Bill Henderson


Cathedral: An Illness and a Healing
Published in 2014, a memoir about an aging man who attempts to build a holy place on a Maine hill despite bugs, cancer and spiritual waverings.

"A pithy, poignant chronicle about the abbeys we build in duress and inspiration." –Edward Hoagland

All My Dogs: A Life
Published in 2011 by David R. Godine with illustrations by Leslie Moore, this autobiographical essay is told through the life stories of Henderson’s 13 dogs from his childhood to the present.

Tower: Faith, Vertigo and Amateur Construction
Published in 2000 by Farrar, Straus & Giroux (and now available as a Pushcart Press paperback), Tower details Henderson’s building by hand, "a tower for no reason." "Makes you want to pick up a hammer and get to work." –George Plimpton

Selected Works

A personal essay about breast cancer and sacred construction
"Henderson divides his life into delightful and moving canine epochs." –Publishers Weekly
A quixotic, vulnerable book about building a tower to save your life.

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