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Faith, Vertigo, and Amateur Construction

Bill Henderson


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"Beautiful, moving, warm and wise...utterly compelling....Should become a classic."—Joyce Carol Oates

Bill Henderson had an epiphany one day after buying a plot of land high atop a hill in Maine overlooking the sea: why not build a tower "for no reason"? For this lapsed Presbyterian, it all made sense. With his spiritual life in neutral, his marriage struggling, his daughter growing up, a tower was no less appropriate than, say, hiring a shrink or buying a fast car. Ignoring the fact that he knew little about construction, and armed only with a hammer, a handsaw, a tri-square, a tape measure, and a rope, he set about erecting a modest tower upon his not-so-modest hill. Tower is Henderson's down-to-earth study of a sky-high subject that celebrates the dreamer in all of us.

Praise For Tower: Faith, Vertigo, and Amateur Construction

A strange and fascinating book.
— Thomas Curwen - Los Angeles Times Book Review

Perhaps the gentlest, sweetest, most introspective and humbling tower achievement in the history of towering achievements.
— Bill Roorbach - Newsday

[The] quirkiest, most rambling and yet most charming self-help book that will appear this year.
— Publishers Weekly

[An] endearing, quixotic, vulnerable book about building a tower to save his life.
— Edward Hoagland

Wonderfully engaging...makes you want to pick up a hammer and nails and get to work!
— George Plimpton

Pushcart Press, 9781888889383

Publication Date: September 17, 2004

About the Author

Bill Henderson is the founder and editor of the Pushcart Prize. He received the 2006 National Book Critic Circle’s Lifetime Achievement Award and the Poets & Writers / Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award. He is also the author of several memoirs, including All My Dogs: A Life. The founder of the Lead Pencil Club, Henderson lives on Long Island and In Maine where he runs the Pushcart bookstore – “the world’s smallest bookstore.”