Epub Addy Stevens Æ Æ Thirty Homes in Thirty Years eBook å Homes in Thirty

When Addy Stevens’ resident in training husband walks out one day leaving her alone to tend to their toddler and unborn child Addy begins to create a life she feels she and her two children deserve Little does she does she know her journey will open doors to worlds she could only imagine as she peels away the facades and delves into the interiors of the people she encounters Her only escape is the refuge she finds within the walls of the thirty homes she creates over thirty years – each one mirroring the different stages of her life and reflecting all the pain growth success and joy she experiences along the wayKirkusReviews describes it as The blunt reality of human nature in a cheerful knowing toneAvailable in paperback at various online retailers and as an ebook for Kindle only 099 cents

10 thoughts on “Thirty Homes in Thirty Years

  1. says:

    One of the key factors for writing a memoir is to define who the story is for why does the world need to hear this story? Who can learn from your experiences? Unfortunately this book didn't seem to have that I don't want to be overly harsh but I couldn't find the 'message' in this bookI stuck with the book until the end waiting for the moment of realization and it never came overall the story is of a woman who has moved 30 times in 30 years mostly to grow her career but other than the gimmick of moving freuently this book isn't about much of anything By the end of the book 30 years later the author is still incredibly bitter about her divorce and the falling apart of her family She's extremely vocal about how much she dislikes her ex husband and even her own family mother sisters etc and friends She calls out nearly everyone by name including business associates and the companies that she's worked for To me that sounds dangerous I sincerely hope that she used pseudonyms or else she's exposed herself to some pretty serious slanderlibel lawsuits since she speaks at length about their faults and flaws It was a strange dynamic of the author calling out everyone in her life for their slights against her including details about her oldest son's addictions but she doesn't seem to 'learn' anything from them I feel especially bad for her children who were or less estranged from her for most of their lives and then she pops in to be the savior never forgetting to give you the exact price tag for her help whether it's furniture for their apartments or rehab and then is upset when they don't share her viewsWhile the author continuously admits that she loves drama she mostly says it as a joke to herself especially as it pertains to her living environments MANY pages are filled with nothing but descriptions of houses and expensive furnishings so unless you're an avid decorator and have the same tastes the passages are pretty dullOne of the things that threw me off the most is how the author proudly displays her prejudices She's proud to be a southern belle and if you didn't grow up in a rich enclave in Texas you're not worth her friendship Ditto to the people she works forwith; if they don't have her preferred pedigree then she doesn't bother to befriend them She shifts a lot of the 'blame' for her small mindedness to Texas akin to someone's racist old grandmother saying well I grew up in a different era One part that actually made me laugh out loud was the way she wrote so derisively about a gay couple in New York that she met She was literally scrambling for an escape like a cat in a car when she realized that the two men that she was visiting were gay OH HOW TERRIBLE And she says it all like we should consider her a hero for surviving dinner with a gay couple Practically Mother Teresa All in all the writing itself wasn't terrible and for a self published book it actually had decent proof reading etc But there's no real 'story' here so unless you want a super right wing Republican to brag about how she met famous people and only rubbed elbows with the elite of Dallas while neglecting her children this isn't the book for youAlso when I downloaded it this was a free Kindle book I would not pay for this title

  2. says:

    I really enjoyed the descriptions of each of Addy's homes I now feel totally inspired to decorate my place I felt like I could really connect with Addyher personality really comes across and the issues she faces are relatable Overall a great read

  3. says:

    A man's home is his castle A woman's home is her refuge her pride and the expression of her creativityWe no longer believe that a woman's place is in the home but for most of us our homes are intimate extensions of ourselves and our personalities Maybe we're wanna be interior decorators or architects but we want need to transform even temporary accommodations into attractive comfortable nests I can honestly say that I've never been inside a home without thinking What would I do with this place if I lived here?Every woman who feels the same will enjoy this lively humorous book about the author's up and down life her many moves and the joy and comfort she takes in turning each house or apartment into her own space Relationships are hard Parents and siblings demand than we can give; husbands and lovers are unfaithful or disinterested; children have problems which even the most loving mother can't solve for them And so we paint the walls and shop for new curtains and rearrange the furniture The sofa may be heavy to move but it's comfortable and never criticizes or disappoints youI'd love to know about this author's family background and current relationships What she reveals is intriguing but invites uestions than it answers Perhaps at some time she will feel that she can be open on the subject I particularly appreciate her honesty about her son's addictions and the toll that it's taken on her family This is a heart breaking problem with which so many are struggling now and every first person story is enlightening and encouraging I hope she'll keep writing I think she has to contribute and I look forward to reading it

  4. says:

    Wow can't imagine moving as many times as this author I've lived in the same small home for 38 years This book contains a lot of detail about Ms Stevens' decorating furniture purchases and job changes I loved the section about her time in Washington DC as I have relatives who lived there and loved remembering things like Embassy Row and the Cathedral I did have a hard time relating to the author's critical remarks about so many people in her life from datesco workersboyfriendshusband to gays and blacks She came across as a very prejudice and shallow individual Parts of the books are uite funny however and she is a good writer There is nothing that would have kept me from raising my children and I almost felt they were abandoned into the pits of hell with a drug addicted father Something I can't imagine ever doing

  5. says:

    I gave up on this oneThe author seemed to divide her time between showing off and being angry Even the stuff that was supposed to be funny fell into one of these two categories The book needed polish and I think less of an edge

  6. says:

    lovely book Glad I stopped to read this