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Builder's Apprentice: A Memoir

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In 1986, Andy Hoffman quit an engineering job, declined acceptances for graduate school at Harvard and Berkeley and accepted a carpenter’s job in Nantucket. Unbeknownst to him, he had entered the world of high-end custom building. Within four years, he was supervising the construction of a 29,000 square-foot mansion on a 180-acre estate in Fairfield County Connecticut. This is a book about his personal and professional growth along that journey, from apprentice to builder through the tutelage of a seasoned and hard-nosed builder. It describes how uniquely high-end homes are built for select clients, a glimpse into the lives of the blue-collar workers, architects, engineers and clients that come together to make these projects a reality. At its core, this is a coming-of-age story, a celebration of the pursuit of creative impulses and a story about defying the “rules” and finding a personal calling in life.

Praise for Builder's Apprentice

...a rich buffet of literary material: a gritty account of the lives of blue-collar workers, an exhilarating glimpse into an elite world, the tension-wrought management of confusing new relationships, and a coming-of-age story.
--ForeWord Reviews

...compelling.  He gets the details right, capturing the sweat, sawdust, and satisfactions of a job site...Hoffman nails the odd cast of characters who inhabit the world of construction...an argument for the road less traveled. --Fine Homebuilding

A shingle, a roof, a house; a word, a book, a life. Hoffman discovered what was worth doing, and that doing it well was what made all the difference.
--Ann Arbor Chronicle

WINNER - 2011 Connecticut Book Award (Biography/Memoirs)

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Andrew J. Hoffman
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