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A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2019

Why do we make things by hand? And why do we make them beautiful?
 Led by the question of why working with our hands remains vital and valuable in the modern world, author and maker Melanie Falick went on a transformative, inspiring journey. Traveling across continents, she met quilters and potters, weavers and painters, metalsmiths, printmakers, woodworkers, and more, and uncovered truths that have been speaking to us for millennia yet feel urgently relevant today: We make in order to slow down. To connect with others. To express ideas and emotions, feel competent, create something tangible and long-lasting. And to feed the soul. In revealing stories and gorgeous original photographs,  Making a Life captures all the joy of making and the power it has to give our lives authenticity and meaning.

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“[This] book is filled with stories of weavers, ceramicists, welders, woodworkers, quilters and more, with photos of the art, the crafts, homes and workspaces. Falick examines how making by hand contributes to a good life.” 
—Associated Press

“This book is a gem, and one that will inspire you to keep (or begin!) making and creating, a desire that’s inside each of us.”
—The House that Lars Built, November 2019 Book Club Pick

“A remarkable series of 30 vignettes that simultaneously comfort and stimulate. . . . Falick’s treasury, sumptuously photographed, will appeal to anyone who admires the people dedicated to making the world around them more beautiful.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review
 
“Lovely and thoughtfully inspiring. . . . These very up-close-and-personal profiles, supplemented by elegant color photographs of people at work and their projects, capture the spirit of making and the dedication that’s behind the art. . . . In wholehearted agreement with the author: ‘When we get to the point where we aren’t able to make things with our hands and feel no mastery, we feel lost.’ ”
—Booklist, starred review
 

About the Author

Melanie Falick is an independent writer, editor, and creative consultant—and a lifelong maker. Formerly the publishing director of STC Craft/Melanie Falick Books, an imprint of Abrams, she is also the author of  Knitting in America, Kids Knitting, and Weekend Knitting, as well as several other titles. Find her on Instagram @melaniefalick and at melaniefalick.com.

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Mark Windsor
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Studio: Creative Spaces for Creative People is a better book
Reviewed in the United States on November 3, 2019
There''s too much text, not enough pictures that would tell the story. And the writing is repetitive and tedious. Almost all the featured textile artists have already at least one book published (Alabama Chanin had 3 +), and they are hardly new to the world of creatives. I... See more
There''s too much text, not enough pictures that would tell the story. And the writing is repetitive and tedious. Almost all the featured textile artists have already at least one book published (Alabama Chanin had 3 +), and they are hardly new to the world of creatives. I had high/er hopes for this book.
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The perfect companion on my journey...
Reviewed in the United States on October 31, 2019
I''m in northern Michigan...it''s Halloween...it''s snowing...and the postman just delivered ''Making a Life''. The quality of the book is superb...it''s nicely organized and - having only read the introduction - is speaking directly to me and my soul. I have recently started... See more
I''m in northern Michigan...it''s Halloween...it''s snowing...and the postman just delivered ''Making a Life''. The quality of the book is superb...it''s nicely organized and - having only read the introduction - is speaking directly to me and my soul. I have recently started using my hands again and am feeling, already, the change it is making in my life. This is the perfect book to accompany me on my quest to slow down and spend more time each day creating. Thank you, Ms. Falick, for your wonderful creation!
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Allison DeJohn
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LOVE this book!
Reviewed in the United States on October 31, 2019
My heart is still wrapped up in the gorgeous, intimate, thoughtful stories told through these extraordinary creatives that fill this beautiful book. Melanie takes a deeply sensitive and thorough exploration into each creative life, sharing the vast and diverse richness that... See more
My heart is still wrapped up in the gorgeous, intimate, thoughtful stories told through these extraordinary creatives that fill this beautiful book. Melanie takes a deeply sensitive and thorough exploration into each creative life, sharing the vast and diverse richness that creativity can bring to the way we live and breathe. I loved reading every story and was captivated by the gorgeous images that made me want to jump into the page and start making something too. Melanie has a wonderful, accessible, inviting writing style, exploring the many layers within a creative life and witnessing how creative pursuits play an essential and crucial role in finding personal purpose, joy and fulfillment. This book is a very special gift for the world. A gift of knowing and validating how important creativity is and how making things by hand can truly make a life ~ in so many different ways & interpretations. It’s more crucial than ever that we all honor the infinite potential of our own two hands, as it defines who we are and allows us to connect with ourselves in a way that nothing else can. Each one of us can live out a creative life in the way that fills our own souls, and this book makes that feel possible and exciting!

