Living Large in Our Little House.
Living Large in Our Little House
Reader's Digest Trade Publishing
44 South Broadway, White Plains, NY 10601
9781621452522, $24.99, HC, 226pp, www.amazon.com
Synopsis: Kerri Fivecoat-Campbell is a journalist and author who has written a column on small space living for Parade.com. She's also written on small space living for Mother Earth News and Realtor.com and has been interviewed extensively on her tiny house expertise. In "Living Large in Our Little House: Thriving in 480 Square Feet with Six Dogs, a Husband, and One Remote--Plus More Stories of How You Can Too", Kerri draws upon her years of experience and expertise to present a practical and inspirational memoir about the joy and freedom of tiny house living.
Traditionally, the American Dream has included owning a house, and until recently that meant the bigger the better. McMansions have flourished in suburbs across the country, and as houses got bigger we filled them with more stuff. Kerri Fivecoat-Campbell had been subconsciously trying to live up to this American Dream when circumstances forced her and her husband into a 480-square foot house in the woods. What was supposed to be a writing cabin and guest house became their full-time abode and they quickly discovered that they had serendipitously discovered a better way of life.
They realized that by living smaller, they were in fact able to be living large. They were not spending extra time cleaning and maintaining the house, but had the freedom to pursue their hobbies; they did not waste money on things they didn't need; and they grew emotionally (as well as physically) closer. Kerri and her husband realized that living large is less about square footage and more about a state of mind.
As Kerri relates the story of her transformation to a "Living Larger," she also profiles more than a dozen other families living tiny house lives and offers practical advice for how you can too. "Living Large in Our Little House will: Walk readers through the financial advantages of small space living; Help the readers define and find the right size house; Teach the readers to scale down to the essentials to be surrounded only by things they love; Show readers how to make use of outdoor space; Give tips on how to decorate judiciously; and so much more.
Critique: Enhanced with a profusion of color photos, the inclusion of a twelve page listing of Rsources, two pages of Notes, and a nine page Index, "Living Large in Our Little House: Thriving in 480 Square Feet with Six Dogs, a Husband, and One Remote--Plus More Stories of How You Can Too" is enthusiastically recommended for community and academic library collections. For personal reading lists it should be noted that "Living Large in Our Little House" is also available in a Kindle format ($14.99).