Nina MacLaughlin lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she works as a carpenter. Formerly an editor at the Boston Phoenix, she has written for the Believer, Bookslut, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and elsewhere.
Though MacLaughlin may be an apprentice carpenter, she is a master writer, with the rare combination of acute observation and astute word choice that characterizes writers like Annie Dillard or Joan Didion. -- Rebecca Steinitz - Boston Globe Beautiful and wise... Like if Annie Dillard had her own show on HGTV. -- Edan Lepucki - The Millions MacLaughlin has hit the nail on the head... Stunning... You may very well read [Hammer Head] in one sitting. -- Caroline Goldstein - Bustle Inspirational ... will have Wild fans throwing down their backpacks and picking up a hammer. -- Liberty Hardy - Book Riot An effortless blend of literary craft with woodcraft. -- Erin Shea - Library Journal (starred review) Inspiring. -- Time Out, (Critics Pick) Warm, wise, and authentically inspiring. No other book has made me want to re-read Ovid and retile my bathroom floor, nor given me the conviction that I can do both. I loved it. -- Rosie Schaap, author of Drinking with Men In this beautiful memoir about learning a trade, Nina MacLaughlin explores mortality, desire, the passage of time, and the meaning of work. She transcends the personal and makes us question what of our own works are built to endure. This book-a thing well-made-certainly is. -- Philip Connors, author of Fire Season Nina MacLaughlin built a dream by becoming a carpenter, and transformed her life. Hammer Head is her exquisitely inspiring story. I loved it. -- Lynne Cox, author of Swimming to Antarctica