For me personally, this book has propelled me forward to deepen my thinking into my own creative life ~ what it looks like, the various roles it plays, and how important it is to making meaning in my day to day. I am compelled, called and inspired to bring forth more creativity into my days, and what a fantastic feeling that is! Thank you Melanie for this magnificent piece of art.
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Wilhelmine P.
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Perfect summary: Making a Life: working by hand and discovering the life you are meant to live
Reviewed in the United States on November 21, 2019
Any book authored by Melanie Falick as well as the ones she edited are works of art. This book is the epitomy of her work to date. In this book her research was focused on "making things by hand" while traveling countries and interviews artists, artisans and crafters and it... See more
Any book authored by Melanie Falick as well as the ones she edited are works of art. This book is the epitomy of her work to date. In this book her research was focused on "making things by hand" while traveling countries and interviews artists, artisans and crafters and it is an eyeopening commitment to their craft.
Her tag line sums up the vision.
Making a Life :: working by hand and discovering the life you are meant to live
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Dee Cee
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What an inspiring book!
Reviewed in the United States on May 27, 2020
In so many of the interviewed artists'' reflections and descriptions of their lives and work, I found "red threads" that also have been "woven" into my own creative experiences and life. My grandmother was one of the most inspiring persons in the importance and meaning of... See more
In so many of the interviewed artists'' reflections and descriptions of their lives and work, I found "red threads" that also have been "woven" into my own creative experiences and life. My grandmother was one of the most inspiring persons in the importance and meaning of making as well. She cherished any handmade gift more than anything bought. What she would always say, was: "When you make something for me, I know, you thought about me in love the whole time it took you to make it."

The book also reiterated for me, how important the daily practice of making is, because it centers oneself and brings such joy and peace.

Thank you, Melanie Falick for this wonderful book!
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Alpha Traveler
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This book!
Reviewed in the United States on December 9, 2019
I love Melanie Falick''s books! They''re beautifully made and so inspirational, and this one is no different. The only thing I don''t like about this book is the white paper band around the cover. It gets in the way. There is no title on the spine so you have to keep it. I... See more
I love Melanie Falick''s books! They''re beautifully made and so inspirational, and this one is no different. The only thing I don''t like about this book is the white paper band around the cover. It gets in the way. There is no title on the spine so you have to keep it. I would rather have a full dust jacket or none at all. Other than that, I love this book and wish she would write more!
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MichL
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A liberal slant, but lots of variety
Reviewed in the United States on October 1, 2020
This book definitely leans to liberal ideals... Which is kind of annoying in a crafts book, which I prefer to be neutral politically. Other than that, I enjoyed reading many of the stories about the artists. This is not much of a book to get inspiration for your own... See more
This book definitely leans to liberal ideals... Which is kind of annoying in a crafts book, which I prefer to be neutral politically.
Other than that, I enjoyed reading many of the stories about the artists. This is not much of a book to get inspiration for your own ideas, rather just to read about the ingenuity of others (in a generalized sense).
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A Beautiful, Inspiring Book
Reviewed in the United States on October 13, 2020
Oh, how I love this book. I''m only 1/3 of the way through it and have found it so inspirational reading about all of the artists the author highlights throughout this book. In a time when most of us no longer work with our hands to create and beautify, this book offers... See more
Oh, how I love this book. I''m only 1/3 of the way through it and have found it so inspirational reading about all of the artists the author highlights throughout this book. In a time when most of us no longer work with our hands to create and beautify, this book offers readers hope and examples of ways in which these creatives are making it happen all around the world. The book is tex heavy, but I enjoy this aspect of it as I am not just reading it to see the pictures, but to hear more about how to go about living a more creative life myself. I am looking forward to finishing it this weekend!
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Highly recommended
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 15, 2019
A fantastic book I have dreamt of for ages. A very good collection of different stories with photographs. Lots of information. This is worth having for anyone who wants to live a more fulfilling life and create, create, create. There are endless possibilities out there for...See more
A fantastic book I have dreamt of for ages. A very good collection of different stories with photographs. Lots of information. This is worth having for anyone who wants to live a more fulfilling life and create, create, create. There are endless possibilities out there for everyone. I thank the author for sharing this with the readers.
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My favourite book this year
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 9, 2019
The best non fiction book I’ve bought this year. If you are a maker/creator or just love arts and crafts this is a great book.
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Indepth study of unusual and committed artists and crafters, more than light reading.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 7, 2019
Lovely well researched and inspirational. High intellectual content, beautiful illustrations.
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Paddye Mann
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A remarkable journey into the creative life
Reviewed in Canada on November 25, 2019
I think Melanie Fallick''s book on Knitting In America is one of the very best books of it''s kind. This book on the creative life and choices people have made is an insightful journey into the magical world of makers. I spent a very happy weekend absorbing it from beginning...See more
I think Melanie Fallick''s book on Knitting In America is one of the very best books of it''s kind. This book on the creative life and choices people have made is an insightful journey into the magical world of makers. I spent a very happy weekend absorbing it from beginning to end. Melanie Fallick reminds me of the days when my friends and I gathered to dye big pots of yarn on somebody''s property in the Autumn. The air was clear and fresh, the laughter and, of course, good food, abundant. Out of those days, we built studios and made serious, beautiful things. Thanks, Melanie, for bringing that sweet magic back to mind.
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An inspiring read for folks who like to make things. A wonderful gift for the crafters in your life.
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