Hammer Head

We’re happy to support debut authors, including Nina MacLaughlin with Hammer Head.

by Nina MacLaughlin

Quick take

Making the switch from a life of letters to a life of tools and wood and sweat, MacLaughlin aligns these two worlds with a deft hand, a curious eye, and an ear for language that shows the beauty in all things.

Why I love it

Nina MacLaughlin's life had been reduced to a series of clicks. She spent her days clicking buttons on her mouse, moving material from her mind, to her screen, and then on to the immense internet void. Tailoring content and clicking, clicking, clicking… In her years as a journalist in Boston, the industry had migrated from carefully crafted articles for actual paying subscribers to short-form &quo...

Member thoughts

  • jessy h.

    boone, CO

    "great view into the world of carpentry. interwoven well with the way that life develops and moves forward. loved how each chapter was related to a different tool"

  • Stacy G.

    Los Angeles, CA

    "Interesting read, written in an enjoyable style. Not a subject matter I would normally go for, but I enjoyed the story of a woman in a predominately male world. "

  • Kelly M.

    Brooklyn, NY

    "Enjoyed this original memoir very much - though at times I felt a bit bogged down in carpentry details."