logo
Wrong email address or username
Wrong email address or username
Incorrect verification code
The Big Tiny: A Built-It-Myself Memoir - Dee Williams
The Big Tiny: A Built-It-Myself Memoir
by: (author)
3.64 35
Dee William’s life changed in an instant, with a near-death experience in the aisle of her local grocery store. Diagnosed with a heart condition at age forty-one, she was all too suddenly reminded that life is short, time is precious, and she wanted to be spending hers with the people and things... show more
Dee William’s life changed in an instant, with a near-death experience in the aisle of her local grocery store. Diagnosed with a heart condition at age forty-one, she was all too suddenly reminded that life is short, time is precious, and she wanted to be spending hers with the people and things she truly loved. That included the beautiful sprawling house in the Pacific Northwest she had painstakingly restored—but, increasingly, it did not include the mortgage payments, constant repairs, and general time-suck of home ownership. A new sense of clarity began to take hold: Just what was all this stuff for? Multiple extra rooms, a kitchen stocked with rarely used appliances, were things that couldn’t compare with the financial freedom and the ultimate luxury—time—that would come with downsizing.             Deciding to build an eighty-four-square-foot house—on her own, from the ground up—was just the beginning of building a new life. Williams can now list everything she owns on one sheet of paper, her monthly housekeeping bills amount to about eight dollars, and it takes her approximately ten minutes to clean the entire house. It’s left her with more time to spend with family and friends, and given her freedom to head out for adventure at a moment’s notice, or watch the clouds and sunset while drinking a beer on her (yes, tiny) front porch.             The lessons Williams learned from her “aha” moment post-trauma apply to all of us, every day, regardless of whether or not we decide to discard all our worldly belongings. Part how-to, part personal memoir, The Big Tiny is an utterly seductive meditation on the benefits of slowing down, scaling back, and appreciating the truly important things in life.
show less
Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780399166174 (0399166173)
ASIN: 399166173
Pages no: 304
Edition language: English
Bookstores:
Community Reviews
Jenny's Book Bag
Jenny's Book Bag rated it
3.5 The Big Tiny
I recently became interested in tiny house living, so I thought this book would be a good place to start. I was attracted to the idea that somebody built their own tiny house, especially a woman, and wrote a memoir about their experience. I gave this book 3.5 stars because the book took a different ...
Reader! Reader!
Reader! Reader! rated it
3.0 The Big Tiny
Dee Williams is at her best when writing about relationships. And though the subtitle suggests this book is about the building, it is really about the relationships changed and strengthened and even made because of the building. Williams' diagnosis of a serious heart condition caused her to recons...
Yodamom Finds her Force
Yodamom Finds her Force rated it
4.0 Not Everyone Dreams Of Haveing It All
Dee Williams was living the American dream, she had a college education, a well paying job, a mortgage and friends. She thought she was happy she should be right, she had it all. When a health crises slams into her she is faced with a new reality and must find what really matters to her. Her house, ...
Other editions (5)
Books by Dee Williams
On shelves
Share this Book
Need help?