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This Last House
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Janis Stout tackles the memoir with a new and inventive approach—she organizes her memories around the houses she’s lived in. ““I picture my life as a long row of houses.” Houses are metaphors for the structures of our lives, and Stout’s houses twine their way along with reflections on work and retirement, marriage, and quietness for engaging in the important last work of life.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. ix
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  1. Introduction: Finding Prickly Ridge
  2. pp. xi-xvi
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  1. Part One: Remembrance of Houses Past
  2. p. 1
  1. Chapter One: The Rock House on Richardson Street
  2. pp. 3-20
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  1. Chapter Two: All Those Way Stations
  2. pp. 21-44
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  1. Chapter Three: Something Completely Different
  2. pp. 45-62
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  1. Part Two: Moving into Retirement
  2. p. 63
  1. Chapter Four: Deciding to Retire
  2. pp. 65-88
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  1. Chapter Five: Planning Our House
  2. pp. 89-104
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  1. Chapter Six: Leaving
  2. pp. 105-114
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  1. Part Three: On Cerro Espinoso
  2. p. 115
  1. Chapter Seven: Building It
  2. pp. 117-142
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  1. Chapter Eight: Being There
  2. pp. 143-180
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  1. Chapter Nine: People Are More Important
  2. pp. 181-194
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  1. Part Four: Back in Texas
  2. p. 195
  1. Chapter Ten: Building It Again
  2. pp. 197-214
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  1. Chapter Eleven: At Home in the Limestone Hill Country
  2. pp. 215-232
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  1. Chapter Twelve: A Place to End
  2. pp. 233-240
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