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Norm Abram's New House

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Norm Abram's New House

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Norm Abram
Memoir, Nonfiction

We gave it a B

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