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The Last Castle: The Epic Story of Love, Loss, and American Royal...
by Denise Kiernan

Language

English

Pages

401

Publication Date

September 26, 2017

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From the author of the <i>New York Times</i> bestseller <i>The Girls of Atomic City</i> comes the fascinating true story behind the magnificent Gilded Age mansion Biltmore—the largest, grandest residence ever built in the United States.<BR><BR>Orphaned at a young age, Edith Stuyvesant Dresser claimed lineage from one of New York’s best known families. She grew up in Newport and Paris, and her engagement and marriage to George Vanderbilt was one of the most watched events of Gilded Age society. But none of this prepared her to be mistress of Biltmore House.<BR> <BR>Before their marriage, the wealthy and bookish Vanderbilt had dedicated his life to creating a spectacular European-style estate on 125,000 acres of North Carolina wilderness. He summoned the famous landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted to tame the grounds, collaborated with celebrated architect Richard Morris Hunt to build a 175,000-square-foot chateau, filled it with priceless art and antiques, and erected a charming village beyond the gates. Newlywed Edith was now mistress of an estate nearly three times the size of Washington, DC and benefactress of the village and surrounding rural area. When fortunes shifted and changing times threatened her family, her home, and her community, it was up to Edith to save Biltmore—and secure the future of the region and her husband’s legacy.<BR> <BR>The story of Biltmore spans World Wars, the Jazz Age, the Depression, and generations of the famous Vanderbilt family, and features a captivating cast of real-life characters including F. Scott Fitzgerald, Thomas Wolfe, Teddy Roosevelt, John Singer Sargent, James Whistler, Henry James, and Edith Wharton. <i>The Last Castle </i>is the unique American story of how the largest house in America flourished, faltered, and ultimately endured to this day.
The House of Government: A Saga of the Russian Revolution
by Yuri Slezkine

Language

English

Pages

1106

Publication Date

August 07, 2017

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<p><b>On the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, the epic story of an enormous apartment building where Communist true believers lived before their destruction</b></p><p><i>The House of Government</i> is unlike any other book about the Russian Revolution and the Soviet experiment. Written in the tradition of Tolstoy's <i>War and Peace</i>, Grossman’s <i>Life and Fate</i>, and Solzhenitsyn’s <i>The Gulag Archipelago</i>, Yuri Slezkine’s gripping narrative tells the true story of the residents of an enormous Moscow apartment building where top Communist officials and their families lived before they were destroyed in Stalin’s purges. A vivid account of the personal and public lives of Bolshevik true believers, the book begins with their conversion to Communism and ends with their children’s loss of faith and the fall of the Soviet Union.</p><br /><p>Completed in 1931, the House of Government, later known as the House on the Embankment, was located across the Moscow River from the Kremlin. The largest residential building in Europe, it combined 505 furnished apartments with public spaces that included everything from a movie theater and a library to a tennis court and a shooting range. Slezkine tells the chilling story of how the building’s residents lived in their apartments and ruled the Soviet state until some eight hundred of them were evicted from the House and led, one by one, to prison or their deaths.</p><br /><p>Drawing on letters, diaries, and interviews, and featuring hundreds of rare photographs, <i>The House of Government</i> weaves together biography, literary criticism, architectural history, and fascinating new theories of revolutions, millennial prophecies, and reigns of terror. The result is an unforgettable human saga of a building that, like the Soviet Union itself, became a haunted house, forever disturbed by the ghosts of the disappeared.</p>
Less: Minimalism, For Real
by Rose Lounsbury

Language

English

Pages

144

Publication Date

September 04, 2017

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In Less, Rose Lounsbury, a minimalist-minded professional organizer and still-sane mother of triplets, takes a practical, hands-on approach to decluttering your home and simplifying your life. Based on her own life-changing experiment of “going minimalist,” Rose provides a realistic guide to reducing your excess stuff and reclaiming your hard-earned free time.<br /><br />Less offers attainable steps that you can take to achieve the clutter-free, functional home you crave. Through candid stories from her life as a minimalist blogger-turned-businesswoman, Rose will inspire you to stop spending your time dealing with your stuff and start living a better life with less.
At Home: A Short History of Private Life
by Bill Bryson

Language

English

Pages

512

Publication Date

October 05, 2010

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<p>In these pages, the beloved Bill Bryson gives us a fascinating history of the modern home, taking us on a room-by-room tour through his own house and using each room to explore the vast history of the domestic artifacts we take for granted. As he takes us through the history of our modern comforts, Bryson demonstrates that whatever happens in the world eventually ends up in our home, in the paint, the pipes, the pillows, and every item of furniture. Bryson has one of the liveliest, most inquisitive minds on the planet, and his sheer prose fluency makes <i>At Home</i> one of the most entertaining books ever written about private life.<br /><br /></p>
Organizing: How To Clean and Organize Your House - The Ultimate D...
by , Andrea L. Mortenson

