Home Is Burning

Home Is Burning

Book - 2015
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"Meet Dan Marshall: 25, good job, great girlfriend, and living the dream life in sunny Los Angeles ... Dan thought things were going great at home. But it turns out his mom's cancer, which she had battled throughout his childhood with tenacity and a mouth foul enough to make a sailor blush, is back. And to add insult to injury, his loving father has been diagnosed with ALS ... Dan is headed home to Salt Lake City, Utah. Never has there been a more reluctant family reunion ... But they put their petty differences aside and form Team Terminal, battling their parents' illnesses as best they can, when not otherwise distracted by the chaos that follows them wherever they go"-- Provided by publisher
Publisher: New York : Flatiron Books, 2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250068828
1250068827
Branch Call Number: 362.1969 Mars
Characteristics: xi, 304 pages ; 24 cm

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ctkvlk
Mar 08, 2017

Wow--if the expletive in the title was listed in the catalog I might have avoided this book. The author warns you in the intro about his foul language and dysfunctional family. I think he is the biggest problem--an overgrown frat boy who can't deal with his emotions any other way than by drinking heavily and swearing profusely. Very sad and pathetic. The only redeeming part of this book is to see the grace with which is father confronts his disease and impending death. Not sure you want to wade through all the dreck to get to that, though. Grow up, dude.

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guinn
Apr 19, 2016

If you don't want to see a lot of profanity, don't read this book. I decided pretty quickly not to continue and stopped reading early on.

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skolbibliotek
Apr 03, 2016

i just finished reading this book, although i confess I did not read every page, actually i skipped many due to the use of language which showed the author's poverty of spirit.
i certainly felt the love he and the family have for each other, yet this book left me with an uncomfortable taste.
what purpose did all that foul language have that could not have been better expressed without it?

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gvlee
Dec 31, 2015

A profane and irreverent recounting of how Dan, aged 25, and his siblings struggle to care for their dad, who is diagnosed with ALS at age 53, even as their mother battles cancer. The opening is weak, but stay with it--it improves enormously. The profanity, rather than being offensive, provides a much needed outlet for the family's anger and grief. Dan describes a family that is very wacky and very inspiring.

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GeorgeMyers
Nov 28, 2015

I forced myself to read as far as page 45. That was more than enough.

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