Books & Brews: The House on Teacher’s Lane / Noble Rot

Two of my favorite things in the world are books and craft beer.  Out of this grew the idea that maybe pairings aren’t just for the table anymore; perhaps there is a perfect beer for every book . . .

About eight years ago, my husband and I bought the first floor of an old parking deck and renovated it into the space we now call home.  Recently, a friend recommended Rachel Simon’s memoir,  The House on Teacher’s Lane, because she saw striking similarities between the author and her husband and my husband and I.  It was a bit eerie.  Simon is a writer who also teaches at a college.  Her husband is an architect.  I write and teach.  My husband, while not an architect, did attend a summer architecture program at Colombia University and just generally has an amazing eye for design.  Simon captures this dynamic between two people who are creative in such vastly different ways, perfectly.  I can see entire worlds with characters moving through them in my head, but ask me to imagine all the baseboards in my house painted a certain color, and I’m at a loss.  Continue reading