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Meet Vern, an older gentleman disillusioned with where his life has led him. Is there anything that can help him come to grips with it? When his teenage grandson suggests a trip to the small coal mining town where he grew up to revisit the times of his past, at first Vern is hesitant. Will this trip help him break out of his funk? Philip Nork’s This House is a Home is ...more
Paperback, 190 pages
Published June 12th 2014 by Createspace
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Fran
Aug 06, 2014 Fran rated it it was amazing
This House is a Home: Philip Nork

Creating the history of your family takes work, having people to talk with and listening. Wanting to find out more about his family’s past, the people that he never met and create a report on the history of his family Peter Jacob Borden III, would take on a huge venture and at the end it would not only change his life but many close to him too. What if the history of your family took you back to a town where people lived each day just taking care of their family?
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Martha Cheves
Jul 29, 2014 Martha Cheves rated it it was amazing
This House is a Home - Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat; Think With Your Taste Buds, A Book and A Dish




"Just go in and do your business,” Uncle Rich said as we approached the wooden shack. “This is old school all the way. Do me a favor though. See if you can find any toilet paper in there."




I was stunned. What did he mean by that? I slowly walked into this small shack that looked like it was falling down and searched for the light switch. Not finding one I left the door a
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Sheila
“Mining develops independence of thought and actions,” says the author in his introduction to this tale of mining ancestry. It wasn’t the experience of my family, but This House is a Home makes it tellingly true as it relates the enticing tale of a school student in the 70s completing the same high school task his son will face in a new century. How will the narrator get his reluctant grandfather to talk about the past? How will he learn enough to create a project? And how will he ever get in ...more
Angie Mangino
Jan 25, 2015 Angie Mangino rated it really liked it
This House is a Home
By Philip Nork
2014
Reviewed by Angie Mangino
Rating: 4 stars

In chapter one, readers meet the protagonist, Peter Jacob Borden, Jr. when his son Peter the third, just starting high school, gets a history assignment to do a family tree with a report on his ancestors. It brings the elder Peter back to his own freshman days in high school when assigned a similar report, thinking his might be in his mother’s attic.

Going to his mother’s house that Saturday, the two are greeted with h
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Amy Shannon
Dec 08, 2014 Amy Shannon rated it really liked it
Connection between past and present

A great story that doesn't tell but shows the way of building a home. There is a major difference from having a house and then having a home. A home is what is made out of it, by the family, past and present. It was a great story of influence of ancestors and how that past becomes important to those living in the present. Family influence and connections may grow apart, but the past and the memories can bind them together forever. It's not about what we own, bu
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P.S. Winn
Aug 23, 2014 P.S. Winn rated it it was amazing
This is a beautifully written book. Peter Borden has to write an essay for school on Family. His family goes back to the original home where coal mining was the main source of income. Peter meets his relatives, most he didn't know. But he also learns about the generation of his family. Not a generic history but a deep down inside look at family and heritage. This book is a reminiscence of life, struggles and how to truly make a house a home. I enjoyed taking this journey back in time and sharing ...more
Jennifer
Oct 16, 2014 Jennifer rated it liked it
I received this book through the First Reads program.

a nice, quick read. you can tell that the author put a lot of heart and love into this semi-autobiographical story. even though it is not a necessarily well written book, it does contain a nice story.
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Philip Nork was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, IL.

After the divorce of his parents and his journey to find the acceptance and happiness he thought he had lost due to it, he was able to use the experiences and life lessons, which were given to him by the special females who he met, to form the basis of his realistic fiction books.

All 8 of his books have this common theme: You never kno
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