Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Home is Burning - Review

If you think your life is rough, just be thankful you're not part of Dan Marshall's family.

Home is Burning is Marshall's memoir of the year after his father was diagnosed with ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease. Might I also mention that this is happening at the same as Marshall's mother's years-long cancer battle? And at the same time as Marshall's younger sister Chelsea is diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum and in need of special therapy?

What would you do in Marshall's situation? Would you quit your job, say good-bye to your girlfriend, and move back home to take care of your dying parents?

That's exactly what Marshall does. Often told in a crude manner, Marshall writes about how he and his siblings cope with the difficulties of caring for one parent who can't even move on his own and another parent going through so much treatment that half the time she isn't really of sound mind. It's tough to read, especially if you're not a fan of reading curse words every five seconds, but it's definitely honest and gives you a glimpse into everything that families affected by ALS and cancer go through.

And a portion of proceeds from the sale of this book will go toward the ALS Association.

Home is Burning is published by Flatiron Books and is on bookstore shelves now. I received a free ARC at Book Expo America with no obligation to review.

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