Hotels, Hospitals, and Jails

Author(s): Anthony Swofford
Original Publish Date: Jun 01, 2012
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (8.38 hours)
Product Number: Z100029085
Released: Jun 05, 2012
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9781619690912
Narrator/s: Anthony Swofford
Publisher: Hachette Book Group
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Now with the same unremitting intensity he brought to his first memoir, Swofford describes his search for identity, meaning, and a reconciliation with his dying father in the years after he returned from serving as a sniper in the Marines. Adjusting to life after war, he watched his older brother succumb to cancer and his first marriage crumble, leading him to pursue an excessive lifestyle in Manhattan that brought him to the brink of collapse. Consumed by drugs, drinking, expensive cars, and women, Swofford lost almost everything and everyone that mattered to him. When a son is in trouble he hopes to turn to his greatest source of wisdom and support: his father. But Swofford and his father didn't exactly have that kind of relationship. The key, he realized, was to confront the man-a philandering, once hard-drinking, now terminally ill Vietnam vet he had struggled hard to understand and even harder to love. The two stubborn, strong-willed war vets embarked on a series of RV trips that quickly became a kind of reckoning in which Swofford took his father to task for a lifetime of infidelities and abuse. For many years Swofford had considered combat the decisive test of a man's greatness. With the understanding that came from these trips and the fateful encounter that took him to a like-minded woman named Christa, Swofford began to understand that becoming a father himself might be the ultimate measure of his life. Elegantly weaving his family's past with his own present-nights of excess and sexual conquest, visits with injured war veterans, and a near-fatal car crash-Swofford casts a courageous, insistent eye on both his father and himself in order to make sense of what his military service meant, and to decide, after nearly ending it, what his life can and should become as a man, a veteran, and a father.

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Author(s): Anthony Swofford
Narrator(s): Anthony Swofford
Product Number DD2014
Released: Jun 05, 2012
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Hachette Audio
ISBN: #9781611134544
Author(s): Anthony Swofford
Product Number EB00278370
Released: Apr 10, 2014
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Twelve
ISBN: #9781455509874

Professional reviews

"Swofford is best known for his memoir JARHEAD. Now he narrates a new memoir, this one about coming to grips with his father. In many respects this work is a continuation of JARHEAD as we see that many of the same issues that plagued him in the Marines still affect him in civilian life. The work touchingly dramatizes Swofford's process of working through his relationship with his father. As the author learns of his own frail humanity, both are ultimately able to reconnect with each other. Just as in JARHEAD, Swofford reads his own work in an understated, somewhat monotonous voice. His tone is deadpan but has much intensity. M.T.F. (c) AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine"

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