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House of prayer no. 2 : a writer's journey home
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Published:
New York : Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, c2011.
Format:
Book
Edition:
1st ed.
Physical Desc:
201 pages ; 22 cm.
Status:
Main Library - Adult Non-Fiction
813.54 R513h
Description
In this otherworldly memoir of extraordinary power, Mark Richard, an award-winning author, tells his story of growing up in the American South with a heady Gothic mix of racial tension and religious fervor.      Called a "special child," Southern social code for mentally--and physically--challenged children, Richard was crippled by deformed hips and was told he would spend his adult life in a wheelchair. During his early years in charity hospitals, Richard observed the drama of other broken boys' lives, children from impoverished Appalachia, tobacco country lowlands, and Richmond's poorest neighborhoods. The son of a solitary alcoholic father whose hair-trigger temper terrorized his family, and of a mother who sought inner peace through fasting, prayer, and scripture, Richard spent his bedridden childhood withdrawn into the company of books.       As a young man, Richard, defying both his doctors and parents, set out to experience as much of the world as he could--as a disc jockey, fishing trawler deckhand, house painter, naval correspondent, aerial photographer, private investigator, foreign journalist, bartender and unsuccessful seminarian--before his hips failed him.  While digging irrigation ditches in east Texas, he discovered that a teacher had sent a story of his to the Atlantic , where it was named a winner in the magazine's national fiction contest launching a career much in the mold of Jack London and Mark Twain.     A superbly written and irresistible blend of history, travelogue, and personal reflection, House of Prayer No. 2 is a remarkable portrait of a writer's struggle with his faith, the evolution of his art, and of recognizing one's singularity in the face of painful disability.  Written with humor and a poetic force, this memoir is destined to become a modern classic.
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Language:
English
ISBN:
9780385513029 (alk. paper), 038551302X (alk. paper)

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Award-winning author Mark Richard tells his story of growing up physically challenged in the American South with a mix of racial tension and religious fervor.
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APA Citation (style guide)

Richard, M. (2011). House of prayer no. 2: a writer's journey home. New York: Nan A. Talese/Doubleday.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation (style guide)

Richard, Mark, 1955-. 2011. House of Prayer No. 2: A Writer's Journey Home. New York: Nan A. Talese/Doubleday.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities Citation (style guide)

Richard, Mark, 1955-, House of Prayer No. 2: A Writer's Journey Home. New York: Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, 2011.

MLA Citation (style guide)

Richard, Mark. House of Prayer No. 2: A Writer's Journey Home. New York: Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, 2011. Print.

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