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Zen (and Rage) and the Art of a Never-Ending Home Renovation

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An ambitious project deftly recalled with precision and levity.”

Kirkus Reviews, March, 2022

https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/marcia-e-formica/zen-and-rage-and-the-art-of-a-never-ending-home-re/

“Zen (and Rage) and the Art of a Never-Ending Home Renovation,” by Marcia E. Formica is a 2022 NYC Big Book Award Distinguished Favorite in the category of Cross Genre!

https://www.nycbigbookaward.com/team-1/9781736720493

Description

Zen (and Rage) and the Art of a Never-Ending Home Renovation is Marcia Formica’s first, and perhaps forever only book. It’s a humorous and sometimes harrowing account of surviving and even thriving through a decade-long home renovation project co-produced with her husband. This is the story of the monumental project they undertook to morph their adorable little colonial reproduction home into an energy-efficient, sustainability-minded house over twice the size in just over three times the original timeframe—with almost no lasting loss of sanity.

Marcia’s vivid, deeply self-aware, portrait of marriage and resiliency, Zen and rage, family and friendship, is by turns poignant and funny—and sometimes both at once. It’s down-to-earth and relatable, even if you don’t have a spouse with the talents of her husband.

Part memoir, part how-to, and part self-help, with consistent doses of humor, this guide will teach you much about the trials, tribulations, and triumphs of energy-efficient home renovation, and even a few pointers for fostering your own Zen when your world is full of chaos.

About the Author

Marcia Formica is an evolving experiment in self-actualization. After a corporate career of over 31 years, she ditched her suits and pumps and tumbled into her “why” in the fall of 2018. This is her first, and perhaps forever her only book, a humorous and sometimes harrowing account of surviving and even thriving through a decade-long home renovation project co-produced with her husband (to whom, most stunningly of all, she remains married). She shares the ongoing saga of refinements to their environmentally sustainable, very low-energy-consuming passive house on her website and blog at zenandrage.com. There you can also see a complete gallery of photos taken over the full course of the renovation. Her passion for the links between food, and public and environmental health, can be found in her “Food Friday” posts at fireoverfifty.com/category/food-friday/.

 

For fun and profit, she is a practitioner of value investing and disciplined trading strategies. She’s been on the adventure of marriage to her husband Tim since 1993. They aren’t beautiful. They aren’t rich. They swear. A lot. They have two (arguably) grown sons, James and Owen, and the best friends and family she could ever have imagined for herself, including her mom and dad, whose care she’s helping with—which she blogs about on her “Mom & Dad Monday” page at fireoverfifty.com/category/mom-dad-monday/.

 

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Weight8.272 oz
Dimensions9 × 6 × .35890 in

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Zen (and Rage) and the Art of a Never-Ending Home Renovation
$12.95