Last academic year, I asked this question
about a environmentally-themed Campus Read. We chose Novella Carpenter's Farm City
, the students loved the book, Novella came to campus, everyone raved about the Campus Read program, and - bam
- it's already time to start planning 2010-2011.
Once again, I'm on the small committee that's choosing the theme and the book, and I'm planning to suggest small-house living - a la, the Tumbleweed Tiny House Co
and Jay Shafer's The Small House Book
. I'd like to get our students thinking and talking about space, stuff, and the connection between their future homes and their future communities. (I'm also working on a plan to bring a small house to campus for a few months during the Campus Read, but that's a separate AskMefi question!)
Since a memoir worked so well for our urban agriculture theme last year, I'd really like to go that route again. Unfortunately, I'm having trouble finding something. Greg Johnson's Put Your Life on a Diet
sounded promising, but it was too focused on general life advice (e.g., you should try hang-drying your clothes!) and not enough on the philosophy and experience of small-house living. In the other direction, Shay Salomon's Little House on a Big Planet
was long on philosophy but short on memoir. Amazon's recommended list is full of what I'm sure are excellent books on small-house design, construction and decoration, but I'm having a lot of trouble finding memoirs.
Any suggestions? Do you know of a small-house memoir that I'm missing?