Never Again: Building the Dream House

By Richard La Plante
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9.97 Hours 09/01/2015 unabridged
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“Never again,” Richard La Plante promised after he and his new wife completed building their family home in East Hampton, New York. But he did not keep his promise. Instead he bought twenty acres of raw land on a mountaintop located three-and-a-half thousand miles away in a small town that he had only visited by Internet … and the nightmare began. Richard and his wife were soon dealing with a house in New York to sell, a massive loan to pay off for the newly purchased land, dishonest builders, some of the most stringent building codes in America, and the economic collapse of 2008. With no general contractor, because they had decided to save money by doing it themselves, La Plante and his wife face an empty bank account, a black widow spider infestation, and a large wooden frame with no windows. With two young sons to raise, a stony silence between them, and a marriage counselor who says in sagely fashion, “There’s only one answer: finish the house,” the La Plantes stumble from hilarious disaster to not-so-hilarious disaster to ultimate success. Never Again is a seven-year chronicle of trial and triumph, both warning and an inspiration to anyone trying to build a dream.

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Summary

Summary

“Never again,” Richard La Plante promised after he and his new wife completed building their family home in East Hampton, New York. But he did not keep his promise. Instead he bought twenty acres of raw land on a mountaintop located three-and-a-half thousand miles away in a small town that he had only visited by Internet … and the nightmare began.

Richard and his wife were soon dealing with a house in New York to sell, a massive loan to pay off for the newly purchased land, dishonest builders, some of the most stringent building codes in America, and the economic collapse of 2008. With no general contractor, because they had decided to save money by doing it themselves, La Plante and his wife face an empty bank account, a black widow spider infestation, and a large wooden frame with no windows. With two young sons to raise, a stony silence between them, and a marriage counselor who says in sagely fashion, “There’s only one answer: finish the house,” the La Plantes stumble from hilarious disaster to not-so-hilarious disaster to ultimate success.

Never Again is a seven-year chronicle of trial and triumph, both warning and an inspiration to anyone trying to build a dream.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A frighteningly funny memoir about one of life’s great trials, building a house. If only La Plante could hammer a nail as well as he can tell a story.” Peter Mayle, New York Times bestselling author of A Year in Provence
“A riveting memoir.” Midwest Book Review

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Author Bio: Richard La Plante

Richard La Plante has been writing professionally since 1987 and has published eight crime fiction novels and three memoirs. With degrees in psychology and literature, he combines his longtime study of Japanese martial arts with his interest in metaphysics to create spine-tingling thrillers. He also loves Harley-Davidsons and will be reissuing his two motorcycle memoirs. He lives in the mountains of Ojai, California, and has recently founded an independent publishing company, Escargot Books, where he blogs regularly.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 9.97
Audience: Adult
Edition: English