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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: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,315,110 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
Descriptions of houses, décors & settings interspersed with details of the author's nomadic lifestyle made this book an interesting read.
may
It was an easy read and I learned things about the author that I did not know.
PBPgirl

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By cc4amazon on April 11, 2012
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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 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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This book had its moments. I realize the story's angle is the high number of homes the author lived in while running away from her problems but after about 25 homes or so the theme becomes tedious. The underlying family tensions, sibling rivalries and the strained relationship between the author and her estranged mother is much more interesting but not explored at length nor in enough depth which is a shame. Then again, maybe she did in the end? No idea since I never finished the book. By home #25 all that packing and unpacking proved too tedious for me.
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By Cassandra on February 7, 2014
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This book holds true for many Woman. Children and finding yourself. A good book about finding who you are. Definitely recommend.
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By M. Coleman on January 30, 2014
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I didn't love this book, but I didn't hate it either. I did find myself putting it down and coming back to it. Some chapters seemed to jump around, but based on the fact that it's based on someone's life, I guess that matches the chaos of the moment. I did feel that there was ALOT of emphasis on architecture, clothing, and stature, which really isn't my thing.
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By Tina Witcher on January 28, 2014
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Loved it! Beautiful story!! Great easy read! A story for every single working mother. You have to read this book.
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