By Christopher Crowfield  H  E  B  Stowe

Author: Harriet Beecher Stowe

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Page: 160

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The Quality of Life Report

A New York Times notable book, The Quality of Life Report is the critically acclaimed first novel by Meghan Daum, New York Times best-selling author and winner of the PEN Center USA Award for creative nonfiction.

The Quality of Life Report

Author: Meghan Daum

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 1477313168

Page: 320

View: 238

Housing Problems of the Elderly

There is , as yet , very little housing designed for older persons who can live
independently and desire to do so . ... or later , and that all will benefit if living
units are planned so as to make life easy both inside and outside the house . ...
The most perfect housing for the elderly will inadequately serve its purpose if it is
isolated in location , far from public transportation , shopping , churches , health
facilities .

Housing Problems of the Elderly

Author: United States. Congress. Senate. Special Committee on Aging

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The Living Age

Naturally them was at the expense of the carriage , it was the very next house to
Mrs. Merri- or whether they kept a rigid account ... When they first came to Mrs.
Spencer and Lady Isabella lived Dinglefield it was universally prophesied within
sight of her , with but two holly- that it would not last . ... They did not , at the
perfect .

The Living Age

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Littell s Living Age

Naturally them was at the expense of the carriage , it was the very next house to
Mrs. Merri- or whether they kept a rigid account ... When they first came to Mrs.
Spencer and Lady Isabella lived Dinglefield it was universally prophesied within
sight of her , with but two holly- that it would not last . ... They did not , at the
perfect .

Littell s Living Age

Author: Eliakim Littell

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The Atlantic Monthly

Have we not shivered with cold , If liberty in a house is a comfort to all the
glowering , gloomy month of May , a husband , it is a ... evident to me that houses
would ments , often making disorder by aiming be far more perfect , if nobody
lived in at some new form of order . ... of those who feel that and absurdly taken to
living in them , they in a family everything should bend to the must live as little as
possible .

The Atlantic Monthly

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LIFE

Here, snow laden, the beast glowers across the frozen stillness, but on a summer
afternoon he can be the friendly focus of a cocktail party. ... This and the art which
Noyes has lavished on the house create their own air of cultured living. ...
Designed to meet the critical standards for perfect color reception, the new
Winegard Colortron antenna is naturally more sensitive than ordinary antennas
for black and ...

LIFE

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LIFE Magazine is the treasured photographic magazine that chronicled the 20th Century. It now lives on at LIFE.com, the largest, most amazing collection of professional photography on the internet. Users can browse, search and view photos of today’s people and events. They have free access to share, print and post images for personal use.

The Living Age

From the first the house seemed doomed, and Swift's prophecy has been
ominously and literally fulfilled. “Some ... Hogarth's house will presently come to
the ground, if a sufficient subscription be not made to save it. ... “In an imperfect
work,” said Thoreau, “time is an ingredient, but into a perfect work time does not
enter.

The Living Age

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Metropolitan Home

INTERIOR MONOLOGUE Perfect Houses , Perfect Lives Phyllis Theroux is the
author of California and Other States of Grace ... they do It's a myth to believe that
skylights , tell us something - if only that the owner can ( or can't ) afford to keep
them in shape or , as was true ... Every- combed if only she lived in a perfect
house by the where were flowers , books and magazines . seashore with every
stick of ...

Metropolitan Home

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House Documents

A perfect reign of terror now exists in Bedford County.” William Wyatt, sixty years
of age, farmer and school-teacher: “Have lived in Lincoln county near sixty years.
About forty ... I was run away, and my life would be in danger if I should go back.

House Documents

Author: USA House of Representatives

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On Moving

I never consider why I don ' t accomplish all I desire where I live now or realize
that if I lived in this imagined perfect place , I wouldn ' t do any of these things
either , for real life ( the demands of keeping house , of work , of family life ) would
 ...

On Moving

Author: Louise DeSalvo

Publisher: Bloomsbury Pub Plc USA

ISBN:

Page: 227

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A literary exploration of the author's psychologically charged move to a new home describes the ways in which her physical change of residence caused her to idealize her old house and criticize her new one; a process during which she turned to favorite works of literature for comfort.

A Collection of Beauties at the Height of Their Popularity

HER LOVE LIFE seemed to follow the same pattern of temporary attachment . ...
Life can be so perfect if you just let it . ... she had two days between house - sitting
jobs and asked if she could stay with him ( he had stayed with her already ) .

A Collection of Beauties at the Height of Their Popularity

Author: Whitney Otto

Publisher: Random House Incorporated

ISBN:

Page: 283

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In 1980s San Francisco, a group of rootless young characters drift through life, enjoying their friendship, romances, and shared experiences while congregating at the Youki Singe Tea Room, a North Beach bar, while searching for love, meaning, and a true home. 50,000 first printing.

The lives of the fathers martyrs and other principal saints ed by F C Husenbeth With The history of the blessed virgin Mary by the abb Orsini tr by F C Husenbeth

He sometimes refused to accept the property or dominion , ordered houses
already built for his rebut would only have the use of the ... that the In his rule he
prescribed that the churches house in which he lived , the bread which of his
religious should be low and small , he ... of all virtues is the most agreeable other
virtues , which are never perfect if any one in the whole train be wanting or
himself 448 ST .

The lives of the fathers  martyrs  and other principal saints  ed  by F C  Husenbeth   With  The history of the blessed virgin Mary  by the abb   Orsini  tr  by F C  Husenbeth

Author: Alban Butler

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