Reviews and Praise for The House On Teacher's

Trenton Times by Sharon Schlegel, 6/13/09
Interview with Rachel Simon for Building a Home with My Husband (also known as The House on Teacher's Lane.)

US1 by Anne Levin, 6/10/09
Interview with Rachel Simon for Building a Home with My Husband (also known as The House on Teacher's Lane.)

From Kirkus:
Simon poignantly documents the next phase of her life (Riding the Bus with My Sister, 2002, etc.), in which the home becomes a metaphor for the soul.
After their row house in Wilmington, Del., was burglarized, Simon and her husband, an architect, resurrected an old argument about their living situation—he loved their urban neighborhood; she wanted more room. Since a new house was beyond their financial reach, they decided to stay and renovate. Thus begins a spiritual pilgrimage that Simon dubs the “Search for Life Purpose 2.0.” From the beginning, though, she makes it clear that she will not be wielding tools or even selecting paint. In an early scene at a hardware store, her husband was shocked by her indifference to plumbing displays. “Because Hal thinks in terms of things you can see or hear,” she writes, “he was sure I was exaggerating, despite the fact that my conversation seldom strayed from emotions and memory and relationships and the meaning of life.” As she does what she can—pack and unpack, mostly—she reviews her life: childhood wracked by the disappearance of her father, then her mother; her rocky relationships, culminating in marriage to Hal, “after nineteen years of one of the most ridiculous courtships in the history of love”; reconciliations with her mother, her father and her siblings. Because the requirements of the renovations made her more fully involved in the project that she initially planned, she began to see the beauty in the design of her life: “Just keep paying attention. Look around. See all that you don't let yourself see.” An unsentimental, poetic appraisal of life's big questions. 
(Agent: Anne Edelstein/Anne Edelstein Literary Agency)

From Publishers Weekly:
In her second memoir (after Riding the Bus with My Sister), Simon writes about her relationship with her husband, Hal. The two married after 19 years together (including a breakup and reunion) and moved into Hal's historic row house in Wilmington, Del. When the house is burglarized, the couple considers moving, but decide to renovate instead, both to save money and give Hal, an architect, the opportunity to design their abode. The decision, Simon writes, “will blow open the tight seal around everything I think I know about myself, about family, about the misunderstandings and resilience of love.” It makes for an intriguing narrative, punctuated by musings on everything from quitting to the definition of design to her life as a writer and public speaker. In this inspirational book, readers who have completed or are contemplating remodeling will empathize with Simon's frustration-induced fits of pique or the couple's rush of gratitude for a lovely home. (June)

“This book is a treasure the likes of which I never expected. Rachel Simon is a great writer and has incredible skill at describing inner life.  She is a wise soul.”
Dan Gottlieb, author of Letters to Sam and Learning from the Heart


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