Hotels, Hospitals, and Jails by Anthony Swofford audiobook

Hotels, Hospitals, and Jails: A Memoir

By Anthony Swofford
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Twelve, Hachette Book Group 9781455506736
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The publication of Jarhead launched a new career for Anthony Swofford, earning him accolades for its gritty and unexpected portraits of the soldiers who fought in the Gulf War. It spawned a Hollywood movie, it made Swofford famous and wealthy—and it also nearly killed him. With the same unremitting intensity he brought to his first memoir, Swofford here describes his search for identity, meaning, and 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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A 2012 Kansas City Star Top 100 Book for Nonfiction

The publication of Jarhead launched a new career for Anthony Swofford, earning him accolades for its gritty and unexpected portraits of the soldiers who fought in the Gulf War. It spawned a Hollywood movie, it made Swofford famous and wealthy—and it also nearly killed him.

With the same unremitting intensity he brought to his first memoir, Swofford here describes his search for identity, meaning, and 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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Mr. Swofford can write like he drives: fast and furious and profane, a poet’s touch control channeling all the testosterone and adrenaline into a high-test, high-wire performance.” New York Times
“He may have left the battlefield, but his story doesn’t get any less harrowing—Swofford recounts nights of excess and sexual conquest, visits with injured war veterans, and a near-fatal car crash.” Entertainment Weekly
“It’s an old story, this father-son dynamic, but well told here…A worthy entry in the pantheon of dysfunctional-family memoirs.” Boston Globe
“Unsparingly honest…With his naked reflections harboring a redemptive conclusion, Swofford will engage those interested in father-son relationships.” Booklist
“Fiery…Swofford’s writing, like many of his stories, is explosive.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author

Author Bio: Anthony Swofford

Author Bio: Anthony Swofford

Anthony Swofford served in a US Marine Corps surveillance and target acquisition/scout-sniper platoon during the Gulf War. After the war, he was educated at American River College; the University of California, Davis; and the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He has taught at both the University of Iowa and Lewis and Clark College. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in the New York Times, Harper’s, Men’s Journal, the Iowa Review, as well as other publications, and his memoir Jarhead was a major New York Times bestseller and the basis for the film of the same name. A Michener-Copernicus Fellowship recipient, he lives in the Hudson Valley in New York.

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Runtime: 8.38
Audience: Adult
Language: English