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Restoration expert to read at Auntie’s

And you thought “The Money Pit” was just a movie.

Ron Tanner lived it all when he and his girlfriend bought a crumbling Victorian with dreams of restoring it to glory. That it was a condemned former frat house was of little consequence. That they knew nothing of restoration was of little consequence. The couple went to work, cementing their love – they eventually married – and creating a home that’s been featured in the pages of This Old House magazine.

Now Tanner has written a book about his restoration experience, “From Animal House To Our House: A Love Story.” He’ll be at Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave., at 2 p.m. Saturday.

His talk, which details the harrowing and the hilarious aspects of their project, also will include a slideshow. But if you’d like a sneak peek at what they went through, check out the Tanners’ project blog at>

Climbing the charts

There it is. Right there, nestled between “Bring Up the Bodies” by Hilary Mantel and “Seating Arrangements” by Maggie Shipstead.

It’s Jess Walter’s “Beautiful Ruins,” at No. 15 on the New York Times Best Sellers list of hardcover fiction books for the week ending June 30.

So now he can add “New York Times bestselling author” to a list of accolades that includes National Book Award finalist. Walter said it’s the first of his books – which include the “The Zero,” “The Financial Lives of the Poets” and “Citizen Vince” – to make the Times list.

“Beautiful Ruins,” which has garnered glowing reviews from critics across the country, also is sitting at No. 7 on the Indie Bound list, which is compiled from sales records for independent booksellers. Indie Bound also named the book as a July 2012 Indie Next List Great Read.

He’ll read from the book at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Spokane Valley Barnes & Noble, 15310 E. Indiana Ave.