Language

English

Pages

116

Publication Date

August 27, 2014

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<h2>How To Clean and Organize Your House -The Ultimate DIY House Hack Guide for: Speed Cleaning, Decluttering, Organizing - Learn How to Save Money and Simplify Your Life</h2><br /><b>★★★BEST-SELLER!★★★</b><br /><br />A dirty, cluttered home leads to more and more clutter until you’re left wondering how to get out of the mess. It’s a tiring cycle that leaves you feeling defeated, but that can change. Your house can become a stunning, clean, clutter-free home that makes you feel relaxed and satisfied.<br /><br />It’s true. We all make messes. We all accumulate way too much over the years. And unfortunately this results in living conditions that are less than ideal. Often we trip on something left on the stairs or can’t find an important item when we need it, which makes us buy it again and waste more money. However, this book is going to help you break free of this cycle and enjoy your clean, organized home again.<br /><br />If you want to know where everything is and relax in your peaceful home, this book is about to help you reach your goals. In easy-to-follow steps, you’ll learn how to identify your clutter-causing habits, tackle the mountain of accumulated stuff, and get back on track with a less stressful, more organized home.<br /><br />Not only does clearing out excess stuff in your home save you time and money, it relieves stress and makes for a happier you and a happier family. Are you ready to put an end to your cluttered existence once and for all? And banish the chaos of clutter forever? Your answer lies between the pages of this book. You will quickly put the process into motion and feel so accomplished when you start seeing the amazing progress and results.<br /><br /><br /><b>Reviews</b><br />“Once the house is clean and clear, the tips go further so that the home is organized and easy to maintain." - Rachel Horon<br />“I would highly recommend this book to anyone who struggles with keeping a nice and tidy house as I did, but not anymore!” - D.M.P<br />"The Only Book Needed to Organize Your Home!!" - Cheri Clay<br />"My home cleaning and organizing aid" - Jamie<br />"All you need for home cleaning" - Rain<br />"Highly Recommended Book" - Mary<br /><br /><h2>Stop wasting time and money on other books that just don't deliver. Utilize these proven strategies and benefit from a clean and organized home</h2><br /><br />✔Decluttering - Decide what you can Live Without <br />✔Decluttering – Ideas for Getting Rid of Stuff <br />✔How to Organize your Furniture to Aid Cleaning <br />✔Organizing your Kitchen <br />✔Organizing your Bathroom <br />✔Organizing your Bedrooms <br />✔Organizing your Living Space <br />✔Organizing your Clothes and Linen <br />✔Tips for keeping your Kitchen Clean <br />✔Tips for keeping your Bathroom Clean <br />✔Tips for Clean Living and Sleeping Areas <br />✔How to Clean Carpets <br />✔Natural Cleaning Products <br />✔Tips for speed cleaning <br />✔And much more! <br /><br /><br /><h2>DOWNLOAD TODAY! </h2><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
The House by the Lake: One House, Five Families, and a Hundred Ye...
by Thomas Harding

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English

Pages

466

Publication Date

July 05, 2016

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<p><b>A Finalist for the Costa Biography Award</b></p><p><b>Longlisted for the Orwell Prize</b><br /><b></b><br /><b></b><b>Named a Best Book of the Year by</b><br /><b><i>The Times</i> (London) • New Statesman (London) • <i>Daily Express</i> (London) • <i>Commonweal </i>magazine </b></p><p>In the summer of 1993, Thomas Harding traveled to Germany with his grandmother to visit a small house by a lake on the outskirts of Berlin. It had been her “soul place,” she said—a holiday home for her and her family, but also a refuge—until the 1930s, when the Nazis’ rise to power forced them to leave.</p><p>The trip was his grandmother’s chance to remember her childhood sanctuary as it was. But the house had changed, and when Harding returned once again nearly twenty years later, it was about to be demolished. It now belonged to the government, and as Harding began to inquire about whether the house could be saved, he unearthed secrets that had lain hidden for decades. Slowly he began to piece together the lives of the five families who had lived there: a wealthy landowner, a prosperous Jewish family, a renowned composer, a widow and her children, a Stasi informant. All had made the house their home, and all but one had been forced out.</p><p>The house had weathered storms, fires and abandonment, witnessed violence, betrayals and murders, and had withstood the trauma of a world war and the dividing of a nation. Breathtaking in scope and intimate in its detail, <i>The House by the Lake</i> is a groundbreaking and revelatory new history of Germany, told over a tumultuous century through the story of a small wooden house.</p>
How Your House Works: A Visual Guide to Understanding and Maintai...
by Charlie Wing

