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All the Way Home: Building a Family in a Falling-Down House    by David Giffels order for
All the Way Home
by David Giffels
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William Morrow, 2008 (2008)
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* *   Reviewed by Lori Waddington

David Giffels and his wife Gina lived in a starter home, located between a drive-through ATM and another house that, 'while not technically a crack house, did include at least one tenant who sold crack cocaine for a living.' Giffels claims that they chose the house because it was cheap, and not for its location. When Gina gives birth to son Evan, both husband and wife realize it's time to move.

So the Giffels begin the process of house-hunting, 'focusing on houses that needed work,' mainly due to the fact that David had always been obsessed with the 'Do-It-Yourself approach to home improvement.' When David and Gina stumble upon a 'looming, early-twentieth-century Tudor Revival' that lacks functional plumbing or electricity and 'leaks rain like a cartoon shack,' they realize they have found their new home.

All The Way Home chronicles David Giffel's hilarious and often frustrating attempt to take a money pit and turn it into a home. Giffels has a natural gift for storytelling, as he deals with four-legged-creatures, a former tenant who won't leave, and a drywall crew that look like 'roadies on a Guns N' Roses tour.' While there were times that this book read more like a how to manual than a memoir, I found All The Way Home a delightfully engaging read.

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