Home Fires: An Intimate Portrait of One Middle-class Family in Postwar America Paperback – 1 Jun 1993
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""Home Fires" became my favorite book, one of those seminal pieces of literature that shaped my identity and made me want to be a writer . . . what makes [it] stand out is the masterful way that Mr. Katz weaves together the family s history with the history of the time . . . [plus], it s a hell of a story." "New York Observer"" --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
Donald Katz is founder and CEO of Audible, Inc., the leading provider of premium digital spoken audio information and entertainment on the Internet. Prior to founding Audible, Katz was a journalist and author for twenty years; his work won a National Magazine Award, an Overseas Press Club Award, the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize for Nonfiction, and was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award, among other prizes. Katz graduated from New York University in 1974, where he studied with novelist Ralph Ellison. Mr. Katz is married, the father of three children, and an avid ice hockey player. Jonathan Alter is an author, journalist,and television commentator. Since 1983, he has been a correspondent and columnist for Newsweek. He is also an analyst for NBC News and MSNBC, where he appears three or four times a week. Alter is the author of The Defining Moment: FDR's Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope, a national bestseller, and The Promise: President Obama, Year One, which went to number four on the New York Times bestseller list and was named one of the one hundred "Notable Books of the Year" by the Times. He is also the author of Between the Lines: A View Inside American Politics, Media and Culture, a collection of his Newsweek columns. He lives in Montclair, New Jersey with his wife, Emily Lazar, a producer for The Colbert Report, and their three children, Charlotte, Tommy and Molly. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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I found myself totally absorbed with the Gordon family at each step of their lives. I could not put this book down.
A post World War II family in New York raises four children in suburban Long Island. Middle class and Jewish, the three sisters and one brother go through the 1960's trying drugs, living in ashrams, experimenting with sexuality, religion, parenting, etc.
While some of the characters were difficult to like, this semi-ethnography takes us through the times by following one family's connections and chronology. By many standards, the Gordon family would be labeled dysfunctional and narcissistic. However, the intrinsic love and connection between family members that is often unconditional is both poignant and intense. This is a great read!
For those of you interested in what happens to the family members after this book ends, I recommend reading The Knitting Sutra: Craft as a Spiritual Practice by Susan Gordon Lydon, one of the family members in Home Fires.