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Book Review: Home is Burning

October 5, 2015

This is the most irreverent book I have ever read, and I mean that as a compliment.

Dan Marshall tells about the year in his twenties when he moved home to care for his parents as they were both struggling with life-threatening illnesses—his mom with cancer and his dad with ALS. It will be way too crass and caustic for most people, but for the right audience going through a similar crisis, it could be a lifesaver. 

Home is Burning has shades of David Sedaris, Patton Oswalt, Sean Wilsey’s Oh the Glory of It All, and The Silver Linings Playbook.

beth winter


Beth works in the Collection Development department.  She loves short stories, memoirs, documentary films, and cookbooks.  Her favorite things about working at the library are knowing in advance about all the new releases and the easy access to her library holds.