Wednesday, September 21, 2016

I think I see a pattern.

Former BJ columnist David Giffels and his wife paid $65,000 for a 1913 Tudor house with six fireplaces, spent 12 years bringing it back to life and he wrote a book about it, “All the Way Home: Building a Family in a Falling-Down House,” for Scribner publishing house.

For three years Dave and his father, Tom Giffels, have been building a casket together. Naturally, he submitted a book manuscript to Scribner about it.

Scribner is pretty fancy company for David. F. Scott Fitzgerald, Thomas Wolfe and Ernest Hemingway were there before David.
Writes David:

If this sounds like one of those ‘It's a long story’ deals, you're right. Today, I submitted the book manuscript to my editor at Scribner. Spoiler alert: It's not exactly a book about a coffin.”
In previous books, Dave turned others’ turmoil into a book, “The Hard Way on Purpose: Essays and Dispatches From the Rust Belt,” which documented the exodus of Firestone, Goodyear and Goodrich factories to places with cheaper labor, and turned an area of financially comfortable, working-class families into a Rust Belt.
Giffels is an assistant professor of English at the University of Akron. He took a 2008 buyout from the BJ when four centuries of experience walked out the door on the same day.
David and wife Gina have two children, Evan and Lia. 

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