Tiny Homes on the Move, by Lloyd Kahn (2014)

Tiny Homes on the MoveAs an avid hiker and photographer (as well as reader), I’m often camping on my holidays. A few years ago we upgraded from tenting to a campervan, which lets us camp year-round. Space is always an issue, so I was delighted to discover this celebration of tiny living on wheels and water. The book is the latest from Tiny Homes author Kahn. In this edition, he presents about 90 stories of people who live in converted school buses, cargo vans, home-built cottages on wheels, as well as houseboats and sailboats. Most entries are presented as a two-page spread (a few get an extra couple of pages) in full colour, with multiple photos giving you a great view into and around the tiny home. Accompanying the photos is a text (some written by Kahn, and others by the owner or sometimes a friend) detailing the history of the home and the owner’s philosophy on life. Many have abandoned the rat race in favour of a simple and low-cost lifestyle. Several entries are Canadian, from a Gulf Islands (British Columbia) dentist with a mobile office to a northern Ontario naturalist to a pair of ski bums from Quebec who travel to ski hills and live out of their truck and camper. In a few cases specifications are provided, giving helpful details as to size, power supply, and for some a supply list. I would have liked more specs for each entry, such as location and toilet/shower info, especially those that were professionally designed and intended to be towed. If you have ever dreamed of shedding the mortgage for a vagabond life, or just want some ideas on it might be like to live on the road for a few months or years, have a look.

More discussion and reviews of this title: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18668225


About Michelle Mallette
I'm just trying to keep track of the books I've read - what I liked and what isn't worth re-reading. My work as a librarian has included youth services so you'll find a wide range of interests from picture books and teen dystopia to adult sci-fi, road trip novels, and nonfiction. Comments and communication is always welcome.

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