We chose our third annual Read & Share selection in the midst of working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our personal spaces were top-of-mind, and Erica Bauermeister’s beautiful memoir, House Lessons, Renovating a Life, captured aspects of that moment. Simply put: It is the story of her family’s hopeful renovation of a forlorn historic house in Port Townsend. It is also a moving exploration of how spaces affect us and the value of building something to last.

House Lessons encourages us to consider what we care most about in life and, then, to do the work – even when it is hard. After the events of 2020, “we’re all going through a psychological reevalution,” Bauermeister says. “The issues are larger than a single home renovation. We are taking stock of who we are, and who we want to be.”

Check out House Lessons from the library. It is also available as a downloadable audiobook and eBook. Then, join us for virtual Read & Share programs that explore the questions of how we build community.

What is Read & Share?

The Whatcom County Library System marked its 75th anniversary in 2019. As part of the year-long celebration, we launched Read & Share, our countywide book club. After all, what better way to mark a library’s birthday than to ask everyone to read and discuss the same book? For the inaugural Read & Share, we read Leif Whittaker’s memoir, My Old Man and the Mountain, and welcomed the author to events at county libraries. The 2020 (virtual) Read & Share featured legendary thru-hiker Heather Anderson and her memoir, Thirst, 2600 Miles to Home. We look forward to reading with you and to meeting you at author events and community programs inspired by this year’s selection. Happy reading!

Attend author and community events this fall

Author events and community programs will be held online in October. Dates, times and registration details will be posted soon. Meanwhile, please join us in reading Erica Bauermeister’s memoir, House Lessons, Renovating a Life.