You should buy this book, which is about trying (and fucking up and failing and doubting and swearing) and finally figuring out how to do something new—like if Rebecca Solnit or Annie Dillard had written a book about carpentry instead of getting lost or going outside. Also it's by my sister. I especially recommend the parts about me.
April 2015 Indie Next List
“After 10 years working as a journalist in front of a computer screen, Nina knew she needed a career change. An ad on Craigslist caught her eye: 'Carpenter's Assistant sought: Women strongly encouraged to apply.' So begins Nina's journey as Mary, her mentor, transforms her from desk sitter to desk maker. Hammer Head not only shows readers how Nina became a carpenter, but also that she can still work wonders with her words.”
— Barbara Theroux, Fact & Fiction, Missoula, MT