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"Intense.... As 'Jarhead' (2003), his harrowing account of serving with the Marines during the first gulf war, so eloquently attests, Mr. Swofford can write like he drives: fast and furious and profane, a poet's touch control channeling all the testosterone and adrenaline into a high-test, high-wire performance. His new memoir... reminds us of the power of Mr. Swofford's prose - his ability to conjure a mood, a time, a place with a flick of his pen."―Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
"A gritty, intense and wrenching account..."―USA Today
"Join Anthony Swofford on his journey toward true manhood....HOTELS, HOSPITALS, AND JAILS is a powerful and sometimes painful book to read. The writing is short, staccato and rhythmic. More importantly, it's honest."―Bookpage.com
"Anthony Swofford has ruined me. His latest book is a memoir, Hotels, Hospitals, and Jails. And it's all guts. I laughed. I cried. I sat in somber silence. I could not put this book down. As deadlines escalate around me, other books need to be read, blurb requests are stacking up, it doesn't matter, it's the Anthony Swofford show...He splays it out. He's unrelenting. This is a book many authors have to wait until their fathers die or until someone dies to be this honest at portraying their families."―San Francisco Chronicle
"Swofford shares brutally honest stories about his family, random sex, hard drinking and his difficult relationship with his father, as he tries to cope with life and post-traumatic stress...Swofford is an often-gripping narrator, at his best both angry and charismatic without apology...The chapter about visiting a veterans' hospital has rightly been singled out as a remarkable piece of writing."―The Huffington Post
"[S]earing...Swofford's prose remains as strong as ever. And his insights into his own past and present strike an honest chord."―Associated Press
"Fiery follow-up memoir by the bestselling author of Jarhead . . . Swofford's writing, like many of his stories, is explosive . . . the author's voice and energy are compelling . . . sure to be a bestseller."―Kirkus Reviews
"Swofford's brisk storytelling, deadpan humor, and appealing swagger."―The New Yorker
"Swofford is a remarkable writer, and Hotels might prove to be a timely reminder that for soldiers who have served our country overseas, returning home sometimes marks the start of yet another long battle."―NPR.org
"If perhaps some conversations are recollected here with incredible level of accuracy, the narrative is better off for it. Swofford has put in some hard years, and he writes of his past with a grit and flair for noir that can only be honed with experience."―The Daily Beast
"Remarkable....By dint of its jumpy nature, 'Hotels, Hospitals, and Jails' doesn't go into enough depth in explaining how Swofford righted his life. But his writing is too good and engaging for that to prevent the book from being a worthy entry in the pantheon of dysfunctional-family memoirs."―The Boston Globe
"Anthony Swofford has given us a complex, unflinching, loving, and sometimes harrowing memoir. Candid as a locomotive, written with fury and grace, this book has a dangerous, achingly desperate personality of its own. I was shaken and moved."
―Tim O'Brien, author of The Things They Carried
"Swofford has done an amazing job showing how war plays out in peoples' lives for years after they come home. I read this book with the eagerness one usually reserves for fiction. It is a tremendous look into one man's attempt to replace war with life."―Sebastian Junger, author of WAR
"Following Swofford's struggle to come to terms with a difficult father and his experience of war- and the two are intertwined-we soon realize that this writer is making easier our struggles against leading a parent's life instead of our own. He blazes a trail for all of us with honesty and skill, gem after gem. Swofford is quite simply the master of the metaphor. The chapter describing his visit to Bethesda Naval Hospital will break your heart and it should."―Karl Marlantes, author of Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War and What It Is Like To Go To War
"Anthony Swofford is a writer of painful and painfully powerful prose."―Sacramento News & Review
Anthony Swofford served in a U.S. Marine Corps Surveillance and Target Acquisition/Scout-Sniper platoon during the Gulf War. After the war, he was educated at American River College; the University of California, Davis; and the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop. He has taught at the University of Iowa and Lewis and Clark College. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in The New York Times, Harper's, Men's Journal, The Iowa Review, and other publications; his memoir Jarhead was a major New York Times bestseller, and the basis for the movie of the same name. A Michener-Copernicus Fellowship recipient, he lives in the Hudson Valley, in New York.
swofford is a whiner ~ he really needs to get over it ~ whining about his dad's behavior got on my last and final nerve ~ bitching about his mom smoking ~ this 40-something is a... Read morePublished 2 months ago by pattylou
This book made me want to do my three favorite things- get drunk, screw and fight.Published 10 months ago by supebone411
Swofford does it again with a fantastic memoir. Post "Jarhead," he finds himself with too much money and a bottomless urge for drinking, drug use, and sexual escapades. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Chris J. Campion
If you read the book or saw the film Jarhead, you know Anthony Swofford's work and his viewpoint. More good stuff here.Published 18 months ago by Jonathan H.
Having really enjoyed Jarhead, I had reasonable expectations that this new memoir would be good, especially since it wasn't written right away. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Chris Pascale
This book is a sad display of a man (or little
Boy?) making a sad excuse for his addictions in life. Read more
The passion and insight in this book are remarkable. Enjoyed it....wish it was twice as long and hope he continues to write more of these very personal stories.Published 23 months ago by Amazon Customer
Anthony appeared at the Kansas City Public Library for the Writer's at Work series and said he became his father. Read morePublished on December 9, 2012 by julie e.
This is such an enjoyable book to read! I'm real glad Anthony made the decision, and efforts to share his journey with the world. Read morePublished on November 22, 2012 by Paul Cusack