Howard Mansfield sifts through the commonplace and the forgotten to discover stories that tell us about ourselves and our place in the world. He writes about history, architecture, and preservation. He is the author of a dozen books, including In the Memory House, The Bones of the Earth, The Same Ax, Twice, Chasing Eden, and Dwelling in Possibility: Searching for the Soul of Shelter which The Boston Globe called “a wholly original meditation that’s part observation of the contemporary built environment, part cultural history, part philosophical account, and at times something like a Whitmanian poetic survey.”

He lives in New Hampshire with his wife, the writer Sy Montgomery.

Other Works

  • The Habit of Turning the World Upside Down

  • Summer Over Autumn: A Small Book of Small Town Life

  • Sheds

  • Dwelling in Possibility: Searching for the Soul of Shelter

  • Turn & Jump: How time & Place Fell Apart

  • Hogwood Steps Out (Barry Moser, illustrator) For children

  • Where the Mountain Stands Alone (editor)

  • The Bones of the Earth

  • The Same Ax, Twice: Restoration and Renewal in a Throwaway Age

  • Skylark: The Life, Lies and Inventions of Harry Atwood

  • In the Memory House

  • Cosmopolis: Yesterday’s Cities of the Future


Awards and Recognition

  • 40 0ver 40 New Hampshire Humanities Council May 2015 The New Hampshire Humanities Council is celebrating their 40th anniversary by honoring 40 New Hampshire-based people who have “demonstrated what it means to create, teach, lead, assist, and encourage human understanding.”
  • Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa Franklin Pierce University 2011
  • Silver medal, in the science category. Independent Publisher Book Awards 2011
  • Gold Medal for Commentary, City and Regional Magazine Competition William Allen White School of Journalism 1985

Press and Media Mentions