Emily Simnitt's Reviews > House of Prayer No. 2: A Writer's Journey Home

House of Prayer No. 2 by Mark Richard
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Jul 05, 2011

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This book felt like a journalist’s memoir to me (and it is, in part; Richards did indeed work for newspapers). I related to the way he gathered narrative tidbits from people’s lives. That was always my favorite part of reporting, the pleasure of recognizing a good story, no matter how brief the plot, and good characters, no matter how shy and retiring. I loved this, and many moments throughout the book. But I’m not quite sure it completely came together for me. I’m definitely glad I picked it up off the local library shelf.
Five things:
·         Worth reading for the descriptions of overcoming physical pain to live a crazy, amazing life
·         An interesting description of art.
·         I liked the way the South (with a big, fat capital “S”) permeates the entire book
·         Funny!
·         Heartbreaking!

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