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Life Would Be Perfect If I Lived in That House

(2010)
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From the acclaimed author and columnist: a laugh-out-loud journey into the world of real estate - the true story of one woman's 'imperfect life lived among imperfect houses' and her quest for the four perfect walls to call home.

After an itinerant suburban childhood and countless moves as a grown-up - from NewYork City to Lincoln, Nebraska; from the Midwest to the West Coast and back - Meghan Daum was living in Los Angeles, single and in her mid-thirties, and devoting obscene amounts of her time not to her writing career or her dating life but to the pursuit of property: scouring Craigslist, visiting open houses, fantasizing about finding the right place for the right price. Finally, near the height of the real estate bubble, she succumbed, depleting her life savings to buy a 900-square-foot bungalow, with a garage that 'bore a close resemblance to the ruins of Pompeii' and plumbing that 'dated back to the Coolidge administration.'

From her mother's decorating manias to her own 'hidden room' dreams, Daum explores the perils and pleasures of believing that only a house can make you whole. With delicious wit and a keen eye for the absurd, she has given us a pitch-perfect, irresistible tale of playing a lifelong game of house.

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Hardback Editions

May 2010 : USA Hardback
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Title: Life Would Be Perfect If I Lived in That House
Author(s): Meghan Daum
ISBN: 0-307-27066-1 / 978-0-307-27066-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Knopf
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Paperback Editions

June 2011 : USA Paperback
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Title: Life Would Be Perfect If I Lived in That House
Author(s): Meghan Daum
ISBN: 0-307-45484-3 / 978-0-307-45484-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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Audio Editions

September 2011 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Life Would Be Perfect If I Lived in That House
Author(s): Meghan Daum
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon   


Kindle Editions

April 2010 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Life Would Be Perfect If I Lived in That House
Author(s): Meghan Daum
Publisher: Vintage
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   



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