Norm Abram's New House In 1991 Norm Abram, the amiable carpenter sidekick on This Old House , began building a home of his own and writing an account of… Norm Abram's New House In 1991 Norm Abram, the amiable carpenter sidekick on This Old House , began building a home of his own and writing an account of… Memoir Nonfiction
Book Review

Norm Abram's New House (1995)

EW's GRADE
B

Details Writer: Norm Abram; Genres: Memoir, Nonfiction

In 1991 Norm Abram, the amiable carpenter sidekick on This Old House, began building a home of his own and writing an account of the project, from site selection to moving day. In Norm Abram's New House, his prose is as clean and true as his woodworking, though he provides more detail than most readers will need (brace yourself for sentences like ''I planned to install, on the inside surface of the studs, a solid blanket of inch-thick, foil-faced, rigid polyisocyanurate insulation''). This New House could use a glossary, more illustrations, and more leavening moments such as the scene in which a parrot introduces himself by hopping on Abram's desk and saying ''Work, work, work.'' Tracy Kidder's House remains the grand palace of this genre, but Norm's TV fans will feel at home. B

Originally posted Jun 30, 1995 Published in issue #281-282 Jun 30, 1995 Order article reprints
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