The Earth House

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The Earth House
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AuthorJeanne DuPrau
CountryUnited States
GenreYoung adult
PublisherNew Chapter Press
Publication date
May 1993
Media typePrint (hardback & paperback)

The Earth House is a 1993 memoir by American author Jeanne DuPrau. It is not a young adult novel—because it is non-fiction.

Plot summary[edit]

They hadn't pictured themselves as the sort of people to take up Eastern spiritual practice, but on their first visit to a zen center, two women discover something that speaks to them on a level deeper than their everyday experience, and they begin to make a new plan for their lives. They begin to consider giving up their suburban comforts and build a house beside a monastery in the mountains. As the walls of the house go up, the two women make and re-make plans, wrestle with a chainsaw, learn to make windows, and set up a computer powered by the sun. Their spiritual practice transforms their vision of the house, and the building of it transforms them both.