Review and Giveaway: When A Woman Takes An Axe To A Wall

Synopsis: When a Woman Takes an Axe to a Wall explores the synergy between a woman and the four walls she calls her own.  Through anecdotes and incidents, it shows us that a woman, or indeed all women who take on their own home repairs, embark on more than just superficial fix-it-jobs–they dip into the reconstruction of their own spirits.

Review: When A Woman Takes An Axe To A Wall:  Where Is She Really Trying to Go by Allegra Bennett is a non-fiction book set up as a collection of anecdotes about women who have undertaken renovation and repair projects and found something deeper within themselves as a result.   Through these uplifting stories, the author looks at the self-doubt and ingrained societal belief that home repairs are part of the male domain, which generally  prevent women from taking on these kinds of projects.      The fix-it projects become metaphors for the women’s lives.  They find they not only have as much ability as any man to renovate a house, but through the act of renovation,  they find their independence and are able to rediscover their true selves.

I wasn’t sure I was going to like this book.  It isn’t something I would generally pick out for myself.     I was pleasantly surprised how this book resonated with me and how much I enjoyed reading it.  The underlying feminist themes hold true in any walk of life.  As women, we tend to lose sight of ourselves trying to please the other people in our lives, be it a spouse, significant other, or children.  As mothers, we tell ourselves our aspirations can wait until the children are older.  We’ll get around to them when the kids go to school, when they go to college, when they get married.  We constantly put others first, and lose sight of what makes us unique in the process.  This book challenges that idea and inspires us to not put constraints on our lives.

When A Woman Takes An Axe To A Wall is geared toward single women who are taking on homeownership, or” homeownhership”, as the book calls it.   It is very fitting for a recently divorced or widowed woman.   I think it’s a worthwhile read for any woman, and stay-at-home moms will easily be able to relate to the stories.   It inspires self-reflection and a can-do attitude.  As a stay-at-home mom, it made me step back and think about what I want to accomplish for myself beyond raising my children.

Interested in reading this book?  The publisher, The Writer’s Lair Books, has generously offered to give a copy to one of my readers!


Rules:  The contest is open worldwide and will run the entire month of June, ending June 30th at 11:59 pm PST.    The winner will be choosen by on July 1, 2010.  I will notify the winner by e-mail and The Writer’s Lair Books will send the book to you!

Here’s how to enter:

1. Leave a comment on this post telling me a home renovation project you’d like to do:  painting, decorating, laying brickwork, or anything               else.  Make sure you leave your e-mail address for me to contact you if you win.  (1 entry)

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Disclosure:  I received a copy of the book, When A Woman Takes An Axe To The Wall free of charge, from The Writer’s Lair Books, in order to do this review.  I received no other compensation or products for this review.  The opinions are mine and are an honest review of the book.

**Update:  7/1/2010 The winner is comment 10 Shay!  This contest is now closed.  But check out the giveaway tab for any new giveaways!

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  1. Kristen says:

    Easy-peasy: My whole house is a home improvement project. We bought a fixer-upper 1922 Tudor. The most recent improvement has been installing carpeting and repainting one of the bedrooms. Our next project? Tackling the 1950s kitchen.
    .-= Kristen´s last blog ..My closet ate my clothing =-.

  2. Diane L says:

    I would like to paint and redecorate our family room. Right now it contains a lot of my son’s stuff, but he will be done with college and out on his own in December, so it is time to reclaim the room!

  3. I would love to remodel the computer room and build a full wall of shelves.

  4. I’m a follower.

  5. Alyna, The Gift Detective
    Twitter: GiftDetective

    Does cleaning count as a home improvement project? LOL! No? Hmmm, well I currently rent so not much home improvement at my current residence but I believe my boyfriend is looking to buy a house in the near future which means there will surely be SOME sort of home improvement to work on!

  6. Vivian says:

    I would like to replace the broken or cracked tiles in the bathroom….it I had more money and confidence, the whole bathroom could actually be redone!

  7. Maureen (suburban prep) says:

    The office in my house needs to be repainted. also the toilet in the master bathroom has been threatening to someday stop working.

  8. kae says:

    recarpet the living room and take down the ugly border!!

    kaefree at gmail dot com

  9. shay says:

    we have a few projects we want to work on: building a deck, some shelving, building a garden, and a few minor things.

  10. shay says:

    i follow on friend connect.

  11. shay says:

    i follow them on friend connect.

  12. shay says:

    i follow them on twitter.

  13. KayBee says:

    I have a mental list of improvement projects, but I’m just not confident I can do them myself. The one I really want to do is replace my shower curtain rod with one of those bowed rods like you see in hotels so I can have more elbow room in the shower. That would involve some spackle, paint, a drill and a laser level (intimidating!) I’d also like to replace all of my totally 80’s wooden switch plates that stick out like sore thumbs on my walls.
    **I am now following you and the Writer’s Lair on Twitter and Google Friend Connect. :-)

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  18. Crissy Adkins says:

    I really need to paint and decorate my living room and bedroom. But never enough time!

  19. lisanne says:

    I would like to do some painting of walls in my home. A signature bright colored wall in each room.

  20. kristen says:

    I want to redo our kitchen cabinets & floor.

  21. kristen says:

    follow this blog

  22. Jeannine says:

    I’ve never physically done any renovations, but I’d love to paint our bathroom; currently it’s a ghastly yellow!

  23. Jeannine says:

    I’ve subscribed to your blog.

  24. oriana says:

    I would love to paint my room. in a strong color like red..i dont why i have this idea..
    i love to i will love this book..

    love the blog

  25. oriana says:

    I’ve subscribed to your blog.
    love the book =)

  26. Lynda M says:

    I would love to be able to lay laminate flooring in my living room

  27. Lynda M says:

    GFC follower

  28. Lynda M says:

    Twitter follower @LydiasPennies

  29. Andrea says:

    I just moved into a new house so there’s lots I would like to do. I would say on the top of my list would be painting my bedroom and completely renovating the bathroom especially the floor.

  30. I would so love to tear down the wall between my living room and hallway. Also to enclose my porch and open up the wall between it and my living room.

  31. Tracy Harper says:

    We live in a duplex, but I would love to do some fun things in my daughter’s room. Maybe some pretty border and wall decals. Her room really has no rhyme or reason to it right now. LOL.

  32. pam james says:

    I bought a fixer-upper and that’s all I do. I’ve pretty much done everything on the inside. Now for the outside…


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