I recently read Almost a Family by John Darnton.
Those familiar with John Darnton's reporting and works of fiction will be awed and surprised by the writing in his gripping memoir, "Almost A Family".
The love here is palpable and forgiveness also, as his mother emerges as an unlikely and loved heroine, despite her failings.
John Darnton recounts the tumultuous years of his youth without the father he never knew. As an accomplished journalist following in his father's footsteps and a father himself he... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lynne D
Barney Darnton was a foreign correspondent for the NY Times in 1942, leaving behind a wife and two sons as he heads off to cover the war in New Guinea where he meets his end. Read morePublished 7 months ago by mollyo-o
I highly recommend this well-written engaging book for its family story embedded in the multi-generational history of an influential family. Read morePublished 7 months ago by wave KR
I highly recommend this book. Darnton has pursued and confronted his past -- leaving us a memorial to his father, and a testament to his own capacity for self-awareness. Read morePublished on September 8, 2012 by P. Stern
If you are considering reading a memoir this year, you can't go wrong if you choose John Darnton's Almost a Family. Darnton's writing is superb: clear, interesting and engaging. Read morePublished on June 7, 2012 by Stephen T. Hopkins
I need to identify an interest in John Darnton's touching memoir of his late father, the New York Times war correspondent Barney Darnton, killed by "friendly fire" off Papua in... Read morePublished on January 11, 2012 by Amazon Customer
This memoir covers some very intertesting and touching events in the author's life, especially centered on his young life which was haunted by the death of his father when he was a... Read morePublished on December 27, 2011 by carolinaislandgirl