Language

English

Pages

208

Publication Date

April 12, 2012

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<b>Understand how to maintain everything in your home—including the kitchen sink</b> <p><i>How Your House Works, Second Edition</i> reinforces the fact that it pays to be an informed consumer. Knowledge of your home's systems helps you control repair and construction costs and makes sure the correct elements are being installed or replaced. <i>How Your House Works</i> uncovers the mysteries behind just about every major appliance and building element in your house. Clear, full-color drawings show you exactly how these things should be put together and how they function, including what to check if they don't work.</p> <p>Covering topics such as electrical systems, heating and air conditioning, plumbing, major household appliances, foundation, framing, doors, and windows, this updated <i>Second Edition</i> has considerable additional information, with new chapters related to sustainability in and outside the house, as well as new topics, including clock thermostats, ventless gas heaters, moisture and mold, and passive solar heating.</p> <ul> <li>Illustrated guidance on electrical systems, heating and air conditioning, plumbing, major household appliances, foundation, framing, doors, and windows</li> <li>Includes a wealth of additional information, with new chapters related to sustainability and outside the house</li> <li>Features new topics that include clock thermostats, ventless gas heaters, moisture and mold, LED lamps, motion-activated light switches, and passive solar heating</li> <li>Presented in a richly illustrated with full-color drawings</li> </ul> <p>With see-through, cross-section drawings that show you how things are put together and how they function, <i>How Your House Works</i> supplies you with the knowledge that just might save you having to call in a professional.</p>
Flipping Houses For Dummies (For Dummies (Lifestyle))
by , Joseph Kraynak

Language

English

Pages

384

Publication Date

March 17, 2017

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<b>Buy it, fix it, flip it!</b> <p>Are you a wanna-be flipper looking to get the property, get the job done, and get out—all while maximizing your profit? Not just another house-flipping book, this hands-on guide shows you how to roll up your sleeves and find the perfect property, secure a mortgage, negotiate with condo associations, increase curb appeal, and much more. <p>Flipping a house is more than just buying, updating, and selling. To be successful, you have to be a bit fearless, highly organized, and, at times, creative. This new edition of <i>Flipping Houses For Dummies</i> gives you practical guidance on the risks and rewards of flipping properties; helps you determine whether you have the time, energy, cash, and other resources to be successful; and then conveys the expert knowledge you need to succeed in a very competitive market. <ul> <li>Find, fix, and sell houses for profit</li> <li>Score bank-owned and foreclosed properties</li> <li>Identify the best improvements for maximum ROI</li> <li>Get quick makeover solutions</li> </ul> <p>If you're ready for hard work and big profits, start flipping!
Tiny House Designing, Building, & Living (Idiot's Guides)
by , Gabriella Morrison

Language

English

Pages

320

Publication Date

May 09, 2017

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Do you have what it takes to live tiny? Take the first step to achieving the dream of designing, building, and living in a tiny house (typically between 100 - 400 square feet). <i>Idiot's Guides: Tiny House Designing, Building, and Living</i> is the one-stop guide into this innovative concept of minimalist living. Dozens of helpful images and a full-color insert displaying different types of tiny houses help you visualize your dream. The book explores what it mentally takes to become a tiny house dweller and covers the best approach to designing and building a house that ideally fits your needs. The ebook includes an in-depth discussion on foundation types, financing and insurance, and legal standards, as well as building techniques, must-have utilities, and going off the grid, and home placement. Functional suggestions for décor, storage, and more are also featured. Bonus: three tiny house floor plans to illustrate what these homes entail.
Remodel - Without Going Bonkers or Broke: A Home Improvement Prim...
by Jim Molinelli

Language

English

Pages

226

Publication Date

February 20, 2017

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<b><i> GET THE KINDLE VERSION FREE</i></b> <b><i>WHEN YOU BUY THE PAPERBACK! </i></b><br /><br />Do you remember when you first had this thought: <i>"I think I'd like to remodel"</i>? It's such an exciting moment! Filled with possibilities. Then it's followed almost immediately by the uncertainty about what to do next. <br /><br />Most homeowners are quite unprepared to enter the remodeling process. In fact, that's the single biggest reason that there are so many remodeling horror stories.<div><br /><div></div><div></div><div>Well, <b>REMODEL!</b> Changes everything!</div><div> </div><div></div><div></div><div>Now any homeowner can successfully navigate the remodeling minefield. You will learn how to identify and select the perfect remodeler for your project, save thousands of dollars in the process, and preserve your sanity too.<br /><div> </div><div><b><i>Everything you need for a successful remodeling experience is inside this book.</i></b></div><div><b><i> </i></b></div><div><b><i></i></b></div><div></div><div><b>LESS STRESS. MORE SUCCESS.</b></div></div> </div>

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