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!
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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!