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Home Is Burning: A Memoir Hardcover – October 20, 2015
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"Funny, touching, quirky, heartbreaking...destined to become a modern classic." - Entertainment Weekly
"In this impressive debut, Marshall evokes sympathy, but never pity, as he conveys his family's pain through fart jokes, farcical misadventures (sexual and medical), and - in the middle of all the confusion - emotion so raw and potent it's almost jarring. Honesty is the key; Marshall never shies away from the filthy, uncomfortable reality, and it's that brutal truth-telling that makes his memoir a must-read." - Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
“Funny, heartbreaking, and unapologetically crude. A poignantly provocative memoir.” ―Kirkus Reviews
"A heartwarming, profane memoir about humor and resilience in the face of tragedy." People
"Home is Burning should act as a funny, reassuring tonic to anyone who has had cause to doubt their own caring abilities." - EntertainmentWeekly, B+
"‘Intensely moving and very funny. The strength of this account is in the sardonic observations of family life and the unsentimental glue that binds the unit as the protagonists try to come to terms with a death they all know is imminent. Home is Burning is a deft piece of writing that captures the vicissitudes of family life whether in sickness or in health." - BBC Radio
“It's hard to imagine how a memoir about moving home to take care of your cancer-stricken mom and your dying dad could be fun to read, but Dan Marshall manages to pull it off. Equal parts hilarious and heart-breaking, Home is Burning proves that with family, tragedy always has company.” ―James Frey
“A death in the family-the whole miserable and hilarious story, complete with all the gory mechanical details of grief, rage, drug binges, hostility, self-pity and more rage. As one parent battles cancer and another faces ALS, Dan Marshall's loud and chaotic family gets a lot louder and more chaotic, until Home Is Burning turns into a surprisingly funny tale about things that get lost forever as well as other things that stay behind.” ―Rob Sheffield, Bestselling author of LOVE IS A MIX TAPE and TALKING TO GIRLS ABOUT DURAN DURAN
“Horrible. Hysterical. Repeat, repeat, repeat. Just like life.” ―Jenny Lawson, New York Times bestselling author of Let’s Pretend This Never Happened
“Home is Burning somehow manages to be both a touching memoir about the author confronting his parents' illnesses, and the funniest thing I've ever read - profane, self-aware, and ruthlessly honest. Halfway through, I started calling friends to read them the most priceless lines. Dan Marshall might be a self-described spoiled white jerk, but he's also a depraved comedic genius.” ―Justin St. Germain, author of Son of a Gun
About the Author
DAN MARSHALL grew up in a nice home with nice parents in Salt Lake City, Utah, before attending UC Berkeley. After college, Dan worked at a strategic communications public relations firm in Los Angeles. At 25, he left work and returned to Salt Lake to take care of his sick parents. While caring for them, he started writing detailed accounts about many of their weird, sad, funny adventures. Home Is Burning is his first book.
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This book also serves as great inspiration for anyone who has a loved one that is dealing with a terrible sickness and since his family is dealing with basically the two s***tiest sicknesses known to humankind he's pretty much got the bases covered for you. Oh, and he does it with wit and humor and love that is second to none.
The author is honest about how poorly the family coped with the process. He admits that due to years of cancer treatments for his mother they were desensitized. Due to her insistence the children handle the care of their father they are forced to take on things that are uncomfortable and difficult. Through the process they are angry and at time just cruel to one another.
If you have ever cared for a terminally ill person you will recognize many of the feelings and struggles. While they are not always pretty, they are honest. Marshall doesn't try to sugar coat the struggle or his or the family's challenge in handling it. If you are looking for a warm fuzzy and wonderfully uplifting book, this is not it. If you want a raw and harsh look at a flawed, dysfunctional family caring for a terminally ill person and making lots of mistakes then try this book.
I don't know the author, we ran in a couple of the same social circles growing up as non-Mormons in the Mormon Capital of the World and I know we know the same people. But I wish him the best of luck in life!