Home Is Burning: A Memoir

Home Is Burning: A Memoir

by Dan Marshall


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"A heartwarming, profane memoir about humor and resilience in the face of tragedy." – People

A Library Journal Best Memoir of 2015

"Funny, touching, quirky, heartbreaking...destined to become a modern classic." - Entertainment Weekly Best Book of the Year (2015)

Meet Dan Marshall. 25, good job, great girlfriend, and living the dream life in sunny Los Angeles without a care in the world. Until his mother calls. He ignores it, as you usually do when Mom calls. Then she calls again. And again.

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.

Sayonara L.A., Dan is headed home to Salt Lake City.

Dan returns to shouting matches with his siblings at the dinner table, old flames knocking at the door, and a speech device programmed to help his father communicate that is as crude as the rest of them. But they put their petty differences aside to form Team Terminal, battling their parents' illnesses as best they can. As Dan steps into his role as caregiver, wheelchair wrangler, and sibling referee, he watches pieces of his previous life slip away, and comes to realize that the further you stretch the ties that bind, the tighter they hold you together.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250068866
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Publication date: 10/11/2016
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 812,677
Product dimensions: 5.45(w) x 8.12(h) x 0.80(d)

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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Home Is Burning 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's difficult to imagine you could turn the true story of your terminally ill parents (dad ALS, mom cancer) into a hysterical, potty-mouthed memoir. But you can. Dan Marshall did! ~*~LEB~*~
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the uncomfortable raw honesty of this book. Sometimes jarring and profane...but such is life.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was great. Definitely a lot of cursing, but Dan Marshall really knows how to mix humor and tragedy. I laughed way more than I expected and learned a lot as well. One of my new favorite books. Definitely read it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
excellent! cursing is great in the with manner that only Dan Marshall can get away
Mont2015 More than 1 year ago
I have read this book in just a few days. It describes a family tragedy with humor, love and a lot of cursing. Cursing is actually what stopped me from giving it 5 stars, however, as an avid reader I can honestly tell you that this book is one of a kind and that it will stay with you for a long time. And isn't it all that matter? Do read it by all means.