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The Big Tiny: A Built-It-Myself Memoir Hardcover – April 22, 2014
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—Steven Kurutz, The New York Times
“[N]o one makes the idea of living in a home the size of an area rug more appealing than Dee Williams…Williams’ inspiring memoir will resonate with anyone on a quest to downsize, de-stress, let go or feel at home…an endearing, funny writer…[The Big Tiny] is a book as intimate and draw-you-in-close as Williams' little abode. She reveals her fear and fearlessness, allowing readers to feel like visitors across her tiny table, knees touching, her dog by your side.”
—Janet Eastman, The Oregonian
“[A] delightful encounter with the Tina Fey of the sustainability world, an empowered woman unafraid to admit she accidentally glued her hair to her house, as well as an incisive thinker on contemporary experience….a hilarious and poignant memoir…Williams does more than share the travails of building, moving into and living in her bitty abode. She writes a down-to-earth manifesto for living life with intention and for geeking out, diving in, caring too deeply and trying too hard in general.”
—Mary Louise Schumacher, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
“In The Big Tiny, Dee Williams creates a portrait of humanity through her own compelling experience. That she has written about home and life with such humor and vulnerability, and in her own unique vernacular, makes her story all the more universal.”—Jay Shafer, author of The Small House Book
“Williams has built an engaging and inspiring how-to/memoir that goes beyond the DIY perspective.”
“The Big Tiny is irresistible. Dee Williams is as much fun on the page as she is in person. Comic, silly, and soulful, she takes us on her journey to simplify her life and along the way tunes in to our own inner desire to pare down to our nearly naked selves.”—Jim Lynch, author of The Highest Tide and Truth Like the Sun
“The Big Tiny is a beautifully written narrative, one that goes beyond happiness and living simply. The power of Dee’s words will touch your heart, make you laugh, cry, and change your life.”—Tammy Strobel, author of You Can Buy Happiness (and It’s Cheap)
“The Big Tiny is comedic, eloquent, and damn informative all at the same time. If Dee Williams’ story hasn’t inspired you to reevaluate your life already, this book just may be the swift kick in the pants you need—the final awakening blow all rolled into one biblio-burrito of bad-assness.”—Derek “Deek” Diedricksen, HGTV host and honcho of Relaxshacks.com
“Dee Williams aims for happiness 85 percent of the time, but I think you’ll be 100 percent happy with the wisdom she shares in this beautiful book.”—Chris Guillebeau, author of The $100 Startup
Top Customer Reviews
Reading this book was like rediscovering the quintessence I originally found in Dee's tiny house story. The beauty of this book is that there is so much more depth than short videos could ever provide. In the book, Dee shares the context of her decision to go tiny, the struggles she had in the transition, and the meaning of life discovery she made in the face of death. Dee's book is tragic, endearing, and surprisingly wet-your-pants funny. I loved this book!
I'm most impressed by how her little house allows her to experience solitude in a positive way and connects her more directly to nature, and how it also acts as a catalyst for a sense of community and "family" with a variety of awesome friends. When I first started reading the book, I thought it was kind of sad and tragic -- Dee faced health issues, loneliness and an uncertain future. But I kept reading and couldn't put it down as I saw her transform what could be (and was at times) terribly sad and discouraging into an opportunity to create a new way to live and make every day count. By the end of the book, I was both crying and cheering and wish there were more to read. I recommend this book to anyone interested in finding "the good life" and inspiration to follow their dreams, whatever those may be. Dee, I hope you write a sequel!
I felt that her editors let her down somewhat, in that the prose was stilted in places - some of the similes and metaphors felt forced or awkward - and yet a few were well selected and effective. Several times I felt like we were taken down literary cul-de-sacs for non-germane excursions, and yet at other times I wanted more time to soak in the details along the primary route, such as during the building phase, and in the book's final denouement.
At turns witty, profane, touching, rambling, buoyant, and quirky, Ms. Williams' book is much like the house (and life) that she's built - a one-off, imperfect, but honestly crafted artifact which will not appeal to everyone in terms of its form, but which ultimately is redeeming if it causes us to question the "first world's" consumer-oriented culture, where too much is never enough.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I felt like I was there with her and I am enamoured with tiny houses.A very good read.I liked the pic 's too.Published 2 months ago by carolyn sigler
Great book. Dee did an amazing job with it and now I want a tiny house myself!Published 3 months ago by Donovan
I don't feel the author makes a compelling case for tiny houses, nor tells an interesting story.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Loved this memoir, but was surprised by its ending so quickly. Wanted it to go on and on. The author speaks so clearly.Published 5 months ago by Kindle Customer
I enjoyed reading about the author's journey to build and live in a tiny house. This is something I would like to do some day, so it's interesting to read about other experiences. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Calee
This book is not just for tiny home people. Yes, it has a wonderful adventure of building a tiny home that I'd recommend to everyone starting/continuing/finished that path. Read morePublished 7 months ago by J. Madrid
Heartfelt and memorable. Would love to share a cup of coffee with Dee. Only wish there was a wee bit more info on the building process.Published 8 months ago by TracyLee