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Product Details

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1467957186
  • ISBN-13: 978-1467957182
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,490,043 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stevens pens her first book, a bold, autobiographical narrative of living in 30 different homes in Texas, Virginia, New York and Washington, D.C. Without judgment or recrimination, this autobiography reveals the impact Stevens’ family, friends, colleagues, husband and lovers had on her life as she moved through 30 houses in 30 years on her quest for “home.” With an authentic Texan voice that ranges from delightfully daring to insightfully uncertain, she tells of persistently changing houses and careers, from stay-at-home new mother married to a young doctor, to single mother raising two children while working as a landscape designer, to receptionist and stockbroker. The narrative also displays her fast-paced present-day life with lovers, friends and colleagues, as well as an exploration of what it is to be Texan. She’s witty, fun and sometimes hilarious in charmingly artless ways, as she moves through jobs, houses and cities. Stevens isn’t afraid to show the bleaker side of her life either: drugs, alcohol, never enough money or power, a dysfunctional family, discontentment, estrangement and a lack of love all cast shadows over parts of her life’s story. During the recounting of these darker days, the account becomes less compelling as the voice loses some of its unique quality, instead taking on a conventionally dramatic tone usually associated with corrupted circumstances. “I wanted a life full of intrigue and mystery, new environments, and new people...[a] temporary life with no fear of being trapped,” she says. She succeeded, as this well-written, refreshingly honest memoir confirms. The blunt reality of human nature in a cheerful, knowing tone.

About the Author

Addy Stevens (legal name Adele Wilson) was born in Shreveport, Louisiana, but spent most of her life growing up in Texas as the second of four children of two extraordinary, extroverted parents. A shy child, Adele quickly learned how to escape into the world of her imagination where she could have a voice and live out her fantasies. She wrote poems, created backyard circuses, and won creative writing awards. She met her future husband at The University of Texas, married, and had two sons. When the marriage ended in divorce, Adele began life as a single mother of two toddlers. In 2008 Adele sat down to begin cataloging the thirty homes she had lived in over the past thirty years on the impending 30th anniversary of her divorce. What started as a therapeutic recounting of her life, ended in a manuscript, and her first book - an autobiographical novel, THIRTY HOMES IN THIRTY YEARS. She currently lives in Dallas, Texas and is working on her second book.

More About the Author

Addy Stevens (legal name Adele Wilson) was born in Shreveport, Louisiana, but spent most of her life growing up in Texas as the second of four children of two extraordinary and extroverted parents. A shy child, Adele quickly learned how to escape into the world of her imagination where she could have a voice and live out her fantasies. She wrote poems, created backyard circuses, and won creative writing awards. She met her future husband at The University of Texas, married, and had two sons. When her marriage ended in divorce, Adele began life as a single mother of two toddlers. In 2008 Adele sat down to begin cataloging the thirty homes she had lived in over the past thirty years on the impending 30th anniversary of her divorce. What started as a therapeutic recounting of her life, ended in a manuscript, and her first book - an autobiographical novel, THIRTY HOMES IN THIRTY YEARS. She currently lives in Dallas, Texas and is working on her second book.

Customer Reviews

This author has a gift, and I hope she pursues her writing talents!
Suesue
I think some of the characters in the book will be very suprised at some of the details she revealed.
PBPgirl
Perhaps at some time she will feel that she can be more open on the subject.
Whistlers Mom

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By cc4amazon on April 11, 2012
Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed this book. It was a very quick read and entertaining. There were many parts that made me laugh out loud. Being a native Texan, I loved reading about places and cities that I recognize and know well. It's a perfect book to take on vacation because it's so easy to read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Karen Henry on June 13, 2012
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I feel like Addy is my best friend.

From the elegant descriptions of her houses to the tender recaps of her loves and her hunger to provide for her boys, I was transported to each venue.

I felt sadness when she recanted conversations with her Mother and the coldness she got from her sisters. At least she finally had some closure with her mom and I envy that since I lost my Mom at such an early age and was not able to gather the wisdoms one can only get from a Mom.

READ IT. Addy, you can come live with me and decorate my home!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By may on June 9, 2012
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Descriptions of houses, décors & settings interspersed with details of the author's nomadic lifestyle made this book an interesting read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By KnightReader on January 3, 2014
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I have tried twice and I just can't finish this book. Quite apart from the fact that there is nothing compelling about the story, I am put off by the author/protagonist constantly shifting blame/responsibility for life's failures on others (marriage to the Doctor failed because he was absent, moody and socially inept, relationship with the real estate millionaire failed because of her mom and her kids, relationship with the well to do bond broker failed because he was selfish etc.)

It also seemed a bit unreal how she was able to get every job she applied for notwithstanding her lack relevant of experience. Somewhere in the background of all this are two children we hear about only when she is passing them off to her mother or sister so that she might go to Aspen or New York with her latest beau. The whole thing feels contrived.

I don't think I will be finishing this one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Kerlin on January 2, 2014
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I have never lived anywhere but in the Texas town I was born in and have lived in the same house for thirty years so I had a hard time getting into the story, or relating to most of Addy's decisions or experiences. I did enjoy the descriptions of the homes and how decorated them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Suesue on June 6, 2012
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I'm from the DC area and loved this book! It's an easy read, and I really enjoyed reading about all her homes and life experiences. This author has a gift, and I hope she pursues her writing talents! At $.99 for the Kindle edition, it's worth every penny and more!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Diane Sawler on June 1, 2014
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worse book I ever read. Went on and on. Could no believe amain character could be so dippy. I never review books but I had to for this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Whistlers Mom on May 17, 2014
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We 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 more 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 you.

I would love to know more about her family background and current relationships. What she reveals is intriguing, but invites more questions than it answers. Perhaps at some time she will feel that she can be more open on the subject. I particularly appreciate her honesty about her son's addictions and the toll that it has 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 do hope that she'll keep writing. I think she has more to contribute and I look forward to reading it.
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