Can carpentry and home renovation serve as a metaphor for rebuilding your life? That's the premise of Mark Clement's new novel, The Carpenter's Notebook. Clement, a first-time novelist and a fellow editor at Hanley Wood, hopes the book will appeal to the wide do-it-yourself movement, while simultaneously telling a compelling story about love, struggle, and one man's efforts to make sense of the world “with every swing of the hammer.” Order a copy at