I recently finished Home is Burning, A Memoir, by Dan Marshall. The book presents itself with a comedic undertone starting with the front cover. A family portrait with descriptions of its members like “addicted to yogurt and pain pills” and “resentful gay intellectual,” alludes to a light hearted story about a slightly dysfunctional family. Little did I know the emotional rollercoaster on which I was about to embark. The book very quickly establishes the plight of the Marshall family as their mother suffers from terminal cancer and 15 years worth of what her children refer to as ‘chemo brain,’ and their father is diagnosed with ALS. Regardless of the shitty circumstances, Marshall keeps the mood relatively light, causing many awkward encounters for when I began chuckling to myself in public like a crazy person.
If you’re easily turned off by profanity, this book is not for you. However, if colorful language does not bother you and you enjoy a dirty joke every now and again, this book will at least make you crack a smile. It truly brings to light the importance of family in times of hardship and reminds you to be appreciative for the smallest of things (like being able to take a shit all by yourself). I thoroughly enjoyed reading this memoir, and I would most definitely recommend it to a friend. 8/10. Great read.