- America's Obsession with Our Homes
- Narrated by: David Drummond
- Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 01-04-08
- Language: English
- Publisher: Tantor Audio
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If eyes are the windows to our souls, then our homes are the windows into our taste, our wallets, and, arguably, our very identities. Buying a house or apartment is a rite of passage, so it's only natural that we spend a lot of time talking about our homes - and our neighbors' homes. House Lust is filled with stories of what people are not talking about:
The kitchen designer who in four years saw seven of her 20 clients' marriages end in divorce
The woman who took a sledgehammer to her kitchen while her husband was away on a fishing trip to motivate him to start remodeling
"Zillowing: using the Web site Zillow.com to find out how much your friends (and enemies) paid for their homes
In a narrative that blends comic social commentary with incisive reporting, McGinn proves what real-estate agents have known all along: people are not just buying a house, they're buying an identity. House Lust is an astute, funny, and sometimes disturbing portrait of contemporary America.
"The best part of this smart, entertaining book is that while you're laughing at other people's excesses, you're simultaneously calculating how much it would cost to do a renovation like theirs." (Joel Stein, Time)
Customer ReviewsMost Helpful
By B. Steele on 05-03-08
If you read real estate ads...
...or watch HGTV and have no intention of either buying a house or renovating the one you're in, this book is for you. It's basically a series of really well researched and written magazine articles about real estate-related topics, and anyone who's ever been amused or fascinated by real estate, home improvement, and related topics should thoroughly enjoy this book.
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By Ellen on 03-02-09
Just the right amount of sarcasm
This book reminds me of Richistan and Bobos in Paradise in that it has just the right touch of sarcasm but isn't bitter enough to overshoot its target. The author spreads the blame for the housing bubble around (rightly, in my opinion.) It isn't even too far out of date for March, 2009 (the date I wrote this review.) It covers the beginning of the housing slide and financial crisis. Definitely the most delicious aspect is the mild, but biting, snark.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful