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House Thinking: A Room-by-Room Look at How We Live (Paperback)

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Ethan Allen and HGTV may have plenty to say about making a home look right, but what makes a home feel right? In House Thinking, journalist and cultural critic Winifred Gallagher takes the reader on a psychological tour of the American home. By drawing on the latest research in behavioral science, an overview of cultural history, and interviews with leading architects and designers, she shows us not only how our homes reflect who we are but also how they influence our thoughts, feelings, and actions.

How does your entryway prime you for experiencing your home? What makes a bedroom a sensual oasis? How can your bathroom exacerbate your worst fears? House Thinking addresses provocative questions like these, enabling us to understand the homes we've made for ourselves in a unique and powerful new way. It is an eye-opening look at how we live . . . and how we could live.

About the Author

Winifred Gallagher is the author of House Thinking, Just the Way You Are (a New York Times Notable Book), Working on God, and Spiritual Genius. She has written for numerous publications, including Atlantic Monthly, Rolling Stone, and the New York Times. She lives in Manhattan and Dubois, Wyoming.

Praise For…

“An engaging book…enlightening and helpful.”
— Los Angeles Times

Gallagher is...a cultural collector, serving up tasty morsels of research and history...about our homes.
— New York Times

Gallagher writes fresh and nuanced interpretations of the subtler aspects of life.
— Book List, starred review

[Gallagher] conducts a tour like no other of the American house, excavating its fascinating history and covert psychological influences.
— Book List, starred review

“An intriguing examination of an elusive topic, with a depth and range that go beyond predictable terrain.”
Kirkus Reviews

“This rich and intelligent book...leads us on an intimate and revealing pilgrimage into America’s restless soul.”
Boston Globe

“The book’s strength lies in the author’s intuitions...a small book with many valuable insights.”
— Architectural Record

New York Times

Product Details
ISBN: 9780060538804
ISBN-10: 0060538805
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: January 30th, 2007
Pages: 368
Language: English
Series: P.S.